Archive for the ‘Office Organizing’ Category

Change Seasons, Change Space

Posted on: September 1st, 2019 by Open Space Organizing

 

As summer draws to a close and the weather begins to turn, I feel motivated to make adjustments in my home space.  Sometimes it’s a closet refresh, sometimes a maneuvering of furniture, sometimes the beginning of a whole new chapter.  In the Chicago area, the change in seasons from summer to fall can mean a big change in the weather. It’s now time to pull out the scarves, sweaters and boots!  During this time of year, when we swap our summer wardrobes for fall and winter, it is also a wonderful opportunity to purge some of the items you aren’t deeply in love with anymore.  A fun fall idea to motivate your purging is to have a wardrobe, purse or jewelry swap with friends!  Purge your items, and swap for something new – costs you nothing, and gives you a fun night out with friends!

 

The best part about fall for me – BACK TO SCHOOL!  The school supplies, crisp air, and renewed feeling of learning always excites me!  However, for little kids, adjusting to a new school routine and staying organized can be tricky.  Routines can be so helpful with this. Having the same wake up time every day, setting aside time for homework every day at the same time, having a place for backpacks to hang and reminders to hang them there – everyday.

 

Students need a homework station – and even in the smallest of spaces, this can be accomplished.  Having a clear space with a jar for pens, pencils, rulers, glue, etc. is really all that’s needed.  But it needs to be clutter-free and removed from distractions like phones, TV and games.

 

Create a space for backpacks for school as well as activity bags for sports, teams, etc. In the mudroom, or garage are great places for these!  Use your vertical space and 3M hooks to hang bags in neat order!  When it’s game-time, you can just grab and go!

 

MARCH FREEBIES!

Posted on: March 17th, 2019 by Open Space Organizing

March 2019 only!  Contact us for details!

Simplify So Your Office Functions For You

Posted on: March 3rd, 2019 by Open Space Organizing

10 home office organizing tips!

  1. Purge paper into the system of three: shred/toss, file or take action.
  2. Put into use a color coded filing system. Here’s how we like to do it:
    Green – Financial
    Red – Medical
    Orange – Personal
    Yellow – Insurance
    Blue – House
  3. Create a Mail Station. In order to maintain control of the paper coming into the home office, create a mail station. Make a folder for incoming and outgoing mail, mail to file, bills and a folder for every family member. As soon as the mail comes in, file it in the mail station. Then once a week, take a few minutes and go through each folder.
  4. Printing station – space for printer and supplies to live
  5. Store in containers – office have lots of little things like paperclips, tape, staples, etc. They are easier to find when they’re in their own container, inside a drawer or box.
  6. Use a label maker! Because, you all know my love for labels, it makes it simple to find what you need, and put it back when you’re finished.
  7. Categorize:
    1. Stickies (sticky notes, tabs, stickers, etc.)
    2. Tools (straight cutter, staple, staple remover, hole puncher)
    3. Budget (checkbook, calculator, bill calendar)
    4. Writing Tools (markers, pens, pencils)
    5. Mail (envelopes, stamps, address labels)
    6. Labeling (labeler and label tape)
  8. Organize books: keep books so you can easily find them. Sort by color, title, author, or subject. It’s your library – you get to choose!
  9. Life binders: grab-and-go in case of emergency:
    Medical
    Pet
    Auto
    Manuals
    House
    Personal
  10. Wall space: hang filing systems, whiteboards, calendars, shelving, etc. save space by going vertical!!

Peaceful places, Productive spaces

Posted on: February 5th, 2019 by Open Space Organizing

 

Welcome to February, organizers!  (Yes, I think all of us are organizers, in our own way.)

 

February is the time to stay inside and rethink the resolutions we made more than a month ago.  Haven’t kept with yours?  According to an article I recently read in The Independent, January 12 was the day most of us gave up.

 

Why, you may ask?  In my opinion, our goals are too big, and generally unattainable.  “I’m getting my WHOLE HOUSE cleaned up TODAY!”  Is just not usually going to happen. So, today, our focus is on SMALL places we can get organized in one Saturday afternoon.  Such as, your pantry.

 

The pantry is by far the “closet” we use the most.  We are in there between three and ten times a day!  Per person in our house!  How much time can we save just by making our pantry so it’s easier to find things, our food is stored in a way that keeps it fresh.  So, this month, with every purchase of organizing hours, you’ll receive your choice of jars or containers to help get your pantry working for YOU!

Open Your Space; Declutter

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 by Open Space Organizing

Declutter your way to Open Space

 

Decluttering is the Number One tool to use to open up your space, save your sanity and organize your home, office, car, schedule and life. Without it no amount of putting like with like, labeling, straightening, binning or tidying will make sense or make much of a difference in decreasing your stress or increasing your efficiency. The trouble with too many items in a space is no matter how you have stacked it or arranged it you will need to keep moving it and rearranging it in order to find, or get to anything. You will waste precious time again and again. The average person spends 25 minutes each and every day looking for lost items. Is that how you want to spend your time?

Why can it be so hard to let go of items? There are 2 common reasons.

Fear of the future can be related to feelings of anxiety. Will I have enough and will I have what I need when I need it? If these are your thoughts and fears acknowledge them. Is your fear realistic? Is your fear exaggerated? Consider the what ifs. What if I got rid of my paper plate collection and then needed a paper plate? What would I do? Well…you could use a regular plate, or use the good china, or go to the store and buy some new paper plates, or borrow paper plates from a neighbor who has a surplus. The point is most items can be replaced and storing a surplus can take up space which can be better used.

Difficulty letting go of the past is typically about attachment to events, memories and people who are gone. The things you are saving become representative of that person or event and can become extremely hard to let go of due to feelings of grief, loss and sometimes guilt. The memorabilia can be heirlooms/antiques or common items. Also within this category are pictures which can be a decluttering challenge unto themselves. The question is how can you honor a memory without being buried in stuff?

Tips to declutter an area:

  1. Take black and white pictures of the area. Then step away. After a break come back and look at the pictures. Black and white pictures can help you to see your space and items in a different light, assisting you to see the piles and clutter with fresh eyes.
  2. Consider how you would like to use the area. Will it be a craft room, an office, a play room, etc.? How much space will you need, how much space do you have, what items belong in
    the space and what does not fit? What needs to happen in the area to make it more
    functional?
  3. Approach the area you have designated to declutter with a mindset to purge and make
    space. Make a commitment and set your priorities here. Do you want to store Aunt Martha’s
    doll collection or do you want to make a space that you can use!
  4. Begin to remove items that are broken, out of date/out of style, no longer used, no longer
    necessary or you have multiples of.
  5. Set up boxes/bags/containers for sorting items to be tossed, donated, recycled, or kept. If
    possible gather together all of one item and pick the best of the bunch. For example, gather all your baseball hats and pick one or two favorites.
  6. If you are doubting whether you need to keep it or toss it, err on the side of tossing it. Repeat over and over to yourself, I deserve space…I deserve space…I deserve space! If you
    accidentally toss something and then need it or want it later chances are pretty good you can obtain it again.

*** Remember to effectively declutter you must be ruthless! Really look at what you use, what
you need, how you want to use your space and how much space you actually have!!

Begin your decluttering process, open your possibilities and contact Open Space Organizing to get started!
630-453-2582
Cathy@openspaceorganizing.com