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
Tips from an Organized Mind
It might be a little early to talk about Spring Cleaning but its finally getting warmer, the rain is letting up and it’s been on my mind. So, I thought I’d provide a different take on Spring Cleaning. Instead of giving you tips and tricks on how to go about your Spring Cleaning rituals, I want to talk about the things that never seem to come up when we get ready to tackle our Spring Cleaning chores. For example, most articles talk about switching out winter clothes for spring and summer clothing, house cleaning from dusting to window washing to carpet cleaning. But what about all the other things like:
1. Cleaning and/or replacing make-up brushes or hairbrushes.
2. Cleaning out the junk drawer or any drawer for that matter.
3. Instead of just switching out winter clothes for Spring, what about going through & getting rid of the clothes you didn’t wear this winter before storing them away.
4. How about going through the cabinets & closets throughout the house. I don’t mean all at once but, every so often it’s a good thing to go through these areas to determine what to keep, what to donate and what to toss. Break it down & do one cabinet or one closet at a time until you’ve gone through them all. It will take time but there’s no rush. Afterall Spring is still a couple of months away.
5. When was the last time you looked at the stacks of magazines that seem to pile up around the house in different areas (think bathroom)? Do a sweep of the house & get rid of any magazines that are older than 3 months. The only exception is if you or a loved one are in that magazine.
6. Have you looked at the kitchen counter lately? Are there appliances or other random items that are there just because they’ve been there and not necessarily because anyone is using them. Take anything off the counter that really doesn’t need to be out. Put it away or give it away if you don’t need it or want it any longer.
7. Medicine cabinets don’t get much love either. Take a few minutes & throw away the old razers, expired medications & make-up that you haven’t used in several months. After you make some room you can put away the other things that have been on the counter because there was no room in the medicine cabinet.
8. Book shelves. Look closely & see how many objects, other than books, are on the shelves. Oftentimes there are so many other objects that you can’t even get to a book without having to move the other items (ie, photographs & small objects that you didn’t know what to do with so you just put them on the shelf). Wouldn’t it be great if you could just pull out a book that you want to read without having to move everything over to get to it? Move 90% of anything that is not a book off the book shelf. Keep a photo or a chotschke or two but move the rest out of the way so that you can actually see the books. Find other more appropriate homes for those items that don’t belong on the book shelf.
9. Wires and cables and chargers Oh My! I see it all of the time. A box or bag or drawer full of wires and cables and chargers that nobody seems to need. You’re probably saving them “just in case” but mostly they are for items that you no longer have. If you had the item you would undoubtedly need the wire that came with it for one reason or another. Soooo, if you haven’t needed it for a few months chances are you won’t ever need it. At the very least, go through them and sort and purge in the process.
10. Finally, get rid of anything that “you’ve been meaning to fix or mend” and just haven’t gotten to it. The broken piece of ceramic from your favorite mug, the ripped article of clothing, the handbag with the missing shoulder strap. I’m sure your intentions were good but, if it’s been sitting around waiting to be fixed for a few months, perhaps its time to let it go.
To be clear, I’m not saying that the above should take the place of Spring Cleaning. I’m just suggesting that there are other things and places around your home that need attention too.
I’d love to hear from you if you thought this was helpful. If not, I’d still like to know.
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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