Thursday, March 25, 2010

Time Management Presentation

Today I gave a presentation called I Don't Have Time for Time Management to members of the Society for Design Administration. What a wonderful group! So much energy in that room. We covered topics like the Myths of Time, Why are we Time Disorganized, and Rules for Conquering Time. We did a couple of exercises, one of which invoved making decisions quickly as to where things that come to your desk or desktop should go. The group participated and a lot of fun was had. I enjoy giving these presentations and if you know of a group who meets monthly or quarterly and is looking for presentations have them contact me.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Livingroom Closet revisited

Last weekend I reworked my living room closet. It was a very low budget rework. I took everything out of my closet and sorted like with like. I knew I wanted my closet to look neat and I wanted to be able to find and get to items easily.
I have a large full grab-and-go bag and a backpack for geocauching in the closet. The grab-and-go bag had been on a nail and the backpack was usually sitting on the floor. I also had an old handbag that was holding a GPS system and a walking pole I use when geocauching. I wanted these items to hang and be easy to reach.
I looked at Home Depot for hanging rack systems. The closet ones all seemed too flimsy for the heavy, bulky items that I wanted to hang. My eye was caught by a hanging system meant to go in a garden area to hold shovels and other tools. "Why not?" I thought.
It works perfectly. You can see it on the right of the picture.
I also wanted to make the shelf look more attractive and be able to find and reach my most used items easily. I bought 3 baskets at Home Depot. Two are on the shelf and one on the floor to replace the ratty box the cats like to hide in. I sorted and put the items in the baskets on the shelf with the two most used items (my dance shoes and my purse) on the top of each basket. I just need to reach up and grab those items. Both baskets have labels on them. I made the labels from old name holders from conferences. I had 3 bags I use for overnight visits or for carry on. I put 2 bags inside the third one and they are on the shelf on the left. I have some nice paper bags with handles beside them. I use those for items I want to send home with friends.
My wrapping paper remains in the closet but I took the cover off so that the bags could hang above it easily. My yoga mat is behind the paper but easy to reach.
I have been using the system for the last 5 days and it seems to work very well.
I would love to hear about any innovative ways you have set up your closets.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Clean out your closet week

The third week in March is "Clean out your closet" week. (The first week in March was National Procrastination week- but I put off too long to talk about that.)
Since this month, my zone is the living room I am going to clean out my living room coat closet. One of the things that bugs me the most is the way the shelf looks. I also don't like the way my overnight/carry on bags are stored or the backpack on the floor. The box on the floor does not look great either but that is the box the cats retreat to when they want to hide or sulk so it will have to stay. I would like my closet to look neat and well.....organized. I want to feel that all items are at my fingertips and not crowded.
My closet is used to store outerwear- coats, sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves; emergency equipment- a flashlight and my grab and go bag; geocaching materials - the backpack, the walking stick, and GPS; keys- for neighbors and for locked windows; bags- both the 2 good cloth ones I use for travel, a net one for sending items home with friends, and some good paper bags with handles; the cat hiding box; and wrapping paper/ribbon.. I feel that all of these items make sense in this closet and will stay.
Saturday, I plan to take all the items out of the closet, sort like items with like items, and wash the interior of the closet. I plan to look for containers for some of the items on the shelf and perhaps a hook for the backpack. I plan to complete this small project in one day.
As with any organizing project- I have gone through my motivation, my vision, my brainstorm list, my end goal, and the implementation steps. My maintenance on this closet is yearly- when I do my living room zone.
What closet will you tackle this week?

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Living room zone

This month the zone I am tackling is the living room zone. The first thing I will do is to review my vision for this room. What activities go on in this room? How do I want this room to look and feel?
In this room I entertain, I eat my meals, I read, I listen to music, I play with my cats (note one sitting in the bookcase), and sometimes I spread out projects on the dining table. I also have a closet in this room that is used for hanging coats, storing hats, scarves, gloves, dance shoes, my purse, a couple of backpacks, a wrapping paper container, and an empty box for the cats to hide in. I have a credenza that stores my supplies for parties and an entertainment center that stores my music, my feng shui books and worksheets, binoculars and bird books, and some cat toys.
I want this room to feel inviting and comfortable. I want my guests to feel comfortable putting their feet up, putting their drinks down and staying for a while. I want to cozy up in a corner of the sofa to read. I want the room to feel open yet cozy. I want things to look at that make me smile. I want to feel relaxed and happy in this room.
I will divide the room into 4 sections. Each week I will tackle a wall. I will clean everything on that wall and take down all items and decide what stays and what goes. Do the items support my vision? Do I need them? Do I still enjoy them? I will update my inventory. At the end of the month, I will celebrate. I will bring in fresh spring flowers and light a candle and enjoy a special meal.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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