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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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If you love organized style in closets, cast your vote for Get It Together LA!  in the Los Angeles Organizing Awards.   We have been nominated for the fifth year in a row for Best Closet Design in the premiere event for the organizing industry.

Voting takes place online through December 24.  Over twenty awards will be presented on January 29, 2011 at the Sheraton Universal.  All awards are chosen by the public by voting at www.napola.org.  Get It together LA! would love your support.

Our custom designs match the personality of our clients.  Contemporary or traditional, wood or melamine we provide couture a place to call home.

When you think about making a change to your closet or dressing area, bring the elements from the adjoining bath or bedroom into the design.  For large spaces consider adding a chandelier.  Don’t forget to include your favorite colors and add personal elements like pictures or works of art. 

Locked, velvet lined, jewelry drawers are a must to make a night on the town with your best diamonds easy to find to make the opening curtain.  Garment rods for tomorrow’s wardrobe are a necessary convenience.  And don’t forget the laundry hamper to keep clutter off the floor in the evening.

Your new closet can be award-winning and still meet your budget with proper planning.  Please cast your vote for Get It Together LA! as the Best Closet Design Firm for 2011.

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A chef can not create delicious meals without the finest spices.  When we organized family kitchens, one of the first things we want within reach are spices and our favorite supplier is The Spice House

Spices should be replaced every year.  If it is time for to update your supplies check out The Spice House.  You don’t have to live in Chicago to take advantage of these “hand-selected and hand-prepared spices and herbs”…order from the website or call them at 847-328-3711. 

Spices are best kept near the range, keeping ingredients convenient while cooking.  Should you only want to order these beautiful uniform spice jars that is possible.  However, their spice prices are very reasonable and time will be saved in labeling and refilling these containers when you include ordering the spices too.

If spices are kept on “stadium raisers” in your cabinet, when ordering ask The Spice House to place the labels on the top of the jars.  Otherwise you might not be able to see the spice needed.  And sometimes a free drawer is just the right spot for keeping spices handy.

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Sponsored by Avery

It’s January and that means it is Get Organized Month.  To celebrate, Los Angeles is playing host to the 5th annual Los Angeles Organizing Awards on January 30th.  Professional organizers from around the country, and beyond, are heading to the historic Raleigh Studios for the Red Carpet event featuring host Kim Coles, presenters Peter Walsh, President Laura Leist of the National Association of Professional organizers (NAPO),  Lorie Marreo of The Clutter Diet blog, Barry Izsak, and many other celebrities of the organizing industry will be on hand.  Dorothy Brenninger and Standolyn Robertson of the hit A&E show HOARDERS will accept the Special Recognition Award for this new and enlightening program.

As one of the creators of this event I am also on the program.  Get It Together LA! is nominated for Best Closet Design Firm for the 4th year in a row. 

The lights, cameras, people, songs, food and laughs make this evening an event for not just professional organizers but also those who love to stay organized.  See who – and what products – will be recognized for being the best in the business.  To see all the finalist, click here.

The event is sponsored by Avery and presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of NAPO.  Ticket information can be found at www.napola.org.

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Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley

It’s summer and vacation time.  On a recent business trip to Philadelphia, I enjoyed a day to myself sight seeing the historic area of the city.  The week before I was working in the picturesque beach community of Newport  Beach in California featuring scenic views reminiscent of the Italian coast.  Now I was back in time at Elfreth’s Alley.  This neighborhood has the distinction of being the oldest residential community in our nation.  The homes have been occupied since the early 18th century.

As someone who appreciates colonial architecture, loves history, and is a professional organizer I can’t help but apprecite how our ancestors lived 250 years ago.  Then beauty was appreciated along with simplicity.  Walk-in closets, let alone most any closets, were not even in these homes.  It’s a good thing Costco was not around in 1776.

A few organizing tips for your next business/pleasure trip:

  1. Plan your time off.
  2. Research the city’s website before the trip.
  3. Keep travels to a limited area.
  4. Walk and take in the city.
  5. During lunch ask the wait staff what is not to be missed in the area.

Don’t forget to use a Travel Checklist to keep from forgetting power chargers, reservation information, and other essential needs.  For a complimentary checklist from Get It Together LA! click here and write Travel Checklist in the subject line.

Now enjoy your next trip.

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This weekend I enjoyed going to the movies and seeing Star Trek.  It seems others thought it would be a good place to send text messages and check e-mails.  Even the week before the person next to me was continually using his Blackberry during the first act of a play.

During the “Time Management at the Age of Speed” session at the NAPO Conference in Orlando last month, Harlod Taylor shared that the fast devours the slow.  Think about it, we have more information to manage than ever before.  Not so long ago, we became overwhelmed by the fax machine.  Now we are averaging over 190 message a day because of the phone, email, Facebook, Twitter and more.

Need to See Time?

Need to See Time?

Time is essential to staying organized.  Do you find it is difficult to see time as it passes each hour?  Are you constantly running in circles to meet deadlines?

Visit TimeTimer.com and check out their products available to actually show time as it passes.  This especially helpful to those with ADD.
If we don’t respond to an inquiry quickly we stand the chance of loosing an opportunity.  But how is clutter effecting your schedule by multitasking throughout the day?  As the saying goes, “stop and smell the roses”.  The same can be said for enjoying the movie or texting your friends.  Don’t dilute your activies and productivity by not focusing on one project at a time.

Check out our latest “O-Tips” for more information to make your life easy. 

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Newborn babies bring joy, but with the joy comes stroller, cribs, toys, diapers, gifts, changing tables, more diapers and clothes, car seats, more gifts…well you get the idea.  Recognizing new parents need to be organized as they prepare for their family addition, Kijiji.com has partnered with us to help educate parents on the best ways to organize and maximize space for their “Baby On Board” campaign.

Kijiji.com is a free, family friendly site that is easy to navigate and a great place to buy and sell items for the home and find necessary services.  The name Kijiji is Swahili for village.  This is really a community to share information and resouce to get rid of unwanted clutter.  In their online survey, it was discovered that only 7% of parents resale baby items once they are no longer used.   So 93% of families have the opportunity to gain more space and raise some money by selling these unused items.

Check out our tips and let your baby develop organizing principles that will last a lifetime.

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