Make ‘Getting Organized’ One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

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I stick to a pretty simple New Year’s resolution in regards to organizing. Rather than make it complicated or difficult for myself, I follow three simple resolutions; Clear, Sort, Store. And, I make a list of what task I am going to do first and when to do the task. Because of my work and social schedule, I allow several weeks in early January to take care of all these things.

Recommended organizing tasks for the New Year:

– Back and front hallway entrances: Unclutter the vestibules that lead from the house to the exit doors. And, unclutter landings that lead to the basement or other areas. For good Feng Shui energy and safety reasons, be sure to keep the area behind the doors clear of all things. (the photo used in this blog shows a back hallway before clearing)

– Kitchen Pantry: Go through the shelves and drawers and throw out any food items with an old expiration date. Re-organize those shelves/drawers as they most likely are out of order.

– Bedroom: Sort through your clothing. Pack away any summer clothes and accessories still in the closet and drawers. Donate or give away clothing you haven’t worn in the past year.

– Living room, Study or TV room: Recycle magazines, newspapers and junk mail that is cluttering these rooms. Magazines can be donated to physician and therapist offices. Take mugs, glasses & plates lying around to the kitchen to be cleaned.

– Home office: Tidy up your desk. Test all your pens to see if they still have ink. If not, throw out. Recycle and re-organize the papers on your desk (including those little scraps of paper you’ve written notes on) and in your files. Delete all of those hundreds of emails that are taking up too much space.

– Address book: Update the addresses in hard cover and virtual address books.

– Holiday Gifts: If you know you won’t use particular gifts, and can bear to part with them, either exchange them for something you’d prefer or give them away instead of having them take up space.

– Holiday Decorations: Don’t let holiday decorations, gift wrappings, or cards sit around for too long after New Year’s Day. Avoid clutter by packing them up and putting them back into storage.

Send me a message to let me know what you are going to accomplish.

You’ll feel lighter, have peace of mind, and freedom from clutter!

For a FREE 1/2 hour phone consultation
to discuss your clutter issues, contact Judy at:
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Get Organized for the New Year!

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Make Getting Organized One of Your New Year’s Resolutions:

I stick to a pretty simple New Year’s resolution in regards to organizing. Rather than make it complicated or difficult for myself, I follow three simple resolutions; Clear, Sort, Store. And, I make a list of what task I am going to do first, and when to do the task. Because of my work and social schedule, I allow several weeks in early January to take care of all these things.

Below are the organizing tasks I recommend for the New Year:

– Holiday Gifts: If you know you won’t use particular gifts, and can bear to part with them, either exchange them for something you’d prefer or give them away instead of having them take up space. And, if someone gave you a present that you dislike, perhaps display it for a couple of months, and then give it away.

–  Holiday Gift Wrap and Ribbons: If you’ve got a lot of wrapping paper and ribbons left over, sort through the pieces that are worth saving and using again. Then, put them in a covered container; could be a plastic bin, a trunk, a vintage suitcase. And, if attractive, keep the container out so it can be seen. (as long as its not cluttering up the space).

– Holiday Decorations: Don’t let holiday decorations sit around for too long after New Year’s Day. Avoid clutter by packing them up and putting them back into storage.

Back and front hallway entrances: Un-clutter the vestibules that lead from the house to the exit doors. And, un-clutter landings that lead to the basement or other areas. For good energy and safety reasons, be sure to keep the area behind the doors clear of all things.

– Kitchen Pantry: Go through the shelves and drawers and throw out anything that has past its expiration date. Re-organize those shelves/drawers as they might be out of order.

– Bedroom: Sort through your clothing. Pack away any summer clothes and accessories still in the closet and drawers. Donate or give away clothing you haven’t worn in the past year.

– Living room, Study or TV room: Recycle magazines, newspapers and junk mail that is cluttering these rooms. Magazines can be donated to physician and therapist offices. Take stray mugs, glasses & plates to the kitchen to be cleaned.

– Home office: Tidy up your desk. Test all your pens to see if they still hold ink. If not, throw out. Recycle and re-organize the papers on your desk and in your files. Delete all of those hundreds of emails that are taking up too much space.

– Address book: Update the addresses in hand held paper and virtual address books.

I’d love to know the organizing you plan to do! 

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

National Women’s Friendship Month

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Help a woman friend get organized in September!

There are several national organizing holidays in September that are dedicated to getting your time, space, and life in order. One of these holiday’s includes ‘National Women’s Friendship Month’.

Do you have a close woman friend who needs some support getting decluttered and organized? You needn’t be an expert to help her;  you just need to bring an open mind and heart, objectivity and no judgements.  Your offer can be a wonderful gesture of caring, an intimate experience, and it can actually be fun for both of you!

First ask your friend if she would like your help getting organized. If she accepts your assistance, pick a day and time to do so, and plan to work together for up to 3 hours. More than this amount of time can be somewhat overwhelming for her (and, possibly for you).

Both of you should gather some empty boxes, plastic bags, grocery bags, and/or covered plastic containers to sort items into. Do not go out and buy extra storage items as you won’t know how much your friend will be keeping. Label each bag/container individually; give away/donate, throw away, recycle, shred, undecided, and new location in home.

As your friend views each item, ask her these ten questions to help her decide what to keep, and what to let go of:

1. Do you use this item regularly?
2. If not, do you love the item?
3. Are you keeping this because you think you should love it?
4. Do you feel obligated to hold on to it?
5. If you let go of it, will it really hurt someone else feelings?
6. Are you holding on to this item because someday you will repair it?
7. Are you saving this ‘just in case’ you may need or use it some day?
8. Do you have extras (you never use) of the same thing?
9. Can you use another item that will work just as well?
10.Can you store something more useful in this space?

