Decluttering – What happens to my clients stuff?

When I work with clients on decluttering and getting organised, the outcome is that there are usually many excess items they no longer require or want in their spaces.

I regularly get asked by people what do you do or they do with the stuff they no longer want?  Keep reading below for the answers to this common decluttering question.

Decluttering – items of value – selling is an option

For items with a value I usually discuss with my client whether it is worth the time, effort and sometimes money, in trying to sell something.  For some items it definitely can be and depending upon what they are I usually can recommend places, websites or people to get in touch with to assist.

image of antique dealer to get rid of items from declutteringSome of the sources my clients have used to sell items include:

  • antique and second hand dealers
  • gumtree
  • ebay
  • other specialised websites for specific items

 

Homes for stuff – charities

Unfortunately often there can be quite a bit of rubbish when sorting through stuff but where possible I usually help my clients to identify things that can possibly recycled rather than just going to landfill.

As a an extra service to my clients, on the day of service, I usually take away items that they no longer require other than rubbish.  As part of this process we usually discuss if they have a preference for where things should be donated.  Nine times out of ten the clients are just happy for it to be removed and are just pleased to see that it will be given to someone else, usually in need, for them to use.

Over the years I have provided many items to various charities including:

Other homes for stuff

Other uses or places for items where I have given bits and pieces over the years have included:

  • Metal coat hangers in good condition being returned to the local dry cleaners for re use.picture of a metal coathanger
  • Blankets and towels delivered to the lost dogs home or even pet shops.
  • Cardboard is usually put into the recycling or taken to the transfer station for the same purpose.
  • Many transfer stations also take other items for recycling like tv’s, computers, printers, cables, books, paper etc.  You need to check our local transfer station to see what they take at no charge.
  • Often things like dress ups, toys, games and books in good condition have been donated to local schools or kindergartens.
  • image of old bicycleOld bicycles can often be reused and repurposed and are taken and then fixed up by many local charities.
  • Gumtree or Zilch have been another valuable sources to get rid of unwanted items that can still serve a purpose for someone else.  For many of my clients who list items for free they are usually snapped up very quickly.

 

Do you have any other sources or places where you like to recycle or donate items?  I am only more than happy to include them on my donation list for the future too. 

If you’d like assistance to undertake some decluttering of your own and get more organised then please get in touch – or call me on 0409 967 166.

10 common organising challenges

Have you ever wondered what the 10 most common organising challenges are that people face in their everyday lives?  Maybe you too will be able to relate to some or all of these in your own life?

At my last few organising and decluttering workshops in 2016 I asked people to list their organising challenge that they struggle with or what annoys them the most.  All the 10 common organising challenges listed here, to be honest, are pretty much what I expected based on my experience as an organising expert and are the common organising challenges most of my clients face.

10 common organising challenges

The 10 most common organising challenges listed here are ranked from the most common to the least common for people who have attended my workshops.

