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Category Archives: Organization
Springtime is not just for spring cleaning and removing clutter, it’s also moving season! Spring is a good time to sell your home, particularly if you live in a sought after area. For families, they’re typically looking for great schools in a safe neighborhood. For singles and couples, they’re looking for safety and convenience.
Moving is stressful, even when you’re organized and on top of things. It’s also very expensive to move, but with some planning and organization, you can save yourself both time and money.
Using a Moving Company: When contacting movers, be sure to get an onsite estimate. We made that mistake in our last move and were given a quote over the phone even though I begged them to come to see how much stuff we had. Long story short, the moving truck they arrived in was too small. It could have ended really badly, but they made it work. Lesson learned!
An estimate in writing will also include supplies, e.g. boxes etc. and will give you an idea of how much moving supplies cost. If you plan ahead, you can save a little money by purchasing your moving supplies online, but check your options with the moving company you use before ordering.
Long Distance Move – Relocations: If you are relocating, the moving company will probably be packing for you. Be sure to find out what their policy is for items you’ve packed yourself. You may want to transport those items yourself if you have valuables that you don’t want on the truck, otherwise, if you personally packed them, they may not be covered if those items are damaged. For valuable items that the moving company has packed, be sure that you have a written appraisal to prove the value in event that it gets damaged, or worse, lost.
Time to Purge! Several months before your move (or a couple of years, if you have a lot of clutter!), begin sorting through your belongings and get rid of things you don’t need or haven’t used in a long time. Most people have way too many clothes, so if you don’t purge on a regular basis, start going through your clothing now. If you love to cook, you’ve probably collected a few small appliances and a ton of kitchen utensils. Instead of feeling overwhelmed about going through every cabinet and every drawer, which may take hours or days, pick one drawer or cabinet per day. If you’re short on time, do a few drawers or cabinets per day.
How to Get Rid of Your Stuff: If you’re planning to sell some of your items, now is the time to think about how you’d like to sell them. There are lots of options available online, particularly if you have a smart phone. Check out Continue reading
Do you consider yourself a pack rat? Generally, pack rats hate to get rid of anything because they think they might need it someday. They also see value in almost everything.
Pack rats typically live in clutter and never know where to put stuff, so it sits around in random places around the house. They think if they leave it out then it won’t get lost or forgotten.
If you think this sounds like you, to get rid of your pack rat tendencies you’ll need to learn how to be more organized. Being organized doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get rid of everything, but it does mean keeping things in an organized way so that when you need your stuff, you’ll be able to find it.
Some people are organized pack rats. Organized pack rats usually find places to store and “organize” their stuff, but it ends up being too much. Cupboards, cabinets, closets and drawers tend to be overfilled, which can be frustrating to deal with on a daily basis. This can wear down on them after years of shoving and stuffing things into drawers Continue reading
After a long day at work, it’s hard to find the time to do household chores, especially when you have to make dinner and take care of other household tasks. Chores are also not that fun for most people, so it’s another task that we have a habit of procrastinating. One of the best ways to avoid procrastination is to set a goal and make a commitment to meet your goal, preferably with a deadline. This rule can help you to accomplish almost anything in your home.
When you get home from work, which area of your home bothers you the most? I know that I can’t cook in the kitchen if it’s messy, so I will spend a few minutes cleaning up before preparing a meal. The family room, or whichever room in which you relax, should also be relatively neat so that you’re not staring at clutter. A clean and clutter-free home will also Continue reading
Happy Holidays! Is 2017 going to be your year for finally getting organized? Clearing a cluttered room can have a huge impact on a person’s well being. They feel lighter, less stressed and can focus on what’s important. To help you to get started, it’s always good to be reminded of why getting organized can make a difference in your life. The following are just 10 benefits of being organized and living clutter-free – many of which I’ve mentioned before, but at the beginning of a new year, it’s always good to have a gentle reminder:
1. You will save time, freeing up more time to spend with family and friends;
2. You will feel less stressed when you are moving around your clutter-free home;
3. You won’t be in a state of panic when a friend calls to say they’re in the area and would love to stop by.. Continue reading
Black Friday is coming up in a couple of weeks. If shopping on Black Friday is a tradition for you, start planning now so that you don’t waste time, money and end up with a bunch of clutter that you hadn’t planned on purchasing! Continue reading
Get your sensitive papers together! The next shredding event is for Howard County residents and is coming up this Saturday. Please share with friends and family who may need this service and live in the area. Read more in my latest blog post. Continue reading
For local subscribers: Join me this Thursday, September 22nd at the Time Bank Social Skills Happy Hour for an Organizing Q&A at the East Columbia 50+ Center in Columbia, Md. It’s a free Organizing Seminar that will be taking place during the day (3pm), so is perfect for seniors and anyone with a flexible schedule. Please share with anyone you know who may be interested. Continue reading
Unfortunately, identity theft is on the rise, and it’s more important than ever to do more than just organize your important documents. I’m also learning that what may seem obvious to some is not obvious to everyone, so I wanted to share some tips of things you can start doing today to protect your identity. Enjoy! Continue reading
It’s community shredding time! If you live in Montgomery County, Md or in the Silver Spring area, check out these two free shredding events near you. If you’re local but not near these areas (please note that the Montgomery Co event is for residents only), stay tuned for more updates as they are announced. Continue reading
Decluttering is the first step to getting organized, and although most people know this, they can be stuck with holding onto items until they know it will be used by someone who needs it and will appreciate it. The larger well-known charities will take most items in good condition, but sometimes it’s nice to give to a smaller charity or even to a school, library or hospital. Here are 10 tips and ideas for getting rid of your stuff that you may not have thought of Continue reading