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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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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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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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Often a new space is recreated by making modifications to existing structures.  This project is a prime example of how to make an elegant home for your wardrobe without having to start from scratch.  The master closet was redesigned by Chris McKenry and organized by our Get It Together LA! team. 

An obtrusive full length tailor’s mirror was removed from the island allowing the feeling of more space.  Then, the white-painted surface of the island was replaced with a stained Burch top to match the woodwork in the adjoining hall.

More hanging space was created on the back wall and a lovely framed glass cabinet was added for extra storage and display.  The existing handbag cabinet was updated with the same matching framed glass doors giving a beautiful display of Prada, Rodo, St. John’s, Tod’s and Louis Vuitton evening and handbags.

And there is never enough room for designer footwear.  Not true now.  We made room for Micheal Kors, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta and Salvatore Ferragmo by adding shelves perpendicular to the existing shoe display. 

The chandelier and wall coverings were by Preston Lee Design.  Now this dressing room has form, function and finesse.  Organizing does just make life easy, it makes it spectacular.

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Every weekday morning,  entrepeneurs gather in cities around the world to network and grow their business by passing referrals to each other.  Most of these networking groups keep member’s business cards collected in a container to be passed on to colleagues who need their products and services.  

You have probably seen these card boxes at BNI (Business Network International), Le Tip, or your chamber of commerce.  Most I have seen are haphazardly arranged, making it difficult to find the services needed.  If this reminds you of your group’s business card box, check out this easy solution.   

from The Container Store

The Container Store offers an acrylic Baseball Card Case with adjustable dividers and lid.  Simply cut card stock for your category dividers and label with printed file labels or by using a label maker.  Arrange member’s cards by their profession.  It is easier to think of the services needed than an individual name.  After all, that has worked for the Yellow Pages all these years.  

Even if you are not in a formal networking group, you can organize the cards you collect and become a better referral source to your clients. The results of organization in your networking group will benefit everyone’s bottom line just as your organized closet or desk makes your life easier.

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Moving Into Assisted Living

 

 If you remember Shady Pines from the Golden Girls the thought of assisted living for a loved one might seem unthinkable.  But care for the growing elder population has changed over the years.  Now our seniors have the choice of Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Nursing Homes as the need for the extra care arrises.   

Visit different facilities in your area and see what services are offered as your search begins.  You will want to know how and when transportation and if the community serves the area where current doctors are located.  Moving from one’s home is traumatic enough without asking parents to also change doctors because the residence does not provide transportation to physicians.  

Added Shelves Creates Extra Storage in Closets

 

Have lunch in the dining room and meet other residents.  This is going to be home and it helps choosing the right location by meeting the neighbors and tasking the food.   

Decisions will have to be made before the move on what clothes will be needed as closet space is probably much less than at home.  On a recent project we added extra shelving from Home Depot in the walk-in closet.  Hooks are great to keep canes and reach grabbers off the floor and convenient.     

  

Flat Screen Television on Chest Allows More Space In Living Room

 

Bring furniture and family heirlooms to the new residence.  Adding curtains also provides warmth to interiors.  Flat screen televisions gives a larger picture when vision is poor and allows more room in tight spaces.  But remember new electronics will mean remotes may operate differently than what the senior is accustomed to working and could be confusing.  

Small Dining Table Also Serves as End Table in Small Spaces

 

Plan a outing with a friend or family member for your parent on the day of the move.  It is hard enough to leave home for the last time without seeing the movers carrying items out and being around for the chaos of unpacking and setting up the new digs.  

Furniture from Home

 

If at all possible, keep the bedroom as it was in their home.  This will go a long way to help from feeling disoriented.   Plan on being available for the next few days to show where everything is in the new place.  But no matter how much planning is involved, there is going to be an adjustment period.  New surrounding, new people, new location…rely on the facility staff to do their job during the first few weeks.

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