Friday, June 1, 2018

How do you spend your 5pm to 9am time?

How do you spend your 5 to 9 time?

It is a known fact that most people in the workforce are at their jobs from the hours of nine o’clock in the morning to five o’clock at night, Monday through Friday. This is commonly referred to as the 9-5 shift, the standard for many businesses. After this long day at work, many workers feel too tired to do anything but relax and seek entertainment.  The thought of doing more work in a day, like housework, is unbearable.

Many people have family members, children, pets, and general household needs to attend to when they arrive home from work. Various chores needing attention may include cooking dinner, doing the dishes, laundry, and preparing for the next day. The idea of squeezing in a little bit of relaxing, while still achieving that highly sought-after full eight hours of sleep, is farfetched on most weekdays.  Meanwhile, the morning requires the completion of chores such as getting the rest of the house up, making and eating breakfast, preparing lunch, and commuting to work.

Some may think that they cannot possibly bring organization into their daily routines to organize their homes and live, yet daily routines before and after work are the perfect times to regiment. Following a consistent schedule of what to do before and after work will keep your home and life uncluttered and allow your day to run smoothly. Doing the same chores everyday may sound like quite a daunting task, but routine is the root of organization. Simply finding 10 to 20 minutes a day to straighten up the house or sitting down to reorganize your thoughts and actions can immensely aid in organization.

So now I pose a question to the workforce: are you using your 5-9 time wisely?

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Friday, May 25, 2018

How to Tackle an Attic Clean Out

       As a child, it seems like the scariest of places. And yet, even as adults, there is a taboo surrounding the attic, especially when it comes to cleaning it out. Sure, there might be a lot of cobwebs and embarrassing high school memorabilia, but imagine having a whole new space for storage or a nice hideaway to read a book. The attic has so much potential!  It can provide a new place to neatly and cleanly pack away organized items or give the house an extra place to enjoy.  Even if the progress is slow, cleaning out the attic is a good way to organize and improve your house.

       When first starting to clean your attic, envision the result of how the space will look as clearly as possible so you will feel motivated to get the job done. Next, get on your work clothes, grab your gloves, and get ready to haul junk. The key to a speedy cleanup is separating the items into specific piles based on what you want to do with them. Trash, recycle, keep, and store are the largest categories, but you can also make up your own based on the things you have. The decisions of where everything should go is the biggest barrier. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t thought about it in 6 months, nor will you think about for the next 6 months after being reintroduced to it, it’s not worth your time and space. If you have to lull over the artifact for too long, then put it aside and think about it later. Hopefully, your “getting rid of piles” are larger than your “keep” piles!

       After you’ve finally cleared out the space, make sure to do any needed touching up or repairs to the walls and floorboards.  This way, even if the attic turns back into a small storage area, it won’t be the reason for a water leakage two months later. Then, once the room is clean and able to be used once more, don’t just toss things back in randomly. Instead, segregate certain items into specific zones.. For example, Christmas decorations should go near Thanksgiving decorations and not be mixed with summer clothes. Labeling each of the boxes or containers so you know exactly what is inside them makes for quick item retrievals and maintains organization.

       Once you’re finally done, make sure you go up there every once in a while to catch those spiders from creating cobwebs in your newly cleaned and organized attic or enjoy the space as much as possible so that it doesn’t turn back into a storage area again.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Seven Steps to Lighten Your Load

Seven Steps to Lighten Your Load

  1. Do a macro sort in which you separate something into broad categories (Zones) 
  2. Take inventory of what you have 
  3. Evaluate what you need. When considering whether to keep and item, determine if it falls into one of the categories below
    1. item is used regularly 
    2. the amount of space it takes up is proportional to its value 
    3. the item has sentimental value 
    4. item is needed for a current or upcoming project 
    5. set rules 
  4. Purge what you do not need: junk/trash, recycle, sell/ consignment/ thrift/ charity 
  5. Create a home or zone to hold what you are keeping 
  6. Rearrange and organize what you are keeping 
  7. Put items away in the space created. 
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Saturday, April 7, 2018

An Organizer of Technology

I attended a workshop called “Generations in the Workplace” which focused on ways to retain people based on the company’s needs and skill/technological-requirements/diversities/talents. The premise was that different generations, such as Baby Boomers vs. Generation X, have different skills and we as employers must communicate with and reward them with things that are specific to their needs. This hypothesis is nothing new to many of us.  However, the content delivered by the speaker gave me new insights into the methods or techniques I use when helping people use technology to stay organized.

            The speaker pointed out that younger generation has grown up with technology as part of their lives. In this age of information technology it is hard to function without the use of a computer. For instance, people no longer need a map, they use on line map to find direction; to find a phone number - just “Google it”; and to learn the definition of a word just type it into Wikpedia.
It dawned on me that the clients who are weaker in electronic document management were the older clients who did not grow up with computers.

I also realized that different generations communicate differently as well. The younger generations would rather e-mail or text while the older generation prefers verbal conversation.
We need to manage our clients with the approach that that is the most effective or applicable. That may mean, sending an e-mail when we would prefer picking up the phone.

         We also need to be cognizant of the technological ability of our clients. We cannot teach someone the latest trick when they have not yet grasped finding basic menu shortcuts.

