Organizing Your Chaos Blog
Organizing Your Chaos Blog
Do you feel like you are drowning in piles of paper? Do you get frustrated trying to keep track of everything? I completely understand how so much paper can be exhausting! So many people are trying to get your attention!
Examples of paper
Start by unsubscribing from all unsolicited mail, email, and phone calls. Go HERE to find all the ways to do this. This is one way to start stopping the unwanted stuff. Just take one small step to begin!
How organized are you Holiday decorations? Do you use them all, or are you keeping decorations that have outlived their purpose, belong to children that have moved out, or you just don’t even like anymore? Are you overwhelmed and frazzled with the thoughts of getting “organized for the holidays”?
Here are a few ideas to use this season if you are overwhelmed with decorating for the holidays.
Organizing Paper with the Sunday Basket!
I LOVE to Organize! (If you didn't know that already...LOL!) I love to helping people get their get homes an and paper organized. I just spent the weekend in Cincinnati with a group of Professional Organizers. We had some amazing training, brainstorming, and planing for this spring season. I'm SUPER EXCITED about the following programs, and hope that if you are struggling with the unorganized papers in your home as well as the unorganized spaces, you might find some hope and freedom from overwhelm here.
I am a member of the Organize 365 organizing program which was started by Lisa Woodruff. I am a Certified Organizer through Organize 365, as well as a Certified Sunday Basket Organizer. The Sunday Basket is a system that organizes all the actionable papers that we all have floating around our homes, cars, and bags. I really, really like to work with all things paper related! The systems that have been developed really work! So, I will be talking more and more about the Sunday Basket and the 100 Day Organization Program!!
I'm inviting YOU to workshops that I am teaching about how to manage the everyday papers that come in and out of your home. This is the Sunday Basket Workshop.
I will be offering SUNDAY BASKET workshops the second Friday of each month. The first workshops will be on April 13. These workshop will allow you the time and space to work on getting your papers under control. Did you know that we save so much paper that we don't even need? And the excess paper that we don't need becomes unnecessary baggage that we hold onto. How would you feel to get rid of all the extra papers?
You're invited to attend a Sunday Basket workshop on Friday, April 13. There will be 3 workshop times offered on Friday. Morning (9am-12pm), Afternoon (1pm-3pm), and Evening (6pm-9pm) The workshop will be held at 105 Washington Street, Valparaiso, IN. (Otherwise known as the "old YMCA") The cost for the Sunday Basket 1.0 is $30 and includes the supplies you'll need for the evening to get your Sunday Basket set up. There is also a Sunday Basket 2.0 workshop offered, to get your papers even more organized!
What you'll need to bring is a laundry basket full of the random papers that are scattered around your home. We all have them. ;)
For the stuff you decide you don't need, you'll have access to boxes for recycling and information for local shredding. (Or, I can take the shredding for you). For the stuff you do need, you'll learn how to sort it and what next steps to take.
We will have encouragement in getting it all done! Are you sold on it yet? ;)
Come join with others to learn a functional system that works for your household papers.
Sign up for a Paper Organizing Workshop here!
Upcoming Dates & Times for Workshops - (9am-12pm) (1pm-3pm) (6pm-9pm)
Here in the midwest the weather is finally getting nice. I don't know about you, but I don't really like to work outside when it's cold. My garage is a mess, and this Saturday is the day! Yes, I'm super excited about getting into my garage and getting it organized! You may live somewhere that doesn’t have a garage; maybe you have a carport, or no garage at all. You can still use these tips to organize your outdoor storage area. It's best to do this project if you have nice weather, because you will to be able to pull the things out of your garage onto the driveway. You may not want to start this project unless you have at least two hours to work on it!
Start by walking around your garage and picking up all the trash/garbage and throwing it away. Next take everything that sits on the floor of your garage out onto your driveway. Group like things together. The tools go into a pile, kid’s toys, gardening tools and supplies, shoes, bikes, etc. Look at each item and ask yourself the following questions:
After you have sorted through all the things that you have taken out of your garage, keep them grouped together. Now that the garage floor is empty you have space to begin sorting the rest of the things that are in your garage. You might have items that are hanging on the walls, on shelves, or even hanging from the ceiling. If you have a folding table, you can use this to sort items. Sort items that go together into bins, boxes, or buckets.
After everything is sorted, look around and decide where the best places to put things back are. Do you have the proper storage solutions. Are you using vertical space? Do you need shelving, hooks, and bins? Determine if you have what you need. You may need to take a trip to your local WalMart or Home Depot. Before you go, measure your space so that you purchase the right size. It's a bummer if you get your new storage solution home to find out that it's not the right size!
Items that are not used very often, or are seasonal can be stored up high. The items that you use most often should be stored in the easiest to reach places. Children’s toys can be stored down low. . Begin to put your garage back together! If you are storing items in totes, be sure to label them. It's so much easier to read a label on a bin that do drag it down off of a shelf because you can't remember what is inside of it. Especially if you have several that look the same.
Now that you have organized the garage, load up your car and drive the donations away!
I'd love to hear what big things you were able to get rid of! Email me and let me know how your garage organizing is going!