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4 Secrets Most Professional Organizers Don’t Want You to Know!

4 Secrets Most Professional Organizers

Don’t Want You to Know!

By Suzanna Kaye

Do you ever feel stuck when you think about organizing?

That point where you walk into the guest room (garage, closet, kitchen….) ready to tackle it and organize the heck out of it, but as soon as you open the door and peer in – you freeze.

All your energy disappears and you just shut the door and walk away instead?

Yeah, I know that feeling!


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Secret #1: You don’t need to know how you’ll do it (we rarely do, either!)

My organizing clients think I can walk into a room, look beyond all the clutter and instantly know where I’ll arrange everything. Or even have a clue how it will look when I’m done.

Yeah, I don’t have a clue any more than they do.

The difference between me and them? I just get started!

That’s right.

One main thing that sets me, as a professional organizer, apart from my clients is that I don’t try to figure out the end before I’ve begun. I simply start.

How do you do it?

  1. Pick one corner, surface, area or shelf and start categorizing. As soon as you have everything in a category, move to the next area. Then the next one. The goal is to end up with a bunch of piles or cardboard boxes of categorized “stuff.”
  2. Once everything’s in a category, purge. Use The Top 10 Decision-Making Question to go through each category and let go of anything you really no longer need. (It’s much easier when you have everything categorized. You can see how much you have of each thing.)
  3. Once you’ve purged you get the fun part – to decide where everything that remains goes. Look at your categories and store like items together. (Zone Organizing Post Coming Soon!) This is when you get to buy bins or find them from around your home. Pick your baskets and bins based on the size of each category pile.
  4. Finally, label everything! (Labels let our brains think less when finding or putting stuff away.)

That’s it – you’re organizing like a professional organizer!

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Secret #2: You only need a bite

Organizers love that you think you have to do a whole project at once. That’s what keeps our schedules full. And as an organizer it truly is the most efficient way to work with a client in their home.

BUT….. If you’re going solo with your organizing, don’t make it a project.

In my own home I rarely do big organizing projects.

And it’s not because my home never gets cluttered. With a husband, kid, pets, active business and fast life our house can be insane!

No, I keep the clutter to a minimum by doing something little every day.

No matter how busy you are – even if you’re a mom of a newborn or a caretaker for a seriously ill spouse – you can do this. I promise.

How do you do it?

When you see a shelf that’s getting out of control, take a moment and fix it.

Pull everything off, wipe it down, purge and replace it all neatly.

Even if you only do a half or a quarter of the shelf.

Just do something small each day and the whole home stays under control.

This even works if you have an overwhelming area.

Don’t focus on doing all of it, do just 10 minutes of sorting then walk away.

You’ll be surprised how those little sorting sessions can quickly transform your room with barely any effort.

Tiny, daily bites will not only get your home organized, but it’ll stay that way forever.

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Secret #3: It’s all in your head

The reality is, organizing is truly all in our heads. The thoughts we have control how our home looks.

A professional organizer can be most effective with a client when they work with them consistently over months.

Why?

Because then we have the chance to truly change their minds. To create new ways of thinking through repetition of thoughts.

Working once with a client can help them get to a base point that makes it easier to manage, but it doesn’t change their thoughts or habits.

That can only be done by repetition.

How do you do it?

Make it a point to think about organizing and feel gratitude for what you already own every day. It will begin to show in how your home looks and feels.

This is the concept I designed my 365 Project around.

One simple organizing thought a day to keep it top of mind. And it works brilliantly!

 

Here’s what one member of 365 Project said: 

 

You can do this, too.

Take one action, focus on one gratitude or read one organizing concept each day and you’ll begin to see a change in how you behave in your home.

When you change your mind, you change your home.

 

Secret #4: It’s a process, not a project

 

That’s right – organizing is never actually done.

While work with your organizer may come to an end when you’ve gone through each part of your home, it won’t stay that way.

Just like that diet – you can’t go back to sugar and pizza once it’s done and expect to keep the results you just worked hard for.

