Organizing projects – 5 Signs that you have a challenging organizing project Your organizing project will take more than 3 hours to complete. You need to recruit help to complete your organizing project. You have difficulty knowing when and how to start the organizing project. You’ve started the organizing project and can’t seem to get it done. You find it difficult to maintain an organized space. Organizing projects – 5 Ways to approach a challenging organizing project Get help – Hire a Personal Professional Organizer or a nonjudgmental friend or family member. Hire an accountability partner (for maintenance) Make a plan – Set realistic timelines for yourself. Schedule time to work on each of the steps in your organizing project. Make a list of resources and supplies that you will need for your organizing project. Organizing tips: Don’t buy organizing tools until after you purge items that you are getting rid of. Gather basic supplies such as trash bags for donations, bins for trash/recycling, and markers are helpful when you get started. Break challenging organizing project into smaller projects. Stop, observe, think – what is the 1 thing that would make a difference? Do just that and stop. Maintain the organized space it for at least a week then identify the 2nd thing and do that. Continue if this is successful. Don’t give up! Organizing projects and your Personal Professional Organizer As a Personal Professional Organizer I am experienced and able to help you in a variety of ways: Organizing consultation and assessment Create a plan of action with timelines Establish an organizing maintenance schedule It is time to get started and stop feeling overwhelmed because professional help is available. You and your space deserve to be clutter-free.
Labor day organizing tips: Labor Day is a celebration of workers. Why not make it an opportunity to celebrate your work and get some organizing done. Whether it is end of summer, back to school or work, and Fall organizing you will want to read more about my 5 Super Easy Organizing Tips and Common Organizing Projects… 5 super easy organizing tips for Labor Day (and more): Declutter first, always Organize for an hour or less at a time Get help Don’t buy organizing tools before you start Plan ahead Declutter Organizing tip #1 is always to declutter a space first. It seems obvious but there is no reason to organize things that you no longer need, want or use. Donate these items, give them to friends, sell some, recycle, or discard them. The benefit of organizing and getting rid of your clutter is to create more open space. Organize for an hour or less Organizing tip #2 is to manage your time. You will be amazed at how much you can accomplish by organizing in shorter blocks of time on a regular basis. It is a great way to take a break from mentally demanding work, when you are stressed, or want to get small projects done. The benefit of organizing for shorter amounts of time is that you will be more motivated and less tired. The primary deterrent people state keeps them from organizing is that they are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, especially with bigger projects. Get help Organizing tip #3 is to get help. Help can take the form of hiring a Professional Organizer like me, involving your family, or asking a friend. The benefit of organizing with help is that more gets done faster and it is more fun. Organizing tools – don’t… read more →
Common Organizing Mistakes As your San Diego Professional Organizer I can assure you that these 7 common organizing mistakes can be easily avoided: Buying organizing tools before you know what is needed. Mistaking containing items for decluttering and organizing items. Taking on too large a project; burnout. Underestimating how much time you need to organize. Trying to organize without help. Mistaking current financial worth based upon original cost. Letting “what if” concerns dominate decision making. Common Organizing Mistakes #1: Buying organizing tools before you know what you need. Avoid buying bins, containers, file folders, furniture or leasing long term storage space before you go through the process of purging. Getting caught up in the smaller details before you go through the process of purging, sorting and containing can be costly and overwhelming. Work with broader categories first. Make temporary labels rather than taking the time to print labels. Create organizing systems and use them for at least 2 weeks before making significant changes. Common Organizing Mistakes #2: Containing items before decluttering and sorting the items. Purge items before you contain them. There is no sense organizing and putting items into files or bins if you are not going to need them. It’s likely that you will end up with usable folders and containers after you declutter. The perfect example of this is during a move. Take time before packing and moving to discard, recycle, donate and shred what you no longer need. Avoid unpacking unneeded items and wondering why you brought them with you. It’s wasted time, money, effort and space. Common Organizing Mistakes #3: Taking on too large a project at one time. The best way to avoid burnout and overwhelm is to break a large organizing project into smaller ones. Give yourself shorter amounts of time on a… read more →
