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Morning, Glory!

Sep
2013
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Are your mornings glorious? If not, just a few changes can get your day started off right. When your mornings are glorious, the rest of your day is bound to be better, right? Stay with me!

1. A glorious morning actually starts out the prior evening. Take a look at your calendar for the next day and think about what you’ll need. If you’re a student (or the parent of one), is all of your homework packed and ready to go? All of your books and supplies ready? If you have activities or meetings, do you have what you need ready to go out the door in the morning?

2. No more excuses – set out your workout clothes and shoes.

3. Do you brownbag? Make sure your fridge and cupboards are stocked with easy to pack, nutritious food and containers.  Better yet, pack your lunch before bed and store it in the fridge for a grab and go in the a.m.

4. Are your clothes  for tomorrow clean and (reasonably) wrinkle-free? Buttons, snaps and hooks sewn on? Saves time and frustration when you know what you want to wear and it’s ready to go.

5.  Set the timer for 15 minutes before bedtime and have everyone in the family do a ninja-style pick up/clean up. You’ll be surprised what you can get done!

6. Finally, get a great night’s sleep. You’ll love yourself for it in the morning.

I still remember my dad singing “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma! in the mornings when I was growing up. Take a few minutes the night before to plan and you’ll have a beautiful, glorious morning, too.

 

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Monday Get It Done DayMonday is the key day of the week for those worried about time management. Most people are too busy whining about Monday and are just trying to find motivation to get things rolling. If you’re prepared, organized, and ready for the day you can really get ahead by utilizing Monday which will allow you to get your week started on the right foot. If all possible, do a little bit of organizing and planning on Sunday or Sunday evening so when Monday comes, it’s Monday get it done day.

Routing is the thing. Find a day and time where you can allow yourself an hour or two to plan out your week. If you’re able to make a list of all the things you’d like to accomplish that week, you’ll be able to fill in available time slots to get these things done. Keep in mind that life will sometimes get in the way and it often takes a little more time to get things done than expected. Make sure you allow yourself that extra time to get these things done. You may have to use some quick thinking along the way to shift things around, but at least when you’re organized you can get most of the things done on your list.

Prioritize what is most important for you to accomplish in a timely manner. When you’re writing your To Do list, write a star next to the items you need to pay close attention to and need to get done early. That way these items will stand out when you’re browsing your list. Take these starred items and place them on your calendar for when you need to get them accomplished. Once again, keep in mind that life will throw you a curve ball from time to time, so don’t pencil these things in to do at the last minute. Avoid the stress. Plan things out to get things done early and often. Have a great Monday Get It Done Day!

As always, if you ever need help creating your unique organizing game plan, Space For Life is here to help. Feel free to take advantage of our Free Organizing Consultation.

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January is GO (Get Organized) Month. It’s a brand new year and a brand new you. Get Organized to be as efficient as possible this year. Get Organized and you’ll find ways to save time, money, and save yourself from stressful situations. Keep your life in order and you’ll find that you will also live healthier and happier.

If you truly want to get organized & stay organized, you have to find what works best for you. There are many different techniques and many different tricks to use, but if they don’t fit you and your lifestyle then you can end up wasting more time than you began with. If you’re ever in need of professional advice on how to get organized, don’t forget to take advantage of your Free Organizing Consultation in the Topeka area. Within the first session we’ll discuss your problem areas and create a game plan that works best for you. Let’s “GO” Get Organized in 2012!

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A cluttered home or office can lead to frustration, time lost, money spent unnecessarily and even a sense of despair! I’m going to spend the next few weeks writing about some pointers on how to get rid of the clutter, how to control it and how to keep it out of your space!

Clutter and Chaos or Clear and Calm
POINTER FIVE!

This is the last of the series and I’m kind of cheating, because I’m borrowing this one from Peter Walsh. Flat Spaces are for Working, Not Storage. A desk top, a counter or a table are to be used for work or recreation, not for storage. How many people do you know who cannot enjoy a sit-down dinner with family and friends because their dining room table is covered in stuff? If you’ve followed me so far, your flat spaces should be free of clutter because you’ve gotten rid of (week 1) stuff you don’t love, use or need; you’ve reduced your stuff by following (week 2) one in/one out; you’ve (week 3) found a home for your items; and you’ve (week 4) put things away, not put them down!

It can be very difficult for some people to become organized. It can be even more difficult to stay organized. Rebecca Miller at Space For Life has mastered the art of organization. There’s no organizing job too big or too small. If you ever feel overwhelmed and would prefer professional help, contact Rebecca for your free organizing consultation.

Enjoy your clear and calm space!

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A cluttered home or office can lead to frustration, time lost, money spent unnecessarily and even a sense of despair! I’m going to spend the next few weeks writing about some pointers on how to get rid of the clutter, how to control it and how to keep it out of your space!

Clutter and Chaos or Clear and Calm
POINTER FOUR!

“Don’t Put it Down, Put it Away.” If I sounded like Ma Ingalls last week, I probably sound like Joan Crawford now (“NO MORE WIRE HANGERS”). I don’t mean to be harsh, but if you have time to set it down, you have time to put it away, especially if you’ve already found a good home for the item. As we talked about last week, every item should have a home that fits – it’s easy to use and close by where the item is used. Stuff you use a lot should be easiest to put away. Stuff you use once a year, like holiday decorations, may need to be in a not-so-accessible space. Think of your storage as real estate; use the prime spots (like Boardwalk and Park Place) for items you use most often. Don’t store the punchbowl in the cabinet next to the sink. Just for example.

