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10 Signs You Should Invest In Office Organizing and a Filing System

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Does your stomach sink when you walk into your office as you stare at the unorganized mess? There are probably many reasons for the disorganization that has grown over time. Below are common indicators that you may need professional assistance with office organizing strategies.

 

  • Your mail is overflowing

Both postal mail and email are neglected due to your chaotic workspace. You can’t find bills or other important correspondence until they’re overdue.

 

  • Clutter rules

Everywhere you look there are stacks of folders and documents. Notes and notepads cover the desk, and documents sit on the floor waiting to be filed.

 

  • Stored documents are unorganized

When the IRS contacts you for an audit, you panic when you can’t find prior tax returns. The children’s vaccination records and the dog’s license tag are hidden somewhere in a drawer or cabinet.

 

  • Nothing is organized

All materials, mail, and folders in your office are randomly stacked and lack any kind of order. You don’t know where to begin to find something when needed.

 

  • A filing system is needed

You know efficient filing systems exist, but you don’t know which type is best for your office or how to set it up.

 

  • People are waiting for your response

 

Business letters and teacher notes about the kids are buried in the clutter, but you cannot find things when needed.

 

  • You need a prioritized task list

 

With work overload in your office, you don’t know where to start, nor do you know where needed files and information are located, lacking filing systems.

 

  • Equipment manuals and warranties cannot be located

Lacking an organized office, you are unable to locate the printer’s troubleshooting guide when it stops working. You spend hours on the phone calling customer service.

 

  • The office needs serious cleaning

What can be seen of the desk beneath stacks of mail and files is dusty, but you’re hesitant to move anything to avoid even more chaos. The carpet needs vacuuming, except you lack an office organizing system and have nowhere to store stacked documents sitting on it.

 

  • Your workspace disrupts productivity

At your messy desk, you can’t find needed supplies, like paper clips or a pen. Without an organized filing system, you spend valuable time searching for things you need.

 

As you begin to understand the importance of an organized office system, you realize that this is a good time to get professional help for revitalizing your workspace. Getting your office in good shape will help you to be more productive and save time.

Back to School Organization Tips

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Back to School Organization



Summer vacation is drawing to a close, and you are wondering how to get organized for the upcoming school year. This can be a stressful time for you and your children, considering school entails getting down to business and focusing on back to school organization. This would comprise of needed school supplies, back to school clothes, a viable morning routine, and a feasible after school schedule.

There are many organizing tips that can be utilized to guarantee your children are confident and ready to have a successful school year.

School supplies and back to school shopping should be completed about  two to three weeks before school starts. Notebook paper, pencils, pens, crayons, a calculator, spiral notebooks, 3 ring binders, pocket folders, a ruler, an agenda, and book bag are the essentials all children will need. Depending on your child’s grade in school, these essentials will vary; however, provide them with the basics if nothing else.

On the day before school starts, make certain their book bag is packed with all necessary supplies.

Arrange each binder with dividers and notebook paper, then label them.

Get organized by typing the class subject and the teacher’s name if you so choose on the cover of each binder. Encourage your child to show creativity by drawing or creating a fun illustration on the cover to enhance the binder’s appearance. These tips will make back to school organization manageable, and all assignments and classwork for each subject will be accounted for.

Establishing a morning routine plays a huge role in back to school organization. In order to make this go smoothly,  encourage and work with your child in cleaning and clearing all  from their room by the weekend before school begins.  If you are able to do this sooner that would be wonderful so that they can get used to keeping their room clean and free of clutter.

Your child’s study area should be supplied and organized with extra school supplies for homework purposes.

Inspect all closets, dressers and chests and sort school clothes, summer outfits, weekend wear and winter apparel.

Assemble all school clothes to the front of the closet, so that the morning will go steady, and there will not be any disarray.

Arrange week-end wear and other non-school appropriate clothing together for access on non-school days.

Winter apparel should be placed in the very back of the closet, as your child will most likely not need these until later in the year.

It is always wise to have your child select their outfit the night before.

Check and replace the batteries in all alarm clocks the night before, so tardiness will not be an issue.