Organizing Projects | Summer Organizing projects can be done all year long. Do you have a list of the ones that you save for summer? Here are some of the projects that your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer hears most often: Garage – clear the clutter, organize items into containers, add shelving and cupboards, and resurface the floor. Closets – clear the clutter, sort and reorganize items, add organizing products and tools such as hooks, cubbies, and bins Home office – purge files, reorganize and update filing system, and shred documents. Photos – thin out the number of photos, sort and label them, organize and scan photos. Convert VHS cassettes to DVDs. Organizing Project: Garage Here are organizing tips from the Outside In Organizer and Makeovers guest blogger, Bri Lords, of Garage Medics: Summertime is just around the corner and that means it’s finally nice enough outside to work on some organizing projects. You know the ones such as taming your landscaping, updating the front door, and cleaning out the garage. Those organizing projects sound daunting, but they don’t have to be. With a little time and organization any project can be completed this summer! We’ve broken down the best way to organize your garage to mark that project off your to-do list. Assess Your Stuff: What do you actually need in the garage? Start by separating garage items into three groups, keep, trash, and donate. Be sure to donate items right away to avoid clutter buildup. Remove items that shouldn’t be stored in the garage like fabrics, propane tanks, or paper products. Fabrics and paper products can attract pests, while propane tanks could leak and result in harmful fumes. Once you have sorted the items, the next steps go far more smoothly. Maximize Your Space: Many people simply… read more →
Maybe you’ve tried organizing and given up. Perhaps, you don’t know where to start. Before you take action and start the process of organizing you want to identify any potential hurdles…we all have them! There are different kinds, see if any of these sound like you: External: physical space, physical stamina, resources and supplies, amount of “stuff” Internal: perceptions about time it would take or the time you have available, attitudes about success or failure, attitudes about what being organized means These are just some of the factors to consider. There are some great books that you can purchase or borrow to help you with both external and internal aspects of the organizing process. You can also discuss them with a Professional Organizer, such as Outside In Organizer and Makeovers! TIP: Work to your strengths and align with your needs. One size doesn’t not fit all.
Rotate your hangers: Turn all of the hangers in your closet to face the other way…every time you wear an item and return it to the hanger, put the hanger back the correct way. At the end of a month look at what you haven’t work, and wear it! At the end of the season, look at what you haven’t worn, and let it go. Contain it: Gather all of the magazines, newspapers, circulars, articles and catalogs you want to read and put them into a single container. Make yourself a promise that the container will never be more than 3/4 full. Each time you add an item, act on the bottom item (read it, discard it if you can find the information somewhere else in the future, scan it if you need the information within the next 3 months). Put it where you need & use it: Gather all of your unexpired store coupons, sort them into a plastic slotted envelope, put them in your car. Create a mail station in 1 convenient, centralized location. Gather all related supplies for your station – letter opener, paper clips, stapler, stamps, return address envelopes, highlighter, shredder, recycling container. No piles!
It’s not uncommon when someone calls me and says that they spent a lot of time organizing and clearing out their space and within a short amount of time, the sense of being disorganized returns. I call that “yo-yo organizing”! How frustrating when you set aside time, sort things, purge items, buy bins and containers, and then wonder what did you do wrong? Okay, take a deep breath and realize that you probably didn’t do anything wrong. Maybe it’s time to put away the yo-yo, and try something different. Here are 3 strategies to consider today: Create a systems approach – a regular schedule of organizing tasks to keep you maintained. This is more realistic than binge organizing! Hire a Professional Organizer, and Time Management Coach to be your Accountability Partner. Reward yourself for a task well done!
For some of us, having a checklist and being able to cross off each item, provides a feeling of accomplishment. Using a visual to guide us through a process can be helpful especially when we are trying to create new habits. We also know that writing things down enhances memory. You can send for my easy to use checklist for setting your goals: firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how you are doing as you use it.
The benefits of organizing include ease of use, greater productivity, and safety. Think about these aspects when organizing your travel and packing: WHEELS, BACK PACKS, OVER THE SHOULDER BAGS Select luggage that has wheels that move in all directions, not just forward. You’ll maneuver traffic in the terminal with ease. Consider using a back pack as your carry on bag. Being hands-free, and distributing the weight evenly is a plus. Lose the purse! Instead of a heavy purse with a wallet, makeup case, etc. find one of those over the shoulder bags with lots of compartments that hold everything. Keeping the purse on your body provides greater security. Minimizing the weight you are carrying is better for your body, too. Again, these bags allow you to be hands-free and will fit into your carry on, too.
Keeping it simple makes travel much easier. Some useful tips for organizing: 1. Use a checklist. During the trip, note the items you didn’t need to bring & add the ones you wished you brought with you. Revise the list when you get home. 2. Use a color theme for your clothing. This will enable you to mix and match your separates and increase the number of outfits you have to wear with a minimal number of pieces. 3. Plan to wear clothing more than once…who cares? 4. Limit the number of shoes. You probably don’t need more than 2! You can make a dressier outfit more casual with cute flats, and vice versa with heels and a casual outfit. 5. Don’t bring all of your makeup. Find all-in-one products and kits, instead. 6. Think technology! Consider an e-reader like a Kindle or Nook instead of lugging books. Take notes on a tablet, skip the pen and paper.