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Hair on Fire Most Days? Organizing Your Life Will Douse Those Flames

By |2021-09-13T10:24:05-05:00September 15th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , , |

Does the first part of the title of this post resonate with you? If so, then consider organizing your life to douse those flames as stated in the second part of the title.  By eliminating your constant ‘hair on fire’ scenarios, you will live a less stressful, more productive and peaceful life.  But first, determine what areas of your life cause the ‘hair on fire’ scenario the most. Are you constantly looking for your keys, making you late to work, appointments, or school? Are you buying multiples of items because you didn’t know you already had one or more of [...]

Focus on Safety First When Decluttering

By |2021-09-07T16:00:53-05:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Decluttering|Tags: , , , , |

Decluttering is the first part of the organizing process. You may think that only applies for older adults, but no, safety first applies to all decluttering projects for all ages.  Not only is clutter a safety issue, but as mentioned in many past posts, it causes stress. During the needs assessment consultation, the client is asked about every area to be organized. We discuss what works and doesn’t work, and potential organizing solutions for the areas that are not working so well. As we walk through their spaces, I’m focused on safety first as I think about solutions. As you [...]

Don’t Buy Storage Products Until After Assessment

By |2021-06-21T17:42:22-05:00June 23rd, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , , , , |

New clients always want to know what storage products to buy before we meet.  My recommendation is not to buy anything until after assessment of their needs.  Needs assessment in terms of acquiring additional storage comes later in the organizing process. During the first step of the organizing process, which is the sorting step where we put like items together, we will empty all sorts of storage products. They come in all forms, such as baskets, plastic or glass containers, boxes of every size and shape, shelves, bookcases, etc. All of these containers can be repurposed for organizing systems. I’ve [...]

Organizing User’s Manuals

By |2021-04-03T13:39:07-05:00April 7th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , , , |

When you purchase items such as vehicles, appliances, garden equipment or any type of electronics, they come with user’s manuals. Some come in paper form, while others can be accessed online.  These manuals are very important to understand the operation and maintenance associated with the purchased product. Quick and easy access is a must when you need information about the item.  There are different schools of thought on how to organize user’s manuals. As with anything in life, what works for one doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for everyone.  Think about the different options listed here, and decide which [...]

Planning a Successful Organizing Project

By |2021-03-25T16:16:15-05:00March 31st, 2021|Categories: Home Organization, Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

There are numerous reasons why someone would want to get organized.  Maybe they can’t find things they are looking for such as their car keys and it causes them to be late for work, a lot.  Maybe they buy duplicates or triplicates because they don’t know how many of one item they own. When they realize what the real issue is, they decide it’s time to work on an organizing project. There are several things to consider when planning a successful organizing project. A person can become overwhelmed if their project encompasses many areas, or a whole house transformation.  I [...]

Using Labels is Organizing’s Method of Communication

By |2021-03-04T14:44:20-06:00March 4th, 2021|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , |

In the past I’ve talked about the importance of using labels in just about every post I’ve written about getting and staying organized.  As the title says, they are a method of communication in terms of organization. Using labels leaves no doubt where items live in your spaces, so you can put things back where they belong after use and avoid misplacing items.  This concept works for everyone regardless of age.  Be mindful of the age of the person to determine the type of label to use for a particular item. For older adults, they may need a label with [...]

Using Tags During Downsizing

By |2021-01-16T17:43:43-06:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: Downsizing|Tags: , , , |

Using tags to mark items during downsizing is so important. When you’re downsizing to move to a smaller home, it can get confusing if items are not tagged correctly. Something may be moved that should not be, or vice versa. The first part of the organizing process is sorting, or putting like items together using tags for various categories. This first step allows you to see all the items in one category, so you know what you want to keep. You may have multiples of one item so you know the rest can go, or you may not need the [...]

Determining Categories Can be Challenging

By |2020-12-09T10:52:11-06:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization, Storage|Tags: , , , |

The first step in the organizing process is to sort items into broad categories that make sense to you. A category contains like items. This can be challenging for some, for various reasons.  Everyone is different, so the key to get started on this first step depends on your individual way of thinking. You may be overwhelmed by the amount of your clutter, and that doesn’t help. If you have ADHD, you may overthink this task by being too specific, then become overwhelmed and just stop.  The state of overwhelm can sometimes cause paralysis in making decisions. If that happens, [...]

Multiples of One Item Doesn’t Always Cause Clutter

By |2020-11-17T13:41:14-06:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Professional organizers, me included, often write about having multiples of one item causing clutter. That can be true if you’re not using all of them due to lack of need, and organization. Each item you own needs to be assigned a home, but sometimes homes can be in various places, confused? Let me explain. There are some instances where multiples of one item are needed because you use them in more than one location.  This concept can be a time saver. Multiples of one item such as reading glasses, may be used in different rooms in your home at different [...]

What Approach Should I Use to Begin to Declutter my Home?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:22-06:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: Decluttering, Organizing Tips|Tags: , , , , |

This is a common question I hear from new clients. The answer is not simple.  There is no one size fits all answer to this question.  In fact, there are very few scenarios in life where one size fits all. The approach you use to declutter your home will likely be different from anyone else. Your situation is different from others so your approach will have a different strategy. Not everyone needs a whole house declutter.  Some just have areas that are clutter magnets and need some tweaking to existing solutions.  Others may need to declutter their home from top [...]

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