One important aspect of a good morning is having a good breakfast.  Plan ahead and have some great breakfast options that are quick and easy to prepare.  These options can include prepackaged items you have picked up as well as breakfast sandwiches you have made ahead and other quick items such as oatmeal, fruit, boiled eggs, etc.

Boxed lunches can be prepared the night before, and stored in the fridge to ensure the morning routine goes efficiently. Cold sandwiches, fruit, individually packed cookies, crackers, chips, and juice boxes are all beneficial options for a quick and nutritious lunch.

Once you have made your morning routine a success, see to it that there is a schedule in place for the afternoon activities. Once your child arrives home utilize the organizing tips below to complete homework assignments in a reasonable amount of time.

Plan and prepare a healthy snack option for your children when they return home.  Fresh fruit, cheese crackers, and nuts are all healthy choices.

Always have your child complete their homework at the same time each afternoon or evening if possible.

Schedule after school activities and events accordingly.

Take advantage of these tips to brace your children for a great organized school year.

15 Minute Organization

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We understand that getting organized can be an overwhelming task.   Typically you didn’t get in the state you are currently in overnight so when you look at what you need to do it is often easier to just close that cupboard, closet or room – we understand.  Our organizational packages are great for dealing with those areas since we can work side by side with you and help you go through that overwhelming area and determine what to throw away, donate, relocate and then put back.

If you are not ready to tackle a larger area yet there are several things you can start to do to help you get organized.  In this post we want to share some items that you can do in 15 minutes or less to help you start to take back your time and your life and get a sense of feeling more in control.

  • Go through your Utensil Drawer and pull any items you no longer use and place in your car to donate
  • Clean your Junk Drawer (everyone has one)
  • Go through your magazines and recycle the old ones
  • Toss expired items in your pantry or fridge
  • Walk through your house and find 5 things to donate
  • Plan Dinner for tomorrow night and make sure you have all needed items
  • Clean your desk drawer
  • Pair any single socks you can and get rid of the rest
  • Clean and organize your purse
  • Spend 15 minutes daily making sure things are returned to where they belong
  • Go through your coat closet and remove anything you no longer wear
  • Go through your cosmetics and get rid of anything expired or no longer used
  • Scan your book shelves and pull any books you will not read again, then gift or donated them
  • Declutter your night stand
  • Remove any shoes you no longer wear and love
  • Quickly go through your closet and remove anything that doesn’t fit or you don’t love
  • Sort your email and unsubscribe from anything you no longer read regularly

Remember to always take your items to be donated and place in your trunk so that you can drop them off at a donation station when you are out running errands.

We hope you found these tasks that you can complete in 15 minutes useful.  If you have others to add that have worked for you we would love to hear them.

5 Home Organization Tips You Can Use This Summer

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Summer Organization Tips


Five Home Organization Tips for a Bright and Breezy Summer

Summer means long, lazy days and a three-month reprieve from the hectic schedules that often accompany the school year. However, summer can come with its own brand of chaos if you don’t keep a handle on home organization. A house full of kids, barbecue guests, wet swimsuits and pool toys can easily become overwhelming. Learn how to keep your home running smoothly all summer long with these five simple organization tips.

Organize the Outdoors

Everyone spends a lot more time outside in the summer, which makes taming outdoor supplies a key aspect of summer organization. Organize items like pool toys, flip flops and grill accessories with laundry baskets. Most people have old laundry baskets lying around, and if you have kids home from college, you are likely to have a large supply. Give the baskets new life with a coat of brightly colored paint and label them with a paint pen. Stack or line them up on the porch, patio or around the pool for a fun storage solution.

Create Craft Space

As much as you might want them to, kids can’t spend all their time outside during the summer. There will be days when storms or excessive heat keep everyone indoors. Fight cabin fever and discourage excessive screen time with an organized and inviting craft area. Old folding tables make great craft tables. Use plastic bins to keep art and craft supplies organized. Decorate the space with select pieces of your kids’ artwork. This is a summer organization project that gives your kids the opportunity to pitch in and help.

