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Happy Holidays!

Do You Have a Clutter Problem?

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You know you do when:
  • It’s hard to part with items and clothing that you don’t use
  • Your closets are filled to the brim and overflowing
  • Stacks of newspapers and magazines are piled sky high
  • You are embarrassed or ashamed to invite people over
  • Your stuff is hindering your ability to function
  • Your clutter controls you

You’d like to get organized without any help but:

  • You just don’t know where to begin
  • Anxiety, shame, fear, procrastination are some of your road blocks
  • You may not be at the stage where you are ready to let go.

If you are ready; some tips for you to get organized on your own:

  • This process can be anxiety provoking, so TAKE BABY STEPS
  • Select one specific area you would like to un-clutter in your home or office such as the surface of a coffee table, or the top of the file cabinet.
  • Take the items off that surface and sort them into five separate piles. Categorize the piles as: recycle, throw away, give away, charity, keep.
  • Label five grocery sized bags, or plastic kitchen trash bags with the titles: RECYCLE, THROW AWAY, GIVE AWAY, CHARITY, KEEP.
  • Once you’ve got the items into sorted piles, go through each item and ask yourself:  Do I need this?  Do I love this? Will I really use this?  Am I willing to recycle it, throw or give it away?  As you make your decisions, put each item into the appropriate bag, and then distribute the items to their appropriate place.
  • Be sure to reward yourself for taking these baby steps!

Continuing the organizing process:

  • If this process was doable and not anxiety provoking, keep choosing small areas in your home or office and repeat the steps until you have cleaned up the clutter.
  • If it is difficult for you to even take the first step, think about contacting a Professional Organizer in your vicinity to help you let go and get organized.
If you live in the Boston area, and would like a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at clutterclearercoach@comcast.net

Are You the Cause of Your Own Disorganization?

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Four years ago I wrote a post for my Clutter Clearer Coach website on some of the reasons that account for my own, and other’s disorganization. When not in the field with organizing clients or doing gardening for clients, I work from home on my business paper work, invoices, marketing and blog. It’s interesting how I followed my own advice for quite a while, and now this many years later, when at my computer desk, I check my emails, Facebook page and weather.com too often, almost as often as I did four years ago.

So, I commit myself again to only checking my emails a few times each day instead of every fifteen or twenty minutes when I am at my desk. I know by doing so, I will have more time to spend doing other things such as relaxing with a mug of tea, taking care of my own garden, and doing yoga and meditating.

Do you find that you are addicted to looking at your emails, Facebook page, on-line news, podcasts and videos? How often do you check your smartphone, iPad, or computer for the latest messages from friends, list serves, and cute cat or other animal videos on your Facebook page?  I’m thinking often.

Here are some of the most common causes of disorganization:

– Losing things (like keys, eyeglasses)
– Checking email and Facebook frequently
– Spending too much time talking on the phone
– Not having a daily/weekly plan to follow
– Ignoring the clutter because you are too busy

Here are some solutions that will save you time, and keep you more organized:

– Use an in-basket/bowl in a central place for keys, glasses, cell phone, etc..(it’s nice to find them in the same location all the time)
– Schedule several times a day to check email and Facebook (it’s not going anywhere)
– Limit the time you talk on the phone (use a kitchen timer, and get to the point)
– Schedule your to-do’s and appointments in your calendar (to stay on track)
– Designate short blocks of time to get organized (like 1 hour, once per week)

Try putting these solutions to the test, and you’ll notice that you are more organized and have more time!  I’d love to know how following these steps changes your life.

If you live in the Boston area, and would like a 

FREE 1/2 hour phone consultation
to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at:
ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net or 617-776-8382

The Difference between Cluttered and Organized

Have you ever thought about the meaning of these words? And how they relate to you?

Cluttered Office

Organzed office

Below are distinguishing definitions I have quoted from http://Dictionary.com/
with some of my own thoughts added.

CLUTTER

noun: clut•ter
1. A confused or disordered state or collection; a jumble: “It’s impossible to find anything in all this clutter.”

verb: clut•tered, clut•ter•ing, clut•ters
1. To make disorderly or hard to use or find by filling or covering with things. “Boxes filled with all kinds of stuff cluttered the living room.”

