As a Newton Professional Organizer, I am lucky to have the opportunity to discuss getting organized with many different media sources. I sat with Emily Rooney for her radio show to talk about how to conquer digital clutter.
Listen to the clip at: http://www.wgbh.org/programs/The-Emily-Rooney-Show-854/episodes/Thurs-51712Conquering-Digital-Clutter-38713
Do you know what you want to keep? What you want to throw away? I can help. I can show you how to cut your paper work and filing time in half, just by identifying what you can toss and what you should take the time to file.
I’m MJ Rosenthal, Newton professional organizer and organizational coaching specializing in helping people create balance between space, belongings and time – and providing coaching and training for Clients with ADD and Executive Function challenges.
Is your office and all of that paper your achilles heel? Does it feel like you will never get it under control – or maybe you don’t even know where to start. SPACE: Sort, Purge, Assign, Contain & Engage/Evaluate.
An Organized Life will not only help you get to where you want to be, we also transfer and teach you the skills so you can continue to stay in control.
42 Weekend Home Organization Projects You Can Do This Weekend
Many home organization projects can be completed quickly in under 10 minutes, and some can take 20-30 minutes to complete. There is another set of projects that really need a few hours of work, and I am calling those Weekend Home Organization Projects. This way you can devote an entire weekend morning, afternoon, or evening to completing a project.
Or, you can choose to break up your work in 15 or 30 minute installments over the course of a weekend.
15. Quickly organize the linen closet. You could do this one in 30 — if your linen collection is small and you don’t need to launder anything — but for most households, this is a weekend morning or afternoon project.
28. Maximize closet storage space. This project will help you learn to maximize your already-existing closet storage so you can fit in more clothing and make the clothes you wear regularly easy-to-reach.
Here are some quick and easy tips for an organized halloween:
Lay out costumes. Know what they are wearing and where all the miscellaneous parts are. If the costume requires special parts or make-up, place it out with the costume.
Have a healthy after school snack ready to give them when they get home from school. Have them eat it before chasing out to gather candy. This way you can at least ensure that they’ll get something decent and won’t just fill up on candy.
Locate treat gathering containers. Little ones like those cute round pumpkins with a handle, while the older kids prefer to pile treats in bigger bags like a pillow case. You may even have something clever that ties in with the costume they are wearing.
Prepare an easy meal. A pot of chili or something similar that can sit in a crock pot so dinner-on-the-go can happen whenever it’s convenient. Throw to the wind any idea of having a pleasant sit-down meal on Halloween.
Get your halloween hand-outs ready. Find a large bowl or decorative container like a cauldron and put the candy near the door.
Great article by Lisa Frederick / Houzz Contributor. Fresh out of journalism school, I fell into decorating media and…
An organizing pro can help you get your house together. Here’s how to choose the right one and gain your own clutter-clearing skills
Raise your hand if “Get organized!” topped your New Year’s resolutions list (again). Now put it down if you’ve already fallen off the wagon. Don’t feel bad: It happens to most of us. But if clutter is taking over your life and making you crazy, it may be time to hire a professional organizer. Read on to ensure a smooth experience from start to finish.
Ready to dive in? Not so fast. You first need to find the organizer who’s a good fit for your needs and style. Consider these pointers:
• Be specific about your wish list. Do you simply have one or two problem zones — say, a cluttered home office or overstuffed pantry? Or is your house one big, overwhelming jumble? Do you want the pro simply to come up with a plan of action that you can implement on your own, or will she be doing the heavy lifting? Think through your needs so you can find the right person to tackle them.
• Budget accordingly. Fee structures vary widely, but expect to pay roughly $75 to $120 per hour. The average room can be completed in one to three full days, but variables such as size will dictate the amount of time needed.
• Decide how involved you want to be. Some professional organizers like to operate independently, taking full charge of the process; others prefer more client input along the way. Which style will be most comfortable for you?
• Search reputable sources. If you know someone who’s used a local organizer, ask detailed questions about the process, results and follow-up. The National Association of Professional Organizers has an excellent directory, including information about each member’s background and specialties.
Browse the websites of those in your area, if available, and then give the most promising candidates a phone call. You’re looking to check off several things: Are your personalities a good match? Will the organizer’s style mesh well with yours? Do her policies, professional manner and communication skills inspire confidence or raise red flags? Don’t be shy about asking if you can talk to a couple of her previous clients, too.
Now that you’ve chosen a pro (yay!), it’s time to get down to business. Follow these tips to keep the process smooth:
• Get over the mess. Before the hard work begins, the organizer likely will schedule a consultation in order to get an overview of the task. And just like the frantic urge to clean before the housekeeper arrives, it’s tempting to embark on a sorting spree as you imagine him recoiling at your tornado of a house. Resist. He needs to assess your clutter in its normal state in order to lay out the best plan of action. Trust us: He’s seen worse.
• Prepare to put in some effort after hours. Many organizers give clients “homework” — small jobs that allow you to road-test techniques and practice processes. This is also an excellent chance to pinpoint things that you think might not work well for you and ask for alternatives.
• Invest in the tools that your organizer suggests. If she provides a list of recommended products, such as bins, files or shelving, don’t skimp. Spending the money now will pay off down the road.
• Commit to personal change. A well-organized room isn’t going to stay that way on its own. Your pro will coach you on improving your skills, figuring out new approaches and devising ways to circumvent bad habits.
Congratulations: The toughest part is done, and it’s time to sit back and marvel at your newly flotsam-free space. But before you get too comfy, keep in mind these guidelines to ensure that it stays that way:
• Give yourself time to get used to the new process. It may not feel natural at first, and that’s okay. Just stick with it until it becomes routine. If weeks go by and you’re still struggling, call the organizer to troubleshoot.
• Don’t beat yourself up for slipping back into old habits. It’s inevitable: Sooner or later, your carefully orchestrated system is going to miss a few beats. Mail will pile up on the hall table. Hats and scarves will blanket the mudroom floor. It’s okay. Take a deep breath, then take stock. Does the problem simply lie in a lack of discipline, or has it been an unusually busy month? Or is the scheme not working as well for you as you’d hoped? If necessary, the pro can help you fine-tune the process. And some are even happy to schedule regular “checkup” calls or visits in order to keep your home at its well-organized peak.