I was honored (and humbled) to receive notification that Organized Habits was selected for the 2012 Best of Sacramento Award in the Training Consultants category by the Sacramento Award Program.
Each year, the Sacramento Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. These exceptional companies help make the greater Sacramento area a great place to live, work and play.
As an organizer, I have to practice what I preach. And so, I have gotten back around to another purge-and-sort of my china cabinets.
The last time they were purged was the summer of 2010, just before our big move. I have 10 shelves to my cabinets and back then I thought that I should let go of 20% of the things in the cabinet before we moved. I did, I eliminated 2 shelves worth of crystal and other entertaining pieces.
Now 2 years later, I am at it again. I cleaned the shelves and all of the pieces in my china cabinets. I did not set a number or percentage for how much I would purge this time around.
…I just did it…. Whenever I picked up an item I thought about how useful it was, how it made me feel and thought about how often I used it. There are some things, like my cake plate that I don’t use too often but I love it and do use it as much as possible (and not always for cakes). There are certain questions you can as yourself that can help you make decisions about whether or not to purge something. You can read them in this blog post.
Here are the things that I set aside for purging this time. With the exception of the cookbook and pillow covers, these items were in my china cabinets. I found that I had not used them and in some cases, well – was just tired of them! There was also a beer stein in there that was a gift to my husband from an employee a few years ago. He never used it and likes his beer right out of the bottle so bye-bye beer stein!
As with any of my purging events, there is a “trickle down effect”. Later that day, I was looking at a cookbook for a recipe and saw the cookbook in the photo and decided “I never use this, so out it goes.” The same with the pillow covers. I like the fabric but I have had these pillow covers for 2 years and never purchased pillow forms to stuff them. Every time I see them I feel a little twang of guilt for not finishing that project. So out with the pillow covers and out with the guilt!
Do you ever feel guilty about holding onto an item that you have been meaning to do something with?
Silly title? Maybe, but it’s what this post is about. It’s about some self-observations too.
In my early mommy years, I got in the habit of buying Stride Rite shoes (i.e. leather, good quality) for my little ones and offsetting the expense by shopping at the thrift store for my own clothes and accessories. I didn’t mind, really. After all, thrift shopping is like an adventure. You venture out, not knowing what you will find so you keep an open mind and an eagle eye out for bargains on quality merchandise. As my kids got older, I kept shopping at thrift stores because, well, kids are expensive even before college starts!
Some of my favorite finds –
a blue dress that was casual or dressy depending on the jewelry and shoes
the $5 suit that I wore to speak at a large company
a Coldwater Creek jacket that looked amazing on me!
Ask my friends, I can find the jewels in the thrift store… but alas, the shift. I recently visited my favorite thrift store in my old neighborhood/city. I grabbed the cart, traced the usual route and after about one hour, I left the store… Empty-handed!
This month is National Get Organized Month. Every January the National Association of Professional Organizers and it’s member chapters endeavor to publicize the benefits of organization and the services that are provided by our industry. There are many areas of specialty within the Professional Organizer industry – from home staging to business productivity to move managers. There are specialized training courses for many different populations – seniors, hoarders, people with disabilities, and children. Getting organized helps people with time management, productivity, family management, and relieves stress and anxiety. Here are some of the reasons why professional organizers are hired and which areas are most often organized. This information is found on the National Association of Professional Organizers website, www.napo.net: Top reasons professional organizers are hired
Too much clutter
Difficulty determining what to keep and/or discard
Difficulty finding things
Selling a home or moving
Top areas in a home where organizing services are most often requested
Home Office or Den
I’m not a huge fan of making resolutions anymore; most people do not take resolutions made on New Year’s Day very seriously. However, if you are ready to take the first steps to getting organized this year, then download my ebook, Project Simplify. It includes monthly goal sheets to help you plan the first steps to getting your organizing projects done.
Receive your free gift today! Just go to the top right of this page and submit your name and email. Then check your email! You will have the link for your free download! It’s my gift to you this month as you begin to get organized!
Here are the 5 keys mentioned in the video above to help you organize a small space:
Let go of the extras
Be size conscious
Buy multifunction furniture
Do you have a clever idea that you have implemented in a small space? If you do, please share it here!
Beginning February 28th thru March 4th , you can post your photo and link to your blog so that others can see how you successfully organized a small space.
If you would like to participate you will need to paste the code below at the top or bottom of your blog post to show you are participating in Organizing Small Spaces!
Simply copy the code below in the box and paste where you can edit the html in your blog post.
Don’t have a blog or photo to contribute? That’s okay, just leave a comment below. We’d all love to hear your ideas!
Day 14. Went up to the new house today with another load of boxes. As I mentioned previously, this new place is close enough (90 minutes) to drive to and bring things up a little at time. I have been loading my car (to the brim) every trip with boxes and then unpacking the boxes once I get there and bringing the boxes back with me. No, I don’t need more boxes – I am just doing this so that I do not have a mountain of boxes and tons of unpacking to do later. This strategy does not work with all moves,
Day 12. My dear husband’s birthday is today and I managed to convince him that we should spend the night in the new house. Of course, we took a load of boxes with us – you know, I can’t be unproductive! While we were gone, 2 couples came with their Realtors to look at our home.
Day 11. Oh my aching legs! Today we took a large load to the new house. My helpers today were another son, his wife and my best friend. I was amazed at how quickly we unloaded a 16′ truck. Luckily, this son used to work for a mover during the summer when he was in high school so he knew what he was doing! The downside today was that the new place has steps no matter which door to the house you enter so needless to say,
Day 9 & 10 – Yesterday was spent watching my dear granddaughter and having my old faithful dog’s portrait done. A little off the move subject, but life is still happening around me….. I did manage to pack more boxes and stage things near the door for loading. I reserved a truck from Budget Rent A Car and hired a 2 man work crew- essentially one of my sons and his friend. These days with work offerings so slim, I thought I would help them out by giving them a job for a day or two