Organizing Services Los Angeles & San Fernando Valley
Tired of living in clutter? Not enough space in the closet? Papers all over your desk? Need to plan a move or have an Estate Sale and don't know where to begin? We can help! Organizing Concepts & Designs is a full service Professional Organizing Company serving Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. Here's just a few of the services that we provide:
- Residential Organizing
- Office Organizing
- Estate Sales
If you’re like most people, you’ve either thought of or actually made a New Years Resolution. Believe it or not, organizing is right up there in the top 10 list of resolutions. I love that!
The problem is, and I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t already know, that most people don’t stay with it. Whether it’s losing weight, eating healthier, going to the gym or getting organized, which are all great resolutions, it’s difficult to actually stay on track.
So, whatever your New Year’s Resolution is, to make this year better than last, here’s some tips to help you stay on track:
1. Determine what the goal is. If losing weight is the goal, determine how much weight so there is a definitive goal.
2. Make a plan. You know the saying “a goal without a plan is just a wish”. Put time on your calendar to get it (whatever “it” is) done. Even if you only have a few minutes, it’s better than nothing and it’s still inching you towards the goal.
3. Break “it” down into actionable steps. If organizing is the goal, determine what area(s) you want to organize. Let’s say it’s organizing the garage. Instead of trying to tackle it all in one day, try first looking at the garage from the outside and determine what can be thrown away immediately (garbage, empty boxes, broken furniture). Then figure out what you want to donate and put those items together. Now that you’ve got more room in the garage to you can move on to the next step. It’s a process and does NOT need to get done in one day.
4. Find someone to help. If you have a significant other or a friend that can help, ASK FOR HELP! If you’re going for the garage, which is a big undertaking, maybe you can offer to help the person you ask, with something that they need to get done.
5. Make it fun. Put on some music. Set a timer to see how much you were able to accomplish during that time. Take before and after photos so you can see the progress. Reward yourself when you’re finished (but only when you’re finished).
6. Set a deadline. Figure out realistically how long this project should take. Make an appointment with yourself and put it on your calendar. If it’s on your calendar it’s more likely to get done.
I think that people make resolutions, especially New Years Resolutions, because they really want to accomplish something that they haven’t been able to do. Make 2016 the year you actually do it. It’s not that hard. It just takes some a goal, a plan and some action.
If you need help with an organizing project of any kind, give us a call. We’d love to help!
Wishing you all an incredible and prosperous 2016.
Someone asked me the other day if I was super organized. Without hesitation I answered Yes.
The next questions was how do you stay organized? Great question and one I get asked ALL OF THE TIME. The answer: Time Management. Probably not what she was expecting me to say BUT, it’s so true.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. We all have a lot of s*-t to do. I hear it all the time. “I need more hours in the day”. No, that’s not we need. If we had more time in the day we’d just all fill it up with more to do.
So, here’s some quick and easy ways to manage your time more efficiently every day:
- Give yourself extra time. Wouldn’t it be nice to get somewhere a little early, even if its just a few minutes, rather than to stress out over being late. Since you have no control over traffic and other variables, why push the limit? Get started a little earlier. Just a little.
- Make it a habit. If you normally wake up at 7:00 AM during the week but you’re always feeling rushed or stressed, set your clock just a few minutes earlier. Even 10 minutes will help. Leave the clock set for the earlier time. You’ll get used to it like everything else. Just give it time (no pun intended) Oh, and no pushing the snooze alarm! If it’s that difficult to get up 10 minutes earlier, then seriously get to sleep earlier. This isn’t that difficult and you can do it. I have faith in you!
- Do not add another thing to do in the morning during that extra time. This time is for you! The purpose is to get out on time without being stressed out or running late.
- Have a plan! I plan over the weekend for the coming week. Do I always get everything done? No! But I do prioritize so that the important things do get done. The other stuff sometimes has to wait. But, having a plan, knowing what needs to get done makes it easier to stay on track. So much easier! It might be something as simple as writing a To Do list. It might be going through your calendar and reminding yourself what appointments you have so you can be prepared. Whatever it is, I can assure you that planning ahead will make your life easier.
- Don’t make this more difficult than it needs to be. We live in a 24/7 world with lots to do. Everyone is busy! If you’re tired of constantly rushing, being stressed out, running late or feeling overwhelmed because you just can’t seem to keep up or catch up, see #1 above (Give yourself extra time). You may want to consider giving something up but if it will make a difference I’m thinking it would be worth it to get off the hamster wheel.
I have been sending out this newsletter now for over 5 years. For those of you who open it and read it, I hope you have gotten a sense of who I am, what I do and why.
For those of you who are new and have just recently signed up or, for whatever reason, decided to start reading, the readers digest version is: I am a Professional Organizer and one of my specialties is residential organizing. That covers everything from linen closets to bedrooms to playrooms to the garage. There isn’t a place in a home that I can’t improve upon. I help people get organized or “better” organized as the case may be.
One of the reasons I started Organizing Concepts and Designs (aka OCD) is because organizing comes naturally to me. It’s just something I’ve always done for myself and for others. I can walk into a room full of clutter or boxes and make sense of it all. I can make that space more efficient.
Here’s the problem…my house is under construction, and it looks like a tornado hit it. There’s stuff everywhere. Much as I tried to contain it prior to and during the construction, it was just impossible. After living this way for a few weeks, I am now completely overwhelmed. I don’t know where to start to put “humpty dumpty back together again”. Why is it that I can do this for everyone else but I’m having trouble figuring this out for myself? The answer is simple. It’s never easy when it’s your stuff.
So, even though I know exactly what to do I am going to hire a Professional Organizer to help me. Here’s the questions and thoughts I had that led me to the decision to hire another P.O.:
1. Why should I do it myself?
2. Even if I can do it myself, it’s always better and quicker to have another set of hands.
3. Maybe another P.O. will have some insight into organizing products that I haven’t thought of before.
4. Perhaps I can organize things differently which might even be better than it was.
5. It would be great to have another perspective.
Bottom line is I’m going to give it a try. I’ll let you know next time how that worked out.
All I know is I can’t wait to get some order back in my life.
If you are asking yourself the same questions about your closet, a place in your house or your paperwork, give us a call. WE CAN HELP!
Agoura, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Bel Air, Moorpark, Oak Park, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, West Hills, Encino, Tarzana, Reseda, Valley Village, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Northridge, Granada Hills, Canoga Park, North Hills, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Chatsworth, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Santa Clarita, West Los Angeles, West Hollywood