New Year….New You….New Closets for 2013
Happy New Year everyone! I Hope you all had a happy and joyous holiday. It’s January, the time when most of us make “New Years Resolutions”, and try and work hard to keep those resolutions, which usually last until the end of January. I tend to work with a lot of my clients in January through March examining their closet needs. What better time of year to start with a clean organized closet then NOW?!
Okay, ready? Set go!! Let’s get this closet clean-out started. Walk into your closet right now. What do you see? Are your clothes lined up nicely and on flocked hangers so you can find exactly what you’re looking for, when you want to wear it? Or does it look like your closest has a bad case of the flu and threw up all of your clothes? Are your shoes and accessories all in their rightful homes or are they piled in a heap on the floor of your closet? Whether your closet needs a little bit of attention to whip it into shape or a bulldozer to clean out the mess here are the first 3 smart tips to get started from Lecia.
Pull everything out of your closet, I mean everything!. Start by sorting things into winner and loser piles. It could be beneficial to have someone who is unbiased help you in this process. I would be an asset here. You may need me to police your winner pile. Those stir-up pants from the 80’s? I can help you let them go. Clothes you haven’t worn in a season or don’t fit into anymore can be sold, put on consignment or donated to your favorite charity. I can do for you too. Once you have let go of your unwanted pieces, it’s time to go through the winning pile and take a second look. You might find after putting all your pants together that you have 20 pairs of black pants that look similar to each other. If you don’t have a need for 20 pairs of black pants you might consider adding them to donating, consigning or selling piles. Do this with the rest of your pieces. Anything that you have too many pieces of the same thing, pick your favorites and donate the rest.
•Learning to Relinquish the Old
The hardest part about learning to organize your closet has nothing to do with your clothes or how you hang or fold them. It’s learning to let go of the pieces that don’t serve their purpose anymore. Most people have a really hard time with this. Clients will fight me like crazy on getting rid of a piece that they haven’t worn and will never wear again, especially if it cost a lot of money. The reality is most of us only wear half (yes half) of the pieces we own. The other half is just wasting valuable space that can be used for pieces we will wear.
Option 1, Group like pieces together, go from left to right in the order you wear them. So start with hanging your nice shirts and blouses then your pants and jacket/blazers etc…. T shirts can be folded flat with the designs facing outwards so you can easily see what they are. Jeans should be stacked according to style (Straight legs, boot cut, skinny’s etc….) this prevents your jeans from getting discolored at the fold on the hanger.
Option 2 I like is to group items by color and style. Sweaters, blouses and tops and pants together etc….I find this much easier to put outfits together. T shirt and blue jeans can be done the same as above.
Shoes should be put into plastic shoe boxes and stacked by style. A mood book with pictures of your shoes, makes it easier to decide what shoe will fit best with what outfit. Also, I find folding your scarves over a hanger is easier to excess as well.
- Treat Yourself Now that you have freed up some closet space it is time to hit the boutiques and treat yourself to that special spring piece that you have been eying for some time now. You deserve it for all the hard work you did. Stay tuned for all the hottest spring trends for 2013 and how to incorporate them into your wardrobe. If you want a clean closet for spring call me at the number below and schedule your appointment. Also, visit me on my blog at leaveittolecia.wordpress.com
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Tips and Steps to Declutter your Office
As much as we all would like to put off cleaning our offices, now is the time to get to it. Not all of us have a traditional office, fewer and fewer people do, but maybe you have a small office in your home or an area where you take care of business.
But it really doesn’t matter! The process of throwing out is pretty much the same. Whether you’re an up and coming entrepreneur or a corner office gal, you’ve got to let go of what no longer serves you or its purpose. Spending more time searching for things than actually working is no way to succeed.
I know for some of you the mere thought of clearing the clutter is overwhelming. It is a lot easier with someone else to help you and that’s where I come in.
Here I will give you step and tips on how to clear the clutter and make a work space or whatever it is for you a happier place to be!
Three steps and tips to start the process of a happier work space:
The first thing you must do is set aside time to deal with the clutter. A lot of us feel we just don’t have the time to do this, and it’s so overwhelming. But the time we save once everything is organized will more than make up for it. You should set an hour or two a day or a couple hours a week until there is no more clutter left in your office. Having an extra set of hands to help you through the process makes it a lot easier and a lot less stressful.
The best place to begin decluttering your office is your desk. There is no reason to keep anything in your work space other than the current things you are working on. Your current projects should be kept where they’re easily accessible, but instead of keeping them in piles on your desk, they should be organized in file folders clearly labeled. It’s most likely that the piles of papers on your desk include old and out dated information that can be shredded or recycled. Also there are probably documents that you need to keep but are not currently using, which can be placed in a file folder labeled and filed in your filing cabinet.
Now that you have cleared some space on your desk, you need to go through your files and discard anything you no longer need, shredding all documents which contain confidential information (Social Security #, License #, address, bank card #, and checks from old checking account etc…). If you’re not sure, it may be smart to consult an attorney or accountant to determine the life span of certain documents by law. Items that are needed for legal or other reasons, but not used on a regular basis, should be archived in a lower file drawer or storage area in the basement of your house. Valuable papers should be put in a safety deposit box or a safe in the house that is fireproof and waterproof.
Keep five active file folders in the file holder on your desk or a side table if you have one. This will help cut down the clutter on your desk.
- Copy folder- holds everything you need to make a photocopy of.
- File- put everything you need to save for future use. (If you have a scanner on your computer you can scan documents that are important to you and file the hard copy)
- Read- is for articles and business paper you haven’t had time to read immediately.
- Enter- for information that needs to go into the computer: such as addresses, expense list, love letter etc…
- Clip-its- holds coupons that I cut out or download from websites, to be at my fingertips whenever I go shopping.
Make a rule that when going through your mail and email: deal with it immediately. If it’s about an upcoming event or meeting, copy the information into your planner (whether it’s a paper planner or your phone calendar). If it’s a quick question, answer it immediately, then recycle it or trash it goes. If you need the information again in the future and it’s not readily available elsewhere, file it. Just don’t put it back in your inbox. I’m sure there will be some items you can’t deal with right away. Those items should be put on your “to do” list and placed in the appropriate file on your desk.
Set aside some filing time to avoid unfiled piles of papers on your desk. Often we need to refer back to something we have worked on recently, and it’s not fun to have to sift through piles of paperwork to find it. The time you need to file will depend on the amount of paper you generate, but the smart way is to keep it up to date.
Okay, I know I said three tips but I thought of one more! Implement a “clean desk” policy where your desk must be cleared of all clutter at the end of each day (I know it sounds hard but you can do it!!).
A clean office is a productive office. When you have a work environment that is clutter free it makes for a happier you, because it will make for fewer things to distract you from the task at hand. This will make it less likely for you to forget about things you’re supposed to do or to miss important events, because the information won’t be buried under a pile of other papers. As a result this will make you more confident, appear more competent, you will feel less stress and free up more time for the activities that you enjoy doing.
Let’s face it none of us enjoy cleaning up are office, and it’s always easier when we can hire an organizer to help us. So call me, and I will help you have your office clutter free in no time.