Organization

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Helen used to run around her home and pickup the piles whenever a friend came calling.

Then she’d throw those items all into the guest bedroom.  ‘I’ll do it another day”, she would say, and close the room door.

Guest Room Ready for Company?

That was fine until the holidays came.  Helen’s sister wanted to come into town, which meant she needed to use the guest bedroom.  It wasn’t enough to have to worry about meal planning for family and relatives for the holiday, now Helen also had to get the guest room ready.

Before Helen could wash the bedding, she had to get to it.  Those things she constantly tossed in the room were piled on the bed and all over the place: clothes she was going to donate to  Goodwill, books and magazines she had finished reading, stuffed animals and toys from redoing a grown child’s bedroom, suitcases, gifts, etc.

 

 

 

 

It would take her weeks to clear up the piles of clothes, books, toys, boots, shoes, purses, photos, and everything else she had haphazardly tossed in the room to deal with another day.

 

Helen was fed up with having to clean up the bedroom every time a guest came in.  She saw a listing in her local paper, and signed up for my course. She went through the P.L.A.C.E.™ principles, and cleaned up her house.

 

She finally realized that even one pile meant more work to do.

More time lost.

Less time to get ready for the holidays.

 

Helen learned to stop tossing items into the guest bedroom and just deal with them right then. No more waiting for more things to donate, no more piling things in a room.  No more un-piling the guest bedroom just before the holidays.

Helen learned how to be better organized.

And now you can too.

This is the first time this course is available online.  You don’t have to spend any extra time or money to travel to a course.  It’s coming to you.

 

It’s your turn. 

Start the New Year right–get organized now. 

 

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Piles, Piles, Everywhere a Pile

Cindy closed doors to her home so she could keep the clutter out of her mind. She might not have been able to see it, but the closed doors constantly reminded her there was a mess behind each of the doors. So not only were her piles growing, but the piles in her mind were also growing. So now her emotional stress and frustration was growing too.

It seems that whenever a pile starts, it’s so much easier to just add to it. You think, “I’ll just put this away when I put away the other things in this pile.” And so the pile keeps growing and growing.

That’s probably how hoarders end up that way. Now I’m not saying you will become a hoarder, that’s unlikely because hoarders don’t seek out help. And if you didn’t want help, you wouldn’t be reading this in the first place.

I was hired once by someone’s son to help his mother as he was out of state. I talked to her on the phone, but once I got to her house, she refused to even let me inside. In fact, she barely opened the door to talk to me. Needless to say, I didn’t get inside to help her clear her hoarding.

Cindy’s main problem was how was she going to find the extra time to get rid of the piles.

Here’s 3 steps to get rid of those piles.

 

  1. No matter how big your pile is, stop making it bigger. Just put away what you were going to add to the pile. Whether it’s putting clothes into the laundry basket or the screwdriver back into the garage on the other side of the house–don’t leave it where it doesn’t belong. Put it where it needs to go.
  2. If you take even just one more thing off that pile to put away too, the pile will start shrinking instead of growing every time you remove something.
  3. Take 2 or 3 or 4 things to put away at the same time, and it will shrink quicker.  You don’t have to do the whole pile at once, but the more you can do at the same time, the faster your pile is gone.

 

Are you holding onto things too long?

How long do you hold onto things

you’re NOT using?

Do you have clothes in your closet that you haven’t worn in over 2 years – either because your weight has changed or they are out of style?

If you really lose that weight don’t you

                     deserve an updated wardrobe?                          

 

Are you still keeping stuffed animals from your child’s youth and they are now in college and don’t want them?

Won’t your grandchildren want new ones

to create their own memories?

 

Do you have toys from kids that they have outgrown?

Tip:  Keep Legos and other similar expensive toys

that will last from one generation to another. 

               Could you donate the rest to a thrift store?           

 

Do you have books you’ve read that you don’t plan on ever reading again?

                Could you pass them on to a hospital surgery waiting room,

a school, or a library book sale?

 

Do you have old, worn, or broken anything you aren’t using?  (kitchen items, clothes, tools, etc.)

Could you take to thrift stores that take these for parts –

especially electric cords.

 

Purging doesn’t have to be done all at once.

You could do one room at a time or one category at a time.

 

Once your purge what you don’t need, do you know how to organize what you are keeping?

 

Do you have systems to keep your home organized?

If you don’t, come learn how to use systems so that everyone can find things in your home without you having to label every cabinet and shelf.

 

If you’re tired of doing all the clean up yourself,

it’s time to learn systems and teach them to your family so that you can ….

 Cut the Clutter to Enjoy Your Life

 

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Fall Organizing

It’s fall.  When it cools off, it’s time to refresh.  The summer heat is gone.  The cool, crisp air of Autumn gives you a chance to think clearer.  The colorful nature of the leaves reminds you of change.  Plus you don’t have that freezing  cold feeling of winter or feel closed in.  Instead you have that open feeling  and might even notice that you move quicker than you did in the summer.  That’s why I recommend this time of year to get organized.

