Eliminate Residential Chaos
Eliminate Residential Chaos




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In this issue

  • Featured Article:  Choosing to Live Organized in 2006
  • Quick Tip:  Remove Your Name from Sweepstakes Mail
  • Product Sale - FREE Tips Book!
  • Book Signings:  Schedule for Eliminate Chaos...The 10-Step Process to Organize Your Home & Life
  • IKEA Seminars:  Schedule for 2006-2007
  • Upcoming Classes:  Eliminate Paper Chaos
  • Product Review:  Family Facts Family Life Organizer & Planner
  • Media News:  Real Simple Spotlight and Seattle PI Article

Feature Article:  Choosing to Live Organized in 2006

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to “get organized?” If it was, you’re not alone. “Getting Organized” is one of the top three resolutions consistently set each year.
Setting a New Year’s resolution is great, but “keeping” the resolution and acting upon it is even better!  How are you doing with your New Years Resolution?  Rather than setting a resolution, perhaps what we should set are “intentions.” For example, the “intention to live an organized life.” 
Organization is not a “one size fits all” approach. In fact, there is no right or wrong way to organizing. Rather, organizing is about creating and maintaining systems that work for you – each day. Living an organized life is a lifestyle choice and you can choose the style that works best for you.
Organizing is a process, not an event. The chaos and clutter you may be experiencing did not magically appear yesterday and unfortunately it will not disappear tomorrow. The good news is – the clutter and chaos that was acquired over many years can be eliminated quicker than it was accumulated! Because organizing is a “process”, you will need to work at it each day to help keep the clutter away. Organizing is not going to be a “quick fix” to a lifestyle of chaos and clutter. Instead the daily maintenance that you work at will be the most important step in any organizing system. Without it, the system will break down and your once organized kitchen, closet or garage may quickly become cluttered again. 
It is often helpful to compare “losing weight and getting in shape” to “getting organized.” You “chose” to loose weight because you will look better, feel better and overall, it is just better for your health. You go on a diet, you work out and the weight starts to come off. You feel great and you look great.  But, in order to maintain that new weight and stay healthy, you need to maintain this new weight, otherwise the weight you lost, finds you again. Guess what? Clutter is really no different. You organize your home and you begin to feel less overwhelmed and more in control of your life. Just as with the weight loss, if you do not maintain it, the clutter can begin to reappear.
Often times people are so overwhelmed by their surroundings that they simply do not know where to start, so they never begin. It is much better to start small and do something, than to do nothing at all.
So, where do you start? I offer two suggestions. You may want to start with something small or start in an area that has been bothering you. Either way you chose, you want to be able to see your progress and have a feeling of accomplishment. 
Starting small is a great way to feel a sense of accomplishment! You can start with one junk drawer, a stack of papers, one shelf or even your sock drawer. Or, if you prefer to start in an area that really bothers you, the project may be larger, but you can always break the area down into smaller pieces that you can work on over a period of time.
Either route you chose to take, you may want to use the following 10-Step Process. 
  1. Dedicate time
  2. Gather supplies
  3. Establish a staging area
  4. Sort
  5. Purge and Eliminate
  6. Group “like” items together
  7. Examine your space
  8. Shop
  9. Install product
  10. Maintain
Notice that shopping is step 8. This is where a lot of people get into trouble. It is difficult to shop for product until you know what it is that you really want to organize and you know how much space you have for the organizational items you purchase.    The other area where this process tends to break down is in not keeping focused on the task at hand.
Here is a brief description of each step.
Dedicate time: If you simply say, I’ll get organized “someday,” someday will never come. You need to plan for this and schedule the time.
Gather Supplies: No, this is not the shopping step, it is the step that you gather the garbage can, recycling bin or boxes for items you will be eliminating!
Establish a Staging Area: If the area you’re working in is small, spread out into another area where you can temporarily use the space for the next step - sorting.
Sort: Your goal is to sort your items into groups of “like” items so that you can see the quantity in each area.
Purge and Eliminate: During the sorting process, you will more than likely run across items you no longer treasure and can eliminate them – either by donating, selling, recycling or pitching!
Group “like” items together: Most likely you started this already in step 4.
Examine your space: Is there enough space for what you are organizing? Do you need to take measurements of the area so you can look for organizing products or systems?
Shop: And you thought you’d never get to this step! The best part of organizing! Time to shop for products or systems that will be installed to help contain your groups of “like” items. Don’t forget to take a list with you, including measurements!
Install Product: This could be as simple as putting things in a new container, or slightly more time consuming when it comes to installing a new closet organizing system.
Maintain: The 5-10 minutes each day it takes to ensure your new organization systems continue to work for you and your family.
As you are working through this process, you want to establish a “home” for everything you have. Once you have done this, it is important to review your new organizational systems with all family members. After all, you don’t want your hard work to go to waste!
This process will work for you whether you want to organize one junk drawer, a stack of papers, one room or your entire home. When you are done, give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done, or better yet, treat yourself to something, such as a movie, lunch with a friend or a massage! Notice I didn’t list anything that would add any additional clutter!
Tips for Maintaining Your Organizing Systems
  1. Dedicate time daily.
  2. Involve your children at a young age and let them participate.
  3. Spend time at least twice a year going through each room in your home and eliminate items you know longer use or treasure.
  4. Set a policy with yourself that when one new item comes into the house, one existing item leaves the home.
  5. Purchase things that serve a purpose in your life and that you have a place for.
  6. Resist feeling guilty because you are letting go of something – it served a purpose for a period of time and the clutter may be costing you more in other ways than the actual item.

