When you think of getting organized, you most likely think of a magazine picture which shows a room with pretty little containers perfectly lined on a shelf. But getting organized is so much more than buying pretty containers to keep your stuff in. It is learning new strategies that will help your life, work and stuff flow. Clutter represents a clog in the flow of your stuff. Beating clutter requires building new habits, applying new organizational methods, and creating new routines.
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If your resolution this year was to get organized, I want to be the one that helps you reach that goal. Taking the time and energy to get organized truly changes your life. Let’s tackle your paperwork first: Sort papers into piles of reading, reference and action papers. Take a good look at your reading pile and determine if you realistically think you will read everything in that pile or not. If you realize that you probably can’t get to it all, decide to only keep your top 3 and recycle the rest. Move your reference papers to your file… read more »
Second to junk mail, gift cards are one of the things that drive me crazy! You’re probably wondering why I would feel that way. They seem like such a great idea for the person that has everything or the person that you’re not quite sure what to buy. We find anywhere from 1-10+ expired or unused gift cards with every client we work with. They get mixed in with paperwork and forgotten. They get thrown in a drawer and forgotten. They get buried under stuff and forgotten. Are you starting to see a pattern here? It seems to me that… read more »
Now that all of the hustle and bustle of Christmas has passed, take the time to prepare for next year’s Christmas by: Discarding or donating broken or unused Christmas items. Putting the finishing touches on your Christmas card list. Taking a picture of your outdoor holiday decor so you’ll be able to easily duplicate it next year. Stocking up on ONLY those things you’ll need for next year (tinsel, gift boxes, wrapping paper, etc) while they are on clearance now. Storing all Christmas items together in the same area with clearly labeled containers.
Don’t you just love those TV shows about organizing and home make-overs where the house or office is completely transformed in a matter of 30 minutes or so? Unfortunately, organizing someone’s entire space for them all at once does not work. At least not for any length of time. I have worked with many, many clients who’s homes and offices are completely taken over by their stuff. Many times you cannot even find a clear path to walk through the home. If someone were to come in and completely transform their home for them, unbelievably, it would go back to… read more »
Junk mail is a real problem. Unless you keep a good handle on it, your mailbox will be full of it every day. I work with so many clients that are completely overwhelmed by their piles of paper and mail. Junk mail is my biggest pet peeve so I am extremely proactive about stopping it. Even though I have taken all of the steps to stop junk mail that we share with our clients, I have been bombarded with a bunch of junk mail the last two weeks. Probably because of the upcoming holidays. I had received about 15 different… read more »
Buying the container first. – People tend to see a really cute organizing product that they just know is going to work perfect for something. Chances are it won’t get used. It’s important to organize and purge your belongings before you decide what you’ll contain them in. Keeping paperwork without thinking it through. – Life is busy. We’re all in a big hurry. Because of that, most people feel like they’re in too big of a hurry to deal with the papers that come into our home or office and so we keep them just in case. Not determining a… read more »
If you have small children and have a hard time finding “alone time” to work on getting organized, why not buddy up with a friend? Pick a specific weekday and time and then every week, take turns keeping each other’s children for a couple of hours. Your children will have fun hanging out with someone else and you’ll be a happier, more focused Mom when they return. Try some of these quick organizing or decluttering projects while your children are away: Tackle one or more of the bookshelves. Decide which books you can part with and which books you will… read more »
I’m the kind of person that has to see things to remember that I want to do them, or have to do them. I am what they call a visual person. That’s why it is so crucial to me that everything is kept where it belongs. That way I’ll notice things I have to do when I see them laying in a place where I know they don’t belong. The most recent change I made concerned my jewelry. I have had my jewelry laying in a fancy glass heart shaped bowl on my nightstand for years. Because my nightstand is… read more »
This is the “after” picture of the files. As you can see, we broke the files down into sections using colored hanging folders, and we even put the filing tabs in a straight row for each section. This makes locating and returning files much quicker, and eventually without much thought at all. The sections that we made are based on this person’s files and the different categories or groups of files that went together such as billing, office use, etc. When working with any client, we look at every single file and discuss what’s in it, what it’s used for… read more »