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

Getting Organized for Back to School

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Move over, summer!  A new school year is almost here and that means hectic schedules, alarm clocks, and paper piles.  Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with it all, but with a little organization you can create order out of the chaos.  Check out my tips below:

Take the time to transition!  Don’t let the school year sneak up on you.  Begin easing your children into their new bedtime routine gradually.  For instance, begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier until it’s closer to the hour they will need to awake for school.

Organize their school clothes.  Go ahead and set aside a space in your child’s closet specifically for school clothes.  If your children do not wear uniforms, it may be a good idea to put together outfits a week at a time to avoid a war in the morning.  Or if you need to shop, check out the next tip.

Plan before you shop.  The beginning of the school year is always the biggest shopping time for stores, so it’s a good idea to be prepared.  Make a list of what your child needs so you won’t wander aimlessly and then leave with nothing, or worse, leave with way more than you need!

Create the perfect backpack nook.  This could be in a mudroom, laundry room, or simply inside the door they use the most.  I suggest hanging a coat hook for the backpack and placing a roomy basket underneath for papers and other paraphernalia.  Stopping paper clutter at the door is a must for any organizing junkie!

Make a plan for those piles of paper.  I suggest that you go ahead and devise a plan for what you will do with the paperwork that is soon to bombard you.  I love the idea of scanning coloring pages, A+ grades, and other keepsake pages and tossing the original.  Another idea is to create a display area for special papers and rotate them as needed.

Create a homework station.  Make doing homework more fun by creating the perfect space for your little one.  Let them help by decorating it and then storing it with papers, pencils, crayons, and other school work necessities.

Invest in a large calendar.  If you haven’t already, I suggest purchasing a large calendar that you can put in a central location for all to use.  When you begin receiving special dates from the school and/or sporting teams, put them in the calendar immediately.  I can imagine that nothing would be worse than missing your daughter’s school play or your son’s first t-ball game.

Create a nightly routine.  I promise this will save you from becoming crazed every school morning.  The more you can do the night before, the better.  For instance, go ahead and plan breakfast, pack lunches, choose outfits, scan backpacks for missing homework, projects, or library books, and make sure music and/or sports bags are packed and ready.

Remember…you can never be too prepared!

Happy new school year!!

 

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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The 5 Reasons You Have Nothing to Wear!

How often do you walk into your closet and exclaim “I have nothing to wear”?  My guess is that it probably happens every day, even though there is a closet full of clothing staring back at you.  If this sounds familiar, I can help.  Let’s dissect some of the reasons you may be suffering from “I have nothing to wear” syndrome.  

  1. You have no idea what is even in your closet!   Some of you may know my backstory, but in case you don’t, let me fill you in – I began my career as a fashion consultant, but quickly realized that I couldn’t help people with their wardrobes if I couldn’t see what they had to work with!!  THAT is where my career as a professional organizer began.  I had to organize each clients’ closet before I could help her with her personal style.  The same goes for you!  If you can’t see what’s in your closet, of course you think you have nothing to wear!  My advice = Take the time to get organized!  
  2. You haven’t figured out your personal style.  Personal style is a curious, fun, challenging, and important part of enjoying your wardrobe!  I definitely recommend that you take the time to figure out your own personal style, so here are a few questions to get your started.  What is your lifestyle?  What do you do for a living?  What do you do for fun?  If you could have all of the items from one celebrity’s closet, whose would it be?  What are your best and worst colors?  What was the last outfit that garnered a compliment from someone?  Did you feel like a million bucks in it?   
  3. Your current wardrobe is out of sync with your personal style.  It is not uncommon to want or need to change your personal style every few years, so if you’ve found that you truly have nothing to wear, this may be the reason.  Take the time to redefine your personal style and get rid of anything that doesn’t jive with it.  
  4. You don’t have the right pieces.    In other words, you are lacking a few key staples of every good wardrobe.  Staples include, but are not limited to, the following – Skinny jeans, boot-cut jeans in a dark wash, camisoles in white, ivory, and black, a few trendy tunics/tops, a neutral-colored cardigan and one in a pop of color, black pants in a flattering fit, a little black dress and a fun, flirty dress, peep-toe pumps in a neutral color and a pop of color, knee-high boots in black and brown, fun accessories that will dress and outfit up or down, an every day purse, a cross-body bag, and an evening clutch.  Wardrobe essentials have a lot to do with your lifestyle and preferences, so keep that in mind when adding to your wardrobe.  
  5. You are an impulse shopper.   Impulse shoppers typically purchase items without having any idea when, how, or where she will wear the item(s).  That is a huge no, no!  You should always shop with an agenda and a list!  You will save so much time, space, stress, and money in the long run!  I promise…I had to learn this the hard way.  I LOVE to shop!!  🙂

So, be honest, which of these five reasons speak to you?

Thank you so much for reading!!