Quick Tip:  Remove Your Name from Sweepstakes Mail

When you register to win a prize or sweepstakes, you're also requesting that your name be added to mailing lists used by other sweepstakes promoters.  You can request that your name be removed from these lists by contacting them.  The best way to reduce the number of sweepstakes mailings you receive, of course, is to not participate in the first place.

To remove your name from Publisher's Clearinghouse, write to:

101 Channel Drive - Port Washington, NY  11050

Phone:  800.645.9242 (8:30 am to 8:30 pm EST)

Additional information such as this is available in my book "Eliminate Chaos."

A table of contents can be viewed by clicking on the cover of the book at www.eliminatechaos.com

Product Sale:  FREE Tips Book!

Purchase your copy of "Eliminate Chaos...The 10-Step Process to Organize Your Home & Life" and receive a FREE copy of the tips book "Eliminate Chaos...In Your Home" - with over 150 tips for Home Organization for all areas of your home.

Click Here to Purchase both for just $19.95 plus S&H:  www.eliminatechaos.com

Book Signings:  Schedule for August - October

At each of the events listed below, I will give a brief talk about my latest book:  alt

Eliminate Chaos...The 10-Step Process to Organize Your Home & Life, Sasquatch Books

August 30, 2006:  Ballard Library - Ballard, WA   6:00 - 9:00pm

September 16, 2006:  Barnes & Noble - Pacific Place, Downtown Seattle, WA  1 - 2:30pm

October 5, 2006:  Barnes & Noble - University Village, Seattle, WA  7 - 8:30pm

Additional Book Signings and Readings are in the process of being scheduled - check our website often for a location near you.

IKEA Seminars - Seattle Schedule for 2006-2007

September 2, 2006 - Eliminate Chaos®...In Your Office

November 11, 2006 - Eliminate Chaos®...During the Holidays

February 17, 2007 - Eliminate Chaos®...In Your Closet

Three additional IKEA Seattle Seminars are in the process of being scheduled for the 2006-2007 year.  I will list these in the August newsletter.

Access our complete Seminar & Class schedule by clicking on the following link:


Upcoming Class

November 2nd - Eliminate Paper Chaos

Time:  6:30 - 9:00 pm

Location:  Discover U - Seattle, WA

Investment:  $44 + $5 (optional for class handouts)

Register:  206.365.0400

For Class Description; click:  https://www.discoveru.org/classes/detail.cfm?CID=2073

Product Review:  Family Facts Family Life Organizer & Planner

The Family Facts Family Life Organizer & Planner is a unique tool that helps busy families streamline their planning, contain paper clutter and safeguard important school, health, home and auto information all in one place!  The stylish, sturdy binder is filled with folders, pouches and business card holders to contain all of those miscellaneous pieces of paper along with over 100 sheets to collect necessary information  The 16-month calendar (which starts in August) comes with stickers to help you remember important appointments and events. This award-winning system helps you know where to put information, and more importantly, find the information quickly when you need it.

We have personally given this binder to our organizationally challenged family members in order to help eliminate their chaos.  They found that in addition to the Family Life Organizer & Planner being easy and fun to use, that it made a positive difference in their life.

The Family Life Organizer & Planner sells for $19.95 and is available at Barnes & Noble bookstores as well as online at www.family-facts.com  Accessories and refill pages are available at the online store.


Media News:  Real Simple Spotlight and Seattle PI Article

Real Simple:  In the October issue of Real Simple, some of my kitchen tips will be featured! 

Seattle PI Article Featured:  Kitchen Organization: When everything has a place, it's easier to put everything in its place.  To read the article, click on the following link:



Best Regards - and Happy Organizing,





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  • Business Services
    • Paper Flow and Information Management
    • Workspace Organization and Space Planning
    • Productivity Assessments
    • Microsoft Business Contact Manager
    • Microsoft Exchange Migrations
  • Visit our business services site