Happy Valentine’s Day – What is Your Organizing Personality

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I hope your day is going GREAT so far!  I am gearing up to go to my kid’s Valentine party at school in a bit, but wanted to get a quick blog post out to you!

When it comes to helping clients get rid of clutter, I have found that there are three different personality types that they typically have:

  1.  The Indecisive – They have trouble deciding what to keep and what to let go of merely because they are indecisive…”I may use this someday.”
  2.   The Perfectionist – This person typically never gets anything done because every detail of the process has to be complete perfect before they even think about beginning.
  3.   The Sentimentalist – She has a sentimental attachment to a lot of items, but doesn’t necessarily use them.

Do you already know which personality type is you??  I am sure you already have a good idea, so I want to give you a few tips on getting past these blocks when needed.

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Please let me know what your organizing personality is and if these graphics help you!

Erin Sharplin Love

The MUSTS for Being Organized

If you truly want to get and STAY organized, there are several MUSTS that you need to abide by.  First and foremost, it is important to note that you must change your mindset in order to truly get and stay organized.  You have to WANT to get organized and then you will be able to set yourself up for success.   Above all, there are “musts” that every organized person knows and adheres to.  I am sharing them below:

Everything in your home must have a specific home!

After you use an item in must be returned to its home immediately!

Follow the one in, one out rule.

Procrastination will kill your success!

Never leave a project unfinished.

If an item remains unused for more than two years, get rid of it.

Take a few minutes at the beginning or end of each day to put items away.

Make adjustments to your organizing process as needed!

Never go shopping without a plan!

STAYING organized is much harder than getting organized, but not if you follow these “musts”!  I hope they help. 🙂

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post!!  Please feel free to share it!

Love,

Erin Sharplin Love

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Get Organized For Good!

Have you tried to get organized but always end up in a cluttered mess months or years later?  If so, you are not alone!  Life’s demands, children, and significant others often interrupt attempts to control a messy environment.  But the good news is that there is light at the end of that cluttered tunnel!  I have a few tips and tricks that could help you declutter your home for good! 

Declutter your entire space in one fell swoop!  Sometimes getting rid of clutter in small bits can backfire!  For instance, certain personalities feel as though they will never catch up because they can’t see a huge change with their efforts, so they just stop and let the clutter reign again.  If this scenario rings true for you, decluttering your entire home at one time will definitely help you get organized for good.  Just make sure to plan ahead by reserving a full weekend to tackle the project.  It will also help to create a list with shopping ideas, design ideas, etc. for each room of your home so you can stay on track and be fully prepared.  Another tip is to create an “organizing tote” with items that you will need frequently like trash bags, markers, labels, and a label maker.  If this task seems too daunting, don’t be afraid to ask for help from a friend or even from a professional organizer!

Stop hiding your clutter!  There are tons of beautiful baskets and bins in the stores these days, but if they are not used properly, they only add to the clutter and can make things much worse.   Baskets and bins should each have a definite use, such as for snacks, shoes, scarves, etc., and should never be filled with a myriad of items that have no rhyme or reason.  It is extremely easy to keep adding to a bin until it is practically overflowing, so keep that in mind.  Also, one should always label the outside of each bin with its contents.  And remember, if you can’t see an item, you can’t use it!!

Focus on the keepers, not the throw-aways!  In almost every organizing project, there will be (and should be) items that will need to be tossed and/or donated.  But unfortunately, this knowledge leads some people to immediate derailment.  If this is the case for you, it might help to stop focusing on the fact that you are getting rid of items and instead concentrate on how you want your home to feel.  The things you have in your home should reflect the life you want to live.  They should make you happy and energize you.  By turning your attention to the items that illicit those feelings, you are diverting attention away from the negative and toward the positive aspect of decluttering.

Above all, I urge you to understand that organizing is an emotional project and will take a bit of time and thought to complete, so take it easy on yourself and make a commitment to stay on track no matter what!  It will pay off in the end.  I promise. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Erin Sharplin Love

http://www.panachebyerin.com

Are You SCARED to Get Organized??

Are You Scared of Getting Organized?

As a professional organizer, I understand how overwhelming taking on an organizing project can be, but let me assure you that it is well worth it!  In the end, one must realize that getting and staying organized is more of a lifestyle change than anything and it takes commitment and self-discipline.  With that said, I do have  a few simple steps that  will get you started on the organizational path and hopefully inspire you to keep going.  Check them out below:

The key to keeping yourself from getting overwhelmed is to start small – Go through your entire house and throw out (recycle) the following items:

  1. Empty wrappers and packages
  2. Expired coupons
  3. Outdated magazines, flyers, and other mail
  4. Spoiled or expired food items (check the fridge and the pantry)
  5. Expired medication
  6. Rusty or broken tools and utensils
  7. Socks with no mates
  8. Anything else that is broken or in disrepair

I suggest setting a timer for ten to twenty minutes, once a day, for eight days to get the list above completed.  You won’t believe how big of a difference it will make and how inspired and happy you will feel.

