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.

What Professional Organizers Do & Why We All Could Benefit From Hiring One

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When people hear or think about professional organizer often the picture of someone living in complete chaos or even the television show Hoarders comes to mind.  Professional Organizers can help anyone from those that are living in absolute chaos and disarray to someone that just needs some help to create an organized space.

A large portion of the population has issues with collecting stuff.  This can include clothing you no longer wear but can’t part with, pots and pans you no longer use but are holding onto for some reason.  This also includes collectibles and items we are very attached to.  A professional can help teach some organizational skills and also help you evaluate why you are holding on to what you are and help you get back on track.

Why You Should Hire a Professional Organizer?

Having a Professional Organizer come in is a way to help you create the space and the environment that you want to live in and one that works for you.  A Professional Organizer can provide you with an objective set of eyes.  Often just by listening to what bothers you about the space a professional organizer can help you organize it better and teach you the skills and systems to help this space be what you want it to be.

It is an investment and not free to use a professional organizer, however, it will help you save money in the end. If you’re disorganized you may have issues paying bills, which can result in late fees – getting this under control will be a money saver there.  Often when we are unorganized, we end up buying more stuff because we are either overwhelmed or can’t find the stuff we already have. We have seen clients that absolutely HATE their home and their space and want to move in the worst way, however after addressing the area they love their home and environment and do not wish to move.

When is the Time to Hire a Professional Organizer?





The point where you may need help is different for everyone.  In some extreme cases, your space may be making you physically ill and draining your energy.  In other cases you could be too stressed or embarrassed to have people over and help to take care of the chaos and get organized.  Often we see people encounter an event or a life change and this pushes them to reach out for help.  Some big life events we see that often encourage people to take action are: a birth, a move, a divorce, a big event such as graduation or a wedding.  Sometime it is just admitting that you need some help and want to live a bit more organized life.

Though there are so many scenarios in which hiring a professional to get you organized would be helpful, a couple telltale signs are: 1) you do not feel comfortable in your space and 2) it takes you longer than ten minutes to find something.  These signs indicate you probably have an issue and need to hire someone for help.

How do I Pick Who to Hire?

Getting organized can be a very emotional event and a lot of emotions are tied to the

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process.  Unfortunately, some people really struggle with organization and often it is just a case of their brain just works differently.  This is something especially with people that may have ADD.

It is critical that you hire someone that you really trust and get along with.  You will be having them into your space and having them go through your things with you, so you must trust and like them.  Ideally you want someone that will do an assessment first so that they understand the scope and also what your goal is for the area you are attempting to tackle.

Working with someone that has professional credentials is very important.  There are a lot of organized people out there, but you want to work with someone that has taken the time to learn their craft fully and the skills to help someone through this.  Working with someone with a professional membership and also a professional education is important.  The Professional Organizer you work with should be a member of The National Organization of Professional Organizers (NAPO).  It is important as well to ensure that they are bonded and insured.

How Does It Work?

This varies from person to person as it’s really all about what and how much you feel comfortable tackling, but ultimately a professional organizer will listen to what your goals are and what you want the finished space to be and then come up with a plan to get you on track. An important piece as well will be helping you with a strategy to teach you the tools you need to maintain everything since organization is really a continuous process.  When you are interviewing a good fit for you, be sure to ask them if they will help you locate and find organizational products if they are needed and if they will take things to Goodwill or other donation stations for you.

Will They Make Me Get Rid Of Things?

In a lot of cases you will have to throw things away.  It is important to understand though that the professional organizer you work with should work with you in evaluating this and helping you make those decisions.  It is OK to specify that some items are off limits and you just can’t part with them.  Often you will find you and re-evaluate later and get rid of more at a later time.

Most Professional Organizers can help you let go of things carefully and in a manner that makes you feel good and at peace with doing so.

If you are ready to jump in and get started and have decided that now is the time to hire a professional organizer I would love to help you out!  We will do an assessment of your space and I will let you know how much time it will take to tackle it and make it into that space you are looking for.

To get started you can either call today – 720-937-8300 or complete the contact form today and I will contact you.

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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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.

Declutter to Prepare for Spring Cleaning

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Clutter makes it very difficult for us to stay on top of our cleaning and to keep our homes clean and tidy. If you have a lot of knick knacks or collectables on your surfaces, then you can’t just wipe around with a duster and will instead need to remove each item individually.

Here is a challenge for you:

Reduce the numb3er of knick knacks and collectables that you have out on display by 50%.  This will make it easier to keep up on your regular cleaning and also prepare you for any upcoming Spring Cleaning.  This challenge will also help you ensure that the items left are the ones you truly love and bring you joy.

 

 

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