Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Boxes and Bags, Why do we keep them?

How many boxes and shopping bags do you have sitting around in your home right now?  If you are like many of my clients, the number is probably dozens or possibly hundreds.  I can't explain the fascination for these items, but I see it all the time.  

Clients save the boxes they get when they buy a product, the boxes items are shipped in and now the amazon boxes.  I have seen crawl spaces and attics packed with hundreds of boxes.   As we start to go through the boxes, they often say they do not even own that product anymore, so we can eliminate the box.  When I inquire about the boxes of products they still own, they often think they need the box to move or take it back, but reality is that if the warranty has expired, you will never need the box and movers use their own boxes.  If you need a few boxes for mailing, only keep 4 because remember, those boxes will keep coming.  

What about those lovely shopping bags?  Some are so decorative and some have a brand name that means something to my clients such as Coach or Neiman Marcus.  Some are large and some are very small.  Again, we seem to have some obsession about these bags that when we drag them out, there are hundreds and we don't even know it because we just keep stuffing them in that spot.  Do you really need that many?  The answer is probably not, but you tell yourself you might need one some day but not all of them.  Keep a dozen and recycle the rest.  I always tell my clients to keep one in their closet and when something they are trying on to wear does not make them feel wonderful or just doesn't look right, put it in the bag.  

The other bag I see consistently is the plastic grocery bag and usually it is overflowing the space it is currently occupying.  Most of the time my client explains they use them for the dog.  I would guess they have enough bags to last that dog over a year or two.  Think about it, how many bags do you usually come home with when you go to the store?  I am guessing most of the time, it is at least 5 or more.  You will not stop grocery shopping, so do not feel the need to keep every bag because there will always be more.  Take a large bag, fill it and then take the remainder to the grocery store to recycle.  

Clean the bag and box clutter from your home and use that space for something you truly need or just enjoy the space.  

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Clutter Impacts Your Happiness: Organize Your Space Today! By Guest Blogger Matt Adams Your Garage Guys

Your environment impacts your happiness. Consider how a messy, dirty and cluttered environment can impact your health. I have one word: negative. There are a lot of people in the world who are searching for happiness and meaning. Most of them don't realize that the answer isn't always found in some distant land. If you want to change your life, start with your own, personal environment. Start with something you can control. Something you can change. Transform your life by transforming your environment!

Great! You now have all you need. A strong desire for change! Unfortunately, desire for change is not usually followed by an action. Our intentions are often good, our actions, well, they’re lacking to say the least! We should focus less on what we want to achieve and more on actually getting something done.

Here are a few examples of some things you can do right now, today. I'm serious, go take a break, and do at least one of these tasks. It’s time for a change!

       Clean your room: I guarantee, you have clothes on the floor, an empty of glass on the bedside table, and an unmade bed.
       Clean and organize your desk: There’s a good chance you haven’t looked through your paperwork recently. Toss out anything unnecessary and take the time to organize important documents.
       Organize your fridge and pantry: Give your fridge a good clean, throw away old food, and reorganize the fridge. Spend time doing the same in the pantry. Find some old boxes that you can use to sort into categories, such as spices, cans, or cereal.
“Success is most often the result of consistent execution of a single habit”.

Transforming your life is not a onetime event. It's a process. Cleaning your room once won't change your life. Keeping it clean will. Commit yourself to a schedule and stick to it.

Your environment impacts your health. Looking for a change in your life? Why not start with your own home, your own bedroom even. Yet, a clean room for a day won't provide long lasting results. Make it a habit to live in a good, healthy, clutter free environment.

Share your experiences in the comments below! How has improving your environment changed your life?

By Matt Adams, Your Garage Guys

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Case Study Organizing a Client

I help hundreds of clients with hundreds of different situations.  Some come with just one space needing help, others need every space.  My case study is a busy professional with one special needs child and one already in college and a divorce has been going on for a couple years.  Now she would like to make the house her own as many of my recent divorced clients do.  
We start in her office where she has work and home files, books and supplies.  As we begin the process we discover items not belonging in the office, duplicate files, and the home and work items mixed.  She has tried 2 locations in her home for her office so she has items in both of those locations.  She makes the decision and chooses the one location she likes the best.  We divide home and work so there is a filing cabinet for each.  She decides to buy a bookcase unit to make storage of supplies, crafts, and school items for her daughter easier and more attractive.  
First we start on the files so only those needed are kept.  We eliminate some, combine some and decide on files to be kept but will be stored elsewhere.  Once the files have been completed, we start on the desk to make it clearer where items go and what needs to be done.  
The new book case unit allows us to store extra office supplies, craft items and items needed close at hand but are too big for the desk.  We develop a system for her bills and to do items so she can find them and get them completed.  
We continue with her kitchen area that collects mail, paper and some of her daughter's school items.  Now that we have a place for papers in her new office area, we make some decisions on the kitchen papers.  We then made our way to the area that was the old office and crafts to define it and arrange it better.  Some items we eliminate and others we box up for her former husband.  
As of now, we have completed her basement storage, lower level living area, and her daughter's room  Success is possible fro anyone when you complete 1 space at a time.  

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Problems Clutter Causes

Clutter is not just objects in you space, it cause other issues and problems in your life.  The clutter that surrounds you not only invades your home, office, and other spaces, it can cause clutter in your thoughts, health problems, and relationship issues.  