Those daily actions and thoughts must continue.

Otherwise, you’ll find yourself blaming the organizer because her systems didn’t stay organized.

How do you do it?

Think of organizing as a process and you’ll be much more successful.

You’ll take the pressure off of “finishing” and you can relax into a continuous touch-up habit.

You’ll feel more successful over your baby steps because they’re part of a lifestyle change.

So, what about my organizer?

Professional Organizers are awesome and extremely useful.

And there’s definitely a place for us in most people’s lives.

But we’re not magic fairies.

Do a session with us to get yourself past overwhelming rooms and stumbling blocks.

Set up a virtual idea session for personalized ideas for storage and solutions based on my years of professional experience.

We’re an amazing tool to get you to where you want to go.

But you also have so much more power within yourself you may not be tapping into. And once you release it you’re unstoppable!4 things


 

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1 Trick That Will Change How You Organize Forever!

1 Trick That Will Change How You Organize Forever!

Author: Ruth Zeman
Wouldn't it be great if you had an effortlessly organized, clean home? That's the dream, yet our reality is filled with children who can't get with the program, husbands, spouses, parents, and pets that act surprised that they are part of the problem. 

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Paralyzed with FEAR over letting go? Give yourself Peace with a Wait and See Bin.


 

When I was a kid, I had a retainer. Which, I threw away. More than once. It was traumatic. Aside from the fact that I had to go through trash (gross cafeteria trash) I also got yelled at by parents who were ready to pull their hair out trying to make me understand the value of the process that I hated.

This has left scars that you can't see.

Many times a day, I stand at the trash and feel a sense of loss that I can't quite explain.

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The Caffeinated One


 

I don't know about you but there is something magical about morning routines that include coffee.

Okay, your morning routine can include tea and still be magical... if you insist.

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Room by Room Organizing the Lazy Way

Room by Room Organizing the Lazy Way

What’s the Lazy way to Organize you ask?lazy way

Trust me, you’re gonna like this. Basically it’s tips from the experts (us – you got that we’re the experts right?) on how to make organizing effortless.

EFFORTLESS

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Organize the Little Things with an Over the Door Organizer!


 

Oh the little things...

Batteries, pencils, twist ties, rubber bands, legos, toiletries, tea candles, you know, the little things. Stuff you really do need but they're just begging to be organized. You already know I'm not going to tell you to throw them in a drawer and forget out it.

Nope. Not this girl.

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Life Changing Magic of Conquering Your Junk Drawer!

The Life Changing Magic of Conquering Your Junk Drawer!!!

While I think it’s magical to toss junk to the curb, there are plenty of items that are quite necessary in today’s world we must keep.

Twist ties, cable ties, zip ties, paperclips,husbands, that penny that you picked up that special time with so and so.

You get the idea.

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You of course have it under control. You’re a brilliant human being who understands everything has a place and you know where it is. Your problem is that you live with other human beings who expect you to find that place for every single little item to walk the face of the earth.

Sadly we can’t just hug these items, thank them, and toss them in the trash. So we do the next best thing we put them in the drawer of delayed decisions. Also known as…. (sad trumpet sound – wa wa wa)…. the junk drawer. The drawer with batteries and that last stick of gum.

The drawer you have to jiggle to get closed. 

Yeah, let’s do something about it.

I promise you’ll feel super human or at very least productive. I’d make us all t-shirts, “I cleaned my junk drawer and it changed my life” but I’m not sure it will catch on.

No matter, you’ve got this.

Overwhelmed NO MORE!

To start, watch the video linked below.

Gather up your choice of supplies. Either the over the door organizer, the cereal boxes or ice cube trays. Then toss your junk on the counter and go!

The over the door organizer can easily be hidden in a pantry or attached garage if your junk drawer is located in the kitchen. Hang it with nails or 3m hooks instead of the provided over the door hangers to get it to lay flat right where you want it.