ORGANIZE

verb: or•gan•ize, or•gan•ized, or•gan•iz•ing, or•gan•iz•es
1. To put together into an orderly, functional, structured whole. “We are organizing all of the books.”
2. To arrange in a coherent form; systematize: “Organize your file cabinet using the alphabetical, chronological, color-coded, or like-with-like method.”

I imagine that you’d prefer an organized space over a cluttered one. It’s never too late to begin to sort through your things and make decisions as to what to do with them; give away, throw away, recycle, shred, keep. Start today using baby steps to get rid of your clutter and get organized. Ask a friend, family member, or professional organizer to help so you don’t have to do this alone. And, let me know how it goes.

To schedule a complimentary 1/2 hour telephone consultation, contact Judy at ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net

 

 

Less is more? Well let’s find out!

Alana is taking awesome steps to clear her life of clutter, open up her too busy schedule, and give herself the time to connect with her friends and nature. Her blog is an excellent source of inspiration for those of you who have similar issues that are cluttering up your life. Judy, http:/ClutterClearerCoach.com/

La Minim

(The desk I wish I had)

This, that & thingy-ma-bobs.

I’ve always had so much stuff. You name it I have it. From books, to clothes, to excessive amounts of cat trinkets I received as a kid. Trust me, I’ve got it.

The worst part? I’m even worse at organising all this stuff I own. I know it’s fashionable at my age to be ‘eclectic’ regarding one’s tidiness, but sometimes my ‘eclectic’ bedroom drifts into apocalyptic…oh dear (sorry parents).

You’d think having literally everything at the tip of your fingertips is a good, but I’m not so sure. I’ve conned myself into holding on to things that may ‘one day’ be useful or would be such a shame to throw out. Well, if that’s the case, why on earth do I still have a yr 10 maths textbook when I’m a third year university student? God only knows.

It’s not even just…

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Too Many Books

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I have been working with a client to encourage her  to let go of some of her hundreds of books. The walking area between many of her stacked books on the living room floor is only about 16 inches wide. This is a safety hazard, as pathways should have a minimum width of 36″ throughout the home.

Are you someone who loves books, collects them, and keeps purchasing more?  Have you run out of space on your bookshelves?  Have you let them spill over onto a table, chair, or the floor with similar narrow pathways between?

If you are this someone, ask yourself why you keep so many books. Maybe you think you might read them someday, or they portray the history of your life (how old you were, and where you were when you bought a certain book) so you think you need them to recall your past. But, are they really serving you?

Why not share your wealth and give some away! Set a little time aside as a first attempt, and sort through at least one shelf on your bookshelf, or one pile of books. If you bought it a while back and haven’t yet read it, maybe it’s time to let it go. Fill a box with the books you no longer want/need and share the joy of reading by donating them to your favorite charity. Keep only books you really love. And, I don’t mean keeping 95 out of 100 books. Schedule half an hour once or twice each week to continue sorting and purging your books.

If you live in the greater Boston area, I recommend you donate your books to  ‘More Than Words’, a Waltham, MA based organization that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Youth ages 16-21 work as a team to manage their online and retail bookstore and café as they gain skills and accountability while receiving intensive support to map plans for their future. Contact information: http://MTWyouth.org/       781-788-0035

To schedule a complimentary 1/2 hour telephone consultation, contact Judy at ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net

 

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BE CLUTTER FREE Indoors and Outdoors!

Cluttered table              tidy table

I published this blog post about two years ago, but still find it relevant for those of you who have both  homes with gardens, or apartments with access to the yard. The end of April and during early May are excellent times to clean up and get your garden in order, as well as inside your home, garage, or storage shed.

So many of us are burdened by a disorganized home plus an untidy garden. By clearing the clutter and beautifying these spaces, you’ll feel less stressed and freer; leaving more time for the things that truly matter.

Over grown shrubs             Garden after pruning & clean up

To achieve these goals:

• Take an assessment of your home and garden needs
• Create an action plan
• Carry out the action plan indoors and outdoors
• Hire side-by-side coaching by a Professional Organizer (if needed)
• Hire a Professional Gardener to provide on-site instruction (if needed)
• Come up with organizational systems that are easy to implement and use

By clearing the clutter indoors and outdoors you will realize the connection between a cluttered environment and a cluttered life. The systems you’ve implemented can be used in the future. Your end result will be a serene home and a peaceful garden, with you feeling more calm, much freer, and more in control of your life

Are you ready to do an assessment and create your action plan? Go for it!  And, let me know what you accomplish.

