So I got featured again with my Professional Organizing business, this time in a list of ’10 Best Professional Organizers in San Diego’ for moving help, this is the direct link to the article but before you click on the link read my blog first 😉
When you are moving it’s very important to start early on to downsize, sell and purge so give yourself a few months or more depending on the amount of stuff you own. Once it’s time to pack do it in an organized manner so when you unpack at the new place things will go quick, smooth and your items are easy to locate.
Only move items to a new place that you have use for or find to be beautiful because this is the moment to push the reset button and have a fresh new start. No more stacked boxes in the garage, attic, closet or storage with no idea of what’s in them and will not be dealt with for another 5+ years or get moved again with the next move.
With only the items that will actually be used and enjoyed you will feel more relaxed and your space will feel less full or cluttered. You will end up with more space, more freedom, less stress and less things to maintain which will save you money and time in the long run. Time is one thing you are unable to get back in life so spend it wisely.
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We all have stuff around our house that is just there, has not been used or looked at in years and probable has a bunch of years left in them to be unused or not be looked at. You might as well collect all of those items and try to sell them and make some money of all that clutter. I came by this interesting article on the Bankrate website ‘Cashing in on the re-commerce trend’ where they explain which items are good to sell and share ideas on where to sell them in this economy.
After reading the most recent article I came across about plastic and paper shopping bags I felt I should share this in the hope of making a difference, every bag does count!
So why not get a reusable bag or a few so you always have one close. Nowadays most places charge you at least 5 cents or more for a bag and you can buy a reusable bag for as low as 99 cents in my experience. So in the end you are not only saving the environment but also saving yourself money by using a reusable bag.
We all know these flimsy plastic bags you get everywhere while shopping are not the best and strongest bags, are damaging to our environment and a huge waste of the Earth’s resources- yet we still accept and use them everyday. These plastic bags spend hundreds of years in landfills to break down or for example end up floating in the ocean and being eaten by animals that see it as food and most of the times die. Each and every person in the world can take part in preventing this!
Most single or little items you buy don’t need a bag and are easy to carry without one. When shopping at different stores, use the first shopping bag and add all other purchases into that one bag as much as you can. Make that little effort and don’t accept any bag, paper or plastic, when you don’t need to.
Make that change for yourself and the future health of planet Earth and your own. What is keeping you from using reusable bags?
(edit: 10-02-12): Also check this very interesting website “A Bag’s Life”, it gives you the resource where to recycle / drop off plastic bags and related items in your area.
The peak of the summer heat is over and so is summer break. You may have done a lot around the house, organizing and purging. But you probably stayed away from the garage (or attic) with temperatures being way too hot in there to get things done. Now before it will get way too cold in your garage it’s a smart thing to clean it out before winter sets in. Read this little article from Cleveland.com
I have come by a lot of articles and blog posts about downsizing the elderly lately. It makes a lot of sense that they are the ones that have accumulated quite some possessions over the years. Most of their items are difficult to let get go of because of emotional values, it activates forgotten or lost memories that are attached to them. Read about ‘The painful part of downsizing’ (here) and ‘Downsizing the seniors’ (here)
Do you watch the TV show Hoarders? And do you always wonder how hoarders get to that point with all that stuff? Read this really good blog post on how Scientists researched hoarders brains. Also the ‘Healthland’ section of the Time Magazine had a topic related article called ‘Inside the Hoarder’s Brain: A Unique Problem with Decision-Making’
Having too much stuff could really be wasting your time! It slows down your daily routine and your life in general. There is so much time wasted on looking for things that are cluttered in with all of our belongings. Researchers affiliated with UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) made a book about it called “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors”. Read the UCLA Newsroom article here.
I will regularly update this website with Professional Organizer related blog posts about things I’ve seen, heard and learned. I will post useful tips, re-post interesting articles and videos, just about anything I think will be worth to see and read about.