What is being organized worth to you?

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What is being organized worth to you?More time for fun. More time with family. More time with friends. More time to read. More time to relax.

More time to make a dress. More time to drink your morning coffee. More time to be outdoors. More time to smell the roses. More time to take a road trip. More time to cuddle up.

More time to pet the cat. More time to dance. More time to send a card. More time to give a compliment. More time to remember a dream. More time to go to the beach. More time to gaze out the window.

More time to hold hands. More time to go down a slide. More time for yoga. More time to laugh. More time to rub someone’s back. More time to travel.

More time to write a letter. More time to bake a cake. More time to write a screenplay. More time to watch the sunset. More time to learn to paint.

More time to eat bacon. More time to meditate. More time to feed the ducks. More time to volunteer. More time to kiss. More time to ride on a ferris wheel. More time to sit by the fire.

More time to savor life.

More time to live your dreams.

More time for you.

 

Donations bag for easy decluttering

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Originally posted 2013-06-14 12:13:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Donation bagYou know that pile of clothes on a shelf in your closet that you’re going to give to the Goodwill? But it keeps staying on your shelf? It needs an easier, simpler way to get out of the house.

Here’s your tip: 

Keep a shopping bag in your closet, clearly labelled Goodwill or Donation. Every time you come across something you want to get rid of, drop it in the bag. When the bag is full, take it to the donation center. Voila.

I recommend keeping this bag in your clothes closet because that’s where you’re going to encounter items to donate. Plus, you will see it everyday and not forget about it.

Important point: 

Label the bag! Remember that bag in the garage you had to look in three times because you kept forgetting it was stuff for the Goodwill? Or the one in your closet that you took to the dry cleaners, and then once you were there you realized it was full of clothes you were going to get rid of? Or worse, you realized it after you paid to have them cleaned.

Labeling is ultra important! Do eet!

Organize your garage with Monkey Bars!

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organize your garage 8'_yard_toolsWell, these bars don’t come with any cute monkeys to entertain you, but they’re cleverly designed. I really like the way you can have two layers of items hanging parallel to the wall; very creative maximization of space.

I corresponded with Paige Norton of the Monkey Bars Company and she sent me some more info about them:

If you’re ready to rid yourself of the need for an off-site storage unit, or just ready to take back control of your garage, consider the unique Monkey Bars organize your garage cabinetGarage Storage System. The Monkey Bars garage shelving system is the strongest, most efficient and most customizable storage system for organizing all your belongings in the space your garage has to offer.

This shelving system takes advantage of the wall space in your garage and stores your items in 1/3 of the space. Its design also allows for the separation of long-term and short-term storage, storing less frequently used items up on the shelf and hanging more frequently used items below from bars and hooks.

Each Monkey Bars shelf is made of industrial strength steel and powder-coated for superior strength, capable of supporting up to 1,000 pounds in just a 4 foot area. Imagine how much you could store with just one or two shelves. You decide how many shelves you need.

What really makes Monkey Bars unique and sets them apart from other storage shelves is its patented bar and hook system. Below each shelf, triangular brackets support the shelf as well as bars. These bars create support for 11 different rubber-coated hooks from which you can hang yard tools, bikes, skis, ladders, and other items all below each shelf. The bars and hooks create layered storage, allowing you to maximize on the space below the shelf by hanging items in back and in front of the bar.

As your storage needs may change over time, these bars and hooks are capable of adjusting to those changes. The bars and hooks are easily moveable and the hooks can slide from side to side to open up room for more things.

Monkey Bars offers specific racks and accessories to hang a variety of items. This makes Monkey Bars one of the most customizable storage systems on the market. You decide what you need based on your various interests and storage needs. They offer bike racks, ski racks, yard tool racks, sports bags, bucket racks, saddle racks, kayak racks, golf bag racks and more. Their racks hold 3 times more than any other rack system available.

One of the newest features of the Monkey Bars is its ability to be installed inside their new cabinets. Store bikes, sports equipment, yard tools, and anything else you’d like in an efficient way and out of sight with these cabinets.

Organizing your garage can be a daunting project, but with the use of a strong and efficient system, it’s a task you’ll only need to tackle once.

