Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS
Certified Professional Organizer®
Certified Relocation & Transition Specialist®
Ways We Can Help
You can save money. You'll know what you already own, eliminating the need to buy duplicate items. A professional organizer can help you find the perfect organizing products for your space and lifestyle, so you stop wasting money on things you don't need or won't work.
You can become more productive and efficient. A professional organizer can create order and structure out of chaos. You'll receive systems that work for your dominant learning style, your lifestyle, your needs, your challenges, and your dreams.
You'll have a positive self-image and ditch the shame. Once your home or office is neat and tidy, you won't feel embarrassed to have guests visit. The guilt will fade away as you take pride in your surroundings.
You'll have a healthier environment. Physical and emotional clutter obscures your surroundings. An organized home and office is more easily cleaned. Lose the clutter and cut down on time spent moving piles of paper and stuff around.
Your stress level will decrease dramatically. When you can find what you need, are on top of your to-dos, and arrive on time, you'll feel calmer and have more peace of mind. No more feeling overwhelmed by life -- you'll be the one in control.
You'll discover more time for yourself. When you're organized, your days go as planned, and you get a lot more done. That leaves more time to indulge in a little "me time."
Your energy will shine.
Clutter is a mask and a professional organizer can help you take off that mask. Once the clutter is removed, you can showcase your talents, skills, and personality and have the life you deserve.
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The Right Tools for the Job
It's amazing the difference having the right supplies and containers can make in any organizing project. My absolute favorite, practical and useful containers are clear plastic storage boxes with lids in a variety of sizes from The Container Store
. Clear containers allow you to see what's inside the box, which
is a plus even if the container is labeled. Lids allow you to stack the containers in closets and on shelves, taking advantage of vertical space. These containers are also indispensible when sorting like things together before they reach their final destination in the home or office. As a professional organizer, I couldn't do my job effectively
Here's an example of a craft cabinet with its contents
organized in clear shoebox-sized containers and then neatly labeled with a label maker. Can you imagine how easy and
fun it would be to work on a project with everything
organized like this?
Terri Stephens, CPO, CRTS
Real Order Professional Organizing, LLC
Contain the Clutter
Containerizing your stuff is great, but buying all those bins and boxes can get expensive!
Laundry baskets can be an affordable option. Watch for them on sale at your local discount store. You'll also find some pretty wicker ones at craft stores (such as Michael's and JoAnn Fabrics) for under $5. Use them all over your home, such as to contain toys, books, or magazines in the living room. Then, put one at the bottom of the stairs. Throughout the day, drop in everything that needs to go "up," making evening clean-up quick and painless. Place one near the exit door for things that need to leave the house - clothing that needs to go the tailor or dry cleaner, items that need to be returned to stores, library books and movies ready for return, and loaned items that need to find their rightful owners. Or keep a basket in the trunk of your car. Take a peek in the basket each morning and see what you can get rid of that day.
JUNK DRAWER ORGANIZERS
This one is an organizing super-performer! Use one in your office to separate out rubber bands, paper clips, erasers, and other small office essentials. Stash them in the bathroom to hold cosmetics and first-aid items. Put them in kids' rooms to hold small toys or hair accessories. Sort out nails and screws in the workshop. Or separate small craft supplies like beads and wires or sewing items. Drawer organizers are available in a variety of price ranges, sizes, and materials (cardboard, clear acrylic, plastic, and wood). If you need maximum flexibility, look for one with adjustable compartments, so you can create the right sized spaces for anything in your drawer.
PHOTO BOXES GO MULTI-PURPOSE
Photo storage boxes are great for organizing more than photos. These inexpensive, versatile containers can be used to store crafts, office supplies, jewelry, small toys, bathroom doo-dads, and so much more. For under $5 each, these boxes are an organizing best-buy. Label them clearly with a label maker or Sharpie pen.
VERTICAL SPACE SAVERS
Over-the-door pocket organizers - usually reserved for shoe storage - are wonderfully versatile. Hang one in a kid's room to store Barbie and her accessories or toy cars and trucks. Mount one on the wall near the baby's changing table to hold diapers, creams and other necessities. Set up a gift wrapping station with ribbons, bows, tags, tissue, cards, and tape. Or keep one on the back of the pantry door to hold spice packets, Jello boxes, or kitchen gadgets. Choose clutter-hiding canvas or easy-to-see-through clear vinyl, depending upon your needs. Likewise, hanging sweater organizers can keep much-needed items at your fingertips. Use them in your bedroom closet to hold folded clothing like sweaters and t-shirts, or stash accessories like purses, belts, and hats. Get shoes off the floor by popping them into a narrow hanging shoe organizer that holds ten pairs. And they work wonders in an entryway closet. Keep small outerwear such as hats, mittens, baseball caps, sunscreen, camera, dog leash, binoculars, and umbrellas ready to grab on the way out the door.
Clutter Awareness Week
Third Week in March
Clutter is anything that takes up space without serving any real purpose. Maybe you think you "might need it someday" or it's easier just to let it pile up than to make decisions about what to do with it. You can, however, take control of the clutter.
Start by asking "Is is beautiful, useful or loved?" If your items don't fit one of those categories, why are you keeping them?
Ask some tough questions: When did you use it last? When will you use it again? What purpose does it serve? What would happen if I got rid of it?
Use the "In/Out" rule: each time you bring in something new, you have to get rid of something old. Set limits on how much of an item you will own. Know when enough is enough. This will force you to decide what items are favorites and then you can let go of the rest.
Source: Online Organizing
|Save Money & the Environment
Whether you're on a budget or just want to do your part to protect our environment, recycling and repurposing household organizing containers make good sense. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
They're the perfect size and shape for holding so much more than shoes. Stash small gardening tools, sorts socks, or hold special cards. Use your imagination!
These drum-shaped containers can hold anything tall and lean, from kitchen implements to paintbrushes.
OATMEAL BOXES, COFFEE CANS, TALL CHIP CONTAINERS
Organize office supplies such as pens, rubber bands, index cards, note cards, and envelopes. Or configure a few in your junk drawer for a perfect fit.
FILM CANISTERS & MINT TINS
These cute containers can hold tiny things like push pins or paper clips. They also make great travel buddies for jewelry.
Use them to store plastic shopping bags (when you need one, they pop out one at a
time!) or collect trash in your car.
BABY FOOD JARS
Separate nails,screws, washers, and other hardware by size or purpose.
Decorate these sturdy cartons with colored paper and use them to hold magazines.
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Many online retailers offer a variety to storage items for home and office:
- Organizers and containers for kitchen, closets, drawers and more.
- Containers to store everything from seasonal items to food to batteries.
- Store craft materials, kitchen items and just about anything else with containers and shelving.
Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.
- Sir Winston Churchill