Is your closet and drawers bulging at the seams? Or maybe you have a 2nd or 3rd closet with even more clothes?
Clothing is tough not only because of sizing, variety, and colors, but also because of emotional attachment. Setting up your clothes for today, and not the past or future, will help you pare it down.
My #1 recommendation is to go through your clothes and accessories with a buddy. A friend, a family member, a professional organizer, or an image coach, can ask you questions to help you make decisions. Ultimately, you want to keep your favorites, and limit the “just in case” pieces.
#2 is to fill your closet and drawers with only what currently fits. Your favorite pieces that are too small (or too large) can go into a bin labeled with the size or weight of when they will fit. Then too, seeing them all together might encourage you to get back to wearing them sooner than later.
#3 is to sort like things together, by color. Tops can be split into long sleeve and short sleeve, or you can leave those together and keep an area for dressy and casual. Pants would go together by regular length and shorter lengths, and suits and jackets can have their own section. Whatever you choose, organizing by how you get dressed will save you time.
For items you are unsure about, you can pack them in a box and mark it with “if I haven’t opened by date, then donate this box”.
Opening up space in your closet gives you options for new items, and that new “look” right around the corner. You’ll also find it quicker to decide what to wear, and you’ll know when you need that specific new piece!
Give me a call to chat about your situation. Bev Chandler at 306-536-8844
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Organizing Help while Staying Safe
Is virtual organizing for you?
What are the advantages? Why would you want to try it?
Organizing through the internet is a great option for many people.
1) If you want help with organizing, an assessment can show you how the organizing process will take place.
2) If you want some direction and solutions, but want to do the work yourself, or with a family member or friend, then online consults and check-ins will get you started, and keep you moving and on track.
3) If you are in a remote location, then you can get help from an Organizer without paying travel costs.
4) If you want to work at one room at a time, then the focus can be directed as you move forward.
5) If you want or need to keep the sessions short, then there is the option to do that.
6) And lastly, if you want to be sure you are keeping virus or germ free, then you can get help without having anyone physically in your home or office.
Making progress, and getting the job completed, are important for any organizing project.
Virtual organizing gives you another option for tackling your troubling spots, sooner than later.
For a complimentary evaluation, call or text Bev Chandler at C&C Organizing. 306-536-8844
Tackle those Photos
Oh, those printed photos. What to do with those boxes and albums of pictures? It can be overwhelming!
Old albums were not photo-safe and might be leaching the color from your photos. Loose pictures can get stuck, torn, and worn on the edges. Pictures held with fridge magnets might be out-dated and curled, and those in a basement box could be starting to absorb moisture. And then there are the photos hiding in various spots around the house.
Here's a method to handle them, so that you can preserve and share the memories with others.
Photo boxes are a great way to get all your photos into chronological order. They come with dividers that can be labeled for each year, or each decade. For example you might have a divider for each decade prior to the year 1990, and then a divider for each year after that. If you are giving some away, you can have a divider for that person. Special occasions, or categories like pets, can have their own divider too.
Now start looking through your photos. As you look at each one, decide if you will keep it, give it away, or trash it (yes, it’s ok to put a picture in the garbage or shredding).
Pictures you can consider getting rid of are duplicates (or near duplicates), sceneries, ones out of focus, ones where the person/people don’t look good (think eating pictures), or ones where you don’t know who it is.
The photos you are keeping go into the box behind one of the dividers. Photos without a date can either go in their own divider to be decided later, or take your best guess at the year and put it in the box. Once you figure out a year, write it on a back corner, or with a photo-safe pen. For larger pictures, try trimming them to a size that will fit in the box.
Once you have them safely in the photo boxes, you can decide what you’ll do with them. Scanning them creates a backup and allows you to share them with others. Photo books are a great way to tell a story and print multiple copies. Themed calendars can be fun too.
Even if the photo boxes are as far as you go, the memories can easily be enjoyed one section at a time, visually telling the story of you and your family!
Keepsakes worth Keeping
How do you decide what keepsakes are worth keeping?
Many people struggle with how much of the past to keep, where to keep it, and how much is too much?
1) Allocate a keepsake spot. This could be a shelf, a box, a drawer, a chest or a closet. Pick the size based on how much room you can spare in your home.