  1. A pile of paper clutterdealing with paper clutter – this is by far most people’s biggest challenge with 1/4 of those surveyed noting it as the organising challenge that annoys them the most.  Many vary from having one pile to multiple piles of paper throughout the living space and home.
  2. wardrobes – this was also quite high with just under 1/4 indicating that they wish their wardrobes were more organised so that they could find the clothes they want to wear more easily.  Many people also admitted to having too many clothes for the actual wardrobe space.
  3. bedrooms – this was next on the list where people felt their bedrooms were too cluttered, with clothes and other items, and could do with better organisation.
  4. kitchen space – This too is quite a common organising challenge for many people and often the source of the problem is that the kitchen becomes a dumping ground for anything including school notes, mail and papers to wallets, keys and many other items which either don’t seem to have a home or people choose not to put away at the time.
  5. junk drawer – the junk drawer is also another common challenge that comes up time and time again.  All homes have that drawer in their kitchen that just seems to accumulate more items over time.  Click here for a blog on how to organise your junk drawer in 5 easy steps. An image of a junk drawer in a kitchen which can be an organising challenge
  6. home office – this was lower down the list than I thought it would be and probably because it is often a space that is removed from the rooms most used in people’s day to day lives.  In my experience home offices are often another dumping ground for things that either don’t get put away or don’t have a home. T his space can become a ‘junk drawer’ for the entire home.
  7. time management – several people indicated that rather than a physical space being their main organising challenge it was their inability to manage their time that was more of an issue.
  8. photos – this too is a common issue that many face in today’s day and age.  This issue can centre around the move from physical photos (of which people often have lots sitting unsorted in boxes) to digital photos (which are often not organised in any manner to allow quick access and review in terms of finding when needed).  I was only talking about this with a client recently and providing her with a solution going forward so she doesn’t add to the issue and then when she has time going back through and organising all those prior to now.
  9. too much stuff – many people admitted that thy feel overwhelmed by too much stuff and don’t know what to do about it and where to start.
  10. image of a young child's drawingmiscellaneous – this is a mixture of miscellaneous items that were included and that I grouped together just so I could list them in the top 10.  I believe many are common organising challenges people face – from how to deal with memorabilia including children’s school and art work; toys both inside and outside the home; the whole house; and the inability to throw things away.

So what about you, can you relate to any of these common organising challenges in your own life?

If you are feeling overwhelmed by any of these challenges or would just like a plan of attack to know how best to deal with them and feel more organised, then please get in touch – amanda@organsingyou.com.au or call 0419 967 166.

Top 2016 organising and decluttering posts

Organising and decluttering to some can be very daunting and overwhelming when it really doesn’t have to be.  As another year has passed I thought it would be useful to put together a summary of articles, quotes, blogs from 2016 that might assist you and others when it comes to getting organised. Maintenance is the key image - organising and decluttering

As I enter into my 6th year of business as an organising expert I can honestly say that I love making a difference to the lives of my clients and to thank them for having me part of their journey to become more organised.

I hope that you find something here that inspires or assists you in some way on your own organising and decluttering journey.

Trends/Articles of Interest

The 6 habits of highly organised people

How to live with a messy person (or a neat freak) and not go insane

What is the Konmari method of organising?

6 things I question about the Konmari method of organising

What is a digital estate?

Maintenance is the key to being organised

If you ever wondered what my life as an organiser is about

How writing to do lists helps your brain

Great Quotes

These are just some of the quotes people responded to in 2016:

text on a quote about not letting go of stuff - organising and declutteringquote about it's not a good deal if you don't need it - organising and decluttering

quote text on this being the beginning of anything you want

image and text of a child being able to focus on what they are good at

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogs

Making the most of vertical space

Do you suffer from procrastination?

Move from busy to balanced

10 common organising myths clarified

Tips on organising recipes in your kitchen

 

Please do get in touch if you’d like some further advice or any assistance to get better organised in 2017.

Making the most of vertical space

Have you used vertical space well in your home?  Do you lack storage space in your home?  If the answer is yes or even if it isn’t you might like to consider utilising your vertical space.

image of jewellery hanging on the inside of a wardrobe cupboard using the vertical space

Image: pinterest

What is vertical space and why use it?

Vertical space is one of the best strategies you can use for storage and in particular for those living in small spaces.  When I work with clients there is always an opportunity to use vertical space better to store items.  By doing this you can increase the storage capacity in a wardrobe, kitchen cupboard, pantry, laundry cupboard, garage and the list goes on.  Most of the time vertical space has not even been considered as an option.

