Spring is the perfect time to switch your cold weather clothes for your warm weather ones. Here is some guidance on how to do this big overhaul for those closets!

The Clothes Closet Overhaul

  • Remove everything from your closet.
  • Create four piles: Keep, Donate, Toss, Tailor/Clean.  If you haven’t worn it in a few seasons, get rid of it!
  • Try on everything in your keep pile and decide item by item if it is really a keeper.  If you are unsure, try it on and look in a mirror.  Or better yet, ask a kind but honest friend to come over and give you his/her opinion as you conduct a mini fashion show.  The ultimate – get a pro and hire an image or wardrobe consultant to help you.
  • If you have a few sentimental favorites you can’t part with but won’t wear, store them in your Memory Box or out of season storage area.
  • Once you’ve pared down, give your closet an orderly flow.  Organize by garment type (shirts, pants, dresses, suits), season (current in most accessible location), color (only if that appeals to you), use (work versus casual), size (good for babies and little kids who grow out of sizes easily) — whatever makes the most sense for your lifestyle.
  • Consider storing your off-season clothing in separate location if it takes up too much room.  Dress clothes/evening wear used occasionally can also go elsewhere.
  • Use wooden hangers for suits and slacks, clear plastic swivel hangers for shirts, and padded hangers for lingerie and delicate items.
  • Be ruthless about weeding out your clothes on a regular basis, at least whenever there is a change of seasons.  Place a donate bin, box, or bag at the bottom of your closet as a constant reminder! Donate any items not used in the last few seasons, that don’t fit (yes, even your “fat” or “skinny” clothes — it is bad energy to have clothes that don’t fit you hanging around!), or that are out of style.  Remember to keep track of what you donate and get a receipt for a tax deduction if you donate to a tax-exempt charity!

I want to share an amazing video with you  called Shine: The Entrepreneur’s Journey. Shine is a 26-minute collaborative film project by Biznik co-founder Dan McComb and Ben Medina that explores what it takes to change the world one small business at a time. The film features interviews with select entrepreneurs around the country who share their stories. It also features professors and other business experts that share fascinating research about entrepreneurship.

I found the film inspiring, validating, funny, heartfelt, emotional and empowering! I hope it helps you think about what kind of entrepreneur you are and/or what kind of entrepreneur you want to be.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t checked out Biznik yet, hop on over and do so. Biznik is an award-winning community of entrepreneurs and small businesses dedicated to helping each other succeed. I have a profile on Biznik and often publish business-related articles there. If you are a Biznik user too, let’s connect.

Many people say they want to get better organized, it’s actually one of the top 3 New Year’s Resolutions. However, in order to act upon that goal, you must deeply examine your motives for wanting to do so. Your motives must be strong enough to sustain you through the change process.

DECIDE is an empowering process that leads to change. It will assist you in achieving results at home, at work, and in life in general. While the process guides a person in making decisions that lead to a more organized state, it is itself a decision; a decision to take control. How do you do that?

If you are ready to change and need help with any of your organizing or time management projects, then join me for the DECIDE to be Organized Online Group Coaching Program, a 6-week teleclass series that allows participants to be guided through the entire DECIDE process in a group coaching environment.

  • Dates: Tuesday evenings, February 22,  to March 29, 2011
  • Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm EST
  • Investment: Early Bird Special – $229 if register by January 22nd ($279 thereafter)
  • Bonuses: Includes MP3 recordings of all classes, the DECIDE to be Organized 58-page e-book, e-mail access to me and the group members, laser coaching session, and more!
  • Click here for details and to register

During these teleclasses, I will offer guidance, support, and expertise as you embark on this empowering process for change. Through DECIDE, you will learn the tools needed to get better organized, take control, and make positive changes.

Listen to my message about this exciting program AND a free 10 minute audio about the DECIDE process.

What the DECIDE to be Organized Group Coaching Program Includes:

  • Time, motivation and inspiration to work on your organizing projects.
  • A fun, supportive environment made up of individuals that also want to get better organized. You don’t have to go it alone!
  • Lasting tools to help you learn your organizing style, change your mindset, and maintain your organizing systems long after the program is over.
  • Decluttered physical space and clarity of mind so that you can focus on the things you really want, love, and need in your home, work, and life!

If you are interested in having your very own organizing coach, but aren’t able to invest the money to work on a one-on-one basis with an organizing expert, this affordable program is the answer!

