Here’s How To Turn Your Resolutions into Reality … Tips From A Professional Organizer

By Heidi Solomon P.O.S.H.

Habits that align your behavior and decisions with your life goals are the main differentiator between those who reach their goals and those who don’t. Whether these are personal or professional goals find the habits that work for you and stick with them.  It’s the baby steps every day that truly make a difference in the long run.  Here are a few ways to either form habits and/or keep moving forward to make your dreams a reality.

Have a Plan

A goal without a plan is simply a wish. With a plan you have direction, focus and clarity. Trying to make progress without a plan is like moving through quicksand blindfolded. Not only are you stuck but you are unable to clearly find a way out. Plans do not have to be complicated. They can simply be a starting date, an ending date and a few steps to reach your goal. If that seems daunting, start with daily plans. Today I will do “X,” tomorrow I will do “Y.” An effective strategy is to take an hour each Sunday to plan the week ahead. Decide what you are going to do and when. As the week unfolds, tweak your plan to maximize efforts and keep you moving forward. read more

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

By Susan Stone http://susanstoneorganizing.com/

How much do I love my organizing tools? Let me count the ways! I had a hard time narrowing down my personal list of favorite organizing tools so I decided that I had to limit myself to ten “must-haves” that go above and beyond the call of duty on a regular basis.

This list could go on and on – but here are my top 10:

  1. Smartphone – This is my hands-down “if you could have one thing on a deserted island” choice. From using the apps for visual time reminders to those that help you get off junk mail my phone is my #1 organizing tool.
  1. Brother Label Maker – This handy sized label maker is always in my bag (along with extra batteries and tape cartridges). No matter what you need to label – the crisp type gives a professional, clean, and organized look.
  1. Staples’ ARC Notebook System – This note-taking and paper calendar system allows you to move pages around with ease and is customizable for your needs.
  1. Command Hooks – Hang just about anything without leaving a hole in the wall. Great for going vertical, I love to have a selection of sizes on hand.
  1. NeatDesk Desktop Scanner and Digital Filing System – If you’re interested in making your life paper-free, this is a worthwhile investment.
  1. Banker’s Boxes – Essential for sorting items, easy to move and store, and great as a temporary hanging file holder.
  1. Colored sticky notes and black sharpies – I love using the bright colored stickies for labels, reminders, and so much more.
  1. Matching velvet hangers – Using these makes not only makes a closet look more organized, but their thinness gives you more space. I use black for my current clothes and red ones for new items that I’m still considering so that they grab my attention before the “return by” date hits.
  1. 3-ring binders and page protectors – These are wonderful for storing and organizing recipes, stuff torn out of magazines, warranties, and other bits and pieces of info. The page protectors are great forholding onto odd-size papers.
  1. Ziploc Plastic Bags – From snack size to XXL ventilated storage bags, these are great for corralling stuff everywhere – from purses to workshops.

About Susan

Susan Stone is a Certified Organizing Coach and Certified Professional Organizer who helps over-stressed and over-whelmed people create order in their lives to make room for joy. read more

NAPO New England Go Month Event 2012

Napo New England will be teaming up with IKEA Stoughton on Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 11am to 3pm for an exciting event! NAPO-NE’s Get Organized (GO) Month event 2012 will be part of IKEA’s national Bring Your Own Friend event.

On this day, IKEA, The Life Improvement Store, will be hosting their nation-wide, in-store BYOF event. This event is to encourage IKEA’s current customers and Facebook Fans to come to their local store, bringing along a friend, and experience a special day of shopping, free giveaways and inspiration. The event will include: read more

Moving Tips for the Apartment Dweller

So, you’ve found that perfect apartment! Now it’s time to pack up and move.

Here are a few things to think about before you hire a mover or rental truck:

  • Plan ahead! Start a notebook with the information you need to keep on schedule and ensure an easy move. Include information like dates to turn off and turn on utilities, notify the post office and significant others of the change in address,
    and arrange to sell, donates, or give away unneeded stuff. And don’t forget the most important part – reserve a truck or movers, ask friends, family, or other strong backs to reserve moving day to help you (this part can be tricky).
  • Do you have large pieces of furniture? Will you be able to move them yourself or will you need to ask friends for help? Plan far ahead for that rental truck, dolly, and/or movers. During peak moving times (September 1st in Boston), you may be out of luck on moving day.
  • If you have a tricky place to move out of (i.e. 3rd floor walk up), be sure to create a “plan-of-action.” How many flights of stairs do you have to climb? Do you have an elevator? Be sure to figure out HOW you plan on maneuvering that 6 foot couch down 3 flights of stairs.
  • Create a floor plan for you new place before you get there. Do some space planning to make sure that you have a spot for everything. If you’re sharing an apartment, check with your roommate about what they have room for or need. Two sectional sofas will not fit!
  • Purge! Purge! Purge! Get real and move only what you need, use, and love. There is no need to spend more and waste more time moving stuff you don’t need. Donate clothing, linens, kitchen stuff, and furniture to your favorite charities. You can also give them away on Freecycle, or sell them on Craigslist.
  • Make sure you have enough boxes in an assortment of sizes. Don’t use boxes that are so big that you can’t move them when full. To find free boxes, check out your local liquor store, Costco or BJ’s, or even friends and neighbors. Use see-through Rubbermaid or Sterilite containers for things that will be stored.
  • Label all your boxes. This will make unpacking a whole lot easier.
  • Have a fun and happy moving day and reward yourself when the move in complete!

Resources:

Books: library, used book stores, cash4books.com, or sellbackyourbook.com

Electronics: sell or trade in your cell phones and computers at wireflytradeins.com or tigerdirect.com

Furniture: check out nationalfurniturebank.com for local furniture banks that pick up.

Linens: find a local animal shelter like the MSPCA to get rid of linens

Movers: Marathon Movers, www.marathonmoving.com, (888) 673-4107, info@marathonmoving.com read more