Monday, July 27, 2015

10 Things I Have Learned About Organizing As a Professional Organizer

1.       No client or space is the same.  My clients come to me for different reasons and each of their cases is different.  No house is the same, so no space is the same.

2.      Clutter attracts clutter.   Many of my clients have a space that just seems to accumulate stuff and clutter.  The reason is because that specific space does not have a specific use so it just attracts clutter that does not have a home. 

3.      Lack of time management causes clutter.  It is very difficult to control the amount of clutter when one lacks the ability to manage time.  Without scheduling time to do tasks, things get out of control and clutter piles up.    

4.      The inability to make a decision causes clutter.  I have clients who have a very difficult time making decisions when it comes to what to do with specific items.   This causes nothing to be done with the item and clutter again, accumulates.  The same can be said for paper and emails. 

5.      Shopaholics are usually trying to replace something in their lives they are missing and clutter is the end result.  I have many clients with unopened boxes from Amazon, QVC and various other stores.  Once the items are purchased, the “high” from purchasing is gone and when it arrives there is really no interest in it. 

6.      A space gets messier before it gets better during the organizing process.  For many clients, the process of organizing is very stressful and they become very anxious when their items are spread out and many of them visible for the first time.  It gets worse before it gets better is a very true statement in organizing. 

7.      Frequent purging is the key to maintaining the space and conquering the clutter.  The best way to keep all the clutter from coming back is to purge often.  Some clients do well with 1 new item in, one out.  This is especially true when it comes to clothes. 

8.      Having countless containers does not make you organized.  A system is needed and most often a behavioral change is needed to be organized.  It takes time and effort to accomplish the organized space.

9.       Paper needs to be tackled consistently or it will get out of hand quite quickly.  The trash can, recycle bin and a shredder should be your friend when it comes to bringing paper in your home.  When you have your mail, try to eliminate what can be tossed or shredded before you bring it in your home. 

10.   To do lists will never be accomplished unless they are scheduled.  In order to get that infamous to do list complete, you will need to put it on your calendar just like a doctor’s appointment. 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

7 Tips to a Successful No Stress Move

Moving is an event that takes place frequently during the summer.  According to 11-13 percent of all moves occur during the summer months.  That is 19 million households that move June through August.  This can be a stressful time for those families.  These 7 tips should help you move successfully and stress free. 
Tip 1 Eliminate unwanted and unused items before you move.  There are 2 good reasons to do this.  One is you usually pay a mover for either the number of boxes or by weight.  Two is it will be easier and faster if you are unpacking only the items you need and not having to sort out the items you should not have packed.  I have many clients I work with who have lived in their homes for a year or more and still have boxes they have never unpacked.
Tip 2 Have the moving company pack at least the breakables.  If they pack it, they carry the liability where if you pack it and it breaks, you have no recourse. 
Tip 3 Pack a suitcase with items needed for 2-5 days.  This will depend on how far you will be moving.  You will not feel the need to unpack everything in one day with some clothes and items available. 
Tip 4 Make sure you do as much of the laundry before the day you move.  There is nothing more disappointing and stressful than unpacking dirty laundry.
Tip 5 Assign a number or letter to each room in the new house and ask that boxes being packed are labeled as such.  Put a sticky not at the entrance of each room with the number or letter so boxes end up in the correct room.  It is very stressful to be searching all over your new house for kitchen items only to find them in the bathroom. 
Tip 6 Avoid using your garage as a storage place.  Try to park at least one or both of your cars in the garage on the first night.  I have had plenty of clients that have done just this and have never been able to park one or more their cars in the garage.  
Tip 7 If you have a limited time to unpack before going back to work and will not be able to complete the major portion, consider hiring someone to help.  They can help get the necessities unpacked the day of the move so you will be able to get your coffee and eat some breakfast your first morning.  Most unpackers will also eliminate the empty boxes and packing paper. 




Wednesday, July 1, 2015

6 Steps in Giving the Organized Garage to Dad

Summer is just around the corner and with 28% of consumers wanting their garage space to be better organized; it makes sense to give dad an organized garage.  In the U.S., 82% of homes have a 2 car garage or larger and only 15% use them to park their cars.  In the U.K. 52% of households have access to a garage and only 24% use them for parking cars.  Many garages end up as the dumping ground for miscellaneous items. 
You can give that organized garage dad wants in 6 steps. 
Step 1 is to divide up the garage into section first so the project will be easier to complete.  You can divide it by the front and back of the garage or for multi car garages, divide by each parking space. 
Step 2 is to remove all the items from the first section you will be working in and put them in the driveway. 
Step 3 is to eliminate all the items that belong elsewhere in the house, are no longer used or wanted, and anything that is broken.  If it has been in there that long, the likelihood of fixing it is gone.  Move on.  If you have multiples of certain items, choose the best and donate, trash or sell the others.  Many of my clients have multiples because they cannot find the original so they buy another and that costs you money.  With an organized garage, you will save money.
Step 4 is to use the vertical space in the garage by installing shelving, cupboards and hooks on the walls.  There are many different products available to accomplish this at various cost points.  Do not buy the storage until you have purged.  Things that are used rarely or are seasonal should go on the higher shelves. 
Step 5 is to use the ceiling for bikes and long boards.  The newest designs in hanging bikes allow for an easy pulley system that even children can operate safely. 
Step 6 is to return all the items to the garage and continue with the remainder of the sections.  Once all sections have been purged, then deciding what shelves, cupboards and hooks are needed will be easier.  Be sure to label areas so others know where to return items
Remember to purge periodically to maintain your space and to allow for newer and more frequently used items to have a place.