Due to popular demand, I have decided to start offering an option for my services in which I focus entirely on sorting. There will be no coaching, and the client doesn’t even have to be present. Sorting-only is great for clients who find the process of side-by-side organizing to be too stressful, who feel like they can’t keep it up for an entire three- or four-hour session, or who just don’t have the time to devote to organizing along with me. I can do this on as large a scale as you like: entire rooms or houses. After I sort each time, you can go through the items at your leisure and decide what to do with them. I can do any items you have, but I think it’s especially useful for paperwork, containers or drawers of completely mixed up items, books, and even clothing if you need it sorted by size, household member, or season, and/or need me to weed out damaged items. (I also love matching up socks!)
I have learned that you can submit a provider review to Angie’s List even if you’re not an Angie’s List member. So if you liked the work I did for you, please follow this link, search for me as “Find Your Floor Professional Organizing,” and fill out the form. It shouldn’t take more than ten-fifteen minutes or so. If you’re not an Angie’s List member, then your review won’t count toward my score, but it will still be readable by people who are considering whether or not to hire me.
The essence of organizing is decision making. Clutter almost always represents postponed decisions. (So do many of those email messages in your Inbox.)
I also find that a lot of those decisions are postponed because people fear that they’ll decide wrong. Thinking it through beforehand like she did can provide a reassuring template, though it will probably need to be tweaked as you go.
One category that I think should always be considered chuck-worthy is what I call “renewable resources:” Take-out containers, yogurt/cottage cheese containers, plastic/paper shopping bags, rubber bands, twist-ties, free address labels from charities, glass jars from food, and scrap paper are things that usually come into your house without your expending any effort, and they’re all free (or free along with the thing you bought). Therefore, there’s no need to keep more than a very few on hand; they will renew themselves.
Local Kids’ Coats: Cradles to Crayons has a particular need for kids’ winter coats. “Orders for children’s coats are up 61% over this time last year.” Here’s a list of dropoff locations and other stuff they need.
Stuff for Haiti: All the following donations can be dropped off at a container parked at the Super Stop & Shop in Somerville located at 779 MacGrath Highway, between February 8th – 21st. Donations can also be dropped off at the locations specified below, or you can call to schedule pickup of items. This, as you might imagine, is a looooong list!
Have you been thinking about hiring me to help you organize your space? If you book a session this month (the session can be scheduled for next month), you can pay just $40 per hour rather than the usual $50 – for as long as we work together. That’s even cheaper than my pre-payment rate, with no need for pre-payment. Let’s start the spring cleaning now, so you can have more fun when spring finally gets here!