5 ways clutter costs you money!

 There are so many great reasons to eliminate clutter from your life but what if being organized  helped you save money and become more thrifty!  These 5 facts may give you a new perspective on the clutter in your home:

1.  Replacements: Have you ever purchased an item at the store because you thought you were out? This often happens in the pantry. You thought you needed tomato sauce. You swore you were out.  4 days later, you find 6 jars on a random shelf in the basement. These were purchased as a back up but since you don’t have a good organizing system, these errors happen more than you care to admit.

2.  Deadlines:  Recent reports say up to 23% of adults are late paying bills (and incur late fees) because they actually cannot find the bills in their homes. Not only does this clutter habit cost you money but it is stressful too!

3. Fees:  Americans are hooked on self storage. According to www.bloomberg.com the self storage industry generates more than 24 billion dollars in revenue (2014 estimate) annually.  That is a lot of money that could be spent on other things – like a fabulous vacation, getting ahead on your bills, or a higher balance in your IRA.

4. Space:  The US Department of Energy reports that 25% of the households with a 2-car garage can’t use the space for parking because the garage is filled with “stuff”.

5.  Health:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention magazine state unequivocally that 80% of our medical expenditures are now stress related. Clutter and disorganization create stress for everyone – from the head of the household to the child who can’t find her gym shoes for school.

So even after you have bought and paid for the things in your home, you are still paying to store, clean, move and manage your stuff!  Maybe looking at clutter from this point of view will motivate you to finally take care of your clutter problem.  Go to Girl Organizing Solutions can help you reclaim your garage, empty that storage space or set up a bill pay station.  Control your clutter and save money too – we promise it will make a difference in your life!

 

 

Organize your Head, Organize your Home

Researchers say physical clutter makes us feel irritable, impatient & overwhelmed.  The premise is simple.  Since our internal and external worlds are linked, clutter in your physical space can have a direct impact on your mental space.  When we let go of the physical clutter and release objects that no longer serve a purpose or bring us joy, we creates an easing of tension that affects us mentally.  If you are suffering from clutter overload, try these simple decluttering activities and  alleviate your clutter overload:
1. Problem:  your magazine baskets are overflowing with issues you have not even opened.  Solution:  keep no more than 2 months of back issues of any magazine.  It is highly unlikely you will make the time to read  any magazine that has been in the pile for that long.
2.  Problem:  bills are often paid late because you cannot find them.  Solution:  create a physical file of incoming bills.  Keep it close to the place where you open your mail.  This is the ONLY place you can store bills until they are paid.
3.  Problem:  Your closet is stuffed with linens  you haven’t used in years.  Solution:  ask yourself ,  “how many sets I sheets do I really need?” and start eliminating the excess.  Besides, you can only use one set at a time!
4.  Problem:  the thought of cleaning out your email “In” box makes you cringe.  Solution:  If you really feel a need to look at every message, start with the oldest messages first.  You can create a file for the ones you absolutely must keep and archive the rest. When you archive, the messages don’t go away.  You can always find them if you need to but you won’t see them in your “IN” box.
5.  Problem:  you have enough packages of mustard, ketchup and soy sauce to open your own carry-out.  Solution:  find a local food pantry and donate them to folks who can use your excess.
Decluttering your Head, Decluttering your House will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013 at “The Salon” presented by The Family Alliance Counseling & Education Center, 8028 Ritchie Hwy., suite 310 Pasadena, MD  21122.   Please join us for a delicious breakfast and stimulating conversation plus useful tips to help simplify your life.  You must register to attend.  The 9:30-12:00 noon session will also feature Psychotherapists Mary Gentile and Helene Cain and is $40 pp.  Seating is limited so – RSVP NOW! deb@gotogirlmd.com.
 

Clutter clearing is my specialty.  

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or thought on this topic.

 

That Stuff has Got to Go!


Rubbermaid
has plenty of components to store and organize everything from hoses to hockey equipment. I recommend transparent storage containers. They’re perfect for storing sweaters, shoes and handbags but are also great for decorations, camping supplies and sports equipment, and more.  Their transparency makes for instant identification but labeling is always helpful too. Unless you are really strong or have really long arms, avoid buying the extra-large containers – they are usually more than one person can handle alone.  Also, try to buy your containers from the same manufacturer so they will stack perfectly.  Finally, labeling is also helpful if the container is filled with specific items that are hard to identify at first sight.