 

Ideas to maximise vertical space

There are many different places you can utilise vertical space including:

image of tiered shelf rack to store cans on In the kitchen

  • In the pantry you can use stacking shelves so you can create multiple layers of grocery items rather than wasting the space on a shelf by having one lot of tins for example.
  • On the inside door of a pantry you could have a spice rack or set up a variety of different shelves to house other items.

    image courtesy of ownerbuildernetwork

    image: courtesy of ownerbuildernetwork

  • Another idea on the inside of a door is to have hooks to hang your tea-towels, oven mitts and aprons too.
  • You can also use a magazine holder or something similar to store items on the inside of a cupboard.
image of shoe organiser to store shoes and clothes and scarves using the vertical space

source: pinterest

 

In the wardrobe

  • there are many ideas available on the internet to assist with wardrobes so check them out.
  • if you have a walk-in-robe then you can use all the spare wall space to gain extra storage space.  By adding a few hooks you can hang all sorts of different items like bathrobes, scarves, jewellery, hats, caps and the list goes on.
image of wire racks on the inside of the door storing hair dryers and hair straighteners using the vertical space

image: pinterest

Bathroom

  • using the inside cupboards to hang hairdryers or straighteners with hooks.
  • use the back of the doors to hang multiple towels.

    image of bathroom door with 3 towel rails using the vertical space

    image: courtesy of Martha Stewart

 

 

 

Shelving

One of the easiest ways to utilise any vertical space is to add more shelving. Work out what it is you need to store and adjust or build additional shelves in to the right height.

If you’d like some assistance to maximise storage and space in your home then please get in touch.  I regularly work with clients providing them with ideas to solve their storage dilemmas.

6 things I question about the Konmari method of organising

There has been a great deal written about the Konmari method of organising and now as an organising expert I’d like to share mine.  Having worked with many different clients during my 5 years of business, I wanted to let you know based on my experience and expertise, what I have seen work when it comes to getting organised and pose questions around a few methods outlined by the Konmari approach.

image of Marie Kondo's book The life changing magic of tidying up - the konmari method of organisingIf you are not sure what the Konmari method of organising by Marie Kondo is click here to read my previous blog.  As I mentioned in that post Marie should be congratulated for her writing the books she has written and in turn spreading the word about the importance of organisation in our daily lives.

6 things I question about the Konmari method

The overall principles of the Konmari method of organising are sound and as mentioned previously are what I have used and continue to use when working with my clients.  However I do have a few fundamental issues with several approaches outlined in the book:

  • Ones size fits all – I don’t believe this one size fits all approach will work for everyone and in particular when it mentions ‘if you didn’t succeed you are not doing it right’.  When working with clients I believe it is really important to listen in the first instance and then tailor an organising solution that will work for them.  By doing this they not only have a solution but something they are more likely to maintain. Having said that if the Konmari organising method works as is for you that’s great go ahead and follow it!
  • Organising everything in one big session – It is suggested that the way to get organised is to do it all in one epic session.  This is not ideal based on my experience and can lead to further unnecessary overwhelm and stress.  I usually recommend starting in one area and moving on as you can rather than pulling everything out in one go.  Follow your own instincts and don’t try this approach if you think this’s might be an issue for you.
  • Image Maintenance is the key - never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today - not really a focus of the konmari method of organisingYou organise once and it’s done – Marie’s approach is that once it’s organised it should stay that way, and that you won’t have clutter again by organising this way, which in principal are great things to believe and state.   In reality though this is probably not going to to be the case.  In my experience I personally believe she misses one of the main fundamentals of organising which is the maintenance aspect.   As an organising expert we know that maintenance is the key and this is not a focus of this method at all. For more information on the importance of maintenance click here to read a blog I wrote recently.
  • One needs to adjust to changes in ones life – Continuing on from the point above, is that often over time things change and you need to adjust to different life changes, such as having children.  I’m not sure the Konmari method of organising really caters to these changes that do occur in our lives.
  • There is a big difference between tidy and organising – The meaning of tidy is to arrange neatly and in order.  With this concept in mind then the focus of this method is that one really only tidies the clutter.  When an organiser works with a client we actually initially focus on assisting them to make decisions to deal with their clutter first before creating organising solutions around what remains.
  • Folding all clothes – I personally think this can be a great idea however folding all one’s clothes takes a great deal of commitment and time to do for everything and I wonder for many if this is actually sustainable?

Naturally, please be aware that these are my views only, and if the Konmari method works for you then go ahead and please follow it.

