Style is more than keeping up with the latest trends. It’s a way of living. It is a form of expression that reflects who you are and your lifestyle. Appearance is a part of it. Yet style also includes knowing what you value, what you like, and what priority you place on each of these. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but a good sense of style is something we all appreciate. It may be found in the way a person speaks, dresses or decorates their home. It is a source of pleasure.
You’ve created a space for your hobby but how do you keep it organized? In order for you to enjoy your craft time, there are three key considerations: tools/supplies, storage, and personal style.
Tools and Supplies
Look at the amount and size of the tools and supplies you need to support your craft. There’s a big difference between what a stamp collector needs and what a painter has to have. For example, if you are using craft paper or canvas measure how deep and wide a drawer you will need to hold them. Once the size dimensions are identified, you can organize your tools by function and how often they will be used. But if your tools don’t fit, it’s time to find a better space.
If you work from home full time you are part of a growing trend. An estimated 3.2 million people in the U.S. work at home, a number which has risen 79% since 2005. Employers appear to be warming up to the idea of telecommuting employees. Perhaps because a recent survey showed home-based employees worked an average of 9.5% longer and were 13% more productive.
One of the most important features homebuyers are looking for in a house is closet space. In particular, bedroom closet space. This space in a house allows them to see how they will keep their clothing organized and possibly eliminate the need for a space-guzzling dresser. Well-organized closets help homeowners keep clutter from accumulating in other rooms and doorways as well.
In a well organized home, there is no mail or school work lying on the counter. There are no laundry baskets in plain sight, no backpacks, shoes, or coats lying around. The dishes are done and put away. The table is clear, ready for a new task to begin.
In other words, there is no work staring us in the face when we walk in. When we see pictures of organized homes, or walk into a beautiful vacation home with none of our clutter around us-we feel none of the stress or anxiety that we feel when we walk into our own cluttered homes.
Tax time cannot be avoided without penalty. Like spring showers, it comes around each year whether we like it or not. What you can avoid is the last minute search for documents, receipts, and forms you need to file before the April deadline.
If you work with an accountant, you can use their year-end tax planning guide to help you itemize your individual and business taxes. It often includes tips on lowering your taxes and keeps you up to date on current tax laws. You can make your own list as well but accountants can offer ideas you may not think of on your own.
We all need to feel a sense of control over our environment including our home or office. When these places get cluttered with too much junk a feeling of chaos and uncertainty occurs. A sense of control may be lost. An ability to produce may be hindered as well. Anxiety grows. You may find yourself asking: “Is there a better way?”
Congratulations, you’ve started on a path to find a solution and regain your sense of control. In my experience as a professional organizer people can get sidetracked from accomplishing their goals in a number of ways. Feed your need for control by avoiding these common organizing mistakes.
Think about it. Stacks of bills scattered about the house; mail mixed in with newspapers; last minute shipping of gifts; delayed maintenance on your car or house – these are more than annoying inconveniences. They are signs of a disorganized home that is costing you time and money. We console ourselves with excuses. We’re too busy at work, or with the kids, to keep on top of things. Meanwhile, plenty of companies are willing to let you pay the price for your disorganized home.
The new year is a great time to reflect back and to look ahead. As I make my resolutions on the dawn of 2015, I have been thinking about legacy. How will I be remembered by my loved ones? What memories of our time together will last? It seems that if I put this at the forefront of my thoughts, things fall into perspective. Our lives are often cluttered with excess. Meaningless activities can suck our time and energy. The ones we love are sometimes the last to get our time and attention. I challenge you to think about your legacy in five key areas of your life in 2015.
This past year our photo organizing business has grown, and it has been very rewarding to be a part of these projects that bring so much joy to our clients.
Whether the photo project represents a memory of a loved one’s life, an archive for an active family or a complete family history shared for the next generation, their value typically far exceeds the cost. We understand that photos and movies are often the only physical connection between you and your most important memories. To bring these memories back into our lives, where we can once again hold them close to our heart is something that is both personal and meaningful. We transform mounds of photos, film, and memorabilia into something that can be accessed at a moment’s notice, either in print or digitally. Photo organizing can provide much needed connection, comfort and closure.