How Do You Do a Seasonal Switch in Less Than 30 Minutes?

It’s hard to know the right day to put summer clothes into storage and bring out the winter clothes. For me, I thought that day was today. Turns out, it’s gorgeous! Still I don’t think I’ll need my sandals and shorts tomorrow.

As a professional organizer, who finds himself inside many people’s homes, I know this is a task that tends to get put off, sometimes all season! Part of the problem is, that this seems like a task that will take a long time, maybe half a day. Here are some tips for getting through the seasonal switch FAST.


What’s YOUR Revelation?

One of our greatest obstacles is overcoming the suspicion that Professional Organizers are shysters who have figured out a way to get paid from making you throw out all your stuff. Not true. Our focus is not on throwing everything out. The fact is, our focus is on what you are KEEPING and how much, and why, and where it’s all going to go. How do we get the best results? It does NOT come from us telling you what you MUST do, but from creating an environment, where you make your OWN revelations. We do this every day, but in this post, I want to share one of our most beautiful examples.

Gray Away

So what does hair coloring and organizing have to do with each other? Organizing is never as simple as black or white, keep or toss. There is a lot of gray that must stay, but must be stored away.

We’ve all been there. We can’t take that cluttered room anymore, so we go in with a trash bag and start tossing the old periodicals, the empty component boxes, but then we get stuck on a half finished craft project, the old documents, the expensive gift we never liked,

Back To School Organizing

This time of year, some things automatically go on the to do list. Stock up on school supplies? Check. Sign up for after school activities? Check. Back to school clothes? Check. You might also want to consider these five organizing tips to reduce the stress in your family’s routine, for the new school year.

Categories For A Power Sorting

My wonderful clients know I have one simple rule at the Decision Table: “Nothing stays on the table.” When sorting a large quantity of stuff, it is important to recognize that EVERYTHING has a category and, therefore, a plan forward. Some categories, like “toss” and “donate” are obvious, but to keep the momentum going, you need more options. Here are a few.

Attic Attack

As you put your Christmas decorations away for another year, you may be seeing a lot of your attic and you may not like what you see. The attic is often the last room one organizes in the home because it is so out of sight, out of mind. It can, however, be one of the most useful and comforting …

Containers Last

To choose organizing systems that are actually going to keep you organized, you must first decide on the QUANTITY of items you’re going to keep. This approach makes me a bit of a spoil-sport with my new clients. They’re excited about the prospect of organizing and it starts with the question: ”Ooh, what containers do you recommend I buy?” I …

Find It Or Lose It

If you don’t have a plan for finding an item, you should get rid of it. This is a modification of the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule, which may be more poetic, but is too extreme. There are plenty of things we may have good reason to keep, but may have no intention of using. For example, we like to surround ourselves with attractive or fun …

Homes for Orphan Items

If keeping a tidy home or office seems hopeless, part of the reason may be that not EVERYTHING has a home.  Some categories are obvious – clothes go to the closet, books go to the bookshelf, and used coffee cups go to the kitchen sink – but what about  that spare switch plate? After years of organizing homes and offices, …

Sentimental Roadblocks

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, February 2008 Sentimental Roadblocks  Perhaps the most important reason I got into Organizing is because I have found it to be the most important ingredient in accomplishing goals.  Being organized means being ready.  It means living in the moment and being able to take those important steps forward into a brighter future.  When …