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.
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There is nothing better than an organized laundry room – next to the kitchen and family room, it’s the most used room in the house.
Organize your laundry room using the space process. Sort, purge, assign a location based on frequency, contain (yes, that’s where you shop), and then engage & evaluate.
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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.
16. Learn to use your daily routine to achieve your toughest goals. Time to check in on your goals and goal setting.
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.
29. Organize and store your shoes the right way. Before you can store your shoes and boots, it’s absolutely necessary you get them organized.
30. Organize your tools. Make your next home renovation, craft, or DIY project a bit easier by organizing your tools.
41. Organize your closet for fall. Get your closet organized for fall now by swapping lighter fabrics for heavier and getting control of your boot collection.
42. Get your meal planning and food shopping organized. Meal planning can be made much easier with these tips for eliminating meals first, and then working around fresh produce
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Here are some quick and easy tips for an organized halloween:
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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.