Many of my clients tell me they have tried to get organized and just can’t do it. They are smart, capable people, so why haven’t they succeeded? Many times we thwart our own best efforts, but if we make small adjustments in our processes it can lead to huge strides in living an organized life. Below my close friend and fellow Professional Organizer Kirsten Fisher shares some of the top things her clients tend to do to sabotage themselves. See if you can relate…
1. Shop First. Buying cute containers may help motivate us into getting organized but it won’t create the right system. Taking your things and throwing them in a pretty bin is not organization. It won’t last once you start to use it. What should be your first step?
Sort. The first step is always sort. Determine what you have by category. Completely empty the space to put all […]
One of the easiest ways to stay organized is to limit the amount of things coming into your life. The less stuff you have in the form of belongings and information, the less you have to organize. In my fifteen years of being a professional organizer, I have helped countless individuals sift through their piles of papers and overflowing email inboxes to find what seems to be an overwhelming amount of junk. In addition, so many people I know receive multiple telemarketer calls each day. All of these unwanted communications become distractions and noise in our already busy lives. In this blog post, I’ve created a checklist for you to follow in order to opt yourself out of unwanted mail, e-mail and phone calls. In addition, I’ve included a few other things you need to know to keep unwanted info from coming into your life. Hopefully, after accomplishing the tasks […]
Imagine that it’s a Saturday morning and you are finally ready to organize your garage. You’ve put the task off for way too long, and today is the day you’ve decided to get it done once and for all. As you open the garage door and are staring at the cluttered contents before you, you feel overwhelmed and discouraged because you have no idea where to start. In this blog, I am going to outline a five-step process called S.P.A.C.E. to help guide your organizing.
As a Professional Organizer people tell me all the time that they are overwhelmed with their clutter and have no idea where or how to start organizing. I am going to share with you the simple process I have used for years to organize just about any space.
When I was just starting as a professional organizer over 15 years ago […]
It’s summertime! Summer often means fun-filled trips to the beach, road trips, summer camp, and family vacations. But with travel comes the need to prepare for traveling. Packing can be especially stressful when you aren’t organized. Set yourself up for a successful summer vacation even before it starts. Save more of your energy for the trip itself by using these 9 super simple tips to create your packing process.
Use a Packing Checklist
For as long as I can remember I have used a packing checklist to help me prepare for every trip I’ve been on. This checklist continually gets updated as my needs and the needs of my family change. I usually print this checklist out about a week before I head out so I can slowly gather everything that is needed. You can download the packing checklist I use by clicking here or you could try using […]
Your children are free (or almost free) for summer break! Although school is over, the mountain of school-related papers in your home remains. As the beach beckons, do you wish there was an easy way to calm this chaos once and for all? Do you fear the next school year will be much of the same with an overabundance of artwork that gets damaged and overtakes your counters?
If this resonates with you, you are not alone! As a mom and Professional Organizer, I understand the struggle to keep up with art masterpieces and school papers that seem to multiply overnight. With so many other daily to-dos facing your family, it’s tough to manage all that is coming in. The good news is that the start of the summer is the best time to set up a system that will set you and your children up for success next year.
In this […]