Clever Up the Kitchen

A hot kitchen may be the last place you want to be during the summer, but without school meals and snacks your kids will certainly be visiting the kitchen quite a bit. Use small decorative baskets to store healthy snacks, such as fruit, raisins and granola bars, at hand. Devote a lower drawer of the refrigerator to snacks like carrot sticks, string cheese and yogurt that your kids can grab anytime. Keep treats like ice cream and chips out of sight and out of reach.

Clean Out Closets

Clean closets are the cornerstone of home organization. Slow summer days present the perfect opportunity to finally comb through your closets and weed out clutter. Sort through clothing and discard or donate any items you do not plan to wear again. Maximize space by using vacuum suction bags to store rarely used items like guest bedding. Consider installing shelves, drawers or a closet organization system to make sure your closets stay tidy.

Consult a Professional

If you feel that organizing your home is too big of a task to take on by yourself, summer is a great time to call a professional organizer. The additional spare time that comes with summer will give you the opportunity to work closely with the organizer, so she can not only organize your home, but also give you organization tips to help you stay organized.

Typical Barriers to Getting Your Home Organized

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How many times have you said, “I really need to get my home organized,” and then made no progress?  You are not alone in this.  Getting organized can be a harder task than you realize.  Often there are many reasons you are unable to take the next step and actually get organized.  Here are some common barriers that a lot of people encounter when you embark on “getting organized”.

 

Lack of Time

Everyone is busy with work, families, friends and other activities so time can be a limited resource.

The task of getting organized does take time and sometimes not finding the time to do this can cause you to waste more time and money than what getting organized will.  If you are buying things you know you have but can’t find or eating out because you feel out of control and unorganized then not being organized is costing you both time and money.

The only real solution to the lack of time barrier is to set time aside to get organized.  Typically what works best is to dedicate a day, ½ day or if possible a week-end devoted just to cleaning and getting organized.  Pick a room or area and focus only on that until it is done.

Lack of Skill

Not everyone is born with knowing how to get organized.  It can be tough and if you don’t know where to start or feel you can’t do it you are not alone.  Often as kids our parents just do it for us and never teach us to be organized.

If you feel you don’t know how to get organized, don’t beat yourself up.  Organization is truly a skill and over time you can add this skill to your list.  Often a little practice and education can help you.

A great way to get over this is to hire a professional organizer who can guide you and teach you a process you can follow.  If you aren’t ready to do that, maybe enlist a friend or family member that can help you.

Take the time to learn and practice your new skill or organizing.

Lack of Space

Sometimes we hear that people don’t have enough space to be organized.  This often though really is a case of having too much stuff.  The best way to work on this is to really look at the items around you and determine what you LOVE.  Life is truly to short to have stuff that you do not love around you.

To address this issue spend time removing the items that you no longer love, use a storage bin for those that you don’t love but aren’t ready to part with yet and then revisit in 90 days.

If you find you are having trouble getting past these barriers Time For You ORGANIZING is here and we can help you tackle your home organization.

Routines are a key component of staying Organized

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Organizing Routines



Over the years as a Professional Organizer one thing I have found is that it is critical that routines are put in place to help you stay organized.  Sometimes routines can be tough to establish, but once you have a nice clean area and everything is in its place you MUST establish routines to help you keep it that way.

Here are some ideas for routines that can help you stay organized and also help get you organized.

Before Bed Routine:

It is a great idea to end the day with a before bed routine.  A before bed routine for your home may look something like this:

  • Walk through each room and tidy up
  • Gather all items up that are not in the right place and return them to where they belong
  • If you find something that no longer brings you joy place it in your donation box
  • Prepare for the next morning; lay out your clothes, prepare the coffee pot, plan breakfast, gather your items you need for the next day, check your schedule

 Mail Handling Routine:

  • Sort your mail near the trash to purge anything not needed
  • Sort your mail that needs to be followed up on
  • Set 1 or 2 times a week up to handle all of your follow up mail

 

 

Establishing a regular routine is something that we discuss when we work together.  It is important that once we organize an area in your home or office you have the ability to keep it that way.

 

Take some time today and see what small routines you can put in place to help you stay organized and not let things get out of control.

