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 to schedule a consultation and learn how you can benefit from Professional Organizing.

Tips from an Organized Mind

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.

The Fundamentals of Organizing

I know its Springtime but I just didn’t want to write about Spring Cleaning.   Everyone else is and you probably have your own way of going about your Spring Cleaning anyway. Also, I’ve written about Spring Cleaning in the past so you can access my words of wisdom on that subject on my website.

I’ve been trying to come up with an interesting topic for this month’s newsletter and thought that The Fundamentals of Organizing would as good as any.  So, here goes…

When organizing, and it doesn’t matter what it is that you’re organizing or want to organize, the fundamentals are really always the same.  Of course there’s many different approaches to organizing but, again, the fundamentals (the basics so to speak) remain the same.

  1.  Choose an area.   For example, instead of organizing the whole house, choose an area in the house.   For the purpose of this article, let’s say you choose your home office.    
  2.  Get all of your supplies together.  You’ll need bags for trash, a box or 2 for donations and a rag to wipe down the areas that have been cleared off.
  3.  Break the task down further.  For example, the office has many things going on. There might be an abundance of books on shelves; there might be piles of paper on the desk; there might be a storage cabinet for your supplies.   So, pick an area within the office to organize.   Again, for the purposes of this article, let’s choose the storage cabinet.
  4.  Make sure that you set aside a chunk of time, at least a few hours, to get the job done.  Preferably the time you set aside will be, for the most part, uninterrupted.   The more distractions you allow, the slower the process will be.  If you only have a few hours set a timer or alarm to keep you on track.
  5.  I know this is going to sound crazy and overwhelming but trust me, its the best way.  Clear everything out of the storage cabinet.  EVERYTHING!
  6.  Start purging.  Throw away anything that is broken, missing a piece, expired, no longer working.   Put anything that is no longer useful, to you or anyone else, in the trash.   Remember you have a trash bag (see #2 above) so just put these items directly into the trash.  
  7.  Donate:  Anything that you no longer need or want but that is still in good condition and someone else can use can be donated.  For example, you may have recently purchased a new automatic stapler so perhaps you can donate the other older staplers. Put anything that you no longer need, use or want in the box that you have designated for donations (see #2 above).  Put a post-it on the box indicating that it is a “donations” box so nobody mistakes it for trash.  
  8.  Sort.   Put things into categories.   For example, put all tape and glue together, put all small supplies together (ie, paper clips, binder clips, staples, thumbtacks); put all writing utensils together (ie, pens, markers, pencils, erasers).   
  9.  If there are random things that don’t necessarily belong in the storage cabinet but do belong in the office, put them off to the side in something (think small box or canister or tupperware) until the other areas of the office can be organized and you can figure out where they should be.  
  10. Like with Like! Place like items in a container or baggie or basket.   For the small items like paper clips, use a plastic baggie.  For pens, markers, pencils use a small box.  I like to use the boxes that I get from the bank with my checks as they’re the perfect size.   You can use tupperware as well.  Whatever gets the job done!
  11. Put everything away.  Put anything that you use frequently on the shelf that is easiest to see and reach in the storage cabinet.  Important:  place heavy items on the bottom shelf so that they don’t fall off and hit anyone.  
  12. Clean up.  Take the trash out.  Put the box of donations by the front door or in your car so that you don’t forget to take it with you when you leave the house.   
  13. Now that you’re finished organizing the storage cabinet in the office pat yourself on the back for a job well done.  Then, set aside some time to organize another area.   Put the date and time in your calendar and make sure you keep the appointment with yourself.   This will keep you motivated and keep the process moving along.   
  14. Follow the same steps as above when you move on to the next area.  
  15. I HIGHLY recommend that you continue working on another area that needs to get organized in the office or whatever room you decide to start in.  In other words, finish one room before moving on to another.  

If for some reason, you can’t or don’t want to do this alone,  why not get help?  WE’D LOVE TO BE OF SERVICE!  Give us a call. We’re ready when you are…



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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 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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