Erin Sharplin Love

Creative Ways to Keep Treasures New & Old

Creative Ways to Keep Treasures New & Old

I know it has been a while since my last post, but I got a bit of inspiration via a Facebook comment,  (Thanks, Sherry!) , so I thought the perfect way to answer her question was through a post.  I hope you find my tips helpful, too.

As loved ones pass in and out of our lives, memorabilia (and beautiful memories) is accumulated.  But, what do we do with all of those little keepsakes?  Package them up and stick them in the attic?  Or set them in a chest rarely to be seen again?  I say “Absolutely Not!”  Those keepsakes should be displayed in a way that preserves the memory, yet keeps it visible for all to enjoy.  Below are a few of my tips for creative ways to keep your little treasures:

Cards & Such – Do you have special cards (birthday cards, love letters, recipe cards, tickets, postcards, etc.) from a loved one that you can’t part with?  I suggest framing them and creating a collage wall or simply place them on bookshelves or in another special place.  I have recipe cards written in my grandmother and great grandmothers handwriting, I have to do this!:
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Send yourself a postcard from your trip. | 20 Non-Scrapbook Ways To Remember Your Vacation Forever:

Clothing or Blankets – Clothing and blankets are also kind of hard to give up sometimes, especially when they remind you of your child when he was a baby.  Instead of getting rid of them or packing them into a plastic storage container, choose a few of your favorite pieces and get creative!!  Check out the pics below.

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What a fun keepsake for those favourite baby clothes you can't bear to part with!  NEW Memory Pillow baby clothes quilt Memory quilt by LulasLuvables:

Memory Pillows Keepsake | ... shirts, robes, or dresses make a comforting Sleeved Memory Pillow:

Books and Bibles – In my opinion, there is nothing like reading a good, old book.  There is something about the feel of the pages and the scent of the old paper that makes it so wonderful to me.  With that said, I often run across others who feel the same way about old books, especially Bibles, that were previously owned by a loved one.  Below are my suggestions on displaying old books and bibles.

French books under a dome. what about the pastors journal I have?:

Repro antique glass display case via Miss Mustard Seed (decorsteals)

Love this idea for a display of family geneology items...old Bibles, notebooks, journals and the Christus.  HVÍTUR LAKKRÍS

old books, dough bowl and grain sack

Jewelry – When my grandmother passed away she left me all of her jewelry.  Some of it was great, timeless necklaces, but there were also rings that were too big for me.  Some of them I got sized to fit my finger, and some of them were recreated into stud earrings.  I always suggest trying whatever you can so that you may be able to wear the items yourself, but if that doesn’t work for you and you simply want to hold onto the pieces in their original form, below are a few suggestions.

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i LOVE this idea of pinning "momento jewelry" (handed down from grandmothers, etc) inside a shadowbox frame and it doubles as art! :):

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Shadow box turned jewelry display - perfect for displaying delicate jewelry or vintage pieces:

I hope this sparks some inspiration for you!!

Have you done something creative with your keepsakes recently?  Please share!

Thanks for reading!

Erin Sharplin Love

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10 Reasons to Get Organized

10 Reasons to Get Organized 

Has getting organized been on your “to do” list for a while, but you just can’t seem to find the time, or courage, to tackle it?  Sometimes all you need is a little motivation to make things happen, so below is a list of 10 reasons to get organized now!

  1. Save Money –  I thought I would start with this reason because we all want to save a little bit of money, don’t we?  Getting organized will, for instance, save you money by getting rid of late fees that you have paid because you misplaced or forgot about a bill.  Also, how many times have you purchased another can of tomatoes because you didn’t know you already had several at home?
  2. Save Time – Getting organized will save you a whole lot of time, because you will no longer have to waste it by looking for misplaced items!
  3. Reduce Stress – As clutter builds, so does your stress level.  Simply beginning the organizing process will reduce the level of stress immediately.
  4. Become More Efficient – Clearing your desk of clutter, for instance, will make getting things done much easier and faster.
  5. Have More Fun – Since you’ll be saving time by getting organized, that means that you’ll have more of an opportunity to do the things you love.
  6. Never Be Late Again – Being late and being disorganized seem to go hand-in-hand.  When you are organized it’s much easier to get ready and be out of the door on time.
  7. Enjoy Your Home – A clean, organized home is much more relaxing than a dirty, disorganized home!  Let’s face it…clutter isn’t pretty!
  8. Find More Energy – Clutter is nothing but an energy drainer.  Walk into the most cluttered room of your home.  How does it make you feel?  Drained, tired, and like you want to fly the coop I bet!  Getting rid of clutter will immediately free up your energy.
  9. Find Your Focus – Piles of paper clutter tend to taunt you with unfinished tasks, but when the clutter is gone you will find it easier to focus and complete the tasks which are of utmost importance.
  10. Become a Positive Influence – Sometimes it’s hard to find the motivation to get organized on our own.  By getting organized you may be the influence that a friend or family member needed.

