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How to Tackle Clean Out Projects

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***    Clearing the Clutter, and Closet and Wardrobe Organizing are the two classes that I have left in my spring line up. You can obtain more details on my website. If you’d like to attend a class please contact the class location directly. Hope to see you in class.
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I look forward to spring every year. It makes me smile to see tiny new buds on the trees, pretty spring flowers in bloom, and hear the songbirds chirping. It also makes me smile when spring motivates people to tackle organizing and clean out projects.

How to Tackle a Clean Out Project

 

Do you have a clean out project that you want to tackle? To me, clean out projects are different than organizing projects, because the goal is to get rid of all the stuff that has been collecting in a storage area. It can be an attic that is overstuffed, a basement that you want to make into a usable space, or a shed that you can’t fit one more thing into?

Are you procrastinating? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the project? Are you not sure where or how to begin? I’d like to help you by sharing some tips on how to tackle a clean out project.

Clean Out Tips:
1. Make plans to set time aside to tackle your project. Recruit helpers. Think about how you want the space to look at the end of the project.
2. Schedule 3 hours of your time and treat it like a doctor’s appointment that can’t be rescheduled without a large fee. Stay focused and avoid distractions during your scheduled work time. If you need several, 3 hour time slots, plan ahead so you don’t get stuck with an unfinished project.
3. Start by sorting items into six different piles; keep, donate, recycle, sell, give/return, and trash. Use bins, bags, or sections of the space to sort items into. Label each pile clearly.
 4. Once everything is sorted tackle the keep pile. Organized what you are keeping by designating a specific home for all the items going back into the space.
5. Address all the other piles and schedule time to donate, recycle, sell, give/return, and trash the remaining items.
6. Compliment yourself on a job well done. Thank your helpers.
7. Schedule a follow up in this same space; 6 months is a good time frame.
8. Schedule your next clean out project.Share your clean out project results with me.

Recycle Resource

Finding new ways to recycle, for myself and my clients, makes me happy. Everyone is more motivated to get rid of something when they know it is going to someone who is truly in need.

Another incentive is when you know that you are helping local organizations in your own community. I visited
The Hometown Saver Store in North Attleboro for the first time this week. They are a new thrift store with an interesting twist. They give back a portion of their sales to 5 local organizations, North Attleboro Animal Shelter, Veterans of North Attleboro, Lenore’s Food Pantry, Council on Aging, and North Attleboro Schools. What an interesting concept.
They accept clothing, house hold items, books, electronics, toys, jewelry, furniture, and more. For more details visit their website. It’s a great time to do some spring cleaning, and support local organizations.
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Remove Clutter

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***    My spring class schedule is available on my website.  I’ll be teaching classes on the following topics,  Downsizing, Closet Organizing, Steps to Organizing, Controlling Clutter,  and Organizing Paper.  If you’d like to attend a class please contact the class location directly.
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Thank you for helping me build, grow, and sustain my business. As I celebrate my 8th year as a Professional Organizer (January 2016), I am truly grateful for your support.  I feel very fortunate to be entering another year in a profession that allows me to use my expertise to help others.

Winter Organizing Projects

 

Now that the snow and cold temperatures have arrived it’s a good  time to tackle some indoor organizing projects, after all, January is Get Organized (GO) Month.  An organizing project that I like to do during the winter is remove clutter.  When I remove clutter from my filing system, it’s easier to use.  When I remove clutter from my closet, it’s easier to see my clothing options.  When I remove clutter from my desk area it’s a happier space in which to work.

One helpful way to remove clutter is to set a size or numerical goal before you begin.  For example, a size goal could be to fill a paper bag with files that need to be shredded, or to fill a trash bag with clothes that need to be donated.  A numerical goal could be to remove 20 items from your desk area.  Setting a goal helps give you focus during your project, and helps you know when you’ve succeeded.
One wonderful benefit of removing clutter is that you’ll spend less time on housework.  In fact, it’s been documented that getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40% of housework in the average home.

If you’d like a personal helper call me for a complimentary consultation at (508) 699-6652 or email me.  I’d be happy to help you.

Recycle Resource

Finding new ways to recycle, for myself and my clients, makes me happy.  Everyone is more motivated to get rid of something when they know it is going to someone who is truly in need.

How many pairs of shoes do you own?  What about boots?  Are you ready to pare down (pun intended)?  If you are, you can assist two local organizations at once.  Keep North Attleboro Beautiful and Attleboro Enterprises, Inc. have teamed up to recycle used shoes and boots.  The donated footwear will benefit those in need, raise money, and provide  job training skills.  You can read more about the endeavor in this newspaper article.

If you’d like to donate you can drop off your bundle of footwear at North Attleboro public schools, the North Attleboro Town Hall,  Northeast Roofing on Route 1, and with me.  I’m collecting donations for this worthy cause for the next 3 months.  You can call me at 508-699-6652 to schedule a drop off time.
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Wardrobe swap

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Helpful Organizer Newsletter – October 2015
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***    Are you or someone you know downsizing or planning to?  Thursday, November 5th I’ll be teaching a class on downsizing in Franklin, MA.
 
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Is fall your favorite season?  It’s mine. I enjoy the beautiful colors of the season, the cool weather, and the desire to make a steaming pot of soup.  Fall is also a time when I prepare for the cold winter months ahead.  Two organizing projects that help me do that are my seasonal wardrobe swap and my garage clean out.

