Holidays are Coming! …. Are you Ready?

The Fall season has FALLEN32962411_s and there are less than two (2) months left in the year!  BUT DON’T PANIC!   Believe or not, you still have time to prepare, plan and minimize some of the stress that may be associated with the hustle and bustle of the Holidays.

Let’s just look at a few thought starters….

  • Start NOW! – Although it appears that you have a while yet…. you really DON’T.  Start planning now!  Get out the pencil and paper and jot down 2-3 “Must Do’s.  Maybe it’s clean the pantry, prepare the menu for Thanksgiving dinner or simply pull out the decorations to get you in the mood.
  • Establish a few LOOSE guidelines, objectives and timelines.  Remember this is NOT to make the preparation more stressful, so keep it loose, i.e. “I want to have my menu and grocery list finalized at least 2 weeks prior to Thanksgiving”.  Put the date reminder on your calendar.
  • Put a few items in the plan for Christmas Prep also.  Maybe you want to get the spare rooms ready.  Change the linen, make room in the closets, if necessary or  set the guest towels aside.
  • Give the kids the sale papers!  Let them start to prepare their wish list, so that they have the incentive to go through their old toys early (old clothes too, Moms) and donate to someone less privileged.

As I say often, set aside 20 minutes per task ONLY.

  1. Identify the task
  2. Set the timer
  3. Do as much of the task as you can
  4. When the timer goes off, Stop! and go on to something else
  5. DON’T TRY TO EAT THE ELEPHANT!

Try to Pace Yourself, Starting Now!

Don’t wait or you will be caught in the Holiday Whirlwind before you know it!

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Are You Ready !

Please let us know if this helps!

Organizing the Garage

On Memorial Day, I decided to organize my garage… against my husband’s better judgment.  :-/  .  Although I was unable to really get rid of a LOT of stuff, my husband did agree to throw some of his things away, especially since for the most part, he had forgotten he had some of it???  In spite of my boundaries, I was able to establish some semblance of Order!

Please let me know what you think….

Space for the Car!

When I am cleaning and organizing a garage, my main objective is to sort, purge and to help the homeowner to know what they have and where to find it when they need it.  BUT…

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AFTER – Part 1

Unfortunately, your “neat” may be the other persons’ “nightmare”….

AFTER – Part 2

So, the idea behind this exercise was to simply make room for the car!  🙂

Organizing Tip for Today!

Happy Monday!  So sorry for the lateness of my post…  I anticipate my work schedule becoming a little busier.  I have added “Designer” for ShelfGenie Glide-out shelving to my portfolio, so I am scheduling appointments for that as well.  Busy is a very good thing for someone with a new business…

Now, for the important stuff!  One of the simply ways to begin organizing is to start a “To Do” list. It only takes a few items and can be done in a few minutes. Now the key is once we write the items down and we have to plan to do the things on the list.  When I was still at Xerox, almost everyone, at every level of management, had a spiral notebook and as you accomplished your task, you would check it off the list … but never tear the page out of the book… Think about it!!  We would always have a running list of what was done, when it was done and what else needed to be done.  Even today, in the world of technology, your spiral notebook may be your task list in microsoft office, OneNote, etc., but it serves the same purpose… to help us to outline the things that we have to get done and hopefully, will help us to develop a plan “to do”them.

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Organizing Tip for Today!

The one thing that really bothers me is plastic containers. Although they are a necessity, they always look cluttered in the cabinet. The first thing that I would suggest is that you go through all your plastic containers and match them with the lid. If you can’t find the lid, then throw it away.

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Organizing Tip for Today!

It is always a good idea to sort your mail when you take it out of the mailbox.

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Throw the junk mail away first, but don’t forget to have a shred-only pile for all of those credit card offers….

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Have a place designated to put mail that needs your attention and/or additional action is required.

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Please don’t allow your mail to just continue to accumulate.  The piles will outrun you very quickly!

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Journey from Clutter….

Today, I would like to switch gears slightly.  We have been talking about creating an organizing system and managing our paper.  But today I want to discuss the “journey from clutter”, the path we take that helps us to get to the point where we want to organize. 

If you are a fan of “Order Your Steps” on Facebook, you know that my husband asked me for organizing tips for his closet.  Do you believe it??????  I had also mentioned in previous post that he was a “clutter bug”.  Actually, he is still a work in progress, but there are times when we just have to “Call those things that be not, as thou they were”.  We must have faith and believe that there is nothing impossible for God!  🙂  Then, on the other hand, we should understand that Life is a process.  It is a day by day journey and with every step you take, things change. 

We must travel from clutter and chaos a little at a time.  It may start with the “Leave it where it lies and let it accumulate” syndrome.    Day by day, stuff just piles up and before we know it, we are surrounded by clutter and with Clutter comes Chaos.  Then before we know it, it is simply out of control.   So we decide, we really need to do something about ALL this stuff and then it appears to be an overwhelming task. 

Thus, the journey begins!

For the most part, the living area (where other people can see) is in fairly decent order.  But there are other areas (where we can simple close the door) that are forbidden for others to see.  Interestingly enough, at some point, we don’t want to look at those “forbidden” areas either.  You now have the “desire” to Organize.   But take baby steps, start to put things away as we go along.  Don’t just allow things to just lie around.  Find a place for them, but it must be a place where we can find them later. 

Get rid of stuff a little at a time.  It may simply mean that when you buy a dress, give one a way.  If you buy 12 pair of new socks, throw away 12 pairs that have holes in them.  I can’t emphasize enough (I purposely didn’t say “stress”) that the process of organization is not complicated.   It is just one element of life designed to bring order and peace to your surroundings.

One day, you might be walking the aisles of Walmart and decide to buy a plastic foot locker for storage, because you want to organize your closet…. You never know!!!!!!!

 

 

 

Yes, it is Target, but you get the idea!

 

Have you ever Google’d “people walking in Walmart”…  OMG!