If you store your holiday decorations in the garage, please take a few minutes to look through you collection.  Often we forget the items we picked up during the after season sales.  I always try to purge after the season when I am repacking but that doesn’t always happen.  Last year, I bought gorgeous new wrapping paper (at full price) only to discover I had purchased similar paper on sale after last Christmas.  I think I am set with wrapping paper for a while!

The point of purging the things you no longer use is to free up space for the things you do.  Survey your space critically and decide if you really need all that stuff!  If you decide to get rid of a few items, pass them on to someone who is just starting out or give to a local charity.  Let someone else enjoy them!

“To Do” this Fall…..


Make plans to clean the deck. Your deck needs to be protected from winter’s harsh weather with a new coat of stain or paint. If you are not a DIY kind of person, try Allbright Pressure Wash, Inc. at 410-781-4044, or www.allbrightweb.com. They do top-quality work at a fair and reasonable price.

Your home’s exterior also needs preparation for the winter. Clean your gutters and eaves, drain your hoses and turn off your facets, inspect the fireplace damper, trim tree branches and caulk around windows and doors. Taking a few minutes to perform these tasks could save you headaches and money when the weather gets bad.  Visit http://www.moneycrashers.com/winterizing-your-home/ for more tips on prepping for cold weather.

Motivation and a New Way of Looking at Things

One of the top reasons people call me for organizing help is they just can’t get motivated! I understand that problem. Getting organized is a big task and if it were so easy to do, you’d have it done by now! That is where a professional can help. One of the first things a PO will do is take away your worries. Yes, we care why the clutter exists because we want to help you avoid the problem in the future, but we don’t judge. We know it bothers you, that’s why you called. We see your clutter as a problem that can be resolved with a plan and a little dedication. We’ll know immediately where to start and quickly identify systems to stay organized.

Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes will give you a new way of looking at something that has been bothering you for a while. So, if getting help will help you overcome your motivation problem, than make the call.

As one client said, “I have a new point of view on getting my projects done. At work, I rely on support staff without hesitation. Now I do the same at home. I value the free time it creates for me, and the insight an expert brings to a new project.”

Being a professional organizer is like…..

     ….being a personal trainer – seriously!  Here are a few reasons why I think so:

    1.  Most folks understand what needs to be done to get their closets organized, kitchens de-cluttered, and garages reclaimed – they just can’t get these things done on their own.
     2.  When you need help reaching your goals, you might consider hiring a professional – personal trainer, interior decorator, or personal organizer.   These folks are trained to get to the heart of the problem and give you real solutions.
     3.  A professional organizer will help motivate you, give you the best advice on how to arrange and organize your space, and help you determine the best way to reach your goals.
    4.  Of course, organizing can be done in a day – sure sometime you may need a maintenance “workout” but usually you can reach your goals within a few sessions.
     5.  A Professional Organizer has your best interest at heart.  We want you to be successful and are armed with information and suggestions.  We evaluate your situation, create a plan and will the there to help you every step of the way.

We are all good at something.  Don’t look at your clutter as a failure but more as a temporary situation that can be fixed with the right support and resources.  Have an organized day!

No Sale!

Here is another suggestion as to how to minimize clutter in your home: Don’t be enticed to buy more than you need just because an item is on sale! I recently found 17 new packages of crayons in a client’s home. She was in the habit of stocking up when they are on sale but the kids are now in middle school and aren’t using crayons anymore:) We took them to the elementary school and they were happy for the donations. The point is, be careful what you buy. When you get your space organized, you know what you have and aren’t tempted to buy things you think you might need just because they are on sale.

Land of Lost Dreams…

Household de-cluttering is a bit like hanging out with all of your past ambitions and hope.  Yes, you always intended to refinish that sweet shelf you bought on the way to the beach, the unfinished craft project (knitting anyone?  Can’t do it – done trying) and the home gym was a good idea too-NOT!  Some of the objects you need to get rid of were just not meant to be.  Give yourself a break – think about all of the amazing things you have accomplished!

Big Smiles!

Land of Lost Dreams…..

Household de-cluttering is a bit like hanging out with all of your past ambitions and hope. Yes, you always intended to refinish that sweet shelf you bought on the way to the beach, the unfinished craft project (knitting anyone? Can’t do it – done trying) and the home gym was a good idea too-not. Some of the objects you need to get rid of were just not meant to be. Give yourself a break – think about all of the amazing things you have accomplished!

Big Smiles!

Land of lost dreams....