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In a recent interview at the Los Angeles Organizing Awards, I was asked by Carlos Amezuca if being emotionally attached to our possessions makes it difficult to get organized?  Often we feel that by giving up an unwanted gift, or keepsakes no longer used, the memories of treasured times will disappear.

When we have more than we can manage the things that really matter get lost.  Professional Organizers gently encourage clients to release what is holding the future at bay. 

It can be difficult to let go when memories are attached to clutter.  But letting go of unwanted things, does not cause the people whose memories are associated will leave our lives.  In fact too much “stuff” in our home and life can cause the people and things we really love to be lost.

Is clutter holding you back from starting your organizing journey?  Traveling does not require speed.  Set your own pace.  Begin reviewing your clutter a little at a time, one space at a time.  By recognizing your emotional attachment it will be easier to appreciate the joy of letting go and moving forward to an organized life.

The 2011 Los Angeles Organizing Awards were held January 29 at the Universal Sheraton.  This one of a kind event recognized the people, products, and services around the country that help us live better at home and work more efficiently.  The Los Angeles chapter of the National association of Professional Organizers is the host of the annual gala.  Get It Together LA! was a finalist in the Best Closet Design Firm category.

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While driving in the Tennessee snow last month, WIVK-FM’s Andy and Alison  were joking that no winter gloves were to be found in Knoxville after the city turned white.  One even said they could not find boots so their kids could go sledding.  But with a chuckle they noticed the stores had a huge supply of spring bathing suits.

This is one reason last month was Get Organized Month.  It’s a time to realize that getting organized is more than having everything in a certain place or being free of clutter.  Being organzied is about saving time and being prepared for what happens in life.

Here in Los Angeles we don’t have to worry about snow shovels, but what about this weekend’s rain?  Did anyone buy their umbrella after the skies turned dark?

Don’t wait for the next storm to come in your life.  Make your list of what may be needed in the coming months and save yourself both frustration and time.

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Let’s play a Get Organized Month game.   In five minutes find all the important documents that relate to the milestones in your life.  Where are your Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Documents, Death Certificates of immediate family, or even Wills or Trust documents?

It really isn’t a fun game, but it could save many headaches if these documents are needed for government filings for Social Security.  Have a file for these vital records and keep copies in a safe deposit box at your bank. 

Can’t find a document?  Check out VitalChek.com and don’t wait until it is needed.  Order  Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce records from this site for most states and not have to wait when you need them.

Getting organized is a great way to start the New Year.

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What did you not get to today?  If there is not enough time in the day try to manage your time differently.  For the next few days keep a list of what you wanted to accomplish.  Did you miss paying bills or maybe you wanted to create a marketing piece for your business?

Create a block of time on your calendar for the following day dedicated for what was neglected.  Oh, you are not using a calendar?  Schedule your day as if a doctor schedules his patients.  Your calendar should be your guide as to how the day progresses.   Schedule 15 minutes for paying bills, 25 minutes for returning calls, etc. 

There are free tools online available such as  Outlook Express, Google or Yahoo Calendars.  Others calendars may come with your computer or could be purchased like ACT.  If technology is not your friend don’t wait to start. 

Buy a simple calendar at your local office supply store.  The important thing is to give this first step of time management a try.  You will be surprised what will be added to tomorrow when you follow your calendar.

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The Grammys have nothing on the Orgies.  That’s right – the night before the music industry celebrated in downtown Los Angeles, the 5th annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards, or “Orgies”, were held at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.  This Red Carpet evening was the climax of Get Organized Month for the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-LA).      

Industry leaders from as far away as Australia were in attendance.  Colleagues caught up with each other, made new friends, and celebrated the best products, services, media, authors and people in the professional organizing industry.  Kim Coles was the evening host and the program featured Peter Walsh, from The Oprah Winfrey Show, Julie Morgenstern, celebrated author and time management expert, Dorothy Brenninger and Standolyn Robertson, both experts from the new A&E “HOARDERS” hit show, plus many more.    Get It Together LA! was a finalist for “Best Closet Design” and “Best Garage Design” this year.  

Chris McKenry, Rachel Eisner, Kim Coles, Carolyn Judson, and Joe Clapsaddle

I was especially honored to have as my guests Senior Designer Carolyn Judson and Design Assistant Rachel Eisner of Connie McCreight Interior Design.  At times organizers are fortunate to work along side other professionals on client projects.  In the past couple of years we have been included on several of the Connie McCreight Design Firms projects.  From Bel Air to the Hamptons, Get It Together LA! has had the opportunity to watch these designers create residential masterpieces.  They mention working with Get It Together LA! in their blog post, “Everything in its Place”     

Interiors by Connie McCreight Interior Design

Connie suggests “when thinking about refreshing your space, focus on two or three items that will make the most impact…add drama with new paint, a bold graphic rug, or eclectic artwork”.  Even rethinking furniture arrangement can make a difference.  Add in some new accessories like a statement mirror, or swap accessories you already have within the rooms of your home.     

Along with beautiful design the style of the road was also represented at the Awards gala.  Event car sponsor Joe Clapsaddle, of Hornburg Jaguar, was also at our table.  Joe is past chair or the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and a very active community leader.     

Jaguar XF Supercharged

Hornburg sponsored a drawing for a Weekend in Hollywood give away featuring the use of a 2010 Jaguar XF Supercharged, which was also parked on the Red Carpet as the evenings guests received superstar treatment on January 30.    

Luxury roadsters, sophisticated design, and skillful organizing all merged at the Los Angeles Organizing Awards.  Professional Organizers and their friends enjoyed celebrating a year of clutter clearing work.  If you missed it, plan on coming next year.  We had a great time and wish to congratulate all of the 2010 award winners.

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In two days, two organizers gave this vacation home new life.  On a recent project we performed a 24 hour organizing blitz through a four bedroom vacation retreat.

Clothes in the master closet were sorted, hung on uniform hangers, and shoulder covers were added to coats.  This protects the shoulders from dust while making it easy to see the garments.

In the pantry, the room was emptied and we started from scratch.  Checking dates and discarding items no longer used.  Cleaning supplies were moved to the garage making more room for food storage.  Clear air tight containers dressed up the space while helping to keep foods fresh.  
 
Guest suite baths were enhanced with acrylic drawer inserts.  Travel items were stocked giving a welcoming treat for visitors to enjoy.  Wicker type container were added under the vanities for paper supplies.
 
  
On your next vacation or weekend get away, think of the extra time you will have when your home has everything in place. 

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Since organizing my first closet, I have always encouraged using uniform hangers.    Using the same style of hanger allows your wardrobe to hang at the same height.  Once clothes are sorted by “like with like” it is much easier to find the outfit you need each morning. 

But you may be reluctant to make the hanger change because you do not want to have to re-hang the clean clothes upon returning from the cleaners.  Ask if they would use your hangers instead of the wire ones.  More and more I like to use the Huggable Hangers from Joy Mangano.  They are super thin, attractive, and the flocking keeps items from slipping off the hanger.  

Many dry cleaners would be happy to save the cost of wire hangers and the ultra thin ones are easy for them to use.  Just offer to take the same amount of hangers into your cleaners with your dirty clothes.  If your dry cleaner is not able to accomodate, then try to return the wire hangers as you re-hang your clothes.  This will allow them to recycle, which is always a good thing to do. 

Remember, it is Get Organized Month.  So see where clutter is keeping you from getting organized and tackle it one project at a time.

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