Bio: Monkey Bars Central Coast/Bay Area is a garage storage and organization company serving the Central Coast and South Bay Area’s homeowners with solutions and tips to organize your garage.

Computer Cord Organizer

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The MOS organizer is a beautiful thing. I’m guessing its designers are Apple fans because the packaging is equally beautiful and clever; the device sits in a drawer in its box and you pull an orange ribbon tab to slide it open.

I love it when office supplies are fun and nice to look at. No one should have to put up with dull, strictly utilitarian stuff at home or at work. This little gizmo has a very pleasing round edged shape and comes in a matte finish aluminum that complements my Macbook.

The MOS solves a problem I didn’t realize I had until I saw what it does. Now I realize how annoying it’s been to reach blindly around the floor under my desk for my laptop power cord or phone charger. It holds the cords with a strong magnet, so I can pop some paper clips on there too, if I want.

The company is running a Kickstarter program for their next product, a superior audio cable paired with a smaller version of the MOS, the Menos (nice play on the words “mas” (the MOS) and “menos” for you Spanish speakers). Judging from the quality, utility and beauty of the current product, the new additions will be terrific.

In the Kickstarter video, they say they’re waging a war against car clutter. Gotta love that!

You can read about the newbies and pledge money here: MOS Spring and MOS Menos. The campaign ends Saturday, so hop on over.

Organizing and Creativity

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Originally posted 2012-12-04 20:19:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

organizing paintbrushesCreative people often shun organizing. Putting their supplies away and having a clear desktop are for accountants, not artists. Inspiration can strike anytime and materials must be out and ready (all of them).

Many creatives don’t produce a whole lot, though, and that’s because they are focussing all their attention on the muse and the flow of ideas, and not enough on how to get those ideas into the world.

Supply chain management is how companies get their products into the world. It includes inventory management and other dull sounding tasks. In the book Making Ideas Happen, I learned that Apple Computer has been in the top five of global supply chain leaders since 2007. Apple, a company known for its gorgeous product design and commitment to thinking outside the box.

In other words, a company known for creativity.

This creativity is followed up by an organizing system to making it happen. So the question is, do you want to simply enjoy the flow of ideas, or do you want to seize one and give it life? Remember Thomas Edison’s quotation: “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

Try thinking of having an organized work space as a tool for enhancing your imagination. Your supplies are always ready for you and you know exactly where they are. You have plenty of room to work without pushing things out of the way.

This doesn’t mean you have to hide things away.

It’s quite possible to organize your stuff and still have it out where you can see it. It just requires more horizontal space. Piles are allowed. Using the wall and the floor is also allowed.

Creatives can get bogged down in designing systems instead of doing their work so be careful not to fall into that trap. Keep your system simple. Don’t overthink piles.

Green Decluttering

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A common concern I hear from people when they’re decluttering is that they don’t want their stuff just to go to the landfill. They don’t want to be responsible for creating more trash, or they feel that their stuff could be useful to someone. They want to be green!

Here are some options:

Sell your stuff
Craigslist is a good choice if you want to sell things locally such as furniture and other large or hard-to-ship items.

Go with Oakland auction houses such as Michaan’s or Clar’s to sell big lots and expensive items. In this economy, people aren’t buying or collecting the way they used to, so selling is also harder. Both auction houses offer free appraisal services.

Selling on eBay means you’ll have to take care of shipping, so make sure it will be worthwhile for you. Check out what’s been paid for items like yours to find out how to set your price.

While selling your stuff seems like an easy way to make a buck, remember that you’ve got to do the work of posting your ad, including a photo (required on eBay and suggested on Craigslist), answering questions and scheduling pickups. Make sure your asking price is worth the time you’ll spend.

For this reason, I don’t recommend garage sales. They’re often a huge waste of time. Only do one if you publicize it well, get other households involved and don’t mind spending the day sitting in front of your house.

Give stuff away
If you can’t be bothered to sell, just offer up your goods for free on Craigslist or Freecycle. This is the fastest way to unload unwanted items. People want all kinds of wacky things, especially when they’re free!

For larger quantities of household goods, donating to local thrift stores is a good option. In some areas, pick-up services are offered. This varies a lot, so call your local store to find out.