 

Here’s another tip – Print this article and post it somewhere you will see it daily.  That way getting and/or staying organized will always be at the top of your “to-do” list.

Thank you for stopping by my blog!  Please feel free to share these tips and/or comment below!

Love,

Erin

3 Steps to Clearing Paper Clutter

3 Steps to Clearing the Paper Clutter!

 

Is paper clutter taking over your house?  Between the paper you already have floating around and the deluge of incoming mail that seems to grow every day, it may seem like a losing battle, but it’s not!  Below are a few tips on how you can clear the paper clutter once and for all!

Deal With The Mail Daily – You will make an immediate difference in the amount of paper clutter that enters your home if you sort your mail immediately upon collecting it from the mailbox.  Toss any and all junk mail before setting the stack down.

Create a Drop System – Even if you deal with mail on a daily basis, you still need a system for taking action on the items you keep.  For instance, I have a “drop” system at my home.  My drop system is simply two cubby holes that house my bills and other action items, as well as, those of my husband.  We designate one day of the week to clear the cubby and take action on each item (file, pay, toss, mail, etc.).

Make Sure Everyone is Involved – Figure out a system for the rest of your family, too.  For instance, children bring tons of paperwork home from school.  Make it a habit to sort through and take action on each item every day!  File or display artwork, sign permission slips and replace in bag, toss or shred any unneeded worksheets, etc.

In the end, the only way to get rid of the paper clutter is to change your habits!  You must make each of the steps above a daily and weekly habit to see results.

Love,

Erin

 

My Favorite Way to Organize…

My Favorite Way to Organize…

Every time I take on an organizing project for a client, I learn something new.   Sometimes a light bulb (pun intended, see below) will go off in my head and I will have found the perfect way to organize a certain item.  Or the layout of a kitchen, for instance, will spur a whole new set of inspiration for me.  All in all, though, there are a few items that I consistently organize the same way…because it just makes sense and it works!  Why change what works?  🙂  Below are my favorite ways to organize…

Lightbulbs – Keep bulbs in labeled, see-through bins!  It is so much easier to see what you have and what you need to add to your shopping list.  These bins are easily stackable, so you won’t be able to neglect the vertical space in your cabinets or closets. Plastic bins storing lightbulbs

Pet Toys – Pet lovers tend to collect toys for their furry friend like they do for their two-legged children, so why not keep them accessible!  I love storing dog and/or cat toys in a wicker basket that is easy for your dog or cat to choose a toy from. 

Jewelry – Display your jewelry as if it was in a boutique!  Not only does it look better, it makes getting dressed so much more fun!

Snacks – Take all individually wrapped items out of those bulky boxes and display them in a basket or bin!  It looks great, is easy for tiny hands to find, and you will always know when something needs to be added to your shopping list!

Pants – I prefer to “long hang” pants from their waistband (or cuff) instead of folding them over a hanger.  It prolongs the life of your pants because you will never have to deal with the hanger mark that is inevitably left when they are folded over a hanger, plus they will not fade if you don’t wear them very often. 

Well, those are a few of my favorite ways to organize.  Do you have any?  Please share!

Thank you for stopping by!

Love,

Erin

Declutter While Doing Good

Declutter While Doing Good!

Are your closets and cabinets crowded with extra towels, sheets, blankets, and other items that could possibly help those that are less fortunate?  I bet there are quite a few items that aren’t serving their purpose for you anymore, but that would be perfect for a shelter dog or cat, for instance.  I bet that you even have an old toy that has become old news to your dog or cat, too.  Why not get rid of the unneeded clutter and make a difference for a pet in need at the same time?  Below is a list of items that animal shelters most commonly need:

1.  Toys – Scrounge up those old toys that your dog or cat refuses to play with now and give them a quick scrub down so they are ready for a new home.  Don’t forget that you can make a toy from old socks, as well!  Just stuff one of the socks with several old socks or wash cloths, tie a knot at the end, and voila!

2.  Blankets – Blankets always come in handy!  Not only are they comfy to lay on, they are warm to snuggle in.

3.  Newspaper – A lot of the shelters use newspaper to line litter boxes, kennels, and other areas.  So save those papers!

4.  Towels – Shelters use towels for bathing the animals, as well as for bed liners.  It doesn’t matter what shape they are in…they will work just great!

5.  Leashes and collars – Was it recently time to upgrade your pet’s collar and leash?  If so, don’t get rid of the old one!  It’s amazing how the addition of a simple collar can make a pet a more desirable candidate for adoption.

While you are at it, call the shelter of your choice and find out what else they may be in need of.  It could be as simple as throwing in a roll of paper towels or a few extra trash bags.  A little can help a lot!

If you are in the Monroe/West Monroe area I recommend donating to one of the following shelters:

River Cities Humane Society for Cats – www.rivercitiescats.org

Humane Society Adoption Center – (318)387-9553

Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter – http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/la30.html

Please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Love,

Erin