If you are anything like me, when you pack for a trip, you don't end up wearing more then half of the things you brought with you! At one point on every trip I wind up saying "What were you thinking?!" Well, I recently had to pack for a 3 week trip in 2 different destinations each with different weather.......so I stopped to really think about it before I packed. These are the 3 tricks I can up with to keep me from overpacking:
DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE YOU LEAVE: Before you leave, get some idea about what the weather will be, what kind of activities you may be doing, what the dress codes are for places you have planned etc. Once you know what types of things you need to bring you can limit what you pull out to pack.
LAY EVERYTHING OUT TO MIX & MATCH: Clear off your bed and grab a glass of wine....it's time to create outfits! We do this for ourselves every day...now you just have to plan ahead. You don't need to wear something different every day! Choose only pieces that will work with others to create different outfits. ONE pair of formal shoes will do on most vacations! If you are going some place tropical, ONE "just in case I'm cold piece will do! Once you have it all laid out, leave the room for awhile and then come back to see if you can weed out any more.
- LEAVE ROOM FOR SHOPPING: Yes I am serious! If you fill your luggage with too much leaving home.....you will have no room to bring back any goodies! It's a no brainer!
Wishing you all wonderful summer holidays! Please share any packing tips that you have.
I found this posted on Facebook and I thought it was so cute I wanted to share it.
An original poem written by a COLUMBUS Liberator. ENJOY!
Clothing exchanges are a great thing to do with your friends when you have good pieces you don't like or can't wear any more. But, they can also be very frustrating.
I have been to a few where some people bring beautiful pieces and others bring old ratty ones. When everything is just thrown in a pile on the floor.....the outcome can be quite unfair.
Of course my professional organizer mind takes over and begs me to
Here's the plan I came up with for an organized clothing exchange:
- Ask everyone to bring only good quality used pieces. Nothing with stains, frays or tears.
- Organize the items by category so people will easily find what they might be looking for.
- Have 3 rounds timed how ever long you like. Leave enough time for people to look around and try things on. Whatever they don't choose goes back in the piles.
- In the first round, people can choose the same amount of items that they brought with them to exchange. In the second round, decide how many more pieces everyone is allowed to choose.
- Before the final round, people can decide whether they want to give away what is left over or take it back.
It may sound complicated but it's not! It is organized and fair!
Give it a try and let me know how it goes. My friends have all thanked me for it!
It's that time again! The time where we pressure ourselves to make tough changes to "better" our lives or ourselves. Personally, I think it's all to much pressure! How about we play a game instead?
The game can be considered a "resolution" but you can have some NO PRESSURE fun while being productive. So, here's how it works:
STEP 1: Make sure all of hangers the hangers in your closet are facing in the same direction, Then make sure all of the piles of clothing that you have (whether in drawers or on shelves) and neatly folded.
STEP 2: Once you wear a piece of clothing, turn the hanger backwards or put the folded piece back at the bottom of the pile.
STEP 3: Commit to only wearing new things until you have turned all your hangers or rotated all your piles.
Now, we all know what will happen along the way.......you will get to a piece and not "feel like" wearing it, or it doesn't "feel right" etc. Take note of those pieces and if it happens more then once....it's time to let it go!
Who's with me on this? It's a pretty easy resolution to make and you can weed through your wardrobe at the same time.
Remember: Someone else will probably love to wear whatever you choose to give away!
Have you ever felt that you are working tirelessly but getting nothing done?
Whether you work from home or in an office DISTRACTION can be a problem and suck the time away from you! We try to prioritize, we try to plan, we try to stay focused but external stimuli get the better of us!
Here are a three suggestions to help avoid distraction while you are working:
PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY: Not on the desk next to you. AWAY. In a drawer or a bag where you can't see it! Save checking your texts and personal calls/e-mails for your break time.
SET DO NOT DISTURB: Put a Do Not Disturb sign on your door (or if you have the technology on your phone). Let people know that you are serious about concentrating and getting work done!
