Love your closet in 2018

ProfOrgClosetWeCanHelp_300Your closet doesn’t need to be a source of frustration. When you organize your closet to maximize space and make it easy to find what you need, it’s something to treasure.  Before you declare your current closet hopeless, look at your closet with an open mind.

Assess the current state of your closet.

Is it crammed and jammed? Do wish you had more shelves or more hanging space? Does it hold items that really don’t belong with your clothes? Make a list of what you don’t like about your current closet.

Clear out what you aren’t using.

How to Live Your Best Life

Subject: A woman practicing yoga lotus pose at the Grand Canyon National Park.

Living your best life doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We think it’s best to take it one day at a time. As we move through the year we will focus on one of 12 tips to help you on your journey. Make every day better.

  1. Create your vision.
  2. Align with your values.
  3. Focus on what brings you joy.
  4. Live simply.
  5. Find your creativity.
  6. Cultivate a spiritual connection.
  7. Share love with others.
  8. Make a meaningful contribution.
  9. Explore new places.
  10. Be a lifelong learner.
  11. Appreciate nature.
  12. Be adventurous!

Tis the Season for Organizing

organizing for the holidays

Are you wondering how you are going to get it all done? When the holidays arrive decorating, shopping, baking, volunteering and entertaining are added to an already hectic schedule. We’re here to help you meet the challenge.

Get time on your side

We’re usually good about using a calendar to schedule social events, but try using it to block out times for baking, decorating and shopping. Set priorities and consider less time consuming alternatives.

Be Grateful for What Matters

The things that matter most are not made of matter (2)

We first posted this in November 2015 and I still love it. I hope you enjoy it too.

I love Thanksgiving –or at least the idea behind it.  It’s a day to celebrate and give thanks for our blessings. Asking the question, “What are you grateful for?” is a simple way to discover the core of what is important to you. This is what matters. The rest is probably clutter.

Family, friends and good health are important to most of us. These things cannot be bought.

7 Days to a More Productive Office

Office organizingDedicating a few minutes each day for seven days can lead you to a more productive office and lifestyle. A well-organized office will help keep your attention where it needs to be. Searching for files or fumbling through cluttered drawers is a time waster. Here is a one-week schedule to try and meet the office organizing challenge.

 

Day 1: Assess what you have now and what you will need to be more productive. Identify problem areas. Write down what you want to accomplish. For example, one client wanted a place to easily access often used, current files. Another wanted to eliminate clutter from her desk.

How would you fare in a disaster?

Emergency_ButtonThe devastation wielded by Hurricane Harvey is massive. Our heart goes out to the hundreds of thousands of people who found themselves in unimaginable situations as more than four feet of water fell on Houston and other areas along the gulf coast. While the images are fresh in our minds, it’s important to identify lessons to be learned.

How could we prepare for events of similar magnitude?

Coincidentally, National Preparedness Month (NPM) is observed each September in the US. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), NPM encourages people to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities.

What Seniors Know About Staying Organized

Group of friendly seniors playing cards at leisure

In my years as a professional organizer I have heard a lot of wisdom from seniors on staying organized. They bring a lifetime of challenges and solutions when it comes to organizing. Here is some of that wisdom in their own words.

Prioritize
Identify what’s important to you. If there were a fire what would you grab? That’s one way of thinking about it. But on an everyday basis, look at what you use. What do you touch? That’s how I determine what is essential.

If the thing annoys you, get rid of it, or give it to someone who likes it.

Tackling Basement Clutter Like Wonder Woman

wonder woman

Sometimes it can feel like keeping your home organized takes superhuman strength. It can be especially hard to tackle places that you don’t frequent often, such as the basement. We often get into a habit of tossing anything that we don’t know what to do with into spaces like attics, basements and closets. But what happens when those spaces become cluttered and confusing? We made a list of steps Wonder Woman would take to minimize basement clutter. Don’t be afraid to try them.

 

1) Face your fears!

Top Realtor Gives Organizing and Decluttering Advice for Home Sellers 

Royal Hartwig

Royal Hartwig

Before selling your house there are some things realtors want you to do so your home shows well. Number one is organizing and decluttering. No one wants to walk into a messy house, especially potential buyers. How can organizing your house increase its appeal to potential buyers? We asked Royal Hartwig, president of Royal Family Real Estate LLC, with offices in Schaumburg, Palatine, and Crystal Lake, Ill., why it’s important for home sellers to keep their home organized before and during its time on the market. Royal has more than a dozen successful years experience selling real estate through national brand firms and now his own firm. He shows a lot of houses and has built a reputation for quick sales at a good price.

How Odd Couples Can Make Organizing Work

Organizing for CouplesYou’re an extrovert. He’s an introvert. You like parties. He likes to fish. To him, collectibles are treasures. You view them as clutter. He makes lists, you don’t. Being different can be better. It may create a balance that makes life fun and interesting. Think of the historic friendship between Thomas Jefferson, the laidback southerner and John Adams, the anxious northerner. They became allies around their passion for American Independence. Remember favorite TV couple Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and Neil Simon’s original Odd Couple, Felix and Oscar. What these friends and characters shared were common goals and a sense of humor. Sometimes that’s enough. Other times, especially when it comes to staying organized, odd couples may need a strategy.