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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
Tips from an Organized Mind
I was talking to a prospective client last week and he brought up a subject that I think warrants some attention. Storage! He said he was currently sharing a house with other people and was running out of room in his quarters. He wanted to know if I thought he should get a storage unit. I was actually THRILLED that he asked for my input before just going out and renting a storage unit.
Needless to say my answer was a resounding NO. However, I was able to give him some ideas as to how to get more out of the space he has. For the moment, I was able to talk him out of renting a storage unit.
I can’t tell you how many times in a month that we get calls from people who want to clear out their storage units after years (and I do mean years) of paying for storage. Most of the time after we’ve finished clearing out the storage unit, our clients are amazed at how much money they’ve spent (or should I say wasted) on rent because most of the time the contents weren’t worth holding on to or, for that matter, storing.
Here’s some interesting facts:
• If you rent a storage unit you’re contributing to a $154 billion industry – bigger than the Hollywood film industry
• 1 in 11 American households has a self-storage space and spend over $1,000 a year in rent
Before I give you my many reasons why I think storage is a waste of money, I want to acknowledge that there always extenuating circumstances and there are times when storage is necessary.
Here’s a few good reasons to rent a storage unit:
1. When you’re moving but don’t know where and, therefore, not sure of what to take (or not)
2. When you’re remodeling and don’t want your belongings to get ruined in the process
3. When you have to clear the contents of a loved one’s home and you don’t have time or the wherewithal to figure things out
4. When it’s for the short term (ie, the end of a college year but you’re returning the following season)
5. When you have no other options and it’s only for a short period of time
Now for my rant about why having a storage unit is usually NOT a good idea:
More often than not, storage units become an abyss. Once again, more often than not, it becomes a catchall. We wind up putting anything and everything in there that we’re not sure of or that we don’t want to make a decision about. Sometimes it’s because there’s no more room in the house or garage.
Before long the storage unit is full of who knows what and the thought of getting in there to figure it out is, in itself, overwhelming. So it just sits there. Month after month, year after year. In the meantime the costs keep adding up. At the end of the day, you’re using your hard-earned money to pay for storing “stuff” that you aren’t using and probably don’t need.
So, if you have a storage unit, spending who knows how much money, let’s talk. Maybe you really don’t need it after-all. Perhaps we can figure out another option. I do know one thing for sure and that is I can help you come up with countless other ways to spend that money.
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’ve been doing Estate Sales for many years now and it seems that there’s a lot of misconceptions about what an Estate Sale is or isn’t. I’m hoping that the following will provide some helpful information about Estate Sales.
An Estate Sale IS an accumulation of someone’s life-long possessions. It includes everything from artwork, antiques, furniture, jewelry, silver, collections, clothing, tools, china, flatware, appliances, CDs, albums, frames, books, electronics, clothing and just about anything else you can imagine. It consists of an entire house full of items that have different values or price points.
An Estate Sale is NOT: Individual or random things that people no longer want or need like a bedroom set and an old TV.
Estate Sale -vs- Garage Sale: One main difference between an Estate Sale and a Garage Sale is the total value of the items to be sold.
*NOTE: When contemplating whether you want to have an Estate Sale remember… “One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure”. Therefore, DO NOT donate or throw away anything before meeting with an Estate Sale company as you may greatly diminish the value of your sale.
Organizing Concepts and Designs offers our clients a full-service experience. In addition to our organizing services which include organizing, downsizing, packing and unpacking, we also facilitate Estate Sales from beginning to end. If you or someone you know needs help determining whether an Estate Sale is a viable option, we can help. Here are some of the services that we provide:
*We offer a FREE consultation to determine if an Estate Sale would be profitable for all involved.
*If hired, we then organize and set-up everything that’s for sale.
*We then research and price all items to be sold. If we don’t know the value of something we bring in someone who does, at our cost.
*We provide the advertising and marketing.
*We have a strong online presence and an extensive list of people that follow us and shop at our sales.
*We send several newsletters before each sale which include photographs of the contents of the house and reminders about the sale.
*We also advertise on estatesale.net to reach a larger audience. Again, this is at our cost!
Our Estate Sales are commission based. We will determine the commission split at the time of our initial consultation.
After a “typical” Estate Sale, there are usually items left to dispose of. This service is NOT included as part of the Estate Sale. However, we do offer services to facilitate that process as well so that the house is completely empty: The options are:
From helping you determine whether an Estate Sale is right for you to making sure that the house is empty, we handle the entire process from beginning to end! It is our goal to greatly reduce the stress associated with downsizing, moving and/or handling the estate of a loved one.
One last thing…Organizing Concepts and Designs is insured and bonded!
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