Tips for Spring Organizing

spring organizingSpring is here and this is the perfect time to think about spring organizing. I have a few tips to help you get off to a smooth start on your spring organizing projects.

Plan your spring organizing project

You will save time and energy if you do a little planning before you start your spring organizing. Start by creating a to-do list of all areas you want to organize, be detailed and include every space in each room to be worked on. Next, get your supplies ready. You’ll need cleaning supplies; trash bags for holding trash, donations, and items to sell; and a sharpie and labels or a label maker to label bins and other containers if needed. Also, schedule a donation pick up or drop donations off within a day or two.

Organize one space at a time

It can be overwhelming when you start an organizing project, make sure to choose one space and complete that space before you move on to another. You can start with an area that frustrates you the most or start with an area that people see when they first walk into your home.

It’s ok to start small but be consistent

No need to start in the largest room in the house, starting small can still make a large impact. Ease into the organizing process by starting with a closet, pantry, or even a junk drawer. Starting small also means keeping organizing sessions short. It’s ok to organize for 30 minutes versus a 3-hour session. What matters is that you are consistent and do what works for you. Create a weekly schedule for organizing your home and make sure to stick with it.

Overcome de-cluttering obstacles

This is basically all the excuses you may come up with to keep your stuff.
Somehow our clutter stresses us out yet when it’s time to let it go, we realize how attached we are to it. Just remember that if you don’t give up enough of your clutter, you won’t see or feel a difference in your space. Write down your reasons for organizing your home and then post it on the wall in the area where you are working, this will serve as a reminder for why you need to let go of things you no longer love, use, or need.

Incorporate organizing systems into your home

Keeping your home organized is a daily task but incorporating the right systems and following the right rules makes leading an organized life so much easier. Organizing is not a cookie cutter process, what works for one person may not work for another. So if that product you saw on television or that system your friend is using isn’t working for you, don’t feel badly. Find products that are easy to use and meet your organizing needs. Here are a few organizing principles that may work in your home:

  • Be decisive – when you bring things home, decide by the end of that day where those items will be placed.
  • One-in-one out – when one thing comes into your home, one thing should leave. This works great for clothes, clean out your closet after bringing home new clothes. If you buy 5 items, eliminate 5 items from your closet.
  • Clean sweep – spend the last 5 to 10 minutes of each day tidying up. No major cleaning, just put everything in it’s place so that you do not have to deal with it in the morning.

 

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

- Posted on April 3rd, 2017 in Blog

Using Apps and Sites to Sell Clutter

sell clutter using an app or website

 

We are headed into spring and it is time to purge all those items that have been sitting around since last year. This is when we realize just how much stuff we actually have and we are forced to evaluate what we really love, want, and need in our homes. Everything else can go!

There are many options for purging items. You can have a yard sale, visit a consignment store, donate to a local charity, pass things on to family and friends, or if something is in bad shape, just toss it or recycle it. Technology has now become a useful option with the use of websites and apps to sell clutter and turn unwanted items into cash.

 

There are many websites and apps that will help you unload your clutter, here are just a few to get you started.

Book Off
This is a used bookstore chain located in California, Hawaii, and New York. They buy old books, video games, and DVD’s. You simply take in your books, they evaluate them, and if they want to buy your items they pay you on the spot. You must be 18 or accompanied by an adult. www.bookoffusa.com

BookScouter
This site helps you sell textbooks and used books for the most money by comparing offers from numerous vendors. The idea is that you find who will pay the most for your book.
www.bookscouter.com

Gazelle
Buys electronics, including computers, laptops, iPods, tablets, gaming systems, and cell phones. www.gazelle.com

Letgo
Use the Letgo app to sell your unwanted items. Start by downloading the Letgo app, create an account, and then post items you want to sell. Us.letgo.com

Rebagg
Sell your designer bags. Submit photos via mobile device or computer of your gently used designer handbag and if accepted they will provide you with a quote. You can even order a free prepaid shipping box to anywhere in the U.S.

Thredup
An online consignment store/thrift store. They buy and sell secondhand clothing and accessories. www.thredup.com

This process takes time and patience. If you have both than this could be a profitable option for you. You will need to find a convenient place to store items until they sell so you will also need some storage space. Also, be cautious! If you are meeting a buyer in person, meet in a public place and please take someone with you.

 

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

- Posted on March 2nd, 2017 in Blog

Virtual Organizing: Is it for you?

virtual organizingWhen you think about home organizing, you think about an organizer coming to your home and working with you to de-clutter and organize your stuff. Well, there is a type of organizing that’s changing things up a bit. It’s called Virtual Organizing.

With virtual organizing, you work with an organizer either by telephone or through live video (Skype, Google Hangouts, or Face Time). You meet virtually and focus on one space just as if your organizer were in your home. During your virtual session you would get help with decision-making, organizing solutions, and product suggestions. The main difference is that you are doing the physical work but with someone giving you guidance and expertise.