Use the ice cube trays in the drawer or just as a handy dandy tray for a project. You’ll look like a genius doing it. Smile and feel magical, accepting compliments. You’ve got this!

Look back on what you’ve accomplished and realize that not once did you need to thank your batteries for the service they provide.

 


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Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.

Top 10 Tips For Downsizing and Ditching the Drama

Top 10 Tips For Downsizing and Ditching the Drama

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Use these easy downsizing tips to reduce clutter and make moving to a smaller home easier

 

Modern living has tons of perks. We’ve moved past sliced bread and indoor plumbing straight to watching tv on our phones in our indoor plumbing rooms. It’s enough to get carried away!

 

In fact, most of us have let stuff creep in and take over our lives. Enter the newest trend, smaller living. Some folks, (Hipsters and Millennials) have taken it to tiny homes. The rest of us poor slobs (who aren’t crazy or have kids) have simply stepped down in square footage.

 

Thus discovering, this isn’t nearly as easy as they made it look on TV.

In fact, it’s really hard.

Fraught with emotions and overwhelming.

 

Here’s a list of ten organizing ninja’s secrets to help you downsize:

 

  1. Prep your space.

    Grab a big box for giveaways and put it at your side. Have another container or bag ready for trash. Making it easier for you to make decisions by limiting your walking around.

  2. Use behind the door organizers.

    Put them in your closets. Just because they say, “behind the door” doesn’t mean that’s all they can be used for.

  3. Use 3m hooks to hang those organizers when there’s no door to hang them from.
  4. Grab someone who understands to make time fly.

    Never underestimate the power of doing it together!

  5. One room at a time.

    Set a goal and take a break when you’ve met it. Unpacking and downsizing is emotional. Give yourself breathing room to deal with the emotions.

  6. Get help making all those decisions.

    I don’t know about you but I find while I can do my own nails, getting someone else to do them makes it a delightful experience instead of a messy chore. Add to the mix that you’ve moved, it’s better to have help, trust me.

  7. Don’t be afraid of donating big items.

    I know you remember what you paid for that couch, lamp, tv but it’s just stuff getting in the way now, let it go.

  8. You know what you like, stick with it.

    In the Bathroom this means stocking up on the brand you like and not needing to try everything new under the sun. Freedom people, freedom.

  9. Speaking of bathroom items, ditch the old stuff.

    Seriously. I know your grandma is putting slivers of soap into a jar to make a new bar but you’re allowed to throw it away. This is not the great depression.

  10. Allow for empty spaces.

    They are not judging you for not filling them up with stuff. They are rest notes that allow you to delight in what you do have. It’s okay to not fill the top shelf in your kitchen cabinets. It’s okay to leave under the sink mostly empty. Space is a good thing. See them as restful.

 

And Congratulations on your big change!

Welcome to more freedom!

More time for what’s important. (Netflix and Chill, right?).

 

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Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.

How to Hire a Professional Organizer

 

How to Hire a Professional Organizer

I keep looking in the mirror and thinking I should color/cut my hair.

How To Hire A Professional OrganizerPulling out my ponytail I fluff my hair around my shoulders trying to remember why I don’t just whack it all off. I probably would do it in exactly that moment if someone handed me a pair of scissors. Then I’d cry. Then I’d do the right thing, the thing I knew I should have done in the first place, go to a professional.

That said, we’ve all had bad experiences with a professional. Hairstylist that didn’t understand a word we said. The car guy that we’re sure fleeced us. Miserable experiences we swore we’d never deal with again. In an effort to help you, let me give you my best advice for hiring a professional organizer. Which ironically is very close to how I find a mental health professional….

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5 Organizing Mistakes You’ve Probably Made

5 Organizing Mistakes You’ve Probably Made


 

Every time I see an article that tells me I’ve made mistakes I have to click on it.

I have to know if I’m a boob. Usually, I’m just positive that I’m going to come out on top, confident that I wouldn’t make the same mistakes as everyone else. Yet, I start reading and nodding my head.

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