Crafty items find a home at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. This store caters to artists and teachers. They accept items that you might not think of donating, such as imprinted stationery, maps, popsicle sticks, yarn and film canisters.

If it’s clothing you want to donate, consider getting together with friends for a clothes swap. This is especially good if what you’re donating doesn’t fit anymore. You’ll be able to replace it with cast offs from friends that do fit.

Don’t forget Oakland’s Bulky Waste Pickup program. This is the way to get rid of trash that’s too big to fit in your garbage bin, such as mattresses, broken TVs, tires and furniture.

Next Step
Make sure you actually get the stuff out of the house! Try not to stockpile unwanted items in your garage where they’ll gather dust and be forgotten about, while still taking up precious space.

Get My Ebook: 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized

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Originally posted 2010-08-04 16:53:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

 Cover design2This ebook will help you get organized. What exactly will you get out of it? Lots of creative, helpful and immediately useful tips, including:

  • You’ll get more time. Time to spend the way you want to
  • You’ll be in control of your environment
  • Your life will be simpler
  • You’ll save money. No more replacing lost items
  • You’ll be prepared for the unexpected. Because it’s going to happen!
  • You’ll experience zen-like calm because you can lay your hands on what you need, when you need it

If you use the tips in this book regularly and make them part of your daily life, I guarantee you that your life will become organized and stay that way. Yeah, it’s a commitment, but you can go at your own pace and incorporate only the tips that work best for you.

In the first half of the book, the tips are action oriented and in the second half, they’re are about your mindset. Thinking about your environment and how you interact with it is a huge part of organizing. Make sure you use tips from both sections. You can do it!

Below is the link to buy the book.

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Get Organized with these 52 Simple Ways

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Originally posted 2010-08-09 13:53:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

This ebook will help you get organized. What exactly will you get out of it? Lots of creative, helpful and immediately useful tips, including:

  • You’ll get more time. Time to spend the way you want to
  • You’ll be in control of your environment
  • Your life will be simpler
  • You’ll save money. No more replacing lost items
  • You’ll be prepared for the unexpected. Because it’s going to happen!
  • You’ll experience zen-like calm because you can lay your hands on what you need, when you need it

If you use the tips in this book regularly and make them part of your daily life, I guarantee you that your life will become organized and stay that way. Yeah, it’s a commitment, but you can go at your own pace and incorporate only the tips that work best for you.

In the first half of the book, the tips are action oriented and in the second half, they’re are about your mindset. Thinking about your environment and how you interact with it is a huge part of organizing. Make sure you use tips from both sections. You can do it!

Check out some sample chapters here:

Here’s the link to buy the book. You’ll also be getting a complimentary subscription to my monthly ezine.

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Need reasons to clear out the clutter?

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Josh Waldrum from SpareFoot Storage sent me this delightful infographic full of impressive and sometimes scary statistics. Clearing out clutter can literally pay you back; every organizer I know has found uncashed checks, gift cards and money in their clients’ homes.

Having more stuff than fits in your house is NOT a good reason to rent a storage unit. But there are plenty of good reasons. One of my clients downsized recently and uses his unit to keep artwork. There is only enough room for about a quarter of his collection in the new place and he plans to swap out pieces a few times a year.

Clutter Infographic
Produced by SpareFoot. Copyright 2013.

 

Magic and Possibilities

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Originally posted 2011-02-24 12:18:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Me floatingHow do I want to feel when I’m doing my work, when I’m at my desk, when I’m in my life everyday? Magic. I want there to be magic.

When I was a kid I loved the book The Secret Garden. I really loved the beginning of the book, when Mary finds that secret door covered by ivy (I just reread that chapter and it gave me a chill down my spine). The magic of finding a hidden door. A door to a forgotten place where no one had been in ten years.

I seek out magic. I create it in my life. Sometimes in little ways, like rearranging my furniture so that everything looks different, but it’s the same. Sometimes in big ways, like when I visited The Lightning Field. Magic for me is about curiosity and exploration and discovery.

I turn things upside down so I can see them fresh. I ask stupid questions that I already know the answer to so I can get a new answer.

Magic erases my expectations, biases, assumptions and “shoulds.” It evokes beginner’s mind. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” (Shunryu Suzuki).

Where can you get magic today?

Magic photo of me by Ron Nelson