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
  • Relocations
  • Estate Sales

Call us at (310) 560-5060 or email us at info@OrganizingConceptsandDesigns.com to schedule a consultation and learn how you can benefit from Professional Organizing.

Tips from an Organized Mind

Even Professional Organizers Need Help Getting Organized Sometimes

I was talking to a good friend of mine last week and told her that I was going to spend time over the weekend organizing my garage.  She was surprised that my garage wasn’t already organized.   I explained that EVERYONE hits a brick wall at some point in their life or in some place in their life when it comes to organizing.   For me (and my husband), it’s the garage.

Because our home is relatively small, we use our garage for storage.  After we take the time to organize the garage which is usually about once a year, we try our best to keep it that way.   Unfortunately, as time goes on, things slowly but surely get out of hand.  So, while not the perfect scenario, especially for someone as organized as I am, sometimes things just can’t be perfectly organized.   Perfection is hard to maintain so, as I tell all of my clients, getting organized isn’t about perfection.  Getting organized is about:

1.  Being able to find things when you need them (quickly)

2.  Getting rid of things you don’t need (regularly)

3.  Making sure that things are accessible (especially the items you need frequently)

4.  Making sure that things are where they make sense. For example, plates should be in the kitchen. You’re probably thinking… duh, where else would I put plates. Well, you’d be surprised at the crazy places where I find things when organizing for other people.

5.   Having a place for everything that you want to keep.   If it (whatever “it” is) doesn’t have a place it is considered clutter.  If you don’t have room perhaps its time to get rid of something else to make room.   

BTW,  true to my organizing principles, everything does have a place (even in the garage), it’s just that sometimes things don’t find their way back to that place when it comes to the garage.   

One more thing… because I have to share my space with my husband, it helps to get him involved in the process.  Neither of us enjoy spending a day organizing the garage when we can be doing something else (or nothing else as the case may be).  So, if he’s involved in the process, he’s more inclined to TRY to maintain the space, at least for awhile.

So, my point is that things don’t have to be perfect to be organized.  They just have to work for you and whoever else lives with you. 

If you or your loved ones need help getting things organized or better organized and don’t know where to start, give us a call. WE’D LOVE TO HELP!

 

Donating versus Selling

Each and every day I find myself having a conversation with a friend, family member or client about what to do with things they no longer want.  Most start out with telling me they’d like to sell whatever it is.   Of course, in a perfect world, we’d all like to make money from selling items that we no longer want that we either inherited or bought at some point. Unfortunately, that’s just not always the case.  
 
In order to sell something, whether it be clothing, furniture (antique or otherwise), tech gadgets/computers/cell phones) or china, THERE MUST BE VALUE and that term means different things to different people.
 
Sentimental value and fair market value are different.  Sentimental value is something that you really can’t put a price on while fair market value can be determined. Fair market value is what other people are willing to pay for something.  We do our best to figure out fair market value by researching various sites on the internet, asking trusted advisors, looking up information in books and, in some cases, simply asking a potential seller and/or buyer what they think is reasonable based on their knowledge of a particular item.  So, as you can see, there’s no set value for used items, sentimental or otherwise.
 
So, how do you know if something that you have should be donated or might be worth selling?   Here are some loose guidelines:
 
1.    If you know that something doesn’t have much value ($50 or under for example), then donations would probably be your best option.  The value for this type of situation would be a donation receipt that you can later use for your taxes.
 
       NOTE:  If you decide to donate something please make sure that it is not: broken, missing a piece, stained, soiled, ripped or tattered.  In other words if someone else has to fix it before using it do NOT donate it.  
 
2.    If you have something that has sentimental value, ie., something that has been passed down from a loved on, try to find a receipt or document that contains information about that item so that a current value can be found.   
 
       NOTE:  If you are thinking about selling an item that has sentimental value, be realistic. That item will not have the same value to someone else. 
 
3.    Unfortunately not everything can be donated and, likewise, not everything can be sold.   Sometimes you just have to let it go.
 
       NOTE:   Seriously, it’s okay to get rid of things that you no longer need or want.  Not everything has value.
 
4.    If you want to try selling something on your own to avoid paying fees to a third part, there are many companies out there that you can try.  To name a few of the top on-line companies: Craig’s List, Ebay, Amazon.  Of course there are also local consignment stores and auction houses that you can try.   
 
       NOTE:   If you want to contact a local consignment store or auction house, make sure that you have as much information as possible, including photographs of the item(s), so that they can determine whether or not there is any interest.  They will ask you for this information so please be prepared so as not to waste their time or yours.
 
5.    If you’d like to sell something and you’re not sure if it has value or what the value is and/or don’t have the time to figure it out, I WOULD LOVE TO BE OF SERVICE!
 
       NOTE:  You can call, text or email anytime.

Press

We Looked at 813 Home Organizers in Los Angeles and Picked the Top 20

by Expertise.com

Organizing Concepts and Designs

Based in Encino, Organizing Concepts and Designs provides home and office organization throughout the Los Angeles area as well as assistance with relocations and estate sales. Founder Dina Newman is a long-time member of the National Association of Professional Organizers who strives to uphold the association's tenets of respect and confidentiality. Organizing Concepts and Designs was named Best of Thumbtack for 2016 and received both the Angie's List Super Service Award and Encino Small Business Excellence Award.

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Meet Dina Newman of Organizing Concepts and Designs in Encino and Los Angeles County

by Voyagela.com Today we’d like to introduce you to Dina Newman.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.

After working as a Legal Assistant/Office Manager for 30 years I decided to start an Organizing business. I wanted to take the skills and experience that I acquired while working in the legal industry and my natural organizational talents to help others get organized or better organized, as the case may be. Organizing Concepts and Designs, aka OCD, has given me a positive and powerful way to channel my OCD tendencies. Our services include Residential Organizing, Office Organizing, Relocations and Estate Sales. Organizing Concepts and Designs has 5 Star ratings with Yelp, GoogleMyBusiness, Angie’s List and Thumbtack.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?

For the most part, my journey has been smooth. While there’s always bumps in the road, I’ve learned how to navigate them by learning from the experience. I find that the hardest thing is keeping up with technology and social media. That said, I know that the only way to stay relevant is to keep learning and doing my best to keep up with the latest trends.

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