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!
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:
What does that even mean? I think we all have a different idea of what organizing means.
As a Professional Organizer, this is what being organized means to me:
1. Being able to easily find things when I want or need them. When I say “easily” it means that I don’t have to spend more than a few seconds/minutes to get my hands on the item that I want. I know where it is!
2. Being able to access things when I want or need them. This means that I don’t have to move around several other items to get to the item that I want.
** The caveat is that sometimes we store things in the garage or in the attic which makes it more difficult to get to or reach. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not organized. If for example, you have some memorabilia stored in a bin that’s properly labeled but happens to be located in the rafters in the garage, IMO, that’s still organized.
3. Being safe in my surroundings. Being able to navigate my way around without having to step over something and/or without having to move something out of the way. Not being afraid that if I reach to get something that other items might fall on top of me.
4. Time management is key! If you’re organized you will have more time to get things done and ultimately more time to yourself. My favorite time management tool is my calendar and I use it every day, all day. It includes all of my appointments, all calls that I have to make and all things that I have to do. It keeps me on track. Of course there’s always those things that don’t get done. When then happens I just carry it over to the next day or the next week to make sure that whatever it is still gets done. I just prioritize whenever possible.
5. Finally, being organized means that my house and office have to be presentable at all times. It doesn’t mean it has to be perfect or look like a picture from a magazine. For me it’s just easier to stay on top of things and do a little every day to make sure that my surroundings are presentable.
One of the questions I get asked the most from prospective clients is “How long will it take?” What a great question…
Most people want a time frame: one hour, four hours, something concrete. Unfortunately, the answer is not that easy. The answer I ALWAYS give is: “Organizing is a process!
Whatever the situation may be, the process depends on so many different factors. Some factors include availability, interruptions, physical restrictions. However, I think the most important factor is typically how quickly you, the client, can make decisions.
For example, if the job is about de-cluttering one person might quickly be able to pick up an item and decide whether to keep it, toss it, donate it, file it, store it. If you can make decisions quickly and keep distractions and interruptions to a minimum, the process will go quickly.
However, another person might need to tell the story about how they got the item in the first place. They might not be ready to let it go until they make some calls to see if someone else might want it, they may want to take a photo of it before they let it go. If that’s the case, the process will take more time.
Most people would like to think they are great decision makers so they think the process will go by quickly. However, that’s not always the case. Expecially when it comes to family heirlooms or memorabilia. Items that have sentimental value usually take more time.
Whatever the situation is, it’s all okay. We will work with you, our client, as quickly and efficiently as possible by helping you make the decisions, figure out what to do with the items or papers and facilitate the entire process.
Do you or someone you love need to get “better” organized? Need help in the garage? Need to get the filing done?
Give us a call or send us an email and let us help.
I’ve been sending out this newsletter for the past five years and decided it was time for me to get up close and personal with you.
If you have been reading my newsletters for awhile you know that I always post the latest before and after photos of our most recent work.
This month I’d like to share with you some photos of some of the areas in my home.
Yes, it’s a bit over-the-top but, as most of you already know, I do have OCD (which is the acronym for Organizing Concepts and Designs). While I don’t expect that you should keep your closets and cupboards this way, I do. I can’t help it. It’s what I do, it’s who I am!
When I work with you (my clients) I don’t pass judgment on you so I’m hoping that you will extend the same courtesy. However, if you can laugh at this insanity, go for it! I’m good with that. Laughter is a good thing.
On a serious note, here are five tips to keep your s**t together!
1. Do a little bit every day. Something, anything will suffice.
2. If you take something out, put it back in it’s proper place.
3. If it doesn’t have a home, find one or donate it or toss it.
4. Keep like with like (glasses with glasses, cups with cups… you get the idea)
5. If you buy something new, get rid of something old. One in, one out. There’s just so much space.