Is Getting Organized One of Your Resolutions?

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If you are like most, Getting Organized is probably on your list of New Year’s Resolutions.  This is one resolution that you can achieve with the right mind set and some time and focus.  We often hear people say they struggle with getting and staying organized but it truly is something you can achieve.  Here are some tips to help you move towards this resolution this year.

Getting Organized

Daily Steps

Typically a good starting point to getting organized is to take inventory of your home and identify which items no longer serve a purpose or make you happy.  There truly is no reason to hold onto items that you no longer use or that make you happy.  Start spending 15-20 minutes each day removing things from your home that no longer serve a purpose or make you smile.  As you identify these items either gather them for a donation drop off later in the week or throw them out.

An Organizing Session

If you have chunks of time that you can dedicate to getting organized we suggest that you tackle a room or an area in a room and as you go through items create 4 piles:

  • Keep
  • Relocate to Another Room
  • Trash
  • Donate

It is best to take all the items you can and begin to sort through them and put them in one of the 4 piles.  Once you have done this it is time to take the trash out, load your car with the donations and then take the items you wish to keep and neatly put them back where you want them.  Keep in mind that everything has a place and a purpose.  The items that have been marked as relocate to another room should now be placed in the room(s) they belong in.

 

Here are some before and after photos of spaces after going through this process.



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Kitchen Organization



We know that this process can be difficult and overwhelming.  We are here to help and would be happy to assist you in tackling the areas in your home that have you feeling overwhelmed.

Organizing Tips

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Do you want to get organized, but just struggle with where to get started?

The following are a few of the tips that we give all of our clients and also this is part of the process we follow when we work with our clients.

We are hoping you will find these tips useful and they will help you begin your organizing journey.

Start in One Place

If there are several places in your home that you feel you need to organize it is best to pick one and start there.  If you start on all of the areas at once you more than likely will become overwhelmed and end up with more of a mess.  Pick one area and finish that before moving on.

 

Evaluate your Belongings

Really look at your stuff and decide if you truly love it and if you use it.  If you haven’t used something in 6 months to a year then it is probably time to either  sell it, give it away or donate it.  This is something you should probably do every 6-12 months – evaluate your stuff and then remove the items you no longer love or use.

 

Everything has a Place

One key way to stay more organized is to make sure that everything has a place and that it is always put away in that place.  Doing this on a daily basis will really help you keep rooms more organized.

 

Include Picking Up in your daily routine

 

If you have a minute while making dinner, commercials while watching TV or just an extra 5-10 minutes spend it taking a look around and picking up anything that is out of place.

 

It is import as well to have your kids spend 5-10 minutes daily getting in the habit of picking up

 

Hopefully you found these tips helpful.  We know they will help if you follow them.  We are also here if you need assistance and can’t get organized on your own.  We have found that with most of our clients they really need some assistance to get started.  We offer several options for working with us and can help you make a large dent in just a few hours.

ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET BY COLOR

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Organize by color



You know what color you feel like wearing today and now you can find that shirt quickly and easily by keeping your closet organized by color.  It’s easy!

Start by going through your closet and purging what you don’t wear anymore.  Sort what you are keeping by like items and colors.

Then start hanging your clothes with similar colors together.  You can use any order.  
Some people go so far as to use the order of a Rainbow ……  you know, ROYGBIV or ROY G. BIV (the Acronyms that we learned in art class):  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo (Purple), Violet (Pink).  Well, the rainbow doesn’t include some of the other colors we all have in our closets like Cream, Brown, Black, Grey, and White, so I’ve added them.  ROYGBIV-CBBGW.

See, it’s easy and pretty.

ORGANIZE YOUR JEWELRY

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Jewelry Containers



Having trouble finding your favorite bracelet or ring quickly?  Organize your jewelry for easy access.  There are MANY types of jewelry storage.  Simply find the storage or organizing system that works for you.  You can make it as simple and inexpensive as you’d like.  I’ve seen ideas on Pinterest and Google Images.

Amazon – Jewelry Storage

Container Store – Jewelry Storage

Bed Bath & Beyond – Jewelry Storage



Organized Jewelry



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