Let me leave you with something I always say to my clients though – ‘there is no one way to organise something it is really what works for you that matters‘.   So maybe adopt the bits you like about this method and leave those you don’t think will work for you!

If you would like assistance with getting more organised in your life please get in touch

What is the Konmari method of organising?

image of Marie Kondo's book The life changing magic of tidying up that discusses the konmari method of organisingI am assuming most people have by now heard or read about the Konmari method of organising.  A lot of what Marie Kondo writes about in her book ‘The life-changing magic of tidying up‘ have been methods myself and my fellow organisers around the world  have been following and implementing with clients for years.  Whilst these methods are not new, Marie should be congratulated for taking the opportunity to write this book and spread the word further about the importance of organisation in our daily lives.

So what is the Konmari method of organising?

For those of you who haven’t read this book, know a little or perhaps haven’t even heard about it hear is a very brief explanation.

  • The basic principal is that unless you truly and deeply love an item it has no business living in your home.
  • When you go through your items and decide what to get rid of you need to remember that it’s not all about throwing out or donating as much as you can but ensuring you only hold on to what makes you happy.
  • When you sort through items this is done by category rather than by going from room to room. The thinking behind this is that similar items are likely to be scattered through the whole house and not confined to one room or space.
  • After getting rid of items you no longer love the next step is to ensure everything has a designated home.  This helps to avoid a clutter relapse and the overall concept is that putting things away should be easy and be able to be located easily when required.
  • Marie has quite a detailed and complex Konmari folding method that she shares for all pieces of clothing for perfect appearance.

So what do you think? Do you think you could follow these basic principles to get organised?

Good luck however if you feel this approach isn’t for you or you’d like some assistance get in touch.

 

So what is a digital estate?

In the past few years with my organising work I have become aware of the term ‘digital estate’ which is something that needs to be dealt with in today’s society before or after someone passes as we are surrounded by technology and social media.  If you stop and think about it so much of our lives and private information is now stored in the digital world.  Should something happen to you tomorrow would your family know how to access your digital information and be able to shut down your accounts, withdraw money or even access a simple thing like your phone?  

Every day, our online and digital presence grows and is more and more central to how we do business and interact with others.  The last thing you want to happen is if you are the person who manages all of this then for those left behind to struggle to function not only with out you but the vital information needed to access what they need.

Digital estate – what does it mean?

This term has been around now for a few years and refers to digital media and rights that can be inherited when someone passes.  These days most people usually have a digital presence of some form and often includes online accounts, passwords, contracts, receipts, medical information, banking/paypal, loyalty programs, digital images and videos, personal websites/domains and all different types of social media.  Should you own a business there is also all of theses things for that as well as things like intellectual property too.

A digital estate is not only our online presence but also data stored digitally on personal technology such as a phone or computer.  

What is digital estate planning?An image to demostrate a Digital Estate - includes an Image of iphone, ipad and keyboard

This refers to the process of organising your digital property and assets and then making arrangements for what should happen to that property after your death.  Not only does an estate plan provide awareness of what someone has but also provides the necessary information for them to be accessed. 

Another way of looking at it is that is is an invaluable roadmap that you leave behind for your loved ones to manager your digital life after you have gone.  It is also an opportunity tell your family what you want to happen to each account after you are gone.

So how does having a digital estate help my family should something happen to me?

By creating a digital estate plan it will help your family to:

  • find any online accounts you have
  • have passwords and information required to access those accounts or the information held by those accounts
  • see if your digital property has any financial value
  • distribute or transfer any digital assets as per your wishes
  • avoid someone stealing your identity which happens a lot these days.

These days only about 40-50% of the population are estimated to have a will and you can bet this number will be much lower when it comes to having a digital plan.

Starting your digital estate plan

Judith Kolberg, a professional organising colleague of mine from the US and author of Creating Your Digital Estate Plan, suggests compiling the following information for each of your accounts:

  • Name of the account
  • Account Number
  • Location – URL
  • User name
  • Password
  • Security question/s and answer/s
  • Current activity – what happens when i.e. gas bill is automatically debited from this account on a particular day of the month
  • Notes – this can include further information as well as what you want too happen to this account should you no longer be here.

