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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Friday, May 18, 2018

Thoughts about Doing Tasks

Thoughts about DOING

The other day, I spent all day doing as much on my task list as possible.  Why? Because I know that for the next two weeks I will be very busy. As I was working on my own stuff, I made some realizations.

1. Sometimes we just plain have too much to do! Because of the complexity of our lives, we have many tasks. We must start asking ourselves questions. Should I spend time filling out my daughter’s renewal for Girl Scouts even though the troop is not very active? Should I volunteer at the library book sales or spend my time reading the books I own?  Our complex lives require us to make choices and we must realize that we can’t possibly do everything we would like to.

2. Certain times are more productive for us than other times. My job as an organizer is to help people be more productive in those times when they have energy and motivation.  We all have to capitalize on those times when we can get more work or tasks accomplished because we have the energy or are in the mood to do it.

3. Task lists are important. When you use them, you don’t have to think about what you have to do until you have time to do it.  Task lists ensures that tasks are not forgotten and everything is completed.

4. It is important to take time each day to do tasks. Some of my clients, as I am sure many people do, keep adding to their list, but never complete any tasks.  The whole point of a task list is to see what has to be done and to do it when you can before it is too late.

For more information, or to get help with your organization needs, visit
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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. 
For more information, or to get help with your organization needs, visit
http://www.organiz-er.com/

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