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Organize Time, Don’t Hoard the Clock

Time is one of life’s most precious commodities.  We never have enough for family and friends. It seems work and project deadlines are always upon us; who reading this has too vacations that are too long?

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Recently a friend , not an organizing colleague but a professional in another field, was sharing an experience of working with a hoarder. “She kept me waiting for an hour, another time she was still asleep the when I arrived” he said.  I explained that hoarding not only happen with collections of “stuff”, but it also can occur with time.  A time hoarder is someone that is trying to “do it all, not just keep it all”.

Dicitionary.com defines Hoard as a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.  Saying “yes” to every opportunity, not being able to “edit” your schedule can make your free time disappear.

Schedule work and play activities, check the calendar before making commitments, and most importantly do not be afraid to say “no” or “not now”.  You will be surprised how quickly the clutter of your minutes become pleasant organized hours.

Tailgating Starts in a Organized Home

Football season is here (what happened to the summer?)!  That means fans from Neyland Stadium to the Rose Bowl are ready for Tailgate Parties.  Menus need planning,  supplies will be bought, but is your home field organized?

Here are some simple tips for successful Tailgating season:

1.  Team effort – get family involved and delegate tasks.
2.  Home field advantage – clean out and organized the refrigerator and pantry.

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3.  The field house (garage) – have space in garage to keep dry goods stored for each weeks game – paper goods, coolers, folding chairs, etc.

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4.  The pre-game Stadium (your car) – get that trunk cleared out and find containers that can go from garage to trunk for quick set-ups.

With just a little planning the Vols will not be the only ones running through the “T” this tailgating season.

Elements for an Organized Closet

Sure there are basic things every closet should have…uniform hangers are the first to come to mind.  But there are other elements that will keep clutter under control.

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Belt Hooks – placed on end panel or side of closet
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Tie Rack – on an open wall space (ties sorted by color)

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Waste Basket and Laundry Hamper – will keep dirty laundry together and give place for waste from pockets at end of the day
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Velvet Lined Jewelry Drawers – necklaces can get tangled in a box and other jewelry is quick to find when organized
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Valet Rods – allows the next days wardrobe to be prepared early

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Many times these elements can be added to an existing closet.  If not, the principles discussed can still be included when organizing your space.  Getting organized is not about “things” as it is the way we think.

Keep your clutter under control and your closet can be your favorite boutique.

note:  this closet was organized by Knoxville organizing firm Well-Kept Spaces and designed by east Tennessee’s Closets by McKenry.

Easier to Clear Clutter
Thanks to Waste Management

Have you been putting off getting an organizing project started because you did not want a large metal unit for the recycled waste in the front?  Waste Management has a new service called Bagster – Dumpster in a Bag.

You purchase a large bag at your local home improvement store that holds up to 3,300 pounds of unwanted, unusable clutter and waste.  Then schedule collection pickup on online or call for a time.

To see if the service is available in your area, click here.  This will work for small renovation projects as well.  The first and most difficult step in the organizing process is clearing out the excess, making hard decisions about things that are now clutter but seem to say in the way.  Looks like Waste Management is making the job a little easier.

 

Cocktail Parties –
Organized, Free of Clutter, Fun for Host

Big Entertaining in Small Spaces

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Even a small galley kitchen doesn’t have to restrict the size and ease of entertaining.  By thinking ahead and being organized your party will be fun and easy. Plan your menu to include simple items that are prepared in advance or purchased ready to serve.

Table scaping  doesn’t need to be extravagant to give style and flair to your party.  Small bud vases with roses from the neighborhood grocery with contrasting color flowers in the center will draw attention to the hors d’oeuvres prepared for the evening.

 

 

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Once guests arrive, place the second round of food to be warmed in the oven.  And be sure to trash or hide any containers so your guests will think you have been cooking all day.  It’s our secret!

 

 

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Set up drinks at the end of the kitchen nearest the dining area.  Make your guest feel at home and ask them to help themselves to their favorite dring.  This allows them to feel welcomed and allows you to enjoy your event.  Bag ice from your ice maker several days ahead and leave in freezer.  All needed throughout the evening is grabbing Ziplock, prepared ice for the bar.

