I laugh that my first blog wasn’t about Organizing. Morning Person
The first couple of posts werent, but my intention was to create an organizing blog. My reasoning was that I could expand my business and presence to gain more business. (It has) I had no idea where this would lead (I gained a radio show from this.) I didn’t realize how much work it is. I have gotten so much pleasure from doing this. Thank you to my brother JR LeMar who is a longtime blogger himself . iblogalot He helped me set up this blog!
Niche blogs such as this one take a longer time to find and gain an audience. Luckily organizing affects EVERYONE, so marketing this hasn’t been a huge challenge. I have expanded to Life Coaching and Health issues. I have a guilty pleasure, the CBS TV Show Big Brother and i have done a few posts on the show and they got me big readership numbers.
Five years! Over 1110 posts, 95% original content from ME! I have guest bloggers now! Last year I launched my Super Organizer University! The radio show is on iheartradio
I look forward to seeing where this blog goes from here. I have made some changes and will make a few more! Thank you for reading and subscribing to this.
I am not a fan of the New Years Resolution. For me it has a negative association with not being serious or realistic. January 1st feels like a resetting and rebirth for many people. It is a chance to wrong your rights from the year before and start anew. Many people set a “resolution” and go hard the first couple of days or first couple of weeks and then go right back to the old behavior.
I’m about looking at the big picture and being honest with yourself. I am about setting some goals for the year.
I dont view the new year as new. I view each Jan 1st as a continuation of my journey. I don’t discount or try to erase what I did or did not do the year before. I look at it and learn from it. I will use parts of it to help me do better in the new year.
I set goals and give myself the whole year to accomplish them. I give myself permission to set my own pacing and if it takes ALL year , that is fine. Also I may not start Jan 2nd, I may start Feb 1st…and that’s okay.
The MAIN goal for me is always to affect change and create habits that will realistically improve my life. AS I say, small steps can lead to large rewards. I want things to STICK! And I give my permission to be human. There is no such thing as perfection!
I believe in all of you!!!
1- Some items may specifically be a great fit for a specific charity or cause. Give to them.
2- Give items to local school or church.
3- Give to friends or family you know could use them.
4- Homeless shelters
5- Women’s Groups that help women get on their feet again.
6- Goodwill/Salvation Army or any thrift store
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Downsizing is one of the most notable trends in real estate in recent years. Families both large and small have found a new freedom in living in spaces that are smaller, less expensive and require less upkeep. Storage can be a problem, but it isn’t insuperable. Whatever your reason for living in a small home environment, you can make it work by following a few strategies aimed at helping you make the most of the available square footage. Just remember that decluttering is the cardinal rule of compact living.
Purge ‘til it hurts
Most of us live amid objects we could live without. Some are possessions that have some sentimental value, and others might be things (like junk mail and loose papers) that accumulate so quickly we don’t even notice them. It’s essential to keep the clutter under control by purging as often as necessary. Start a system of organization that guides your approach to decluttering and home organization. Make files for essential papers so they don’t stack up and get lost in the shuffle.
Don’t be afraid to get rid of old invoices, credit card statements and loan offers, but be careful to shred anything with sensitive personal information. Purging consistently and indiscriminately is essential if you’re going to make living in a small space work. Don’t forget that you need to cover every square foot in your home, including the garage and basement, to stay organized.
Organize those closets
It’s easy to overlook your closet space. Closets tend to become dumping points for anything you don’t know what to do with but are hesitant to throw out. It’s important to break that habit, because closets are very important storage spaces when your home is on the small side. Purge any clothes that don’t fit well and keep seasonal clothing in storage. Use storage systems for shoes and any folded clothing that doesn’t fit in your drawers. Fit your children’s closets with bins for toys, books, CDs and anything else that could create a clutter problem in the closet.
If you live in a small home, you’re probably accustomed to turning rooms into multi-use spaces. It’s a smart use of square footage and often necessary to make compact living work. Your main living room can be “divided” into a den and a dining room with a couch or rectangular table separating the two. Set up your dinner table and chairs in one half, and your TV, stereo, gaming system and any other entertainment equipment in the other half of the room. It may be less than ideal, especially if you have kids who love to roughhouse indoors. On the plus side, this kind of layout places an emphasis on family togetherness.
Unfortunately, decluttering can’t solve all your problems. Sometimes, it’s necessary to get a little creative. A toddler’s bedroom may need to double as a home office, a space for your home computer, printer and any other equipment. A downstairs closet in or near the entryway might need to double as a food pantry, which can easily be done with an intelligent use of compact plastic shelving or built-in shelving.
Make use of bins
One of the worst things you can do in a tight living space is to try living with loose objects taking up valuable floor space. Plastic bins can help you get organized and maintain flow through your home by keeping those floors clear. Plastic bins are ideal for storing toys both downstairs and in bedroom closets. Many people use them to store extra shoes, boots, hats and coats they don’t want to give away or throw out.
Remember, purging is the single-most important thing you can do to keep a small living space comfortable, orderly and serene. Living among clutter makes it very difficult to stay organized and keep the entire family happy if you lack square footage, so be objective about your belongings and declutter as much as you can.