How you actually go about your digital estate plan is naturally up to you and these days there are many ways of storing this information from putting it in a password protected spreadsheet to using one of many different Apps like LastPass.

What next?

Hopefully this BLOG gives you a bit of food for thought, if you haven’t already thought about it, to work out what digital assists you might have and should something happen to you would your family know what you had and how to access them.  If not then maybe it is time to do some digital estate planning.  

Don’t put it off thinking nothing will happen to me (naturally I hope it doesn’t) and start planing while you still can as the more you can do now to assist love ones at a time of need the better.

Should you still need assistance this is something I too can assist you with compiling so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

For more information here are a couple of useful websites or books to have a look at:

Maintenance is the key to being organised

I’m sure you have all heard ‘maintenance is the key to being organised‘ said on numerous occasions well believe me it is true!  As an organising expert it is something I regularly discuss when working with my clients and in workshops.

Maintenance is the keySo what does ‘maintenance is the key to being organised‘ really mean?  In my world it usually means that when one works hard to get themselves organised in any space at home or work then it is important not to undo all that hard work over time by not maintaining that space.  It is taking the time on a regular basis to put things away.  The last thing you want to do is for it to become overwhelming and out of order or control again.

Establishing a few daily and regular habits will help you maintain your space without if feeling like a chore.  A little effort can go a long way as you make your home or work space the haven you love and enjoy having less clutter around you each and everyday.

6 tips for maintaining and staying organised are:

  1. Everything in its place – first and foremost ensure all of your belongings have a designated home or storage space.
  2. Put everything away in it’s place – for example put the scissors away in the office drawer not just on the desk or put your clothes in the cupboard not on the chair or end of your bed.  Another example I like to use is washing in the corner of the room.  Believe me it is much easier to take it off the line, fold it and put it away than to do several loads an pile it up in the corner of the room.  In this instance you look at it and think oh no that will take me ages and then before long it just lives there and you end up getting out what you need.  I hear you say “but that’s okay” – well it might be for now but if you keep doing the same thing before long you end up with a pile of stuff that becomes overwhelming and you dread having to spend time on sorting through it and putting away again.  A bit of short term pain is worth long term gain!
  3. Deal with your mail/paperwork daily – process the mail regularly rather than put it in piles all over the place. If you need to put it in a pile have one designated pile and not multiple.
  4. Have a clear desk or place to work – start and end the day with a clear desk.  Take the 5-10 minutes to put or file things away at the end of the day.  You will feel much better starting the next day rather than arriving to a pile of papers.
  5. Create an evening pick up routine – this should be for everyone and could be daily or or if not do it at least do this once a week.  Set the clock for 10-15 minutes and spend time putting things away where they belong.  You will be amazed at how much organised your place is and feels if you do this.
  6. Don’t have spare empty containers lying around – often when we have spare containers around there is a tendancy to just put things in them ie a visitor is coming over so let’s just put everything into the box from the table and bench space.  This makes the space look good may look good but it creates more work and time needed in having to go through all of the stuff in the container.  Often these containers just get piled up and not dealt with too.  So rather than just putting some thing away in the first place you now have the additional task of having to sort through the items and still spend the time to put away anyway.  I can tell you this is a regular thing I see in clients homes – often things are dumped in bags, boxes, plastic tubs.  My suggestion to you is to remove these empty items so you are not tempted to just stuff things in.

Another simple analysis for what I am saying is “Do it now as later never comes”.  In other words it is better to do the 5 minutes of regular maintenance here and now than compared with the alternative in that it will take you longer to get back in control.

Which would you rather do – spend 5 minutes at the outset and put belongings away or take hours at a later time sorting and then putting away?  I know which one I would rather!

Move from busy to balanced

These days when you ask someone “how are you?” the standard answer has become ‘I’m busy’! I know I am often guilty of saying this and have been trying very hard in recent times to not inflict the business of my life at times onto others. What about you do you find yourself saying this too?