When you look at all the clutter in your space, you become overwhelmed.  I hear it all the time from my clients.  They are stifled by their stuff.  The clutter surrounding you can cause so many thoughts in your mind which then affects your health.  You start eating to overcome depression.  Depression sets in because you believe you do not have the ability to make decisions about the clutter.  The depression eating causes weight gain which then causes you to go into a deeper depression.

You begin to feel as if you have failed in some way to eliminate the clutter and you become ashamed and embarrassed to have family and friends over.  Work productivity can also be affected by the clutter, even if the clutter is not in the office area.  Some clients have then made bad decisions about relationships and jobs due to the depression and feelings of inadequacy caused by their clutter. 

Eliminating the clutter in any of your spaces will improve not only the appearance of your space, but it will start to clear your mind and better decisions will be made.  The light will start to shine through as you begin your clutter reduction process.  

Making small changes and small decisions will help immensely.  Make a decision on 1 area at a time and start with short amounts of time so you do not become overwhelmed or feel you are not doing enough.  Any amount is enough.  I see a great saying at the gym all the time and think it applies especially to organizing.  "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can" by Arthur Ashe.  

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Organizing and Divorce

Having been in the organizing business for over 13 years, I have had many newly divorced clients call me for help.  I have helped many of them during and after the divorce process.  

Those clients who call during the process of getting divorce need help finding and organizing all the paperwork required during the discovery process as the amount of paperwork needed is overwhelming.  Most are stuck because while trying to find all these paper, they are busy with work and taking care of their children.  It is a very difficult and emotional time. 

I work with the paper and most of the time sort by dates, types and really whatever is requested by the attorney.  I find and sort to make it easier on my client. My clients are relieved when what they need is in sight and obtainable.  

The clients that call after the divorce want to discuss how to get their living space back together.  Now that the divorce is final and the other party has left with what they want, my clients are usually left with a mess.   Boxes and bins are opened and shuffled through as the other party retrieves what they want and usually those boxes and bins are left open and unorganized.  My clients want to know what they have and what to do with it so they are able to find those items in the future.

We start by looking at each space and deciding what my client wants that space to look like now.  We tackle one space at a time.  During the process, my clients make decisions on what stays and what works for them.  This will be a new space made to fit their lifestyle now.  Sometimes children are involved so consideration must be given to what they will need and what will be transported back and forth each visit to the other parents home.
As we make each room a new space we make sure items that were left my the other are put aside and returned to them so as not to cause unneeded bickering.
One client I had wanted to start over with all new holiday decorations and make new traditions so all the holiday decorations left behind were donated.  Another client needed help finding ways to have a better space for his teens stuff.
Each divorce is different and always trying.  Organizing the new space eliminates many hard feelings and helps those involved move forward. 

If you are in the middle of a divorce, have just finished, or know someone needing some help, visit my website for more information on how Transformare can help.  Transformare Organizing Services

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Getting Off The Fast Moving Train to Get Organized

Are you often so busy that you feel as if you are on a train and the landscape and attractions are going by so fast that you can't get off?  You have so much to do that tasks keep coming in and there is no break.  
The feeling is described by many as overwhelmed, stressed, or defeated.  These descriptions are also used by my clients when it comes to organizing.  They feel so overwhelmed that they cannot get started and the train keeps putting the clutter into their space with no end in sight.  
So how do you get off the train or make it stop?  As you can imagine it does take some changing of behaviors and habits.  Learning to say no to additional tasks will help keep you on track to complete current tasks.  Many of my overwhelmed clients have a very hard time saying no to a new task or project. They feel guilty if they say no, so the projects just pile up and none of them get completed.  
Asking for help is another habit to change as we feel weak if we need to ask for help for a task that seems like anyone can do it, such as organizing.  As I tell my clients, we are gifted with a talent and organizing just happens to be mine, but art and singing are not talents I was gifted.  
When it comes to organizing, being overwhelmed is preventing you from moving forward so it continues to pile up.  To get off that fast moving train you must say no to new tasks, give yourself permission to ask for help, and remember that getting organized is a process not an event.  The train did not just start going fast, so it will take some time for it to stop.  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tips to Surviving the Holidays with Guests and Remain Organized

Last year during the holidays I had 16 days in a row with guests so I think I can give you a few tips on how to survive and keep your holidays organized.  During the holidays most guests are family, so following these tips will be simple and keep your organized. 
The first tip is to plan out a menu including all 3 meals starting with the first meal your guests will have after they arrive.  Knowing what you will have to eat makes your life so much easier and reduces the amount of stress by 99%.   Before your guests arrive find out what their normal breakfasts might contain and do not feel the need to make a fancy breakfast every morning.  I believe most guests would prefer to have breakfast when they want and to have items they normally eat.   Asking a guest to help out a meal time will also keep you organized and make your guests feel useful. 
The second tip is to continue your routine as much as possible including tasks such as exercising and walking the dog.  Your exercise will also help reduce the stress during the holidays.    Make sure you include your guests in some of your routines as appropriate.  If you have a busy day, ask someone to help with some of the routines and maybe walk your dog, or empty the dishwasher.
The last tip to keep you organized during the holidays is to keep a list of tasks to be completed during the day.  This will help keep your day organized and keep you from forgetting something important that needs to be completed.  Before your guests arrive, write down tasks you will need to do each day such as changing beds between guests, grocery shopping, cleaning, and laundry.  Knowing what you need to do each day will keep your day and life organized. 

The holidays can be stressful and make you feel out of control and in chaos, but if you follow this few tips, you can survive and stay organized.