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Whether it's a new year's resolution or the desire to become more computer literate for today's job market, we have a few tips for you!
When you start cleaning out the yard and feel inspired after this long cold winter, take that inspiration inside and clean out that closet...throw out those worn out boots, coats, gloves that have seen better days.
Even though it's a cold miserable winter, take advantage of all those inside days and have a mini clean-up or organize project! You might even build up a sweat! It may be too miserable to get to the dump so just pile the stuff in giant bags in the back of the garage and haul them off when we get our spring thaw!
The holidays are approaching. When shopping for gifts, make sure you are getting something the person wants, can use. It's great to give consumable gifts such as wine, food, candles that will be used and won't be hanging around for the next 12 years! Gift cards are also wonderful....to make it a bit more special, attach it to a nice item such as an inexpensive candle or bottle of wine.
September is a great month to get organized. Ask yourself "if I keep these things that I do not need or use, will they make my life better?" Chances are, they will not - so clear them. It will make space in your home and your head! Happy clearing!!
If you haven’t worn
a summer item ALL SUMMER, wear it in August!! Time is running
out-there must be a reason:
Do you really know
why you are keeping all "your stuff"? Think about it….is it
ego? Does all this stuff make you feel safe AND secure ?
If you are organized, You’ll save money! It’s pretty simple: less stuff = less money you’ll have to spend…especially on off-site storage rentals! Also, knowing what you have and where things are located you’ll save money because you’re not rushing out to the store to buy duplicate items of things you have but weren’t able to find.
You’ll also save money on going out to eat if your kitchen is organized and you’ve planned your meals in advance. And how about this? You’ll save money on late fees and interest rates if you have a good system of tracking and managing your bills. So get organized this June and have a relaxing summer.
This is the month to change over your closet.
First thing to do
is to go through all your fall and winter clothing – if there’s
anything hanging in there that you haven’t worn all season, perhaps
it’s time to part with it.
The reason most
people avoid clearing the clutter is not because it takes effort and
it can be time consuming. The real reason is the fact that clutter
clearing is a very emotional process and it takes emotional stamina
to go through it.
Because clutter and organization is a huge problem for many of us, here are tips to help with the problem (mess):
The holiday season is almost over and it's time to take down those decorations! It's easy to get flustered by organizing and packing up your seasonal decor. Try these easy tips to make it quick and smart.
Holiday lights: Untangling holiday lights can get tiresome. It's important to make sure they are carefully wrapped. Cut out a rectangular cardboard piece (a shoe box lid works). Wrap the string lights around the cardboard piece and neatly put away in a box. Light reels are another great option. Wound the lights around the reel and never worry about untangling again.
Gift wrap and supplies: Little tricks help keep your wrapping paper and supplies neat and tidy. Cut a slit in an empty toilet paper roll and slip it over your gift wrap roll to avoid paper from unrolling. Tape can damage the paper and cause you to cut and waste pieces. Items like ribbon and bows can be kept away in an organizer. A specialty holiday wrap box is great for packing away gift supplies. The many compartments will keep everything organized in one place. Its shape is great for storing in a closet or under the bed for easy access.
Mini storage containers or boxes are perfect for keeping your
figurines safe throughout the year. It's important to keep them
wrapped for extra protection and cushion. Bubble wrap or tissue is
best. Try to avoid newspaper as the ink can sometimes rub off on
your piece. Save the tissue you receive with your gifts and reuse it
to wrap your holiday collectibles!
January is organization month! Do you need a little help or have a loved one or friend that could? I am offering 15% off my hourly fee this month only! I want everyone to get organized. So share the news…..It's a great way to live!
Now more than ever,
Many times the clutter we have is due to emotional attachment to the item. If you find things piling up too high, is it the emotion that keeps you from throwing it out? If memory is important, take a picture of the item, put it in your photo album of memories and toss it! Better yet, sell it on eBay or donate to a charity (tax write off).
School starts either late this month (or in early September). Traditionally Connecticut has a tax free period on clothes at the end of the month which can be a good deal...if you really need it! It's foolish to pay list price to save 6.35% when it might be 20% (or more!) the following week. Also, make sure it is something you or your family will truly use. It's not a bargain if it is hanging in your closet!
Are you a computerholic? Too connected with your laptop, cell phone, iPod, and more? Try budgeting your time and discover the off switch. This will give you more time to be sociable, be ORGANIZED, relax, and enjoy hobbies and more. It is awesome to be away from all distractions for a day, a long weekend, or on vacation! Unless you're chief of surgery at the hospital, it's good to know we're dispensable.
Are you a paperholic? If so, start today with a new system - clear old papers, magazines newspapers out of the way and start fresh-with today’s papers. Try a new system when opening mail or buying the newspaper. Look at your habits and try something different. Immediately toss junk mail and set up an immediate in box that holds bills or items that need immediate care.