We all wear many hats and for some it can be a constant juggle between all of the different ones – mum, wife, business woman, business owner, friend, daughter, student, cleaner, cook and the list goes on. Sometimes things fall into sync with each other and we feel more balance where as at other times it seems that there are not enough hours in the day to possibly achieve what we need to get done.

So you might ask how does one achieve balance in our life or move from busy to balance? Ellen Faye, a professional organising colleague, based in the US, has an interesting theory that warrants some thought when it comes to trying to achieve balance. Her philosophy is that “life balance is so elusive so why not go for peace and harmony instead”.

balance imageSo why does life balance seem to be so elusive to us? The answer to this Ellen says is that it’s imaginary! No one is ever in equal balance so achieving balance all the time is a bit of a myth. Another way of looking at it Ellen explains is that ‘Life is more like a symphony where different parts are louder than others at different times, but when listening to it as a whole it is harmonic and beautiful’. Ellen also asks the question of whether it would be possible if you gave yourself permission to live in harmony and not strive for the perfect balance all the time?

This is some great food for thought and perhaps rather than trying to find that balance as is often talked about we should recognise that each day, month or week is never going to be the same and that is okay! Enjoy the times when your life does appear to be more in balance and perhaps when it isn’t just recognise it for what it is knowing that it won’t always be that way!

Here are 7 tips that might assist you to be more in balance more often:

  1. Learn to say no and don’t be afraid to – you often don’t need to give people excuses for not taking on that extra responsibility at work or baking for the school fete.  If you find this hard to do then start small with family and friends by saying no to little things.
  2. Things don’t have to be perfect – sometimes just getting something done is enough rather than waiting until it is perfect. Unfortunately we often cling to the notion that we can do it all perfectly and the truth is that some things just don’t have to be perfect.
  3. Let the little things go – these are usually the things that take energy and as another colleague of mine has referred to recently ask yourself – will this actually matter in 2 or 5 years time? More often than not the answer is no so why let it take time and worry you!
  4. Make time for yourself and have your non-negotiables – what is important to you? This could be exercise, sleeping, taking a bath, reading a good book – for me it is my weekly gym sessions (usually 3-5 a week). I am a much better person all round when I actually get to do this and it keeps all my other hats in balance too even when I am really busy. So make sure you know what yours are and schedule time for them.
  5. Take short breaks – We all need to recharge from time to time and sometimes just having a small break can be enough – grab a coffee, sit in the sun or even go for a quick walk.
  6. Delegate responsibilities to others – Chores are not just women’s work—they’re everyone’s work! Don’t try and be super woman and do it all yourself even though sometimes it might be easier. Giving your kids a schedule of daily chores won’t just lighten your load, it will also teach them a valuable lesson about the importance of everyone doing their part.
  7. Make things easier with a bit of planning and preparation – you can use lists to assist you with what you need to get done on a daily or weekly basis. Weekly meal planning can also assist rather than getting to that time of the day and then realising I now need to cook something for dinner and you may not have what you need. Prepare what you can the night before work or school so that it is less you need to do the following morning.

So which of these 7 are you going to try an implement in your life? Please don’t try and tackle all 7 at once but start with one or two and then over time implement others. You are more likely to have success this way rather than striving to achieve them all in one go.

Also remember the next time you find yourself answering to someone ‘I’m busy’ perhaps make an effort and find something different to respond with and that is a touch more positive! It could just be ‘I am well thanks what about you?’.

Good luck but remember balance will be there some days and not others!

For more information or if you would like some assistance with getting closer to a more balanced life then please get in touch to see how I can assist you or your family.

10 Common organising myths clarified

How often do you hear or read about tips and ideas on getting yourself organised? Information is everywhere and sometimes having too much information can be confusing and overwhelming.  Today I want to clarify and share with you 10 common organising myths so you can be aware and avoid them in your journey to become more organised.