COMMIT to completing one task before starting the next. There is nothing more easily distracting then a new task. Finishing a task before starting another will make you feel like you have accomplished more in a day. Having a bunch of unfinished tasks can leave you feeling dissatisfied at the end of the day.
These are easy things to try.....what can it hurt?
The worst thing that happens is that you get more done! OH MY!
Today I wanted to talk to you about hangers.......how boring right?
Not really! There are so many to choose from.....how do you decide?
I also decided to take this opportunity to try video my hand at video UGH!
I am not here to preach about the right way to organize your Christmas shopping!
We all have our own habits and we manage to get things done in our own time.
Some of us thrive on doing things last minute and others need to have things done months ahead or else we start to itch!
And then there are some of us who want to get it done on time, hate to do things last minute, but just get paralyzed at the thought of all of that shopping!
The thought of the malls, the crowds and the money spent makes Christmas a dreaded time for some people.
The question I have is......... why wait?
Think about the joy of Christmas giving all year and buy things as you see them. If you see a sweater in July that you know your mother will love, BUY IT!
There is no rule that says you have to make a Christmas list at the end of the year and follow it! Have some fun. Be spontaneous.
As for the list of gifts that children want....and must have... AMAZON can be your best friend!
It is never too early to start your Christmas shopping!
What do you think is more powerful: WANT or NEED?
I have been thinking about this ever since I started writing my Closet Sales Class...WHY? because I was taught one thing a long time ago and now I am hearing that it is wrong.
Years ago when I was being trained as a Closet Designer, I was always told to sell not just to a need but to "the need behind the need". For example: Someone may need more space in the closet.....but the reason behind it may not be the extra space itself but the fact that she and her partner dress at the same time in the morning and bump into each other, get on each other's nerves then fight.
I always thought that was a pretty powerful selling tool.......BUT.......not everyone will be forthcoming with their "issues". So that just leaves you selling to need.
I started thinking about my buying habits. I would say that nine times out of ten, I will buy something I NEED before something I WANT. In my mind that seems like the logic decision? Don't get me wrong....I buy things I want all the time. I simply prioritize.
So what happens when it comes to big ticket items?
I have been selling closets for years and have been selling to "Needs" pretty successfully and now all of a sudden everything I read about marketing says that people buy what they Want....not what they Need!
Have budget considerations flown out the window? Do I stay quiet while a client packs their closet full of useless accessories they don't need?
I am confused! What do you think?
Many people say to me "I really need your help but I am afraid to have you come over".....and all I can think is really? Am I scary? LOL.
Fear is a very strong emotion and one that can really hold us back from making changes or difficult and uncomfortable decisions. I know what I deal with and I would imagine my clients will deal with the same things:
- Fear of change
- Fear of letting go of something
- Fear of loss
- Fear of not having enough or not being able to get more
- Fear of dealing with buried emotions
And YES, de-cluttering and organizing your life can raise some of these deep issues. As professional organizers we are here to help you through that...it's what we dedicate our lives to. Here are the 5 reasons why you should NOT be afraid to work with us:
1- We don't judge: We got into this profession to HELP people not to judge or ridicule them. We take pride in being able to motivate people into creating new patterns that will make their lives easier and more efficient.
2- We have seen everything: People are often under the false impression that they are alone in their situation. If that were the case, Professional Organizers would not stay in business. There is really not much that will shock us!
3- We are not perfect: I can't speak for all organizer but to be truthful sometimes.....my own life's organization will turn into chaos. It happens to all of us. We just have been taught the skills to get things back on track quickly.
4- Your appointments are confidential: You don't have to worry about people finding out what you are doing or what you are working on. What happens during your appointments stays at your appointment!
5- Our bark is worse than our bite: We may give you a lot to do and think about and expect positive results. We are merely the facilitators...you don't have to worry about disappointing us.....it's all about YOU!
If you have any questions about working with a Professional Organizer, please feel free to contact me!