1. Remove everything from the closet. Relocate clothing or other items being stored in the closet.
2. Measure for shelves. Make sure top shelf is half the depth of the closet to ensure you can use the full height of the space above the door header.
3. Remove existing shelves, rods or brackets and hardware. Patch up any holes, sand and prep walls for paint or wall paper.
4. Select colors for walls and choose matching storage accessories for magazines, paper and office supplies.
5. Paint or wallpaper walls and install adequate lighting.
6. Install brackets and shelves. Adjustable shelves work great and allow you to change spacing to accommodate accessories, books, supplies and storage containers.
7. Add a chair and wastepaper basket to complete the look and functionality of your new office.
- Install a desktop shelf that is the full width and depth of the closet space. This allows you to utilize the entire space for your desk accessories, computer and writing space.
- Consider leaving 18-20 inches above the desktop shelf. You can use the wall space for an ideas board, wall calendar and magnetically attached office supplies.
- Leave doors on closet; when your office is not in use you can close doors.
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Organizer serving Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia
Organizing Priorities Begins With A Simple Reality Check.
You are so extraordinary, you really know how to live life to the fullest,” your friend gushes. Your hard work and dedication as a ministry leader, entrepreneur, Neighborhood Yard Committee chairperson, Chamber of Commerce board member and car pool organizer has earned you the admiration of many young moms and execs alike. You admittedly love the accolades of being seen as the one who can do it all. Not a single day goes by when your three girls’ hair isn’t adorned with pink or yellow ribbons and they each sport matching tees. You love what you’re able to accomplish in any given day, but the stress that goes with it is starting to affect your health.
Getting priorities in order is no longer negotiable. Your recent acknowledgement that you almost fell asleep while driving was a wake-up call. Finally you’re ready to admit that having a full schedule with “superwoman” level commitments doesn’t make for a very fulfilling life. Your responsibilities often keep you away from what really matters, family. Suddenly you realize the trade-off is not what you want. The stress your body feels is telling you it’s time to set some limitations. The still small voice of the Holy Spirit has been urging you to slow down. Now you admit it’s high time you listen and organize your priorities.
Organizing your priorities, will eliminate stress.
God has blessed you with great talents, abilities, gifts and skills, but He never intended for you to take on the coveted role of “superwoman.” You’re using your TAGS to fulfill God’s plan for your life and you do well in serving others. There are however, limitations that must be set. Based upon your values and the life you want to live, being overwhelmed and distressed isn’t part of the program. Here’s a simple exercise to help you hone in on what’s important, get organized and start to honor the values you truly want to embrace.
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Getting started can be the hardest part of getting organized.
Do you lack motivation and find the most difficult thing about organizing is getting started? Procrastination and fear are the two power twins that seek to render you powerless and defeated by your ever-growing piles of mess. Don’t be discouraged, help has arrived. THERE’S HOPE!!!
7 quick things you can do to conquer your clutter now.
- Enlist a friend or a professional organizer to help you dig in.
- Get your calendar and schedule 3 separate organizing sessions. If you have a lot of clutter you may need to schedule up to 5 sessions but almost any amount of clutter can be eliminated in that amount of time. Make each session 2-3 hours in length. Plan carefully and use INK. Keep in mind you must prepare and condition yourself. One would not attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in an hour or a day. Let’s face it you’ve been accumulating stuff for a while, so it’s going to take some time to get things organized.
- Make a trusty “TO DO LIST” and make it specific. You must list out the things that you plan to get accomplished during your three organizing sessions.
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