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.

 

5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

With less than a week before Christmas Day, I hope you have the holiday spirit and feel ready for anything.  But in case you are beginning to stress out about what still needs to be done, please take a deep breath and remember these 5 rules to get you through.

Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

1.  There is a thin line between challenged and overwhelmed

If you are feeling overwhelmed, look at everything you have to do and edit your list.  Some of the things you may want to accomplish might not get done.  It is OK.  None of this is mandatory.  Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Being challenged is manageable, being overwhelmed is not.

2.  Adapt to changing circumstances

You have just learned you will have 5 more people for dinner than you planned, and the special gift you wanted to give someone is on backorder.   Deal with it!  Think of the best way to accommodate the change of circumstances and move on. Worrying will not solve the problem.

3.  Outsource the task

Instead of wondering how you are going to make it happen, think about who can make it happen for you.  Call a grocer who delivers.  Pay, print and ship your package from home instead of waiting in line at the post office.  Call an organizer to get your family room de-cluttered before company arrives.  Find another way that takes the burden from your plate.

4.  Let the phone ring

A ringing phone is an invitation to talk.  You are not required to take every call.  Let people leave messages.  Then you can listen and return the call when it is convenient for you.

5.  Look at the big picture

There may be a lot to do in the upcoming days but the easiest way to get through your “To-Do” list is one chunk at a time.  Write it all down and break it all into manageable chunks. Seeing the list will give you perspective and help you prioritize.

Relax and have a very, merry Christmas!

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Little Touches Really Do Count!

       

Big ideas for 4th of July celebrations are pretty easy to find. However, lots of little things can make your party guest less-than-comfortable and if you are prepared for the expected little things, your guest will be able to fully enjoy the celebration. Consider these ideas from Real Simple magazine…..

No mosquitoes invited: Don’t forget the bug repellent! You can purchase bug spray wipes and position baskets of them in places throughout the party space so your guests can easily help themselves.

Cool and collected: Hopefully we will have beautiful sunny weather for the 4th but it could be hot and humid as well. Set out a bowl of hand-held fans (accordion or raffia) and your guests can help themselves. Or, buy inexpensive washcloths, roll and secure with a rubber band and toss into a cooler of ice for guests to grab. Isn’t that a great idea!

What little things do you do to make sure your guests are happy?

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.

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!

To Keep or Not to Keep?

  Organization is a process not an event! Yes, you may occasionally set aside time    to organize a specific space but you can also de-clutter on a continual basis. Consider asking yourself these questions when you are trying to determine the “clutter” status of any item:
1. Do you love it?
2. Do you use it? If so, how long ago has it been since you have?
3. Do you have room for it without impacting your efficiency or stress level?
4. Are you willing to give up something else in order to make space for it?
5. Can you imagine yourself or anyone else in your family ever loving it or using it in the foreseeable future?
Having the ability to answer these questions honestly can go a long way towards helping you gain control of your space and minimizing some of the chaos in your life.

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. 

Go to Girl brings order and calm to your life with suggestions and ideas on how to keep anything organized and how to rightsize your home with minimal stress and confusion.