January is National Get Organized Month Did you know that January is "National Get Organized Month?" It makes sense since so many people set a resolution of "getting organized" in the New Year – making it one of the top five resolutions set each year. Are you wanting to make 2015 the year you live in a more organized home or work in a better organized and more productive office? If so, read on to learn about the questions you need to ask yourself – FIRST – before embarking on your 2015 organizing journey. What is Your Definition of Organized? Before you start any organizing project (and certainly before any shopping for organizing product!) it's important to know what your definition of organized is. You can run to your trusty Webster's Dictionary or click on Wikipedia and look up the word, but the definition you should be looking for is your definition. Ask yourself the question: "What does organization look like in my life?" Living in an organized home and enjoying a life that is less chaotic might mean that you can invite someone over on a whim, or that you just need your office organized enough so you can find stamps when you need them. Everyone's definition will be different.
What are Your Organizing Goals for 2015? Once you've defined what being organized looks like for you, I suggest you start creating a list of specific organizing goals. What do you really want and need to accomplish this year? What can you realistically accomplish? If you defined being organized as being able to find the stamps in your office, maybe you set a goal of creating a designated space to process your mail and bills. You could put envelopes and stamps there and never have to search for them again. Notice the goal wasn't to completely overhaul the entire office making it look like something out of a Martha Stewart magazine! If you think of it as one huge project, it can and will feel overwhelming. See the examples below to see how setting specific organizing goals can help you chip away at those projects that seem too overwhelming or difficult to start.
Big overwhelming project: Have the most beautiful, stylish and organized office I've ever seen. Specific goals you could set: 1. Create a space to process mail and bills. 2. Have all office supplies contained and easily accessible. 3. Separate personal and business paperwork. 4. Get rid of old tax paperwork.
Big overwhelming project: A complete overhaul of closet and wardrobe. Specific goals you could set: 1. Get all items off of the floor. 2. Organize over-stuffed dresser drawers. 3. Remove all wire hangers and return them to the dry cleaner. 4. Sort and group clothing by type and color.
Organizing is a process, not an event What if you accomplish all of the goals you've set for an area of your home in one day? Congratulations! Celebrate a job well done - latte anyone?) Remember, if you don't maintain the new structure or systems you've set up for the area, you will be back to square one in no time. The key is on-going maintenance at specific intervals that are needed for each area of your home. What if you accomplish all of your goals and realize you need or want more? Keep going! Just because you've accomplished all of the things you initially thought would make your space function better for you doesn't mean you can't keep perfecting it. In fact, many people don't even realize the possibilities of a space until they get it to a baseline level of organization. I think you're ready to get started with your Get Organized Month activities. Good luck!
Here's to a happy, healthy, organized 2015!
FREE Organizing Seminar – January 26 in Issaquah, WA
Eliminate Chaos: The 10-Step Process to Organize Your Home and Life Date: Monday, January 26, 2015 Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Place: Issaquah Library | Meeting Room Address: 10 West Sunset Way - Issaquah Investment: FREE Sponsor: Issaquah Library Given by: Julie Heijster, Sr. Organizing Specialist
Laura’s Talks about Move Prep and Downsizing on Northwest Real Estate Connections
Listen HERE as Laura chats with David and Patricia Wangsness on their weekly radio show Northwest Real Estate Connections – as she shares her insider secrets of how to prepare and have a successful and stress-free move!
Facebook Tip of the Day
To celebrate "Get Organized Month" this month, we are featuring a "tip of the day" on our Facebook page. If you don't already "LIKE" our page; please click HERE to "LIKE" it and feel free to let us know if there are any tips you are looking for! You never know what we are going to post, or what freebees we may offer!
Tip of the Month: Store Emergency Contact Info on Your iPhone
If your iPhone has the "Health" app, this is the perfect place to store your ICE information. ICE = In Case of Emergency. If you are ever in an accident, this information will be stored on the "lock screen" of your phone, without having to unlock it.
In the Health app, go to the "Medical ID" section and add information about: • People you want contacted in case of an Emergency (by selecting their phone number, and emergency responder just has to touch the phone number to place the call) • Medical Condition and Notes • Allergies & Reactions • Medication • Height and Weight • Blood Type • Organ Donor Information
If you haven't already set this information up, stop what you are doing – and do this NOW!
If you don't have this app on your iPhone, you might what to look at another app, such as ICE Standard with Smart911. If you don't have an Android, try ICE by Appentive.