 

This is a time to consider organizing:

  • organizing your office,
  • organizing your home,
  • organizing your time.

I don’t recommend tackling all 3 of these at once.  Choose one at a time.

Which one is more important for you to organize?

Office Organizing

Organizing your office may be more important than organizing your home so you can leave your work at the office, and go home and relax.  You’ll be more pleasant to your family if you’re less stressed from a day at work when you arrive home. And you’ll be more refreshed to return to work the next day if you have taken time to relax at home and enjoy your family.

 

Home Organizing

Or you may be someone to whom organizing your home is more important so you can go to work without being stressed out first thing in the morning.  You can get dressed faster by organizing your closet, and feel better walking through your home if it’s not cluttered.  You will arrive happier at work rather than starting the day with stress due to your home clutter.   Plus when you arrive home after work, the state of a messy home may strain family relationships, which in turn might affect a good night’s sleep and snowball into a stressed work day.

 

Time Organizing

Or you might be someone whose stress level rises as more and more items pile on your plate and you need to organize your time.  Planning a better schedule for what you need to do both at work and at home may be more important than physical organization for you.  Learning to set priorities and focus on the important items can relieve your mental stress and make you happier.

 

Which of these areas is the most important for you to work on now?

Are you Prepared?

Sorry for your losses and speedy recovery physically and emotionally to all the people who have gone through the hurricanes recently.

Think about it.  You might not have been a hurricane victim, but are you prepared if you are ever in an emergency?

Whether it would be due an earthquake, tornado, hurricane, forest fire or flood and you were going to have to evacuate your residence that might not be there when you returned, what would you take?  Seriously think about it.

 

In an emergency, what items would you take?

If you were in an emergency situation, what would you take?

What are the 5 most important items you would grab if you were in an immediate hurry?

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What are the most important items that would fit in your car trunk if you had more time?

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Are you prepared to sit out anything for any length of time?

Do you have extra canned food?

Do you have a non-electric can opener?

Do you have food that doesn’t need refrigeration or electric or gas cooking?

 

I know I’d grab my purse with IDs and credit cards and if time permitted more important documents from a safe.

I’d also want key electronics:   cell phone, laptop, hard drive and USB sticks that have some data not on the laptop and cords for all of those.

And I’d certainly grab some clothes and jackets as well as water bottles.

Our cars always have flashlights, but that’s as prepared as we are if we weren’t home.

It’s one reason my father taught me from the day I was 16 and drove a car:

  • Never go below ¼ tank of gas
  • Always keep a spare $20 in my wallet in a separate section for emergencies.

You may think it will never happen to you, but you just don’t know.

The Girl Scout and Boy Scout mottos are:     Be Prepared. 

Are you?

 

 

 

What STUFF are you Keeping on your Desk or in your House?

Yes, some “thing” may make you smile.

You bring the item into your office or your house, and it gives you that smile maybe one or two more times.

 

Sometimes, though, it doesn’t even do that much–

  • Like that funny T-shirt you bought that sits in your closet because you wouldn’t be seen in public with it on.
  • Or some advertising gimmick with the vendor’s info printed all over it– but it does nothing at all.

    Advertising Gimmick

    Advertising Gimmick

 

Think about it –

How many “things” are wasting precious desktop space

or drawer space that aren’t useful?

How many “things” are causing clutter in your house?

 

You have all these “things” that no longer give you the same reaction you had when you first saw it.  Instead you have a bunch of “things”,  often called “stuff”, that just take up space and often end up in piles.

 

And if you collect too much “stuff”,

you have overload,

which causes overwhelm.

 

  • It’s one more thing in a pile.
  • It’s one more thing to waste space.
  • It’s one more thing in your way.
  • It’s one more thing to take care of.

 

 

Instead, collect moments in your life:

The moment your child took his/her first step.Max lost tooth

The moment your child built his or her first Lego creation.

The moment your child lost his first tooth.    (My grandson swallowed his with popcorn Friday night.)

The moment your child went to kindergarten, high school, or her first dorm room.

The moment your child graduated from middle school, high school, or college.

 

I look back at the scrapbooks I made of my children growing up, and I remember those times – the birthday parties, the Lego builds, the bicycle training, the dances, and the graduations.  And now I take pictures of my grandchildren’s moments.

 

graduating dental school

Graduating Dental School

Those are the things that really are worth saving.

And if you are lucky, you were able to capture those precious moments in a picture.  Digital storage is so much easier than paper storage, and you will always be able to re-live that moment in your life.

 

It’s the moments that make life worth living,

not the things you have.

Too many things can make you feel frustrated.

They can end up in piles never to be looked at again.

They take up valuable space that you could use for other items.

They create clutter.

 

Stop collecting things and take pictures that are precious moments–

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Skiers Take Picture With Cell Phone

not a zillion –

just enough to cherish the moment.

And don’t forget to take time to delete the bad or duplicate ones!  Otherwise your computer will be stuffed too!

A backup hard drive just for pictures is a great idea to keep the computer space free!

 

 

 

 

What things or stuff do you have that you can release?

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