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.
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:
Emerald Square Mall
999 South Washington St., #321
North Attleboro, MA 02760
1250 South Washington St.
Janine Cavanaugh, CPO®
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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.
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.
*** 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:
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?
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.
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.
Side Notes:*** January 2015 marks my 7th year in business. Thank you for being a part of it, and helping me reach this anniversary. I’m grateful to you.
*** Did you know that January is Get Organized Month? In honor of GO Month, the New England Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, of which I am a member, is offering a full day expo on Saturday, January 24th. For more details call me or visit the NAPO-NE website.
*** I’m excited to say I’ve taped a video for my website, and the launch date is at the end of the month of January. I hope you’ll take a look and let me know what you think.
*** My organizing classes will begin in March. I’ll be teaching 4 different classes in Franklin, MA. Check my website for upcoming dates and times.
Happy New Year! I hope your 2015 is off to a wonderful start. A new year inspires me to try something new. What about you? Is this the year for you to initiate one or two new healthy organizing habits? Maybe a few suggestions would motivate you to pick a new organizing habit to incorporate into your life this year?
Below are a few suggestions of healthy organizing habits:
1. Go paperless with monthly bills and statements to cut down on the amount of mail that sits unopened on the counter. Resist the urge to print out the payment receipt. Instead, set up a file and store them on your computer.
2. Share household responsibilities with everyone who lives under one roof. Teamwork is the best approach to daily and weekly chores like laundry.
3. Set up a clothing donation bin by the clothes dryer, and fill it with items you wish to get rid of as soon as they come out of the dryer. Schedule a trip to drop off the items, or schedule a pick up date for the donations every 3 months or so.
4. Allow only one open bottle of dish detergent, cleaning supplies, shampoo, lotion, soap, etc. at any given time. This helps prevents clutter in the bathroom and kitchen.
5. Immediately get rid of outdated, damaged, unused, or unwanted items. It’s tempting to shove them into a closet, the basement, or garage, but it is too easy to forget about them that way. Prevent clutter build up by getting rid of them right away.
Will you initiate a new healthy organizing habit in 2015? If so, please share.
Helpful Organizer Blog
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:
*** I’d like your input on my Helpful Organizer Blog. From now till December 31, 2014, each time you comment on one of my blog articles you’ll be entered into a drawing for two free hours of organizing with me, Janine Cavanaugh, CPO®. Thanks in advance for your input and good luck.
*** I’ve taped another tip, Combating Clutter, for DoubleACS, a public access TV station in Attleboro, MA. The tip is my best advice to combat clutter. Please view and comment.
*** Small Business Saturday is the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year I’ll be offering a special on that day on gift certificates. Look for more details to come in November.
*** We spend about 93% of our day indoors, 5% of our day in transit, and 2% of our day outside. Why not have our indoor space be organized, stress-free, and peaceful? Need help?
Happy autumn! Do the chilly temperatures motivate you to organize the garage so your car will fit in during the winter months? Or maybe they encourage you to venture into the attic, and reduce some of the items that have been collecting? If so, I’d like to see your before and after photos and hear about your project. Please share.
Motivation to Organize
If however, you need more motivation to start an organizing project or to spend more effort organizing, I’d like to offer a few suggestions.
Suggestion #1: Make an organizing appointment with someone who will hold you accountable. Someone who will sincerely help and not criticize or bully.
Suggestion #2: Schedule time to organize when you’re at your peak. If you’re not a morning person, schedule time to organize at 8:00PM, not 8:00AM.
Suggestion #3: Give yourself a deadline. This works for me when I need to clean my house. If I schedule a get together at my house for Friday night, I know I’ll get my house cleaned before then.
Do you have a motivation tactic that works for you? Please share.
Preparing for Cold Weather
Chilly temperatures always prompt me to make seasonal changes. Listed below are a few I thought you might find helpful.
1. Make a clear path to the furnace, boiler, or oil tank.
2. Swap out summer clothing for the cold weather gear.
3. Pack up the beach items and pool toys.
4. Stow the bicycles securely and safely.
5. Air out the winter blankets and warm lap quilts.
6. Make room for hats, mittens, scarves and winter boots by the back door.
7. Pack away the grill tools and cover the grill.
8. Clean out the garage so the cars fit inside.
9. Stow deck furniture in the shed or garage.
10. Make sure outside lights are working for the long winter nights ahead.
Janine Cavanaugh, CPO®
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