Organizing a cluttered garage Organizing a cluttered garage doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. I observe that in fact, sometimes people would rather avoid this project and resign themselves to parking in the driveway or on the street. That may not be an option for some of you because of neighborhood rules. Organizing a cluttered garage has many benefits. Let me begin by asking you what your vision or need for the garage is. This is a key step for organizing any space in your home because having a vision enables you to create a well thought out plan. Begin organized requires planning and creating systems that can be maintained. Organizing a cluttered garage | Storage, function Let’s consider what the a garage is generally used for. The first function is usually storage. Storage may include any or all of the following items: Vehicle(s) Seasonal items Recreational and sports equipment Surplus household supplies Large and bulky items Paperwork and records Garages may also be used for multiple functions such as: Laundry room Tool and repair center Gardening center Workout area Your garage is no different than any other space in your home. You will decide how you want to use the space based upon your individual needs. As your San Diego Professional Organizer I don’t go in and tell you how to use it until we thoroughly assess the needs of you and your family. Organizing a cluttered garage |What is clutter? Clutter is an accumulation of unnecessary and useless things that are put into the space and never looked at or used again. It includes items that are useful but may be stored improperly and even pose a safety or access risk. Too many and improperly stored objects and boxes that take up valuable space, collect dust, mold, insects and… read more →
DIY Organizing Projects DIY organizing projects are a great way to: Take stock of what you already have, what you need and will use, what you want, and what you are ready to let go of. DIY organizing projects allow you to feel productive and creative. You realize the immediate benefits of organizing: clear space, energy flows. Here is a Jumpstart Organizing Project that you can do any time of year: Organize a Gift Storage Space A gift space or hideaway allows you to store the gifts that you purchase throughout the year. People do this as they see something that they think a person would like to have; they’re inspired. It’s also a great way to spread out your expenses, save money, and save time. A gift hideaway keeps purchases safe, clean and hidden from potential recipients. Christy of Thrifty Thriving says: “Make sure you have the room to store the gifts. I now have a closet in my garage, but I have previously kept the gifts in a Rubbermaid storage tote.” Read more Steps for Organizing Gift Storage Identify the space – Select a barely used closet or cupboard that is well ventilated, dry and has shelves. Purchase supplies – Removable labels (helps you to remember who the item will go to), storage containers, etc. Group “like” items – Remember to store the gifts in a way that makes sense to you. Examples are by person, holidays, special occasion. If you need a little help to make a plan and get started, check out this service: “Personal 3-Step DIY Action Plan” for organizing your home or office. Create more space Prioritize steps for de-cluttering Organize, contain, label Schedule 1 session with your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer to today!
Storage Do’s and Don’t s | 7 Absurdly Easy to Implement Organizing Tips Storage do’s and don’t s are important so that you don’t waste time, space, or money! Think about these organizing tips: Organizing Tip #1 – DON’T rent off-site storage for items that you know you will need in 6 months or less. Unless you are moving out of the country for a year or more, off-site storage is an unnecessary and costly expense. As a Professional Organizer most people tell me that they don’t even know what’s in their storage units after awhile! DON’T procrastinate. DO make a decision and act on it. Keep it or let it go. Organizing Tip #2 – DO Declutter before you purchase storage containers. I know, you can always return what you don’t use but most people don’t bother to return items which ends up being a waste of money. One of the benefits of organizing is that when you declutter and downsize the number of items, you are often left with containers and bins that can be re-used. Clutter takes up space and once you alleviate that problem you have a clearer idea of whether or not you need to purchase storage containers and if so, how many. Organizing Tip #3 – DON’T waste living space by storing multiple items of the same type. Sounds obvious but as your San Diego Personal and Professional Organizer I can tell you that people are amazed with how much space they have when extras are stored in the garage or attic. DO keep what you need on hand and within easy reach. Organizing Tip #4 – DO use clear bins and containers to help you to remember what they contain. This also eliminates the need to label every container, saving you time. Organizing… read more →
Organized people enjoy a multitude of benefits at home and at work As a Personal and Professional Organizer who works with now-organized people I am sharing 50 of the benefits that they describe to me. Here are 5 more benefits organized people report: Balance your workload effectively. Organized people have a cohesive view of all of their roles and responsibilities. This allows them to apportion time in a balanced manner. Manage your time realistically.Wouldn’t you benefit from having skills that enable you to estimate time realistically so that you had less stress trying to get places on time? Access important information and items when you need them. Organized filing, including an effective tickler system, helps organized people put their hands on what they need, when they need it, and minimize the need for piles. Maximize your use of space and storage without clutter. Do you know how to utilize the space that you live in so that it is functional and aesthetically pleasing? Do you have a strategy for decluttering on a regular basis? Create a safe environment for home and work. Organized people don’t have long-standing piles of magazines on the stairs, deep bins filled with miscellaneous stuff, and pantry shelves with stacks of teetering items. Less clutter means less dust, easier cleaning and maintenance…now how great is that!!
How to declutter spaces How to declutter spaces? As a Personal Professional Organizer my job is two-fold: First, to ask the “right” questions so that you can make the decisions. Second, is to help you to clarify your vision for the space. Every space needs to reflect how you will use it (function, supplies, storage) so that you can enjoy it (people). Save the aesthetics and decorating for after you declutter and organize the space. How to declutter spaces – Questions to ask yourself: Whenever you get started with organizing a specific area ask yourself declutter questions: Function – What is this space to be used for? What specific function(s) do you want the space to satisfy? For example, is your kitchen for entertaining, cooking and dining? Do you also want the kitchen to be your home office? Now, look around you to see if the space reflects that purpose(s)? Purge anything in the space that does not serve it’s function. Supplies – What do I need to have readily available in this space? List the items that you will need for efficient use of the space including furniture, equipment, or supplies. Find another location for anything that doesn’t belong there. Here are some great ideas in a video that you can use for organizing your makeup in the bathroom: Video People – Who else beside yourself, will use this space? Is the space shared by others? Do you have visitors or clients who will be in this space? You want to be sure to have all parties feel comfortable and have what they need in the space. Storage – Where do items need to be used, and how frequently? What the best types of storage containers that you will need for specific items. The answers will guide you in… read more →