Letting Go of Summer

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Guest blog by: Katrina Teeple, CEO, Operation Organization (link to www.operationorganization.com)

Personal Organizing Tips for Fall

It’s hard to accept that summer is almost over. The seasons aren’t dramatic for those of us in southern California, but they do exist. Maybe you’re looking forward to a time when things are not unbearably hot? Maybe you live in a place where fall means packing up your summer things and pulling down boxes of coats, sweaters, and boots.

Here’s a tip: do some fall organizing. No, you are not too busy. Reducing clutter really does free your mind and you’re going to love it.

And guess what? Once the holidays hit you might actually be too busy to get organized. Take advantage of this change of season to put summer away and pull out the fall fashions that you’ll be excited to wear once it’s cooled off.

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Plan for Next Year

The first thing you can do to make sure you’re not just boxing up clutter is to plan for next summer. Do you really want those sandals that are threatening to fall apart? I’d bet you’ve got more bikinis than you need and at least one didn’t make it to the beach this summer.

You’re going to go shopping next spring. Accept that you’ll find things you prefer in the future and take this summer’s leavings to Goodwill now. Start with the stuff you didn’t wear or don’t like. That’ll be easy, right?

Fall is About Change

I know it’s early to talk New Year’s Resolutions, but let’s be realistic. When you decide to change your life during an evening when you’re full of champagne, results are mixed at best. Plus it’s too depressing to make big changes when it’s too cold outside. Fall is the time. You’re not too hot or too cold to think clearly.

Fall is the perfect time to sit down and write a list of the ways you can improve your life. At Operation Organization (link to: www.operationorganization.com), we’re encouraging our clients to go paperless in 2014. They’re starting to transition now so that when the new year rolls around they’ll actually be ready.

Again, start with the easy questions. Want to go on vacation next summer? Start saving now. Set up an account at Mint.com or Manilla.com and get your finances organized.

Decide what kind of raise you’re going to ask for in the new year. Seriously. Women are less likely to ask for big raises and that’s one of the main reasons they’re not granted big raises. Decide on a number, based on a reasonable percentage increase. Here’s more help andinspiration (link to: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133599768/ask-for-a-raise-most-women-hesitate).

Enjoy the Change

Think of fall organizing as the opposite of spring cleaning. In fact, think of how nice it’ll be to have less to get rid of come spring.

•      Don’t just shove everything into the back of your closet or that top shelf you can’t reach.

•      If your place is too small for storage, find a nice trunk that can sit at the foot of your bed or a storage box that doubles as a side table.

•      Use storage bins that will last, fit nicely in your space, and keep out moths.

•      Find a little lavender pillow to toss in each storage bin.

•      Take care of the things that are worth keeping, get rid of the things you wouldn’t bother to take care of.

Lastly, keep out a couple of light dresses and a pair of summery shoes that you can use, just in case. You’ll be prepared if you get a warm fall day and a couple of summery items in your closet will make it easier to accept when it’s turned to fall for good.

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For more personal and professional organizing tips from Katrina, visit http://operationorganization.blogspot.com.

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