GIT Podcast #009 – How Best To Utilize A Professional Organizer When On A Budget

GIT Podcast #009 – How Best To Utilize A Professional Organizer When On A Budget

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GIT PodcastWhen hiring a professional organizer most people have a budget in mind or have a budget set. No matter what your budget is I discuss today some of the ways to best utilize the time you of the organizer and the money that you are investing.

You want to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to using a professional organizer. Because it is not a cheap endeavor, there are ways to get the help that you need and not waste time with things that you can do yourself or in between sessions. Listen in by clicking the button above. I also list some of the highlights below.

Show Notes:

Things To Do With A Professional Organizer: 

  • Help with making hard decisions.
    • Especially paperwork and clothes. Decisions are the reason that clutter happens. People put off making decisions so nothing happens. A Professional Organizer (PO) can help you by asking you the whys and why not and what’s the worst case scenario questions to help you make an informed decision on your things.
  • Help with coming up with a system.
    • One that fits with your personality and how you live your life today. Not a cookie cutter system that may or may not help you.
  • Help with implementing a system.
    • Getting started with your new system and checking to see if things are working or if we need to go back to the drawing board. Getting started is sometimes the hardest part. We give you that nudge that you need to get started on the right foot.
  • Help with choosing the right storage.
    • Instead of running out and getting whatever that strikes your fancy really taking stock of what you need and the types of things that will be stored.
  • Staying motivated. Accountability.
    • If the organizer gives you homework between sessions you will have someone to report back to and let them know what you have got done. Also if you are supposed to do something before the next session and it is not done that session can’t proceed until you do what you have said you would do. Most people once they get started are totally stoked and keep going on their own and can’t wait to show the organizer all that they have accomplished while they were gone.
  • On going maintenance.
    • You will do good to protect your investment by having regular on going maintenance check-ins from a PO. Whether this be quarterly or yearly is up to you. It can even be monthly. But in order to maintain any system you need to have a review of what is working and what is not working anymore. Checking in with a PO from time to time or signing up for a maintenance package with a PO will insure that you keep down the organized path and that you can spot problems in the system before they arise and get out of control again.

 Things To Do On Your Own:

  • Getting rid of obvious trash.
    • Food wrappers, empty boxes, etc.
  • Piling what you already have decided you are going to get rid of.
    • Go ahead and start a donate box either in your garage or by the door. You can be placing things that you know you want to part with in the box.
  • Homework that the organizer has assigned you after a session.
    • Sometimes you just need help getting started and pointed in the right direction. Other times you will be going room by room and you will have work to do to finish up before the next session.
  • Having other people get their stuff when it doesn’t belong in your house.
    • The more time I am spending on someone Else’s things that we both know don’t belong there or to you is less time I am spending on your stuff and addressing your needs and frankly that is letting others waste YOUR investment.

If you are ready to invest in yourself and your family and get your home organized click on our services page to see how we can help you Get It Together!. You are worth the investment!

GIT Podcast #008 – Buying Storage Bins: Cart Before Horse?

GIT Podcast #008 – Buying Storage Bins: Cart Before Horse?

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GIT PodcastWhen it comes to buying storage bins it would seem that we are putting the cart before the horse. Especially when people think that all you need to do to be organized is to buy some bins. That can not be any further from the truth. The first thing anyone should do before going out and getting bins is to clear the clutter. Listen to this weeks podcast to learn how to come up with a plan.

How To Organize Your Home Office In 5 Easy Steps

This week is Home Based Business Week. If you are like most home based businesses your home office is probably a little disorganized. Because you are so busy being both owner, accountant, secretary and all the other hats that a business has, you have probably neglected getting your space organized.

That’s okay. I’m going to show you 5 easy steps to organizing your home office that you can do with minimal time. All I’m going to ask you to do is set aside 30 minutes to 1 hour everyday to work on this very important task to get your home office in order. When your office is in order I am certain that you are going to see an increase in productivity which translates to your bottom line. So let’s get into it.

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5 Easy Steps To Organize Your Home Office

  1. Desk – The first area is your desk. Obviously this is the most important part of your home office besides your files and computer. Your desk is where you do most of your work and so you want that to be as organized as possible. Only have the essentials on your desk. I know it is tempting to get all of these decorative items to put on your desk but you must keep this to a very bare minimum. Your desk is for working and you want to have space to actually do that.
  2. Filing System – The next area you want to work on is your filing cabinet. If you don’t have a filing system set up then by all means set one up. You can get great tips by clicking here that I shared over on help-organize-life.com. To keep a handle on files I like to schedule a time of the year to do purging. Also you want to take about 1 hour every week or less looking through your files and seeing what can go and what can stay.
  3. Mail – For your mail you want to have a catchall basket, not a huge one either, where you put all incoming mail. This can be placed near your front door. Then when you have time that day go through and act on each piece of mail. Throw away junk, shred sensitive items and file the rest. If you need to do an action on a piece of mail then write it down on your to do list or calendar and put the mail in your pending action file on your desk.
  4. Calendar – Your calendar is not just for keeping you on schedule. Use your calendar to log important task that you need to do that day. It doesn’t matter if you use a paper calendar or electronic or both. Just get into the habit of referring to your calendar at the beginning of everyday so that you will stay on track. If you use more than one calendar make sure that you sync them. I use Google calendar as well as a paper based calendar to log my blogging duties. I also like to have my calendar in monthly mode because I like to see the big picture.
  5. Computer – Your computer is just as important as your desk and your files, so keep it organized too. You can read my tips to get your computer organized here.

I hope that these tips help you to make the most of running your home based business and keeping your home office in order. For more home office organizing quick tips check out my article at help-organize-life.com where I share my home office story.

Until next time…

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