Get Pesky Papers Under Control

Paper OrganizingPaper is unavoidably the No. 1 challenge for many people.  Mail, bills, subscriptions, newspapers, receipts, and important papers pile up in our homes and can be overwhelming. While digital clutter from email can at least be out of sight, paper is physically visible and in need of constant attention. There are often more documents coming in than anyone can feasibly handle, and many people tend to be “pilers” not “filers.” Tossing papers to the wayside leads to annoyance as it becomes difficult to find what you need. This is why a tailored organizing system for paper is crucial to maintaining your home or office.

Organizing Your Collectibles to Stand Out

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Are your collectibles stashed in the basement, overshadowed by competing décor or haphazardly displayed in different areas of your home? It’s time to let them shine. Collectibles are a sure way to show your individuality. A collection highlights your passion and shares your interest. When displayed thoughtfully you and any visitors will appreciate their beauty and value. Here are some ideas for organizing your collectibles so they stand out.

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What’s the difference between collections and clutter? Design elements. A bunch of stuff thrown together may not look great. Decide what looks good together. Consider shapes, color, number (odd numbers look better in groupings), height (mix small and large pieces), weight, and texture.

Organize for Financial Well Being and Prosperity

Financial Well BeingIt’s no secret that finances are a source of stress for people and relationships. We asked financial author and speaker Ellen Rogin what role organizing plays in creating financial well being. Rogin is a CPA, Certified Financial Planner and co-author of the New York Times Best Seller “Picture Your Prosperity: Smart Money Moves to Turn Your Vision into Reality.”

“Getting organized is a catalyst for creating prosperity and improving your financial well being,” explained Rogin. “Even in this paperless world, there is so much stuff. It’s about being discerning and organized about what you need to keep and what you can get rid of.”

A Professional Organizer’s Approach to Sharing Closet Space

Stuffed ClosetCloset organizing begins with an honest evaluation of how space is being used by whom. A professional organizer’s approach to sharing closet space starts with who the people are, what they value, what they own, and how much space is available. In this post I will share some of the closet organizing issues I encounter most often by people who share a closet.

Do You Really Need a Professional Organizer?

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If you are thinking about getting professional organizing help and wondering, “Why can’t I do this myself?, .. you’re in good company.  At first glance, organizing seems pretty easy – go through your clutter, sort it, donate it or dispose of it, then put what you have back in place.  Follow the ideas and rules you can find in magazines and websites and you are good to go –or maybe not?

For many people, organizing is NOT easy.  Organizing is NOT something they like.  They have tried many times but usually find their way back to the same cluttered, disorganized space they started with.

Create Your Year of Organization

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Take Stock and Create Your Plan in January

January is the perfect time to take stock of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual clutter. When you create order out of clutter, you find serenity. Values can change over time. Many of our clients tell us they now find value in simplicity rather than abundance. Clutter in all forms can weigh us down. We need to clear the clutter to focus on what really matters. In our approach to organizing we ask clients to examine not only their physical space but also their lifestyle, and how things affect their mental and emotional state.

Why Does It Feel so Good to Give?

Chicago Professional Organizer Says it Feels Good to DonateWith the holidays upon us, ‘tis the season of heavy boots, hot chocolate, and the stress of finding the perfect gifts.  Although it may feel like gift-giving is a hassle, there is a lot to be gained from the process, according to the website www.happify.com. Scientifically speaking, gift-giving releases dopamine and oxytocin, hormones that trigger positive feelings and lower stress levels.  In addition, studies show that oxytocin makes people feel even more generous and empathetic towards other people for up to two hours – creating a cycle of goodness!

Get Ready – Organizing Tips for the Holidays

Prepare Your Holiday TableHolidays are supposed to be happy occasions. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the thought of entertaining, decorating, and gift giving here are some organizing tips for the holidays that can lighten the load and keep your spirit bright.

Home Organizing Tips from the Tiny House Trend

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You may never want to live in a tiny house but a house where everything serves a purpose and has its place is appealing to most people. What can the tiny house trend teach us about home organizing? It’s not the space you have, but how you use it is my number one takeaway. Here are some organizing tips from the tiny house trend that can apply to whatever kind of house you live in.

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Getting Help for Hoarding

Hoarded kitchenIn the last few years mental health professionals and researchers are shining light on the origin and prevalence of hoarding behavior. Some research shows that hoarding has a heredity component. Studies reveal that approximately six percent of Americans show symptoms of compulsive hoarding behavior – that’s 19 million people. Hoarding Disorder is recognized as a mental health condition with degrees from mild to severe.

Hoarding behavior can begin in adolescence. It may worsen as the person with hoarding behavior ages or suffers a crisis such as divorce or death of a family member. Their brains have been shown to react differently when viewing images of something being shredded or discarded. Throwing things away can actually cause them emotional pain.