A little stretch of weather change its a great time to organize and reassess your outerwear. Its not only the perfect time to decide on what to keep and what to get rid of but to also start getting everything cleaned up and ready for next year. Take your heavier coats to the dry cleaner and shoes to the shoes repair. Then start washing some of your delicate items. By the time you get these items cleaned and repaired it might be time to actually store them for next winter.
Just recently I took some shots and was so upset at the quality.
I started to do some investigating and thought "I wonder if the lens is dirty"? I got out the trusty q-tip and wiped out the lens.
After the cleaning the picture quality was so much better!
I am happy to say I will continue to use my cell phone to take pictures but keeping the lens clean is a must! If you keep your phone in your bag or your purse you might want to pack a few extra q-tips to keep the lens clean. Another option is to keep you phone in a case.
Now if the blackberry could only do action shots!
So please, start a new office organizing habit this spring and turn off your computer at the end of each day. Your computer will run better, you will save some money and get organized at the same time.
Tip* If you have some items in your closet like a silky blouse that falls off the hanger, get a specialty hanger with a non slip surface that keeps clothes on the hanger.
If you would like to occasionlly enjoy a cup of tea in from this beautiful set keep a tea cup and saucer out so you can see it, use it and remember grandma.
Check out Innodesk handheld shredder that cuts 3 folded sheets of paper including the envelope. Its so small you can then store the in a drawer.
If you find 5 pieces of a digital camera put them all in a plastic Ziploc bag and write "digital camera", same goes for the cell phone accessories like car charger, ear buds and usb cord. If you can separate the electronics from the computer stuff that would be great! But if you don't have extra room, keep them all in the same storage bin.
#1 Work - Don't get stuck without a full printer cartridge just before you have to print 50 pages of a presentation in color. As soon as you printer tells you your running low on ink, order a replacement online and have it shipped. You will be happy to have it when needed. You can also stock up at office supply stores like office max.
#2 Food - Online grocery shopping is the best time saver around! You can set up your delivery date and time, its saves all of your shopping lists and you can shop by price. We don't have to spend the time shopping, driving to and from the store, packing and unpacking the car. I can shop in 5 minutes and its done!
#3 Fun - Subscribe to online movie rental like Netflicks - Put as many movies as you wish on your list and you don't have to get stuck without a movie for the weekday or weekend. When a new movie comes out to the theater add it to the list. Sometimes we forgot to see them at the theater and before you know it its on video.
Before you head to the grocery store, get organized in your kitchen by making a list of everything in your pantry so you know what staples you have on hand and what needs to be replaced. This can be a big money and time saver.
With your list of seasonal fruits and veggies along with your staples on hand check out the food network, allrecipes or epicurious websites for recipes.
Spring also means tax returns, so it's a good time to set up your 2008 tax file. After completing your 2007 taxes, make a list of the documents you submitted. Include a copy of this list for your 2008 taxes as a guide.
Lighten your paper load in other areas. Toss magazines and catalogs, old newspapers from the fall and winter. Rule of thumb: only keep magazines from the current season.
Replace flannel sheets and heavy down comforter with cottons and a lighter weight bedspreads.
Break out the beach towels!
- Match up your bedding sets, pillow cases, fitted and flat sheets. Get rid of any ripped or un matching items.
- Store winter comforters in plastic bins or space bags
Change out your wardrobe – Put away your heavier fabrics such as velvets, heavy wool, and winter coats to make room for spring and summer clothing - BUT It still gets cold in Chicago, so keep one warm jacket handy until Memorial Day.
Before storing clothes - go through items and purge any that did not get much use the last season.
Toss out mate less gloves and socks.
Storage Tip: Clean clothes before storing - dirty clothes are more likely to get moth damage or become permanently stained.
Storage Tip: As you sort through clothes, make a note of items you’ll need for next winter, such as gloves or a jacket. Then use the list to hit end-of-season sales. If you can’t find what you need, slip the list in with your stored clothes, so you’ll know what to look for next year.
Have fun decorating.
2. you type 80 words per minute on a label machine.
3. you can tell at a glance if your husband tried to swipe a Rubbermaid from your stash.
4. you can actually pack 10 pounds of stuff in a 5 pound bag and make it look like there is room for more.
5. you consider moving into 100 sq ft condo because you think the challenge would be fun.
Labels: Professional Organizing
Here is a wonderful article on CNN by Manav Tanneeru that discusses theories from Barry Iszak the president of the National Association of Professional Organizers as well as Peter Walsh, the host of TLC's Clean Sweep. Theories range from our nation's need to gain better control of our lives post 9/11, super consumerism, and more women joining the work force that skipped lessons in maintaining the home. In reality the growth of the organizing industry is probably a combination of all the above changes in the United States plus fewer barriers to entry for small businesses and advances in technology such as cell phones, online advertising and easy to use business software. The combination of a changes in culture that increase demand for organizing services and products with technology helping to keep overhead down in servicing that demand is a sign that the organizing industry is set for strong growth. In addition TV shows like that of Peter Walsh's Clean Sweep are helping to show the benefits of hiring outside professionals. Every success story helps to soldify the profession of organizing and make it a valuable service to home owners and businesses looking to get more out of their spaces, save time, reduce stress and upgrade the appearance of their environement.
Labels: Professional Organizing