13 Jan National Get Organized Month with Gina Caughey
Want to get more organized? Getting ready to sell your home and don’t know where to start? Maybe you’re staying put and are just sick and tired of tripping over stuff?
Today, Deborah Elliott-Shultz welcome Gina Caughey of A Call to Order into the studio.
January is National Get Organized Month and it’s little wonder as getting organized is one of the top ten New Year’s resolutions. Part of the reason behind this is that clearing out your space, clears not just your living space but also the place between your ears.
Making the resolution and getting ready to clean everything out, though, can be a bit overwhelming. Where is the best place to start?
Make a plan!
Write down everything you think needs tweaking or organizing. Once that’s done, break each item down into bite-sized chunks. It’s kind of like that age-old question: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Then start going through your list.
When you’re getting ready to sell, this is especially important because often prospective buyers can’t see through the clutter to the amazing home. During the time of selling, think minimalist.
And don’t just relocate everything to the garage and put a sheet over it. People will see right through this “ghost” pile and think that there’s not enough space for their own things in the house.
4 Letter Words of Clutter
Need: I might need it!
Save: I need to save this…
Gift: But it was a gift/It might make a great gift for someone someday!
Free: It was free!
Sale: It was on sale!
Oftentimes, we rationalize why something should be kept, but in reality it just becomes the clutter that surrounds us.
How do we know if something should be kept or if we’re rationalizing it’s continued existence? Set up guidelines about when to toss something. Maybe you haven’t worn a certain item in a year, but you only wear it once a year when you ski. Ok. Keep that. But if you haven’t worn an item in a specific set of time because it needs to be fixed, taken to the dry cleaners, etc, then it might be time to give it away. There are different guidelines for different folks. Another clutter point is magazines. Maybe your guideline is that if you haven’t read it in 2 months, you can give it away to a local school or recycle it.
Come listen as Gina gives part of her list of 100 things to get rid of as well as explains some of the ways A Call To Order can help you! Gina is a Certified Professional Organizer. One of her specialties is helping hoarders. There are some very specific ways she can help people who deal with this. Gina and her team have a very strong compassion component in their specialties and there is no judgment about the condition of your home. They just want to come in and help you. Later in 2018, Gina is also planning to complete her certification as a Senior Move Manager.
Whether it’s to organize your personal life or a small business, A Call To Order is there to assist you! Find them online at acalltoorderco.com or call (719)231-5425.
As always, if you have any questions about today’s topic or anything real estate, Deborah can be reached at (719) 641-1357.
And remember, it’s never too late to become the person you were meant to be.