Stuff tends to disappear when we just set it down. You can find it the next time you need it if you don’t put it down, you put it away.

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A cluttered home or office can lead to frustration, time lost, money spent unnecessarily and even a sense of despair! I’m going to spend the next few weeks writing about some pointers on how to get rid of the clutter, how to control it and how to keep it out of your space!

Clutter and Chaos or Clear and Calm
POINTER THREE!

“A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place.” I know I probably sound like Ma from Little House on the Prairie, but this old gem is tried and true. Every item in your home and office should have a place to call home. The trick is to make that home one that fits! For example, if you keep scissors in a desk drawer because scissors are an “office supply” and should be where the “office” is, but you always need them in your kitchen, MOVE THE SCISSORS TO THE KITCHEN or have a second pair there. Keep items where you use them and where it’s relatively easy to put them away.

It has been said that children are more comfortable in an atmosphere that is calm and in order. Such an environment is usually comforting which children need and love. If you just can’t push yourself to clean up and organize, do it for your children. No children? Do it for the other people in your life. Remember, “A space for living is a Space For Life.” Stay organized and you’ll find that life starts to fall into place.

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One In - One Out MethodA cluttered home or office can lead to frustration, time lost, money spent unnecessarily and even a sense of despair! I’m going to spend the next few weeks writing about some pointers on how to get rid of the clutter, how to control it and how to keep it out of your space!

Clutter and Chaos or Clear and Calm
POINTER TWO!

One In – One Out Method
The best way to keep your home or office free of clutter is to not even let stuff in to begin with. When you’re thinking of buying something new or accepting a gift, a fun and easy method in considering if you really need that new item would be to ask yourself what you’re willing to get rid of to make space for the new item. Looking at a cool new pair of shoes? What shoes are going out? It’s not fair to bring in something BIG and get rid of something SMALL. No playing games! If you have a lot of clutter, you may have to upgrade to the One In – Two Out practice until you’re at a level of stuff you’re comfortable with. Keeping this in mind will help save you money and will also help you keep your space from becoming cluttered and unorganized.

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A cluttered home or office can lead to frustration, time lost, money spent unnecessarily and even a sense of despair! I’m going to spend the next few weeks writing about some pointers on how to get rid of the clutter, how to control it and how to keep it out of your space!

POINTER ONE!

Love It, Use It and Need It. Every item in your house or office should fall under at least two of these three commands. If you love it, it deserves a place of honor in your space, not boxed up or covered up by a load of other stuff. If you use it or need it, find a handy home for it and keep it there (more on that later). DO NOT KEEP STUFF OUT OF GUILT OR JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE GAVE IT TO YOU. This if YOUR space, not a museum for family heirlooms you don’t love, use or need. A gift should not be given with strings attached – if there are strings, it’s not a freely given gift. Donate, sell or (gasp) throw it away. You’re allowed!

Keep “Love it, Use it and Need it” in mind when you’re shopping in order to keep unnecessary clutter from even coming in.

Rebecca Miller
Space For Life
Rebecca@spaceforlifellc.com
Professional Organizer

Back To School Tips

Aug
2011
16

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Back to School!


For my kids, school starts today – August 17. This can be a very hectic time for parents and most likely requires more effort and more attention into get back in the grove of things. Keep in mind that planning ahead and keeping a cool head in these hectic situations will set a good example for those around you, and will also allow you to think more clearly on the run. If you have children in school or just need some help getting everyone out the door every morning in a sane and orderly way, here are some helpful tips:

1. Have a Launchpad somewhere close to the door. This is where backpacks, jackets, lunch money, briefcases, gym shoes, etc. are parked the evening before. It doesn’t have to be fancy, maybe an end table, short bookshelf or even some baskets on the floor. It’s important that the space is used consistently.

2. Go through the backpacks every day after school or sometime before bed. I know I’ve found some surprises in my kids’ backpacks over the years, everything from partially-eaten snacks to important paperwork. Clean it out and pack it back up with the finished homework and other items that will be needed tomorrow. Do this with your child so he or she gets in the habit, too.

3. Shut off the TV 30 minutes early – do a 15 minute pick up and put away session. Set out clothes for the next morning. If you’re really up to it, set out the breakfast stuff, too.

4. Start NOW to get the kids back on a school year sleep schedule. This way they’ll be ready (sort of) to rise and shine with the alarm clock that first day.

Days start off so much better when we’re not scrambling and panicking in the morning! I know I become crabby and snap at my kids when I’m rushed and that’s no way to start the day, either for your family or yourself.

Organize Topeka

Aug
2011
15

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Hello everyone. Welcome to our new blog. We’re here to provide valuable information and tips on organizing your space and your life. We’re here to help, so please check back often. If you need professional help organizing your space and life, then you’ve come to the right place. Rebecca Miller has a strong passion for helping others organize their time and space. Whether you need help decluttering, break hording habits, organizing time, organizing space, or simply organizing your life… you’ll always find professional help at Space For Life.

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