Enjoy a Fresh Style in Your Closet this Season

As we get our kids set for school and psych ourselves up for another fall season, there’s no better time than now for a closet make-over. So, before you head out on a shopping trip for new clothes check out what you ‘need’.

If you’ve already shopped (because really, who hasn’t :)) Then still consider following our  handy checklist to help whip that closet into shape to make getting dressed easier each day :

  • Examine every single thing in your closet – remove items and lay them out on your bed if it makes it easier to sort
  • Only put back items you are sure you want to keep, if you are unsure, hang it backwards and if you don’t wear it by next year, discard
  • As you return items to the closet, divide them into “current” and “out of season” giving the current items up front space with out of season items in the back
  • Group your items by type, i.e. pants, skirts, dresses, long-sleeve tops, short-sleeve tops
  • Optimize space with belt hangers, scarf organizers and door hooks
  • Door hanging shoe bags can hold socks, tights, hair accessories, and any assortment of dolls or ninja warriors 🙂
  • For items that you no longer want – place into 3 labeled bags: donate, garbage, and consignment
  • If you still have too many items for the space, consider storing out of season items elsewhere
    • perhaps an available closet in another room or
    • or pack some items up in storage boxes or under the bed bags that you remove the air from
    • or think about installing a customizable closet system for your next make-over

Here’s a young lady’s narrow closet that we maximized the space in – I wish I was a better photographer but I think you’ll get the idea.

Before pic includes: ceramics on the top shelf, art kits on the bottom shelf and those custom metal cubes that seemed like a good idea at one time. So, we gave her two drawers for her undergarments, two basket drawers plus gave her some floor space back….who can say they have floor space in their closet? Added in all new hangers, a couple of baskets, lighting and only put back the clothes she will wear!

Using Rubbermaid Configurations

Using Rubbermaid Configurations with drawers and baskets for easy access, added interior light, jewellery hanger and scarf/belt hanger and labelled baskets on upper shelf

No drawers so metal cubes were used = messy and a pain to find under clothes, no light to illuminate

No drawers so metal cubes were used = messy and a pain to find under clothes, no light to illuminate

 

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Calendar versus Tasks

Sample Calendar

Sample Calendar

We use calendars so we know what we need to show up for but where do you keep track of all the tasks….. by tasks I mean the tiny action items that require time to execute but don’t necessarily get scheduled into the calendar?

A task can be a call you need to make tomorrow or in one month’s time. Tasks can be the supplies you need to pick up for the office, a course you need to register for or the new toothbrush you need from the drug store.

The rule of thumb is to keep all similar tasks together and then complete them together. If you have 5 follow-up phone calls to make and each will take approximately 10 minutes then you will need to schedule one hour into your calendar to make those calls.

If you have three errands that need to be done – dry cleaners, grocers and drug store then you’ll want to look at your calendar to see when it’s convenient to do those errands. While your reviewing your calendar may notice that you’ll be driving by the dry

Sample Task List

Sample Task List

cleaners on Wednesday  – now you just need to schedule it in and then stop at the dry cleaners on Wednesday.

A calendar for all of our appointments and a list of ALL tasks that need to be done are essential procedures so that we can free up our minds and be confident that everything that needs to get done is accounted for.

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Still wrestling with time management?

I Googled “Time Management” and got over 1 billion hits in less than 26 seconds so, don’t worry you’re not alone!

The problem isn’t that you have a challenge but rather that you can’t talk about it at work (for many obvious reasons) or with your family or loved one’s because they probably seem used to your behavior or make jokes about it and I would guess that you probably feel like no one really understands you.

I bet you’re not even sure what the root cause is behind your own time challenges. If you could define the root cause and actually implement some strategic actions, that suit your lifestyle and your personality style, you’d be much happier, more productive and you’d even pat yourself on the back some days for a job well done.

But sadly, many people don’t realize that there are people to help with time challenges – at kAos Group we do this along with other professionals that can be found in the Google search. But, until you are ready to give someone a call here are some great time management links that may provide affirmations or strategies for you to adopt:

Time management doesn’t work

Take Control of your time

Time strategies for moms

Best practices in time management

10 Strategies for better time management (i love this one!!)

Free time management resource materials

Those Nooks and Crannies Must Be Good For Something

How many of us are old enough to know the phrase “nooks and crannies”? And what’s the difference between a nook and a cranny anyways? Well, a “nook” is defined as a corner and a “cranny” is a small opening or crevice. You may be wondering how this relates to being organized, but if you think of all those little spaces in your home that can be effectively utilized for storage, perhaps your daily routines of putting things away can become a little bit easier.

• The piles of paper coming into your front door can be sorted right where it comes in – set up a basket or wire file system on a nearby shelf, or affixed to a wall near the front door for your mail, flyers, and other papers that arrive daily.

• And what family household doesn’t have piles of shoes? Treat shoes like your files by designating a basket for each family member to hold their shoes and as it starts to overflow, they have to sort, organize and archive their shoes that are out of season.

• Another common problem is missing keys, especially for things that may be seasonal. The solution to finding keys when you need them is to store them in a logical place. Use adhesive Command hooks for hanging house, bike or cottage keys and for those keys used less often hang them inside the front hall closet.

command-hooks

The Command Brand of products are fabulous because they won’t damage your walls and they are made to hold different weights.

Take a moment to think about areas in your home to set up some sorting and storage stations that make sense for you. By seeking out those precious nooks and crannies to hold your papers, shoes, keys and more, you will have a simplified process to make it easy for everyone to put things away so that your home stays clutter free and tidy every day of the year and not just when company is coming!

Quick Organizing Facts and Links

Every month (give or take a few), since 2006, we’ve publish the Organized Lifestyle Magazine.

Some editions are robust as I feel the urge to fill the four sections (Home, Office, Time and Spirit) with information, links and tips to empower individuals and teams to take back the reins on any one thing that is related to ‘organized’ while others are short & sweet with quick organizing facts and links to help people on their path with productivity. Like this one One Fact and One Link

Calendar versus Tasks

An appointment in your calendar versus a task.

We use calendars so we know what we need to show up for but where do you keep track of all the tasks….. by tasks I mean the tiny action items that require time to execute but don’t necessarily get scheduled into the calendar?
A task can be a call you need to make tomorrow or in one month’s time. Tasks can be the supplies you need to pick up for the office, a course you need to register for or the new toothbrush you need from the drug store.

The rule of thumb is to keep all similar tasks together and then complete them together. If you have 5 follow up phone calls to make and each will take approximately 10 minutes then you will need to schedule one hour into your calendar to make those calls.

If you have three errands that need to be done – dry cleaners, grocers and drug store then you’ll want to look at your calendar to see when it’s convenient to do those errands. While your reviewing your calendar may notice that you’ll be driving by the dry cleaners on Wednesday – now you just need to schedule it in and then stop at the dry cleaners on Wednesday.

A calendar for all of our appointments and a list of ALL tasks that need to be done are essential procedures so that we can free up our minds and know confidently that everything that needs to get done is accounted for.

Evernote and Getting Things Done Methodology

If you use the Getting Things Done methodology and use or are interested in learning how to incorporate Evernote then take a look at this video for suggestions to build on your productivity foundation.

You Tube Evernote and Getting Things Done