Before Years End

before years end word strip

The snow is falling outside and I realize the year will end in less than a month. Before we know it the new year will be upon us with all the resolutions, new goals, and stresses each new year brings to the table.  Today I wrote an article for the local newspaper. In that article I suggested selecting 2 tasks to complete from the 10 listed below:

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Winter Organizing

winter organizing on good things utahI was recently invited by a producer at ABC 4 to appear as the organizing expert on the GOOD THINGS UTAH morning show. The TV segment objective was to help their viewers understand how to organize their homes in preparation for the upcoming winter months. I chose to focus on three areas of interest:

  1. Groom the Garage
  2. Swap-Out Clothing
  3. Create an Organized Entry Closet

I promised the show’s viewers a list of the all products I used as winter organizing storage solutions on the show.  Every one of these great products came from my local LOWES store. Read on to watch the video and find the products I recommended with buying links for each.

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Keep a Bedroom Tidy

keep a bedroom tidy4 Quick Tips to Keep a Bedroom Tidy Once It’s Organized

As you decluttered and then organized your child’s bedroom initially, you focused on less-is-more and understood that every item in your child’s room should have a designated home. You used bookshelves, clear containers, baskets, and under-the-bed storage bins to help your child understand that every item in their room had a GOOD designated landing place. You were sure to include your children when you were de-cluttering their rooms because you knew they needed to participate in the process or else they may never develop the skills necessary to tackle their messy rooms and organize them successfully. Now that that is done, you need to do a few other things to make sure the bedroom stays in good working order:

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Simplify 1The definition of the word SIMPLIFY is as follows:

To make simpler, as in:

a.  Reducing in complexity.
b. To reduce to fundamental parts.
c.  To make easier.
Have you ever felt dominated by your possessions, or weighed down by a house filled with “paraphernalia”? Does the idea of creating a simpler home environment sound attractive to you? Are you looking for a way to make your home feel like a fresh space? If so, RIGHTSIZING your belongings is for you. To reduce your items to fundamental parts is very rewarding.
Tomorrow I will simplify the home of a woman living in Orem who will be evicted next week if she doesn’t get her possessions under control. A team of six of her friends, along with me as team leader, will downsize, simplify, and rightsize her possessions in a period of seven hours. I’m excited about the relief this client will feel after our seven hours with her.
Watch the NBC News video below to motivate and inspire YOU to simplify.  If you can’t downsize, simplify, and rightsize on your own…Contact us for help.





TLC Hoarding: Buried Alive invitation to appear

Hoarding 1Today I was contacted by TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive TV production coordinator, Nicki Marko, to participate in an episode to be taped in Salt Lake City on August 23, 2013. She invited me to be the professional organizing expert on an upcoming episode focusing on three brothers living in the downtown Salt Lake City area. The show would provide me with 6 additional helpers whom I would train and supervise, but I would be THE professional organizer in charge. The show’s goal was for my crew to clear out and declutter the kitchen and the two bedrooms which had accumulated stuff piled 5 feet up. The rest of the home was in the same disrepair, but the show would focus on clearing only the kitchen and 2 bedrooms because two of the three brothers were currently sleeping on the kitchen floor.

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Organizing Paper Clutter

Organizing Paper Clutter 1Organizing paper clutter is a challenge for most of us. Where are YOUR paper piles? On the kitchen counter top? On the dining room table? Stacked by the side of your bed?

For this article I will focus on organizing long term reference papers only. Papers where actions have been completed and are being saved for possible future reference. These papers should reside in your home file-cabinet in a simplified system that allows for easy retrieval.

I worked recently with a client located in Orem, Utah. Miss P (we keep our clients identity confidential) was very frustrated when she called me to discuss her piled papers. She knew she needed help because she had tried many times to organize her paper clutter on her own and failed. Was she every happy when she was able, after a 3 hour session with me, to complete a file-cabinet system for her reference papers that allowed her to process and find papers quickly and easily. She was thrilled with the results of our time together.

The process for organizing paper clutter can be handled very simply with my 3 step ACT formula:

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Setting Up Email

Setting Up Email Inbox Folders

so that daily control takes only minutes!

Master Your Email Tool Kit (6 pages)

Are you ready to invest one (1) hour to implement the best strategies available for setting up email? Are you ready to finally organize your email inbox so message storage and retrieval is a breeze? Email management will be simplified and stress free with the valuable professional organizer secrets contained in this terrific 6-page kit introductory priced! It will take you 10 minutes to read the information and only 1 hour to simplify and systematize your email inbox forever! With years of training and experience, I’ve learned some proven best solutions to save you time, money, and sanity. I’m pleased to offer you my NEWEST proven best solution »» How to Master Your EMAIL.

(READ ON to learn about the “get it right” guarantee we offer you on ALL our absolute best solutions info packets.)

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Floor Plan Layouts

Using Floor Plan Layouts to Organize

ICOVIA Color Floor Plan Layouts 1

You already read my article about using floor plan layouts to organize and why you should use the Icovia Space Planner to help organize your home. If you haven’t read the article posted on Savvy Shopper Deals, click HERE to read it. Now let’s talk about the fun features of Icovia. These features make using ICOVIA:

  • more fun
  • more convenient, and
  • more customizable.

(READ ON to learn about the spectacular design and organization elements contained in this FREE to use software.)

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Being Organized

Being Organized Class Freebies

Being Organized 1 with Vicki WintertonA big THANK YOU to you for being such a marvelous part of my audience! I love helping you along your journey to being organized. Audiences like you make my job the best job ever!  I had a great time revealing some professional organizer secrets to you and hope you had just as much fun learning & laughing with me.

As my way of saying THANKS, I’ve put together a few helpful printables that can be printed out by way of your own home computer. These items will help you along your journey to being organized. They will help you move from what you learned in class to long term change. Being organized with long-term success is my goal for  you.

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Donation Resource List

What to do with the “stuff” you no longer want or need

Donation Resource ListThere comes a time when we realize the things that were useful to us in the past are no longer necessary. To determine your current item needs, ask yourself a few questions:

  1. Is this something I use in my life today? No…Donate it.
  2. Is this something I love?   No…Donate it.
  3. Where is this going to go?  Don’t know…Find a GOOD spot or donate it.

When in doubt … keep it! However, if you find yourself keeping too many things, you may need a professional to help you fully understand the 5 steps to living clutter-free.

There are a few things you can do with those items you no longer value:

  • Sell It
  • Toss It
  • Donate It – Peter Walsh calls it “Karmic Cash” (I like this term.)   

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