Let’s Tackle the Closet!

If you have been paying attention, you know that to be “organized” means to be able to find what you need when you need it!  So let’s talk about tackling the closet.  It can be any closet, but I’d like to focus on the clothes closet.  It is the clothes closet that you have to face EVERY morning….

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“Let’s Organize Your Closet”

Step 1 – We must know EVERY item that is in our closet.  Most of us believe that we know every item in our closet.  Do you?  I would venture to guess that you may not know every item in your closet. Some of us may have things in our clothes closet that we forgot were even there.  Is that you?

Step 2 – We must know EVERY item in our closet… which means we MUST touch every item in our closet.  Would someone please move the needle on the record?  LOL!!  But seriously, things get sucked into the black hole of our clothes closets because they get pushed further and further back where we can’t see them, thus we forget that they are there.

Step 3 – Make a decision on EVERY item in our closet… Keep, Donate, Throw Away and make the decision QUICKLY.  If you think about it too long, it is very likely that you will decide to keep it.  To the woman that has the size ___ (fill in the blank) that you are going to fit in again– it’s been 5 years — it is time to let it go.  To the man who has that favorite sweater that is two (2) sizes too small, it is time to give it away!

Step 4 – Once we have completely PURGED the entire closet, it is time for us to organize.

Step 5 – So what’s left?  There are tops, bottoms, dresses, jackets, sweaters, pants, shirts, suits, shoes, boots, etc.  Let me suggest that we put “like” items together.  Once we have grouped “like” items, it is up to you to what degree of organization that you want to go — the same color, the same sleeve length, light jackets, heavy jackets, BUT to whatever degree you go, you have to be able to MAINTAIN IT!

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Don’t Over Organize -OR- within a week,

your organized system is NO longer organized.

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Allow Order Your Steps to help you to put some Order to your Chaos!  

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If I have only skimmed the surface and you would like to have more details on tackling the closet, please leave me a comment or two

“Order Out of Chaos” FREE Workshop, Now Open to the Public**

I thought that I would give you an update on my FREE “Order Out of Chaos” Workshops.  Initially I focused on the senior citizen living facilities.  The participants were open to sharing their own struggles with getting organized, especially after downsizing from their much larger homes.  My presentation, “Organizing made Simple” was only 30 minutes and then we had a Q&A session.  I thoroughly enjoyed them.  I’d always wanted to teach, so now I get to teach, organize and teach about organizing!!!

In February, the “Order Out of Chaos” FREE workshop was OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Along with the owner of the local franchise of ShelfGenie, we decided to conduct the workshops as part of a LifeStyle Transitions Series.  Arline and I, as small business owners in our community, wanted to do something for the community that would have a positive impact.  Organizing will be a common thread throughout the workshops, as it pertains to healthy living, nutrition, exercise and just getting your life in order.  Our first workshop in the series was held at Wegmans in Woodmore/Lanham, MD.  Unfortunately, Wegmans has a very strict policy prohibiting advertising on the premises, so we advertised on Facebook and via the ShelfGenie newsletter, flyers, etc.  We had a small turnout, but I believe that I prefer small.  It’s better when I can interact with the audience and that are able to interact with each other.  I believe that moving forward will we limit the attendance to each session to thirty 30 people.  Soooooo… due to the overwhelming response (the show being SOLD OUT), I will have to add a session or two or three…..

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Our next workshop is entitled “Spending Your Time Wisely”,   We will focus on time management tips.  It will be held on the last Saturday in March at one of the local libraries … where we can hand out flyers! 🙂

Stay Tuned for more info throughout the month.

Please PASS THE WORD to all your family and friends

in the DC, Md. and N. Va.!!

I don’t have time!!!!

Have you ever been in the position, where you see  something SO clearly, but very few, if anyone see things the same way you do??

As a professional organizer, I see that people really need my help.  I know in my heart that clutter creates chaos and chaos disturbs the divine order that life should have.  I believe that people understand this, but they CAN’T see it…. THEY JUST DON’T HAVE THE TIME!

I know, I sound like a broken record.  BUT I see it SOOOOOOO clearly!!!  Many of us are in a vicious cycle of Chaos, a state of utter confusion!  Get Up (still ragged out from the day before), Eat (if you have time), Get dressed (if you can find the mate to that shoe or find the pair of socks that match)!

Get the kids ready, Get the kids to school, Go to work, pick up the kids, get dinner, get ready for bed, etc. etc. etc.

Maybe the person that I just described is the exception, NOT the rule. But the folks who realize that they could use some help and call me, they still just don’t have time!!  They are not enough hours in the day…  Can anyone relate?  So where will the time come from???

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TO BE CONTINUED…..

Got any ideas?  I would love to hear your comments.

Let’s Organize for Thanksgiving!

I thought that I would post early for next week, because someone out there may need some help getting ready for “Turkey Day”!

So let me begin by asking a few questions:

Do you have a plan for Thanksgiving dinner?

Or are you going to wing it?

Who’s coming to dinner?  What is the menu? Who’s cooking what?

“Organize”, you say….” that takes all the fun out of it!”

Let me suggest that if we plan ahead, we lessen the frustration level, especially for the cook(s)… and for our family, friends and guests.

 How late is dinner, usually?

Keep it simple!

1. Make notes (answer the questions above and put them on paper).

2. Stage your kitchen counter by having all your ingredients readily available.  Have many trips to the store do you make before dinner last year? 

3. Confirm the food items that others are bringing and extra dishes prepared, just in case.

4. Check the guest list and prepare for the unexpected.  Make more than needed,  instead of less.

5.  Prepare to have dinner ready ahead of time, or at least earlier, than later.

6. Take a breather before the guests arrive.

7. Greet your family, friends and special guests.

Give Thanks for His Goodness & Eat your Glorious Dinner!

8. Don’t forget to have a plan for clean-up after dinner.

Get Ready for Dessert and Coffee &  ENJOY YOUR DAY!

 P.S. I won’t be posting next week, I will be enjoying time with my babies!  Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!  … And YES, I am grateful every day and I am sure you are too.

A Few More Tips on Toys….

I wanted to take a few moments to talk about playtime clean-up. Students at home mentioned the potential of an hour clean-up before Daddy gets home, which is a long time.

We need to make clean-up time fun!

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Let me give you a few things to consider:

  • Music always seem to make clean-up time go a little faster (that goes for adults too.)
  • Try to make clean-up time a game…. Toss the Toy, Hot Potato…. I don’t know, I am trying to be creative.
  • Maybe we could try not to play with all the toys, all the time.  Of course, we have to remain flexible, BUT if we divided playtime up into smaller segments, we could clean-up as we go.
    • Doll time, Dress-up time, Lego time, Race car time, etc. etc.  Again, I am trying to be creative. 🙂

Remember, if the play/clean-up time becomes a routine (repetition, repetition, repetition), it will not appear as restrictive…. and the reward, reward, reward would be less clean-up time … and more time to prepare for Dad’s arrival!

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Please let me know your thoughts.