If, when answering these questions your friend found that she did not like, will never use, will never repair, or would feel guilty letting go of something, she will realize that the item doesn’t mean that much to her. And, that it’s time to choose what to do with it.  Once the items have been delegated to their appropriate storage receptacles, you can both decide how to distribute them; be it a local charity, to the trash or recycle bin, or a more appropriate location in the home.

Be sure to take a lunch break, a tea/coffee and cookie break, or a short walk outside to alleviate any stress or negative emotions your friend may feel. Talk with her about these feelings, and offer her your understanding.  Or, hopefully, you will be enjoying accomplishing this goal together that the time will fly. You may find that you and your friend feel much closer by sharing this activity. 

If you’ve any questions about the process of helping your woman friend, please get in touch with me!

And, 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

Ask in the NEW YEAR: Why You Have So Much Clutter

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‘TIME’ to get organized in the NEW YEAR

I was just reminded by a fellow blogger that January is ‘National Get Organized Month’.

As, January is the beginning of a new year, many people like to make resolutions such as going on a diet to lose weight, joining a gym to get in shape, or going on an on-line dating service to find a partner. And, many people attempt to achieve their goals, but don’t.

Last week, I published a blog post on ‘Make Getting Organized one of Your New Year’s Resolutions’. I mentioned a number of areas of one’s household to tackle; such as your home office, bedroom, pantry, hallways, etc.

On a more serious note, I think the most important thing for you to do before you begin the de-cluttering process, is to figure out why you have so much clutter and disorganization in your home or office. Is it because you are so busy that you haven’t the time, or you are so overwhelmed that you don’t know where to begin, or you recently experienced an emotionally traumatic incident in your life?  There are a number of reasons in addition to these possibilities why you might hold on to stuff.

 Some other reasons you hesitate to let go might include:

  1. You have ADD, ADHD or OCD and are easily distracted.
  2. You have tried to declutter but failed, so you’ve given up.
  3. You may use it (or read it) someday (chances are you won’t).
  4. You are a perfectionist and think you won’t do it right.
  5. You are so ashamed of your clutter, you can’t even begin.
  6. It was an investment that cost you time and money.
  7. You need extras ‘just in case’.
  8. It’s sentimental to you.

If you have identified with one or more of these reasons, you are not alone. Even I, a professional organizer, keep more than my share of sentimental items, sometimes buy extras things, and get so busy that my clothes pile up on the chair.

Just know that conquering them is doable. By taking the necessary steps to let go on your own, or with the right help from a supportive friend or family member, a therapist or a professional organizer you can begin to let go of your clutter. Letting go will give you peace of mind, more control over your life, and easy access to the things you truly need and use.

I’d love to know what some of your reasons for holding on to stuff are, and what steps you’ll take to let go in this ‘New Year’. 

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

Make ‘Getting Organized’ one of Your New Year’s Resolutions

cluttered-rocker          cleared-rocker

I usually stick to a pretty simple New Year’s resolution in regards to organizing. Rather than make it complicated or difficult for myself, I follow four simple resolutions; Clear, Sort, Store, Get rid of. And, I make a list of what task I am going to do first, and when to do the task. (Because my housemate and I have an annual New Year’s Eve party, I tackle some of these tasks the week leading up to the party.)

Below, I’ve listed some possible organizing tasks for you to do during January, 2017:

  • Home office: Clear off your desk, floor, book shelves, etc. Test all your pens to see if they still have ink. If not, throw them out. Recycle and re-organize the papers on your desk (including those little scraps of paper you’ve written notes on) and in your files. Delete all of those hundreds of emails and attachments that are taking up too much space.
  • Bedroom: Clear clothing and accessories off of chairs, floor, bed, and dresser. Sort through these items, keep only what you love, and give away what you don’t love or need. Pack away any summer clothes and accessories still in the closet and drawers. Donate, or give away clothing you haven’t worn in the past year.
  • Back and front hallway entrances: De-clutter the vestibules that lead from the house to the exit doors. And, de-clutter landings that lead to the basement or other areas. For good Feng Shui energy and safety reasons, be sure to keep the area in front of and behind the doors clear of all things.
  • Kitchen Pantry: Go through the shelves and drawers and throw out any food items with an old expiration date. Re-organize those shelves/drawers as they most likely are out of order.
  • Living room, Study or TV room: Recycle magazines, newspapers and junk mail that is cluttering these rooms. Magazines can be donated to dentist, physician and therapist offices. Take mugs, glasses & plates lying around into the kitchen to be cleaned and put away.
  • Address book: Update the addresses in hard cover or virtual address books. (I recommend you don’t use both kinds, just one.)
  • Holiday Gifts: If you don’t like, or won’t use some of the presents you received, either exchange them for something you’d prefer or give them away instead of having them take up space. If you are worried that the gift giver will be insulted if you get rid of it, store it for a few months, and then either re-gift it to someone who doesn’t know the original giver, or bring to a charity of your choice.
  • Holiday Decorations: Don’t let holiday decorations, gift wrappings, or cards sit around for too long after New Year’s Day. Avoid clutter by packing them up and putting them back into storage. If some of the wrap paper is torn or too small to use again, recycle it. (I take care of the four simple resolutions for my gifts and decorations sometime in early January.)
  • And finally, get rid of one item you used in 2016 that you feel negative about! It could be a piece of jewelry an ex-partner gave you, a Teflon frying pan that is scratched and not safe to use, or anything else that doesn’t evoke good feelings for you.

Take care of these tasks and you’ll feel lighter, have peace of mind, and freedom from clutter!

Let me know what you will take care of in the New Year. I look forward to learning your accomplishments!

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