Fall Organizing Projects

 

My seasonal wardrobe swap happens four times a year, because I have a tiny closet, and my entire wardrobe can’t be available all at once.  Swapping out the lightweight summer tops, pants, dresses, sweaters, and skirts with the warmer versions happens in mid-September when the temperatures start dipping.  A second swap happens at the end of October when I pull out winter footwear, pajamas, coats, and accessories.  This two step approach helps me to be prepared for the yo-yo temperature changes that are typical in New England.  The reverse process happens in the springtime.

Ask yourself these questions when doing your seasonal wardrobe swap.  Evaluating the clothing that is being taken out and put away is a great way to stay organized.

For me, the garage clean out doesn’t take as long as the closet, but that may not be the case for you.  Here are some helpful guidelines when tackling the garage.

If you’d like more assistance or a personal helper call me for a complimentary consultation at (508) 699-6652 or email me.  I’d be happy to help you.

Recycle Resource

Finding new ways to recycle, for myself and my clients, makes me happy.  Everyone is more motivated to get rid of something when they know it is going to someone who is truly in need.

Currently, I’m in the market for a new pair of eye glasses, and was happy to find out that Lens Crafters recycles eye glasses to individuals in need, world wide.  They accept eye-ware that is in good condition, and do their best to match the prescription to someone in need through their OneSight program.  They even provide you with a donation receipt.
If you have eye-ware that you’d like to recycle, Lens Crafters has two locations in North Attleboro:
1.  LensCrafters
Emerald Square Mall
999 South Washington St., #321

North Attleboro, MA 02760

2.  LensCrafters
Fashion Crossing
1250 South Washington St.

North Attleboro,

MA 02760
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Relocation Resources

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Helpful Organizer Newsletter – Summer 2015
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Warm summer days are upon us, and the temperatures are rising.  What does your summer look like?  Do you take a summer vacation? Do you carve out a few days to go to the beach with friends?  Do you spend more time outside?  Whatever you do, I hope you’re able to enjoy the rest of your summer.

Summer Organizing Project

In the summer, the one area that is usually cooler than the rest of the house is the basement.  This makes it ideal for a summer organizing project.  Here are two of my blog articles will help you tackle your basement.

Organizing Process

How to Organize

Relocation Resources

For me, summer brings clients that are in the process of relocating.  Helping them reduce stress that mounts during the move, by providing a workable action plan, an abundance of resources, and time to reduce before they pack is very rewarding.

One resource I like to provide is my tip sheet, Organized to Sell, which helps homeowners prepare their house for a quick sale.

Another resource I like to provide is a moving checklist and guideline (supplied by Bigfoot Moving & Storage).

A third resource I like to provide is an article for them to read, Have a less stressful move.

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Spring Organizing

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Helpful Organizer Newsletter – Spring 2015
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***    I have one more class scheduled this spring, Downsizing: Organizing the Accumulation of Our Lives.  The class will be at Tri-County in Franklin on April 30th.  Please join me if you’re interested.

 

***    What is a blog?  The Helpful Organizer Blog I write is short entries of information on organizing topics that I find noteworthy and potentially helpful to my clients and the general public.   Here are a few of my most recent blogs that you may want to read:

 

Clutter Excuses

 

Preventing Paper Clutter

 

Organizing with the Help of Lists

 

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I hope that spring has brought some sunshine into your world.  After the winter we’ve had, we need it.  I’m pleased to see the buds on the trees and the spring flowers popping up.  Aren’t you?  It also makes me want to air out and spruce up my home.  What about you?

 

Spring Organizing

Now that we are not buried in snow, it’s spring cleaning time.  What does that look like for you and your family?  Do you open all the windows and scrub the house clean?  Do you schedule a donation pick up day?  Do you get the family involved in yard pick up?  I’d like to suggest that you include spring organizing with your spring cleaning, and include projects like the ones listed below.

1.  While airing out the house, include your kitchen cupboards.  Give yourself the goal of removing three items from each cupboard that haven’t been used in a few years.  Or it can be an item that is a duplicate of another item.  Or perhaps it is a damaged item or an item that is missing a part.
2.  While planing for lighter summer meals, look through your pantry, freezer and refrigerator for expired foods.  Discard any items that are past their expiration date, and plan to use up items that are about to expire.
3.  While preparing for the relaxing days of summer, see if you spot any pockets of clutter.  Quite often clutter comes from good intentions and unfinished projects.  If you have items you intended to fix, mend or repair, just do it, or get rid of it.  If you have projects that you’ve started but haven’t finished, schedule time to finish them or get rid of them.  Free yourself so you can enjoy a carefree summer.
4.  For more suggestions connect to my Spring Cleaning blog.

If you have spring organizing ideas, please share them with me.

Getting Rid of Stuff


It is not always easy to get rid of something once you’ve decided you no longer need, want, or use it.  So, I’ve started compiling resource lists for removing particular categories of items.  I find that clothing and textiles are one of the easiest categories to donate, recycle, and get rid of.  Please connect with me, and I’ll share my local resource guide for getting rid of clothing and textiles.

If you know of another option, I’d appreciate you sharing it with me.

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