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Why am I keeping this? Organizing 101 Ground Rules! Do you find yourself hesitating to get rid of things? Having “organizing ground rules” will help you make easier, quicker decisions.
Rule #1: Do a little at a time. Rather than set out to declutter the entire house, use the Outside In Approach “1-at-a-Time Rule”. One closet, drawer, surface, etc. at a time.
Rule #2: The 3 P’s – plan, prepare, purge. Determine your goal, schedule time to execute your plan, have the supplies you’ll need on hand, know where you are going to donate, discard, recycle,or consign. Have the bins, bags ready. Have the time to take the purged items away that same day, if possible.
Rule #3: Ask yourself guiding questions to help make decisions. Do I love it? Do I need it now, or in the next 3 months? Is it in working or wearable condition? Can someone else use it more than me? Does it still serve my purposes? Be gentle, don’t judge yourself.
Closet Organizing Tips: How To Change Seasons Sadly, summer is almost over and before you know it you’ll need to transition to your fall wardrobe (even here in San Diego). I recommend setting up several ground rules to make the transition easy.
First, let’s talk about letting items go. If you didn’t wear it at all this summer and it’s in good condition, put it into the DONATE or CONSIGN bag.
RETURN UNWORN ITEMS: If it still has tags on it and you never wore it, return it for store credit.
Second, if something is worn out or soiled and beyond repair or laundering, DISCARD it. You deserve better!
If you need summer clothing that fits and is still in style but needs to be LAUNDERED or DRY CLEANED, do it now and put it in your summer storage area for next year. Move it out to make room for the coming season.
How to organize your summer to-do list: We all want to feel a sense of accomplishment. Here are 3 things to guarantee your success:
BE REALISTIC: That means that you want to consider balancing your list with other aspects of your life (family, work, vacation); you don’t want to spend all weekend working on these projects, or do you? Be realistic about your time as well as your energy. Break larger tasks up into manageable shorter projects rather than try to get everything done at once.
PRIORITIZE: 1 strategy is to do the things that you like the least and get them off your list! Another factor is that there may be time sensitive projects such as getting the guest room ready for visitors. Be aware of your deadlines and start early enough.
RECRUIT HELP: Seriously, teamwork is more fun and you don’t need to do everything yourself. Maybe you have a neighbor that has similar projects and you can help one another. Of course, you can always hire a Professional Organizer to help you.
First Thing to Organize This Summer! Create an end of school year ritual and purge the backpack. No matter what the student’s age you can get him or her involved as well.
Have the student take everything out and place it on a cleared surface.
Have him/her identify what can be discarded or recycled.
Help him/her identify what can be donated to an organization or camp.
Help him/her identify what to keep (it’s okay to ask “what will you use it for?”).
Art work – have him/her keep the favorites to either frame, put into a scrapbook, or scan and save in a file!
3 Ways Complete Your List of Summer Projects! Summer is approaching and it’s a great time to de-clutter and organize all of the closets in your home. Here are 3 surefire ways to make sure that you get this project, and others completed:
#1: Prepare! Have a plan: schedule day(s) and time(s) to do the work. Gather materials you will need beforehand. Identify donation and consignment locations that will pick up items; their hours of operation.
#2: Outside In Organizer’s “1-at-a-time Rule”: Work in 1 area at a time. Moving from 1 place to another, even to just put something where it belongs, will distract you and interrupt your workflow. Set a timer for how long you are going to work in that area and don’t stop until you hear the timer; be realistic and don’t work for too long, you will get discouraged.
#3: Reward yourself! Take before and after photos to enjoy your accomplishments. Enjoy the clear space without trying to fill it up again. Hang an inspiring photo or small mirror in the cleared space. Save the money you receive from consignment sales and enjoy a massage!
What to pack? Organized traveling tips. Keeping it simple makes travel much easier. Some useful tips for organizing:
1. Use a checklist. During the trip, note the items you didn’t need to bring & add the ones you wished you brought with you. Revise the list when you get home.
2. Use a color theme for your clothing. This will enable you to mix and match your separates and increase the number of outfits you have to wear with a minimal number of pieces.
3. Plan to wear clothing more than once…who cares?
4. Limit the number of shoes. You probably don’t need more than 2! You can make a dressier outfit more casual with cute flats, and vice versa with heels and a casual outfit.
5. Don’t bring all of your makeup. Find all-in-one products and kits, instead.
6. Think technology! Consider an e-reader like a Kindle or Nook instead of lugging books. Take notes on a tablet, skip the pen and paper.
Organized Traveling – What to Wear What if your flight is delayed or cancelled? What if you are sitting on the runway for hours? What if you miss your flight but your luggage didn’t? Yikes, all of these what-if’s! Most of the time everything goes as planned but it’s good to think about what to wear when you head to the airport, as well as what to have in your carry on bag.
Years ago I remember that the airlines changed my return flight and I was forced to take the red-eye. That meant that upon arrival I had to go directly to the office. Fortunately, I was able to wear something appropriate for the office and take the basics in my carry on: healthy snacks, eye drops, make up, and hair spray to refresh my appearance. During the flight I made sure to keep hydrated and only had coffee just before landing. Next time you organize for your trip think about what you choose to bring and do during the flight so that you are prepared for the unexpected. You will feel better, I promise.
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We could all use help with managing our time, improving our image, and organizing ourselves as well as our belongings. Denise speaks to groups who are interested in learning more about these important elements in our lives. Groups include social circles, wedding & baby showers, lunch-n-learns, networking groups, and any other group interested in learning strategies to improve themselves and their lives. Her audiences have included the Rancho Santa Fe Business Professional Women, Business Network International chapter, Rotary and Lion’s Club chapters, and more.