      We are only successful with our task as organizers when we recognize and utilize the strengths and weaknesses of the support employees of our clients as well as the level of technology equipment they possess.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Information Organizing

People have been struggling with organizing information for the entire length of the 19 hundreds. 
With the Advent of computers it is just compounded the issue. People are overloaded with information. It's either in paper or Media or games and the list goes on and on.
The way to help process the information in your brain which is most important is to stop listening to 
Media. Music. Stop reading books. Magazines. 
In other words Shield yourself from the information that is in this world
I am ignoring the influences of music books and as much media as I can. So I am not bogged down with too much information and I have the mental capacity to think of things and process information
People want a guru. They want somebody to follow. 
We'll stop listening to all those other people and listen to yourself
Are you not strong enough for that. Are you not strong enough for that. 
Well the only way you can gain the strength is to put away all the books from the other people. 
Turn off the TV. Turn off the radio. And sit and listen to your own thoughts
Also by eliminating other sources of information a person can be more creative. 
Create your own music. Write your own books. Film your own movies. Draw. Paint. Do artwork

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Resisting the Urge to Fill Spaces

Resist the Urge to Fill Spaces After they are Cleared 

When I work with hoarding clients it is not uncommon for me to clear off a space such as the kitchen table only to come back in a week to a cluttered table. I can see the pattern. If I clear off another space, it will get cluttered very soon after I leave. This is the resistance to change.

I think a good technique would be to clear the same spot every time I am there, until eventually it stays clean.

One time when I was getting a massage, one side would become loose and stress free but it was as if it was all migrating to the other side. As the massage therapist continued to work both sides gently I realized that I must not yet have been ready to let go. Same as organizing clients.

As I clear my calendar, I find myself still having the urge to “do” things. Clean the bathroom counter. Make banana bread. Then soup. Then clean out the garage. Then organize papers. Need to keep busy because someone may judge me and say I am un productive.

This is the same for people who have issues with food. They feel a little discomfort, indigestion or gas for example. Instead of riding it out they add food to the stomach to try and ease the discomfort. To get over it you have to work though the pain.

My hip is a good example. One Saturday, my left hip which has been the source of much pain for many years started hurting so much I needed to take pain reliever. I iced it, took Epsom salt bath and went to massage during the following week. A week and a half later, I realized that when rotating the hip/leg socket there was no longer a click or block in the joint. Sill pain but freedom of movement. The pain is the body’s way of helping me let go of the tension and learn to walk, sit, be with a new set of rules.

Relate this to hoarding.

We have to recognize all of the avenues of opening so we can be receptive and ready for the next challenges and opportunities that are presented to us.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Yearly Rituals

Yearly Rituals
Staying organized every month of the year sounds like a crazy conundrum- but it’s easier than it sounds. Focusing on doing just one thing every month can help to keep all your belongings manageable. If you don’t focus on just on thing or don’t do anything at all, you will get to a point where everything is overwhelming and you become suffocated by all your stuff. Don’t let this happen to you! Follow the list below of things to do each month and you’ll be organized in no time!
ü  Purge holiday decorations
o   Now that the previous year is over, clear out all holiday things to start your year off fresh
ü  Bring in and push out other holiday paraphernalia
o   Switching out holiday things can also keep you on track, especially since you don’t want to celebrate Christmas in July
ü  Shred mania
o   Focus on paperwork this month and especially getting rid of paperwork you no longer need
ü  Get a jump on tax return
o   While on your paperwork whirl, start on your taxes to get ahead and organized when the time comes to crunch
ü Spring cleaning
o   Now that warmer weather is about, open up the windows and get the Lysol out for a big dose of spring cleaning
ü Clean house party
o   In celebration of your spring accomplishments, throw a party, highlighting your newly fresh home that might even make your friends motivated to clean their own homes.
ü  Tackle storage areas
o   Too much stuff you just can live without? Consider putting it in a storage area in order to still own it but it be out of your daily routine
ü  Prepare for the great outdoors
o   Start to get summer things ready since its right around the corner. Make sure to stock up on sunscreen, flip flops, and sunglasses for the busy summer ahead.
ü  Plan summer vacation
o   Don’t just be a bum all summer! Plan to do things while you have the time to do them, so that come fall, you’ll have great memories.
ü  Organize kid’s summer activities
o   Alongside your own schedule make sure you schedule some things for the kids, so that they have memorable summer as well.
ü  Purge kid’s space before summer vacation
o   Summer can also be the perfect time to purge and clean out all the things that have piled up in the kids room over the school year. Consider donating toys or other things to charity.
ü  Yard sale
o   Mom and Dad probably have some things they can get rid of too. Include the whole family in the yard sale, to get the most stuff out as possible
ü  Prepare for back to school
o   Those five words all kids and parents hate, but they aren’t as bad as they seem. Having a jump start to the school year can help students be ahead and organized for the rest of the year while also keeping the home life neat as well.
ü  Make season switch
o   Sunbathing season is over, so make time to prepare for cool winds ahead. Making an actual switch in season can help to keep all belongings in the right spots so that come December, you don’t still have bathing suits lounging about.
ü  Garage clean-up
o   As your last hurrah to warm weather, open up the garage and finally clean it out. When the snow starts coming, you’ll be happy you can park your car in the garage for once.
ü  Holiday and gift lists
o   Always feel rushed in the holiday season? Start planning ahead so that Christmas time jitters don’t happen. It also leaves time for certain gifts to get ordered and arrive on time.
ü  Relax and enjoy
o   You’ve accomplished so much in the past year! Rejoice and keep your clean streak going into the next year
ü  Commit to New Year’s resolution
o   Make sure to take a couple minutes before the ball drop to make a new and improved resolution list. With a newly cleaned house, things you have had to put off can happen!

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