For help getting uncluttered indoors and outdoors, contact Judy Eisenberg @ http//:ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net/ or http//:SunandShadeGardening.com/

 

To schedule a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation, contact Judy at ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net

Seven Days of Organizing TIPS – Day # 7

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DAY # 7 – TIP # 7

Purge Your Purse Periodically

Is your pocket book so full of stuff that it’s hard to locate an item quickly?  When searching through your purse, do you frequently ask yourself; Where are my keys?  I thought I’d put my to-do list in here. Where’s my credit card?

If so, then it’s time to purge the stuff inside your purse! Dump everything out, and recycle expired coupons, old receipts, scraps of paper. Put an envelope in your bag for current coupons and receipts. Throw out used tissues. Then, add a small zippered pouch or zip-top bag to hold personal items like lip balm, lipstick, hand lotion, a comb, clean tissues, and hand sanitizer. But, not duplicates of these things, as they will crowd your purse. (replace any of these items that are out-dated) Keep your keys in one safe location, and your credit cards and money in another.

Or, get yourself a pocketbook that has different sections that zip up. I love my pocket book because it has separate zipped sections for my keys, my ID cards, my cash and change, a slot for my iPhone, and a snapped section for my travel sized hand lotion and tissues, chewing gum, Band-aids, and small comb. And remember, after you use something from your purse, put it back in the section it belongs.

Purging your pocketbook periodically and keeping it organized, eases up on frustration and saves you time.

To schedule a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation, contact Judy at
ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net

Seven Days of Organizing TIPS – Day # 1

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DAY # 1 – TIP # 1

Shred Sensitive Papers

Papers are constantly coming into your home. You need to make sure they’re leaving your home at the same rate. Invest in a sturdy home shredder, so you can quickly and safely dispose of papers and mail that contains sensitive information, such as credit card offers and bank statements. You’ll feel more at ease when these types of documents are not sitting around for anyone to access. During tax time, it’s important to rid yourself of any personal documents that you no longer need to keep. If you’d like to know how long to keep personal financial documents, you can find out by clicking on either of these links:

http://apps.suzeorman.com/  (record keeping), or – https://publications.usa.gov/epublications/keeprecords/keeprecords.htm/

During the past two weeks, I purged my home office, and took the personal documents I no longer needed to be shredded at Staples. During March, the Staples, at least at Fresh Pond Shopping mall, is charging only 79 cents per pound to safely shred paper. Staples has locked bins in their stores that the Iron Mountain shredding company takes to shred in confidence.

I’d love to know how many bags full of paper you shredded with your own shredder, or took to be shredded safely elsewhere. And, how helpful were the website links?

 

To schedule a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation, contact Judy at

ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net

Organizing Your Messy Desk

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Client’s Messy Desk!

Like most people these days, my schedule is overflowing and time is of the essence. There are days when I don’t put documents back in their proper folders, or put the work binder notebooks back on the shelf. With two businesses to manage, my volunteer outreach tasks, and other office related things to take care of, my desk can get quite messy. I am going to follow the advice I give below, and keep my desk uncluttered. I don’t need to take everything off the desk or clean it, but I will sort and file and put things away. My plan is to do this at least once a week.

If your desk is a bit cluttered and disorganized, and you haven’t cleared it in a while, here are some tips to help you get started:

– Begin this process at the beginning of the day when you are energized and not exhausted.

–  Remove everything off of the desk. Then clean it.

–  Put back the items you use every day, such as the laptop, computer monitor, telephone, lamp, stapler, container of pens, etc.

–  Sort the papers and documents into three stacks; things to do soon (active pile), needs shredding, needs recycling.

–   Create ‘Active’ folders for the different topics and label them as Phone calls, RSVP, To File, Bills to Pay, To Order, Pending, and Projects. File the papers appropriately, and put them in a desk top ‘step style’ file holder.

–   Enter notes onto your to-do list or in your calendar.

–   Place in-baskets/containers on, or near your desk for incoming mail or papers, and outgoing mail.

–   Files items that need filing. Label new folders if needed.

–   Put office related items you don’t use everyday into drawers or containers that are easily accessible.

When you’ve organized your desk, think about why you let it get so messy, and how you can keep it neat.  And, let me know how it goes.

To schedule a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation, contact Judy at
ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net