 

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      1. Buying an organising product will get me better organised – in some cases this is correct however I usually advise that you don’t purchase such products until you declutter first. The reason I say this is that often people have not really thought about how a particular product may or may not work for them before they buy it.  When I visit clients for the first time they have often tried many different products and in most cases they are not being used and just adding to the clutter. More often than not they are in fact the wrong product for what they actually need!
      2. I don’t have enough space – this has actually only been the case in 2 or 3 homes that I have been in to date.  Usually clients might say or believe this to be true however it is often just a matter of reorganising the spaces to be more useful and effective.  On many occasions we often end up with more space too!
      3. Handle a piece of paperwork only once – this is a suggestion I often make to clients however is not always reality as at times some things need to be handled more than once.  Having said that in most cases things like junk mail, invitations to parties and mail often only need to be handled once and actioned at the same time.  The main bit of advice here is to avoid piling papers into a pile to be dealt with later and sometimes before you know it you have a very large pile which can be overwhelming to tackle. The other piece of advice is to have one designated place for your paperwork and not multiple which can be even more overwhelming.  Make 5 minutes each day to deal with paperwork to keep on top.
      4. Icon-CalendarBeing organised means you have to schedule and plan everything – not necessarily the case but it usually helps.  When thinking about getting organised and decluttering in the first place though it is important to have a plan and vision – many people just go about saying they want to get organised and declutter and jump right in.  It is best to have a plan and a vision for the space you are thinking about getting organised.  Have a think about the type of space you want and how it will be used.  Also rather than talking about doing it schedule time in your diary as you are more likely to take action and start to get organise.
      5. It takes too much effort to get organised – this can certainly seem to be the case in the beginning but by putting in an effort to get organised ultimately saves more time by not having to look for something as you know where it lives or spending more money buying the same product again because you can’t find it.  The truth is being organised takes less effort and time in the long run than being disorganised.
      6. Being organised means I have to be neat – this is not true as being neat doesn’t necessarily mean your are organised as one can be messy but organised too.  Organising is not about how it looks as much as how it works.  The main thing here is that you have some form of structured system in place that allows you to find what you need, when you need it and without too much effort.   What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for someone else. You need to find what works for you in order to achieve what you need to at home, whilst studying or at work.  Another point is your space does not need to look like a magazine picture, though it can if you like, ultimately it needs to be a space that suits and works for you.  (For more information you can read ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is‘)
      7. I might need it one day – also often referred to as ‘just in case’ – many people hold on to items just in case they might need it at some stage.  I’m certainly not saying get rid of all these items but want you to give thought to them rather than holding onto many such items that usually are taking up valuable space.  Be prepared to release and let go of things no longer needed or useful.
      8. TICK AND CROSSThere is a right and wrong way to get organised – there is no right or wrong way and it is very much about what works for you! I often say this to the students when I run workshops and clients.  It is about finding organisational methods that work for you in your daily life at home, school and work. It needs to reflect your priorities, schedule, responsibilities and lifestyle.
      9. Once I get organised I will stay organised – this won’t happen by itself and requires effort on your behalf.  Regular maintenance is the key so that the space does not go back to what it was like before. You need to devote 5-10 minutes regularly to putting items away where they belong.  Any new habit requires adjustment to become a regular thing and getting organised and staying organised is no different.  It is an on going process that you need to make the time for.
      10. Organising is easy and I can do it myself – whilst you might be able to clear some of the clutter yourself many people often struggle to know where to start or have emotional attachments to things and can’t let them go by themselves.

        This is where it is useful to ask someone to help, it could be a professional organiser like me, a friend or someone who has no attachment to your stuff and can be unbiased to assist you to make the decisions yourself.  Note the word ‘yourself’ as you need to decide what to get rid of or how you want to be organised and anyone who assists should be supportive and assist with the process rather than forcing you into making decisions. (To assist with making decisions on memorabilia this link might assist – https://organisingyou.com.au/2015/12/letting-go-of-sentimental-clutter/ )

So what will you do now – can you begin or continue your organising journey keeping this 10 organising ideas in mind?  What other organising myths are you aware of?  I’d love to hear from you!

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