Love,

Erin

FREE Printable – To Do List

I am an avid proponent of the “To Do List” and have been searching for one that fits my needs perfectly for a while.  I’ve ordered numerous ones from Etsy DIYers.  Purchased them from Target and other companies and even used plain, old, boring, lined paper.  Unfortunately, though, those “to do” lists never made me happy, so … I create my own AND I’m sharing!  Please feel free to print and share this “To Do List” until your heart’s content.  I just ask one thing!  Please leave me a comment stating “I printed your To Do List!” so I’ll know just how many of you love it as much as I do!  Thank you!

Please click the pdf link below to print your FREE To Do List!

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Don’t forget to let me know you printed it, please!

Thank you so much!

Erin

The Top 5 Excuses for Clutter

The Top 5 Excuses for Clutter

As a professional organizer, I tend to hear the same excuses over and over.  Today I am going to share those excuses with you to see if any of them sound familiar to you.  If they do, maybe my advice will inspire you to push past the excuses so you can enjoy a clutter-free and stress-free life.

Excuse #1 – I might need it one day. 

Really?  Why haven’t you needed it up until now?  Exactly how long have you been using this excuse?  If it is over 2 years, then please consider getting rid of the item.  The chances of you using something after not using it in over 2 years is slim to none.

Excuse #2- I don’t want to hurt the person’s feelings that bought it for me.

I suffer from this excuse, too, but in the end I always think like the professional organizer I am and let the item go if it serves me no purpose.  Why hang on to something that you aren’t using or that you don’t love?  If you don’t want to throw the item away, donate it!  That way it will get used, and loved, by someone else.

Excuse #3 – It was free!!

In my opinion, the fact that it was free should make it easier to toss!  You aren’t wasting money, after all!  Just because something was free doesn’t mean that you should keep it or that it is useful.

Excuse #4 – It was expensive and might be worth something one day. 

Unfortunately, the reality is that you rarely, if ever, get back what you originally paid for an item.  I know that’s hard to hear, but it’s the truth.  However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get something out of the items.  Try consignment stores!

Excuse #5 – It has too many memories for me. 

This is one of the most frequent excuse I hear and I always recommend taking a picture of the item.  A picture takes up way less space than the original item would and you still get to hold on to the memory.

Which excuse do you find yourself using?

Love,

Erin

Create a Drop Zone!

Get Organized!  Create a Drop Zone! 

Every household needs a drop zone!  A drop zone is an area, closest to the main entryway and exit for the family, designated to corral all things that come into the home and should leave the home again.  Such items include school bags, shoes, mail, keys, briefcases, purses, sunglasses, etc.  Without a drop zone, it’s easy to forget or lose an item that you need at a moment’s notice and it’s also easy for your home to become cluttered and disorganized by mail, papers, etc.

To create a drop zone, create a space next to the most used entryway and exit, that includes baskets, hooks, trays, and mailboxes.  Take a cue from some of my favorite drop zones below.  🙂

Love,
Erin

The Panache Clutter Quiz

The Panache Clutter Quiz

How cluttered are you?  You may not be as bad as you think you are or you may be worse.  Gasp!  Take my quiz below to see where you stand on the Panache  Clutter Scale.  🙂

1.  If someone wanted to come over for a visit, how long would it take you to clean up?
a. I wouldn’t have to do anything (0 points)
b. One hour (2 points)
c. A whole day (4 points)
d. I would ask them not to come (10 points)

2. How much floor space in your home is covered?
a. None!(0 points)
b. I’d say 25% (2 points)
c. Maybe 50% (4 points)
d. What floor? (10 points)

3. If you needed a particular paper document, how long would it take you to find it?
a. 30 seconds or less (0 points)
b. Maybe 15 minutes (2 points)
c. An hour or so (4 points)
d. All day. 😦 (10 points)

4. How many of your appliances are functioning properly?
a. All of them (0 points)
b. One is not working, but I already sent it for repair (2 points)
c. Two or more (5 points)
d. Most of my appliances have stopped working (10 points)

5. How often do you come home with an impulse buy?
a. Almost never (0 points)
b. Once a month (2 points)
c. Once a week (5 points)
d. More than once a week (10 points)

6. How difficult is it for you to let go of things?
a. I have no problem! I’m a tosser! (0 points)
b. I hesitate a little, but eventually let it go (2 points)
c. I struggle with letting some things go (5 points)
d. I’ve never tossed anything (10 points)

7. What is on your dining room table right now?
a. Just some decoration! (0 points)
b. The mail that I just brought in (2 points)
c. A few weeks of mail and some unfiled papers (5 points)
d. I really don’t know (10 points)

If your points add up to be more than 20, you may wnat to consider hiring a professional to help you get organized. 🙂

I’d love for some of you to share your answers!! Or your points!

Love,
Erin