In today’s economy more and more people are deciding to add a second source of income by having a home business. Operating a home business can be exciting but it does require office organization.
A common problem facing home based business owners is the lack of organization. This causes a lack of focus which affects performance. As a home based business you may be wondering where you went wrong and why you are not progressing. The problem often lies in the lack of planning and being organized.
Importance of Home Office Organization
Organization has been shown to directly affect productivity. Your home office organization will reflect on how you do business. A relaxed and cluttered office has been shown to hinder creativity. You can lose track of important paperwork and let deadlines slip.
When a loved one dies, you’ll find yourself faced with the task of sorting through his whole house and figuring out what to keep. There are experts who can help you how to make decisions related to home organizing after a death of someone close to you. They have the tools and training to change and organize any space. It’s highly unlikely for you to take this big of a task since you still have to deal with the shock and grief over the loss of a loved one. It’s something that you could have never prepared for.
Ask Help From Professional Home Organizers
It can be difficult to decide what to keep when a loved one passes away. Ask for help from a professional home organizer. Many people wold like to help but just have no idea how. You could ask your community to assist you with everything from dropping off supplies or snacks to helping watch the kids so you could focus on the task ahead. Even if they just sit by your side and give moral support, this is not the kind of task that you should do on your own.
The term home staging wasn’t that common back in the 1990s. People knew that a house must look its best first before it’s put on the market. However, homeowners associated this with washing dirty dishes, tidying up the closet, and the like.
Home staging has evolved over the past 30 years. Thanks to the help of professional organizers, it has become a highly sought after service, especially within the real estate industry. Below are some tips on how to stage your home’s living room. In case you can’t do these things on your own, you always have the option to hire a home stager.
Living Room Home Staging Basics
Paint Your Living Room
You might think that repainting your house before you move is a tiring job. But if the color of the walls are other than light and neutral, you seriously have to reconsider. Neutrals can make any room look brighter and cleaner, not to mention, it’s almost always preferred by home buyers.
Are you dreading your next garage cleanup? Perhaps, you already feel exhausted thinking about the pile of stuff that you will have to sort out and organize. Even though garages were originally designed to protect and keep cars, many homeowners find other purposes and uses for their garages. As a result, boxes of their belongings and other things find their way into the garage. And before you know it, these boxes have accumulated to the point of filling your garage so that you now have to park on the driveway.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, you need to plan for an overall garage organization and cleanup soon. On the other hand, with the amount of work waiting for you and the piles of boxes waiting to be organized, you may be prompted to postpone cleaning your garage, which will only make matters worse and will require more of your time and effort.
It doesn’t matter how small or big your kitchen is, home organizing could be challenging. For pantry and food items to small appliances, glassware, and utensils, there is a lot of things to organize in your kitchen. It could be difficult to determine how to store things like baking sheets, cutting boards, container lids, pot lids, food wraps, and more. And each kitchen possesses its own quirks, so you need to take those into account as well. If you are navigating small cabinets, lack of storage, or narrow drawers, there are many things you need to contend with if you are trying to keep your kitchen clean while also making everything you need still accessible.
Deal With Countertop Clutter
To wrangle all the canisters, kitchen tools, and condiments that are currently causing clutter in your kitchen countertops, then find a tray to contain all these things. If every canister and jar is corralled on a tray, your kitchen would look a lot better and it will also be easier for you to get rid of the tray out of your way if you need more counter space.
Recently, a lot of professional organizers as well as productivity coaches who would like to add virtual organizing to their offerings. Virtual organizing provides several benefits for clients and organizers, however, there are a few things you need to consider before you take the plunge.
What Is Virtual Organizing?
A lot of people are familiar with the hands on practice of working with a professional organizer. If you work hands on, the office organizer or the home organizer as well as the client will agree on a time and date. The professional organizer will also go to the client’s office or home and together then come up with a plan and implement it.
“I’m doing the best I can but I’m so disorganized and just not being productive.” This is a common complaint so many folks have who spend their days multitasking with jobs, family, friends, church, children, etc. It seems that people complain that they are putting out so much energy and time with everyday activities yet the return and gratification doesn’t measure up to this output. Clutter, disorganization, moving, downsizing, and constantly searching for things only adds to our stress and not accomplishing our goals that will organize and simplify our lives.
A few ways you can increase your productivity is put things where they belong the first time rather than touching the them several times. Prioritize what is most important and has to be done sooner rather than later. Focus on one task at a time. Manage your time efficiently whether you are enjoying free time or structured time. Formulate a plan for your home office including paying monthly bills, setting up a filing system, gathering tax information or getting your computer so it is user friendly and easy to retrieve information.
Maybe you have decided to leave the office life goodbye and work from home. Or perhaps you’ve set up a home office for your new side hustle. Working at home allows you to control your schedule and if you know what you’re doing, you may even be able to skip out early whenever you want.
However, you can’t just sit on the couch with your laptop and expect to be productive. It is crucial to create a workspace or office within your home. If you don’t, you will be distracted, and you’ll fall behind your deadlines, and pretty soon you will no longer be comfortable working at home anymore.
I was contacted by Jim Smith whose mother had passed recently and daddy was placed in a nursing home. Jim needed his parent’s townhouse cleaned out and staged so he could get ready to sell it. When I showed up for the initial assessment, I noticed all types of military memorabilia. His dad, Jimmy Smith, was an Army Veteran and couldn’t wait to show me all the medals and awards his dad received for his service during World War II.
Relocating has it’s challenges! Inevitably, you wind up in your new home and begin to question yourself:
“I had no doubt that this must come with me; it means a lot to me and I can’t let it go.” The point is that it brought you joy in your former state of being, your former home. The question now is, “Does it bring you joy now?” The answer to this critical question (be totally honest with yourself) determines one of several paths you may now explore.
You can sell it, gift (donate) it, or re-purpose it; even if the answer is ,”Yes, it does still bring me joy …”
If it is not “working” with your current situation you can donate or sell. Hold a ceremony, take your time, and thank it for the pleasure it has shared with you! Then allow it to share the same with others of this life …
~ Let It Be ~
A more palatable option is to allow it to extend its life by re-purposing. Everything Old Is New Again can be your mantra! Exhaust the number of options at your fingertips! Discuss options with others, check out creative sites like Pinterest, Real Simple (magazine) and perhaps take a chalk painting class!
When you extend your mind to new possibilities the result can be life changing ~
The pictures shown here of Karen’s Early American dining room set (which belonged to her husband’s parents) was re-purposed in their new home that complements their coastal theme decor. She used farmhouse chalk paint and washed with tea stain and silver wax on hardware!!