There are definitely benefits to virtual organizing.

  • It’s distance friendly. You can work with your organizer regardless of where you live
  • It’s budget friendly. The rates are usually lower than on-site organizing sessions.
  • It’s schedule friendly. Sessions are shorter and easier to schedule if you are busy.

However, virtual organizing is not a good fit for everyone. The following may help you decide if it’s a right fit for you.

  • You are a do-it-yourselfer but need guidance and accountability to complete your organizing project.
  • You have a busy schedule and don’t have time for on-site sessions.
  • You want to get organized but have a small budget.
  • You do not have an organizer in your area.
  • You are moving and want to continue to work with your organizer.
  • You are comfortable working via phone, email, or video.

Don’t worry, traditional on-site organizing isn’t going anywhere but this is a great option for some.

 

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

- Posted on December 30th, 2016 in Blog

Holiday Organizing Tips

holidayDon’t Stress…Get Organized this Holiday!

There is so much to do during the holidays and we often find ourselves running out of time and energy. Don’t get overwhelmed or stressed out, just get organized. Adding a little organization to your holiday routine can save you time, money, and stress. Here are a few tips to get your holiday organizing underway:

 

Create a holiday planner. Don’t waste time looking for lists, addresses, stamps, receipts, and invitations. Keep everything you need in one place. Use a 3-ring binder or an accordion file to keep track of all that holiday paperwork. Prefer technology? Keep .pdf versions of these lists on your desktop. You can find everything you need to put together your own planner
 at http://christmas.organizedhome.com.

Check Inventory. Before you buy anything, take inventory of what you already have. Check your decorations, wrapping supplies, baking supplies, and look for any gifts you may have already purchased and forgot about.

Make a list and check it twice. Keeping everything in your head is too stressful. Create lists for anything from gift giving to baking projects. The key is to prioritize your lists and do the most important items first. Use pen and paper or your favorite app. I use Notes on my iPhone because it allows me to check off items as they are completed.

Clear household clutter. Putting up holiday decorations will make a cluttered space look more cluttered. Schedule time to de-clutter your home. If you are short on time, focus only on the areas that guest will see (kitchen, dining room, living area, and bathroom)

Organize holiday essentials. Place items you need for a particular task in the same area and you will save time. Create a gift-wrapping center, organize baking supplies into one area of your pantry, or put everything you need for holiday cards in a box. It’s all about making it easy to find things when you need them.

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

- Posted on November 12th, 2016 in Blog

7-Steps to an Organized Home Office

home office
Whether you use your home office for household business or you run a home based business, it is important to have a dedicated workspace to get the job done. Here are 7-steps that will help you create a productive space.

Step 1: Assess your home office space

Take a good look at your space and think about what aspects of your workspace are causing you frustration? You may have paper piles or perhaps you don’t have a space to keep inventory or office supplies. Take note of what you need for your workspace and any items you must purchase to meet those needs.

Step 2: Eliminate the unnecessary

Your workspace should contain the items you need to get your work done. An easy way to do this is to grab a box and put anything in it that does not belong in your workspace, as well as anything you don’t need, want, or like. You want to create a dedicated workspace not a multipurpose room.

Step 3: Create work zones

Creating zones assures that all materials needed for a particular purpose are contained within one area. You can create zones within your workspace or in different locations within your home if space is limited. The idea is that when you need an item you know which zone/area to find it. Typical zones include:

  • workspace/computer area
  • file cabinets
  • office supplies
  • reference materials
  • client seating

Step 4: Organize your desk

The desk is the hub of any office so it makes sense to start here. Make sure you keep items on the desk to a minimum, remember you need ample space for your computer and to work on paperwork. Clear off the top of your desk and only put back what is needed. Avoid too many knick knacks. Assign a purpose to each desk drawer and use drawer organizers if needed.

Step 5: Create systems for filing your paper

There are 3 types of paper that will enter your workspace:

  1. Action paper requires an action (sign, read, pay, etc.) – file this paper in a desk top file box or accordion file on your desk.
  2. Reference paper needs to be easily accessible – keep in a binder or book case/shelf.
  3. Archival paper includes vital documents, policies, business documents, etc. – keep in a file cabinet, safe, or safety deposit box.

Step 6: Set up an area for incoming paper

Set up an inbox to place incoming paper. Immediately recycle or shred junk, then open and take action on the remaining paper. If you don’t have time to take action on all items, file them in your desktop file box. I have a Girls Night Out workshop that covers this!

Step 7: Maintain your space:

To keep your space in shape, you need to maintain it. Here is an easy routine to follow:

Daily: Check your inbox and process paper
Check your desktop file box
Weekly: File paper
Every 6 months: Clean out desktop files and file cabinets

Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.

Call for a free phone consultation

(562)833-4577

- Posted on September 29th, 2016 in Blog
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