Now see how easy a gathering of friends can be.  Make your quest list, plan a simple menu and set a date.  Let us know how it goes.

For more ideas for organizing your next party check out this month Get Organized Tips.

New LA Container Store Opens TODAY at Farmer’s Market

My friends at The Container Store gave a sneak preview Thursday and now everyone can see and shop! And 10 % of all sales this weekend goes to Step UP.
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Audrey Robertson, vice president, gave an exciting tour to bloggers, then that evening I shared a moment with two of my favoriate colleagues, Standolyn Robertson – past president of NAPO and Jodie Watson of Supreme Organization.

Now open, the newest Container Store is ready for Los Angeles’ organized – and unorganized – shoppers. See you at the Farmer’s Market!

Do You Think Clutter Sucks?
Save Time and Receive a Complimentary Tote

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Have you been thinking about getting organized and you’re in Los Angeles? We are here for you. The average person sends up to an hour a day looking for things. So save up to six weeks a year by getting organized and get your Get It Together LA tote.

Free Tote Bag to First Five Clients

Call today and start saving time in your home or office. Remember the first 5 clients to schedule appointments will receive a complimentary Get It Together LA canvas tote!

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Is mail piling up in your home? Is the pantry stuffed? Are you constantly late paying bills because of the clutter on your desk? Let us create easy simple systems you can maintain and you too could see extra time for the fun things in life.

Contact me at 323-571-2134.

Wondered what a Move Manager could do for you?


See everything Get It Together LA! does for clients moving into a new home by checking out this short video. We help cut the clutter in the old place so nothing is moved that you will never need again. Provide new closets and garage design services so when moving day comes there is a place for everything to go.

Hiring the mover is always difficult, but we interview movers to help you decide which one is best for your needs. Then after packing, this move manager really shines by getting your home unpacked and organized to reflect how your family lives. Kitchens and pantries organized to be the heart of the home, wardrobes made to make dressing quick and easy.

Get It Together LA! discovers new innovative ways to organize spaces to make your life easier. Hope you enjoy the video and it inspires you to spend some time organizing today.

Does Your Home Need Calm? Try a Residential Organizer

IMG_0912Things are chaotic around the house and just not sure why; and what to do. Many are productive in their professional life, but when arriving home thing are in disarray. Kids have toys everywhere and food never seems to be on the table.
When working with clients, without judgments, client’s lifestyles are used to help set goals and teach how to manage not only space but the people living there. It is not always about the stuff, but the decisions made along the way. Residential organizing connects all the areas of the home and how the members of the house work together. It is not as hard as some may think. It just requires an outside prospective.
For kids spaces are discovered where children want to reach. In the kitchen the residential organizer works according to goals – gourmet or necessity, style or only function.
If you have used an organizer, remember about follow-up. After investing in the initial work, in a few hours can make a big difference both in the space and with the clients. If a car runs better after a tune up, our bodies feel better and last longer after the Doc’s checkup, and professionals are more motivated and inspired from refresher courses – why wouldn’t your home and family have renew vigor from a Residential Organizing checkup?
Make Your Life Easier – Get It Together LA!
note: all images used with clients permission

Senior Downsizing with Experience

It was one year ago my family home was sold and I was emptying it for the estate sale. It was an educational experience for a 12 year organizing professional.  It was time for my family to downsize the home I grew up in and my parents lived for 43 years.  Now I truly understood the anguish clients go through as they let go of items they have loved for years, hold special memories, but no longer use. 
During my process I knew it was just stuff, but all the memories… when my parents bought a grand piano I practiced on for church and college.  The furniture in the recreation room that 35 years ago friends form high school and church came hung out I looked at for the last time.
Moving my own parents into assisted living, this Senior Downsizing Organizer knows the value of family members being safe and having a new full life. The need to have 500 square feet feel like the 5,ooo square feet that your parents lived in for 50 years.
The house has been sold for a year and is getting new life by new owners. After a year, mom has been given a new life and all goes on. Senior downsizing does not take away memories, just the stuff that can get in the way of life!