Posts Tagged ‘professional organizer’

Spring Cleaning: Three Feet At A Time

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

IMG-20110319-00005For the past six months, I’ve pulled into the garage and groaned. It’s not that I dreaded coming home. I just hated looking at the motley crew of cardboard boxes, plastic bags and “mystery” items I’d offloaded to make room in the car trunk for luggage. I hate to walk by the scruffy collection every time I went out to the car.

The groaning ended on sunny yesterday when I became obsessed with spring cleaning. Following the advice of a professional organizer, I decided to start small. A three-foot area was what she recommended. An organizer with a heart.

Thirty-five minutes later, I’d found my favorite gym clothes (please don’t ask how I hadn’t missed them), the bungee cords I thought I’d left in a Craig’s List seller’s garage, a CD with all the pictures of my 2009 trip to Israel, and a lovely recycling basket , just like the one I was about to go out and buy for my office. That was in addition to all the eyeglasses that had been worn by any family member since 1991, which I had intended to deliver – and finally did on Saturday – to a donation box at the eyeglass store.

Now when I pull in, I can’t wait to look over at the three-foot section of wall to the right that currently houses only a gallon of windshield wiper fuel and a trashcan (currently emptied). Hopefully, as I admire this handiwork, I won’t plow into the red painted dresser straight ahead that’s populated with the paint cans I still have to dispose of. The dresser’s about three feet wide. Maybe next weekend.

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Organizing Resources

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Organizing Resources on the web

Zen Habits blog post, called an “Obsessive-Compulsive’s Guide” features 12 excellent organizing tips plus a spectacular resource list of its own.

Check out organizing guru Julie Morganstern on Oprah as she explains how to get organized.

Simplify 101 is a website loaded with organizing resources and a “creative organizing blog.”

Is it time to organize your closet?
This Washington Post shopping blog provides valuable tips for organizing closets. 

The Paper Systems Map prepared by Marla Dee of Clear & Simple Systems is a valuable resource for organizing papers and emails.

Find a professional organizer through the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), which features a locator service on its web site

A professional organizer tells what to expect, and what NOT to expect when you hire a professional organizer, on the Clutter Diet Blog.

Favorite organizing books and audios

Get Organized, The Clear & SIMPLE™ Way: Reclaim Your Home, Your Office, Your Life, audio CD set by Marla Dee.

Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern. (Watch also for her new book, SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life:  A Four-Step Guide to Getting Unstuck to be released in March 2007).

Clear Your Clutter with FENG SHUI by Karen Kingston

The Joy of Simple Living:  Over 1,500 Simple Ways to Make Your Life Easy and Content – At Home and at Work by Jeff Davidson

Organizing Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin

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