2) Gather up all the keepsakes. Will they all fit in the space you’ve allocated? If not, you have two choices; allocate more space or remove some of the items.
3) Display some keepsakes. Items that are grouped and have enough space around them, are easy to view and enjoy.
4) Check the keepsakes importance. If you are keeping an item for someone else, maybe they can enjoy it now. If it’s an item for yourself, then decide why it’s important to you.
5) Pare it down. Would a picture of the item be enough? Can you pare down similar items? Can you release items have bad feelings or guilt associated with them? Can items be rotated for display seasonally? If someone gave you the item, they wouldn’t want it to cause clutter and stress.
Once your keepsakes fit your space, you’ll be able to enjoy them and take comfort in knowing that each item is special.
While so many of us are staying safe at home, CTV Morning News asked me to share some organizing tips. This video has five, 2 minute clips, covering your home work space, the kitchen, seasonal and children's organizing. https://regina.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1934776&jwsource=cl
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De-Clutter to De-Stress
Do your physical things cause you stress or anxiety? De-cluttering and organization can help reduce those feelings.
What does clutter have to do with relationships?
Valentine’s Day is all about love and relationships with those around us.
Let’s talk about how clutter and dis-organization might be affecting your spouse, partner, family, room-mates, or friends.
First, there is the stress, strain, and arguments that can happen when 2 people have opposing views. One likes streamlined spaces and the other is good with having things out and around them, or boxed up in storage. Arriving at a compromise can take work from both sides.
Second, there is the embarrassment about clutter when thinking of inviting friends or extended family over for a visit. Dis-organization can cause overwhelm at the thought of all that would need to be done before a visitor arrives.
Third, a cluttered space makes it a challenge to do a thorough cleaning. The health of everyone in the space could be affected by dust and bacteria.
Lastly, there is the procrastination that takes place in a cluttered space. Maybe you want to do something for your loved one, but there isn’t the space, or it would take all your energy to get it accomplished. Something like baking that special cake will have to wait again.
It’s never too late to change your situation.
Stop the arguments, stress, and embarrassment by getting and staying organized!
Give me a call to chat about it. Bev Chandler at 306-536-8844. www.ccorganizing.ca
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Re-claim Time in Your Day
Do you wish there were more hours in the day?
Time is the one thing that once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Are you spending time on any of these:
- Looking for lost items, papers, or electronic files?
- Procrastinating, or spinning your wheels, when what you need is not handy?
- Going to get something, only to find you’ve run out (eg. The right-sized battery)?
- Buying something you already have (or you forgot you have), because you can’t find it?
- Finding the matching piece (eg. storage containers, bins, or tubs)?
- Gathering items you need from various places, before you leave your home or office?
- Being in re-active mode, instead of pro-active mode?
Or maybe you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, and end up saying no to the fun things in life?
Getting organized is one way to give you back more time in your day.
Addressing the above problems will allow you to re-claim the time you are spending on them. With processes and solutions in place, your day can be streamlined to handle your priorities and move forward.
With organization, your mind is cleared, belongings become useful and close at hand.
…and you'll re-claim time for what matters most.
Now is a great time to get and stay organized! Let's talk.
Contact Bev Chandler at 306-536-8844. www.ccorganizing.ca
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Can I Keep my Junk Drawer?
Yes, you can keep your junk drawer. Let’s call it a “handy” drawer.
Especially in the kitchen, you probably want somewhere for pens, a notepad, scissors, tape, a screw driver, pliers, a measuring tape, etc. Having those things handy saves time when you need something quickly.
Here’s a few things to consider:
1. Limit the amount of each of the items. For example, extra pens might be kept in a desk, and a second measuring tape might go with a tool set.
2. “Handy” drawers tend to collect things that don’t have a home. This is fine, but clean it out regularly, so that you can quickly find the things you use the most.
3. If your “handy” drawer stretches out into 2 or more drawers, then take a look at what’s in them, and what might be a better use of your drawer space.
Keeping the things you use the most in a “handy” space makes sense. Find what works for you, and enjoy the convenience.
Need help? Contact Bev Chandler with C&C Organizing, 306-536-8844. www.ccorganizing.ca