Hey Collectors!

The National Association of Professional Organizers sponsors January as GET ORGANIZED Or GO Month. January is a great time to get organized because you can get prepared for the year. If you spend time now on clearing clutter and getting organized, then you can focus on creating, being and having fun! Who wouldn’t want more time for that? I would personally love more time at the spa getting pampered….

Have you ever thought about what being disorganized is costing you? I wanted to share some statistics with you. Do you see yourself in any of these statistics? Here are some stats on office disorganization I found on Brother USA:

  • The estimated annual dollars spent on looking for misplaced items in the office is $89,840,657,069 among full-time office professionals.

  • Estimated 38 working hours (or close to one work week) per person each year are lost as a result of looking for misplaced items in the office.

  • 66% of office workers having spent up to 30 minutes of time during a typical work week looking for things they have misplaced around their office, a major contributing factor for lost time in the office.

  • 46% of office workers have lost one of the following items in the past year (a file folder, mobile phone, calculator, flash or memory drive, a briefcase, suitcase, or luggage, lap top computer, or a PDA)

  • Close to four in 10 (37%) of office workers have gone into a work meeting feeling unprepared

  • Office supplies are on the top of office workers’ list of items lost in the last year with close to three in 10 (28%) have lost a file folder in the past year.

  • 87% of office workers say when their workspace is disorganized they feel they are less productive than when their workspace is organized

  • 86% agree that having a disorganized workspace is unprofessional

  • 30% of office workers have lost out on getting reimbursed for a business or travel expense because they misplaced or lost a receipt

http://www.brother-usa.com/ptouch/MeansBusiness/default.aspx

To search more statistics on office disorganization and home disorganization, check out NAPO’s database: http://www.napo.net/page/caspio_search

My 10 Quick Organizing Tips for The New Year

  1. Begin by SCHEDULING time to get organized. If we don’t write it down, we probably won’t do it!

  1. Create a vision of what you would like your home to look like. Write this down and/or create a vision board. Make sure to always keep your vision handy where you can reference it to keep you going.

  1. Return anything unopened, new, or with tags on it, that you haven’t used and is collecting dust. If you don’t have it, you don’t have to organize it.

  1. Jewelry can usually be organized fairly quickly. Necklaces should be stored individually or hung vertically so they don’t become tangled with themselves or other jewelry. Bracelets can be kept in a compartmentalized drawer or tray. Organize earrings by type. Studs and hoops can be stored in small compartments. Dangly earrings should hang vertically to avoid entanglements and damage.

  1. Organize with Ziploc bags. They are great for containing small items and are easy to label and use. Tame unruly toys, hardware, cosmetics, collections and snacks with ease!

  1. The brown paper bag is one of my favorite tools to use for sorting. Bags are simple to label, lightweight and a great way to sort documents. I like to have two in front of me: one for shredding and one for recycling. The brown paper bag is great for carrying out recycling, garbage, compost, and small donations. Really, anything that you need to carry out of your home and take elsewhere.

  1. Tackle donation junk mail. Put all of your solicitations in a box. Go through this box with ruthlessness. Open up each solicitation that you are interested in donating to.

Next, create a spreadsheet or list of whom you just donated to, how much and the date. Write “return to sender” on ones you aren’t interested in and put them in your outgoing mail. If that’s too much, recycle or shred them immediately.

  1. Don’t hang onto items “just in case”. If you don’t love it move it along to someone in need.

  1. Organize and start your filing for the year. Commit to being judicious when it comes to holding onto school mementos. I suggest no more than one box per year and even less if you are able. Consider going through items with your child. Something might be important to them that you aren’t aware of and they might not need to keep what you considered special. Get ahead of the game and start keeping track of your receipts for taxes so you aren’t in a panic come tax time next year.

  1. Be mindful of your buying and spending. Constantly ask yourself if what you are thinking about acquiring matches your ultimate vision.

What are your favorite organizing tips? How has organizing saved you time, money or reduced your stress? Share in the comments below.

Are you tired of losing money because you purchased something you already owned? Do you spend hours looking for your keys, bills or other important documents? Collector Care can help you get organized to start your New Year off on the right foot!

Call Collector Care at 925.548.7750 or email rachel@collectorcare.com to schedule your free 30-minute consultation and learn about how we can help your loved one.