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!

Delegating

 

 

happy-executiveThe Art of Delegating 

Delegating is a tool that can help you become more organized. Whether you are downsizing or need help organizing your home or office, consider having someone help you with the project.  Here are a few things to consider:

1.  Nobody is good at everything.  I am good at organizing (if I do say so myself) but I can’t fix a car or hang drywall.  I call an experienced expert when I need help.
2.  Successful people use delegating to achieve their goals.  If you are usually a “Do-It-Yourselfer” it may take some practice but you’ll get used to it.
3.  At work, you may delegate to assistants, other departments, the operations team – whatever.  It takes a team to get a big project done.

Taking control of the “stuff” in your life is no different.  Find someone who is more skilled than you and delegate the work.  You get to decide how you want it done.  You get to decide one the final outcome.  So, stop worrying about the things you can’t do.  Let someone else do them for you and focus on the things you can!

 

Thinking of Downsizing?

Are you ready to Downsize?

You may have recently become an “empty nester” and are looking for a more carefree lifestyle.  Or, maybe the recent downturn in the economy is forcing you to reconsider lifestyle changes to bolster your retirement savings.  Whatever your reason, making the “downsizing decision” should not come without careful consideration.  Here are a few suggestions to help you make the right decision:

 

Make a list

List the items that are important in your lifestyle. Include the elements you want to maintain in the future.

 Social network

Assess where your social support network is, both for emotional and practical support. How will your move impact your access to your network?

Financial considerations

Examine your financial situation and analyze the costs involved in moving or staying put.

Think ahead

Always think about possible next steps involved and how each step will affect you: ‘If this changes, what then?’

Communication

Talk to you loved ones. Share your wishes and desires, so there are no great surprises when the time comes to make your move.

Help

Talk to your trusted advisors to gain different perspectives.  Professionals deal with these issues all of the time and are equipped to give you solid advice.

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!

A wise man once said “To know when you have enough is to be rich beyond measure”  (Lao Tzu, 6th century BC).  I keep this message on my inspiration board to remind myself what truely matters.  Somehow the gadgets and technology that were supposed to make life easier seem to suck a lot of time out of my day.  I had the impression I would have more time and freedom by employing these devices – didn’t you?

So I have decided to try to pare life down life to the essentials – the things, people, and activities I truly need and cherish.  The rest can go away!  I am not going to get caught up in doing things that don’t satisfy my newfound philosophy.  This won’t be easy with having a new business to grow and manage, but I am committed to more time for reading (no TV in the background), walking through the neighborhood and seeing friends whenever possible.  I may even declare Sunday afternoon and evening a  NO TECHNOLOGY time.  I don’t know if this will be helpful but I want to give simple living a try – or at least try to simplify things I can control.  How about you?  What are you doing to simplify your life?  Let me know – I’d love to hear your suggestions.

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Love that ‘do!

I recently started working with a new client and love this idea! Ms. J keeps a small photo album of her favorite hairstyles. Whenever she has a cut she really likes, she has someone snap a photo (from various angles) and keeps the pics for her visits to the stylist. This would also work with magazine photos as well.  Some folks see the same stylist for every cut while others may visit random salons. Either way, a picture is worth a thousand words. Having a visual record of the best of the best is an easy and practical idea that is fabulous! What are the things you do to keep your life more organized and easy to manage? Go to Girl is all about getting things done so you can enjoy life! If this small trick leaves you with a happy haircut, I say go for it!

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!

New and Improved GotoGirlMD.com

Well it is finally done!  Go to Girl has a new website that includes more information about all of the ways GTG helps our clients.  Since we started a professional organizing business, we’ve discovered new things we like to do and other things that clients ask for consistently. 

In addition to household and office organizing, we also help folks who are moving sort, purge and pack.  We can even orchestrate the entire move.  This service is particularly helpful for folks who are downsizing or rightsizing to a new home.  We also run errands – everything from shopping to stocking the boat for the weekend.

Take a moment to look at the new site – I’m happy to hear your feedback.  Click on the Like at the bottom of the page or add a comment and let me know what  you think.  Go to Girl is on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  Stay in touch and share your ideas for making life more organized and easier to manage. 

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