Address these papers and see how you feel after you toss them away and clear the clutter? Chances are you will feel great and in control of your day.
If you do not know what to do with it, or where to put it or why you ever bought it in the first place, or if looking at it depresses you, throw it out or at least donate it! Never keep anything that makes you feel heavy or weighed down - "clear the clutter and you'll clear the mind!”
Don’t be an April
Preventing clutter - the mailbox provides too much clutter for all of us. If you think you'll throw out that piece of mail in 3 months, recycle it immediately. If you're getting bills, have them emailed to avoid the paper. We all love getting coupons for discounts, etc. A tiny magnetic bin on the side of the refrigerator is a perfect place to put them. If not, use a giant baggy (clear!) to shove them into and bring it with you when shopping. Make sure you do a purge every 4-6 weeks to remove expired ones.
Use a dish drainer that is normally next to a sink in your pots and pan area. This will keep ALL the lids organized and easy to find.
Ignore your peers and neighbors! Peer pressure is powerful, and one of the most dangerous paths to clutter. Clutter is a poor investment. Buy only what you need and use - period!
Out with the old to organize your home - At least box it up and put a question mark on it with today's date. After six months, if you have not used or thought about it, get rid of it.
'Tis the season! Keep the shopping list and all receipts in ONE clearly labeled large envelope or ziplock bag...makes it much easier for returns and exchanges. Do not forget the less fortunate this holiday season.
As a professional home organizer, it is my job to remind you that the holidays are right around the corner! make sure you keep it simple this year. This is why holiday perfectionism is one of the main causes of holiday stress. Learn to recognize the signs of holiday perfectionism and change them--give yourself a break and really enjoy the holidays this year!
Never shop without a list. It helps keep you on a budget. When clothes shopping, ask yourself “do I love it? Can I afford it? Can I wear it with my other clothes?” Make October and every month a good decision making month!
September is a great time to get organized. Start small (a medicine chest, closet or cabinet), take everything out and make a decision on each item - to keep, to donate or throw away. Turn on some music to make it more enjoyable
If you clear your clutter, you WILL clear your mind! Do not let the clutter control you - if you have not used it or worn it in 6 months GET RID OF IT!
Follow one tip, it is simple: For everything that you own, designate a place for it - label bins for some of those places / things to make it easier to remember. Then simply put it back where it belongs when done using it. It takes practice - you'll see it works!
Storage facilities - unless you live in a 250 square foot studio apartment in midtown NYC, they are a BAD idea. They suck down your cash. The chances of ever using any of this is about 2%. Get rid of that storage unit and put that money saved in your retirement fund or take a vacation!
If any of the items have sentimental value, take a picture of it and put it in your photo album! If it's worth something, sell it at a tag sale, eBay, or a consignment shop. If you don't sell it, donate to charity or a thrift shop. If someone in your family wants it, give them X amount of time to pick it up or else it goes out the door.
WIN - no it's not
winning the game.
Avoid the procrastination habit! We're all guilty of some type of procrastination. The best way to deal with it is to process the task immediately. When you come home, immediately put all the groceries away. If you get junk mail, throw it out, don't let it accumulate before you decide what to do with it. File important mail immediately. Better yet, get your bills electronically and pay them immediately when the email comes. This technique can be applied to almost any task that takes 10 minutes or less.
Not enough time to keep the house tidy?
Gas prices are
soaring (ugh) but most of us still want a vacation. These $$
saving tips will pay for more than a tank of gas!
This is Valentine's month! It's more than just bringing home a dozen roses or a card to your loved one. Investing more than a few moments to think of a special gift pays off . If you're on a budget, a hand made gift certificate to provide anything from a massage to walking the dog is a wonderful idea that will be appreciated. Or purchase an item (not a gift card!) that suits the person's interest or hobby.
February is Archive your Files Month
1. Determine what
January 2011 tip:
A very simple/easy new year's resolution:
Get rid of any object you describe by saying "I would use that if..." or "I used to use that, but...." That means you do not use it. Look around your home and clear the clutter this year.
December 2010 tip:
Step by Step tips for the one week countdown prior to Christmas (or any other major holiday)!
November 2010 tip:
Need more closet
October 2010 tip:
Do you spend too much time trying to organize and tidy the house each day?
Spend only 10 minutes per chore (changing sheets, folding laundry, doing dishes). Use a timer and when it goes off, stop and go onto the next one. You can finish the chore later in the day, i.e. after work. Better yet, get the hubby or kids to chip in. (spouses and children are trainable!)
You will see that you can speed up the process if you focus on it and do it swiftly…..it really helps save time and energy!
September 2010 tip:
Organizing your time is as important as your space. When you are out running errands, make sure you have something you can do while waiting for appointments, in line, etc. Rather than just watching the stock prices or fiddling with your cell phone, bring a book/magazine that you wish to get caught up on.
"Me-time" is just as important as work and family time.