When I think of organizing, I generally only think of my indoor spaces, but there's a lot to do outside as well. Ideally, much of this is done in the spring so you're ready for the growing season... but life gets busy (including my own) and sometimes we get started a little late!
Depending on where you live, you could have yard items, tools, furniture, etc to organize. Spring is the perfect time to clean up outside and make your outside spaces clutter-free.
Starting in the yard:
For yard tools:
Of course, as I said before, this should be done earlier in the spring-time, but pretty much anything but the planting can be done at any point. With these tips, you should be able to easily work your way through the "organizing" so that you can enjoy your outdoor living.
How many times do we waste 15 minutes by zoning out in front of the television (or Facebook, Pinterest... you get the idea)? Most people don't realize how much can be accomplished in that short time. One of the ways I challenge my clients to keep their space organized is by keeping a 15 minute time set aside for cleaning and organizing at a specific time of day, every day. This technique also works very well to make progress on an unorganized space. Sometimes, if we're feeling overwhelmed with all the work that needs to be done, breaking it down into short 15 minute intervals keeps the task manageable.
When do you spend the 15 minutes?
Which time of day you choose to create your routine really depends on your lifestyle. For many clients, using 15 minutes just before bedtime works well. Going to bed with an uncluttered space makes for a peaceful sleep. For others, morning is the perfect time to set aside a short time to re-organize, before the craziness of the day sets in.
What do you do in the 15 minutes?
Each day pick one area in your house to spend 15 minutes putting things in order or cleaning. Depending on the state of your space, your 15 minutes can be spent in the family room putting children's toys away. (By the way, children can and SHOULD participate in the 15 minute routine!) Or, you might be able to quickly go through a bedroom closet and pull out items that need to be repaired or things for donation. For those families really on the ball, that 15 minutes may be a whole house tidying period. Whatever it is, the entire family can get involved.
Value of routine revisited
In my last post, I talked about the establishing routines. I think it's very important that this 15 minutes gets incorporated into your routine (morning or evening). Sometimes, especially if children are involved, it's nice to incorporate this 15 minute tidying time into the evening bedtime routine - tidy for 15 minutes, bath time, read story, then bed. Children thrive on this sort of schedule as they know what to expect. And - bonus! - it teaches them the value of routine!
If you're having trouble getting started with your routine, let me help you. Contact me to schedule your 1 hour consultation. That may be all you need to get on the path to a clutter-free, peaceful home.
Hi, everyone! It's been a few weeks since I've posted. I've been working hard on my course work. For those who don't know, I"m working on obtaining my Interior Design degree so that I can add that to my services... can't wait to be able to do that. In the meantime, back to what I wanted to write about tonight ...
I think I wrote about the steps to organizing in one of my first posts: remove garbage, sort items into piles (remain in this space, belongs somewhere else, or get rid of), clean and organize. When you are working through the process, you'll have that pile of stuff that just needs to go away. The really important next step is difficult for some - you have to actually REMOVE the items from your home or business. Ok - remove the stuff where, right? You have a couple of options and it depends on how much time you have, or even how important it is to immediately get the extra items out.
Option 1: (and probably the "easiest") donate to charity. This can be as simple as bagging everything up and dropping your donation at the nearest Goodwill (or whatever charitable organization you prefer). However, I would encourage you to document your items sufficiently so that you can potentially deduct the donation from your income taxes. Some tax software actually has tools to help you figure out how much each item is worth. Even if you don't use this sort of software, it's important to keep detailed records so that you can justify the amount that you claim as a deduction. Don't use garage sale prices - use the price you'd expect to pay in a resale shop, or on eBay. If I help you organize your space, I can help you keep the list of donated items and assign values for your tax records.
Option 2: I just mentioned this - garage or rummage sale. This takes time and commitment from you. Well, at least for a week or two. You'll need to spend a bit of time and money up front (advertising and pricing supplies), but often, you'll recoup what you spend from your sales. This is great if you have the time and follow-through to actually have the sale. Keep in mind that not everything will sell - so you'll probably be making a donation list and taking the remaining items to a donation center. Don't leave it sitting after your sale, or you'll end up with a cluttered space.
Option 3: eBay or consignment. This is best when you have some nicer or higher value items - but not a lot of them. The key to de-clutter is to be able to quickly get rid of the items that don't belong in the space. So, if you have a lot of stuff, you probably should elect to go with one of the faster methods of removal. Incidentally, I can also sell items for you on eBay as part of my organizing services.
Call me today for your free consultation. I'm sure I can help you make the best use of your space!
My first post! Wow, it seems like this idea to help others find a peaceful refuge has been nagging at the back of my mind for quite some time now and I've finally acted on it. Now that I'm thinking about it, that's exactly what I would encourage my clients to do. We all have those little areas in our homes or work spaces that are bugging us. We can't find what we need when we need it, or just feel tense when we walk in the room because it's overwhelming.
You must ACT! Every little bit helps - even if all you do today is clean out the "junk" drawer (by the way, why do we have those?). I can help you find a place to start. I've been through what you're going through now. As a child, I can recall the majority of our home was very disorganized - not dirty, just very cluttered and nothing put away where it belongs. I found solace in my bedroom, when I finally got one of my own! The one place that was rarely out of order. I could read, plan, dream in my private refuge.
Let me know where you find your peaceful refuge in the comments below. Also, would love to know how you would answer the question, "What is the one thing keeping you from an organized life?" Looking forward to hearing from you!
Jennifer Raschig loves to share thoughts on creating restful spaces and presenting your best self every day.