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By Guest Blogger, Art Gould

The other day, one of my co-workers was telling me about his second home. It wasn’t the first time I had heard about it either. He has a small beachfront cottage that he uses as a getaway almost every weekend in the summer. I have always wanted a second home as an escape from my day to day life. I have to admit that this latest time, when I listened to him talk, it sounded so inviting that I started to become more then a bit envious. That is when it hit me; maybe I already have a one!

It is located in my car.

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Last chance to join the DECIDE to be Organized Group Coaching Program. It starts this Tuesday, October 5th so don’t delay!

Many people say they want to get better organized, but in order to act upon that wish, you must deeply examine your motives for wanting to do so. Your motives must be strong enough to sustain you through the change process. DECIDE is an empowering process that leads to change. It will assist you in achieving results at home, at work, and in life in general. While the process guides a person in making decisions that lead to a more organized state, it is itself a decision; a decision to take control. How do you do that?

The DECIDE to Be Organized Online Group Coaching Program

  • Dates: Tuesday evenings, October 5 to November 9, 2010
  • Time: 7:30-9:00 pm EST
  • Investment: $249
  • Bonuses: Includes MP3 recordings, the DECIDE to be Organized 58 page e-book, email access to me, and more!
  • Click here for Details and to Register

If you are ready to change and need help with any of your organizing or time management projects, then join me for the DECIDE to Be Organized Online Group Coaching Program, a 6-week teleclass program that allows participants to be guided through the entire DECIDE process in a group coaching environment.

During these teleclasses, I will offer guidance, support, and expertise as you embark on this empowering process for change. Through DECIDE, you will learn the tools needed to get better organized, take control, and make positive changes.

Listen to my message about this exciting program AND a free 10 minute audio about the DECIDE process.

If you are interested in having your very own organizing coach, but aren’t able to invest the money to work on a one-on-one basis with an organizing expert, this affordable program is the answer!

Take a look at the program details and “decide” for yourself!

Organizers Take Note: If you are a professional organizer looking for organizing education, the DECIDE group coaching program is perfect for you too! You can take the program to learn a great new organizing process that you can use with your clients. I will issue a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the program that you can use to support 9 hours of continuing educationcredits. In the past, organizers have have taken the program along with non-organizers as a way to further their organizing skills and add a new process to their repertoire. You can too!

Referral Program: If you are a NAPO member and bring in a participant, you will either receive 15% off of your own registration if you take the program, or a 15% referral fee if you are not enrolled yourself! Just let me know the registrant’s name(s), or have them tell me they were referred by you.

Many people say they want to get better organized, but in order to act upon that wish, you must deeply examine your motives for wanting to do so. Your motives must be strong enough to sustain you through the change process. DECIDE is an empowering process that leads to change. It will assist you in achieving results at home, at work, and in life in general. While the process guides a person in making decisions that lead to a more organized state, it is itself a decision; a decision to take control. How do you do that?

If you are ready to change and need help with any of your organizing or time management projects, then join me for the DECIDE to be Organized Online Group Coaching Program, a 6-week teleclass series that allows participants to be guided through the entire DECIDE process in a group coaching environment.

  • Dates: Tuesday evenings, October 5 to November 9, 2010
  • Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm EST
  • Investment: Early Bird Special – $199 if register by September 14th ($249 thereafter)
  • Bonuses: Includes MP3 recordings of all classes, the DECIDE to be Organized 58-page e-book, e-mail access to me and the group members, laser coaching session, and more!
  • Click here for details and to register

During these teleclasses, I will offer guidance, support, and expertise as you embark on this empowering process for change. Through DECIDE, you will learn the tools needed to get better organized, take control, and make positive changes.

Listen to my message about this exciting program AND a free 10 minute audio about the DECIDE process.

What the DECIDE to be Organized Group Coaching Program Includes:

  • Time, motivation and inspiration to work on your organizing projects.
  • A fun, supportive environment made up of individuals that also want to get better organized. You don’t have to go it alone!
  • Lasting tools to help you learn your organizing style, change your mindset, and maintain your organizing systems long after the program is over.
  • Decluttered physical space and clarity of mind so that you can focus on the things you really want, love, and need in your home, work, and life!

If you are interested in having your very own organizing coach, but aren’t able to invest the money to work on a one-on-one basis with an organizing expert, this affordable program is the answer!

Take a look at the program details and “decide” for yourself.

I am thrilled to announce that in January 2010, I secured a book deal with Peter Pauper Press to write an organizing book to be launched in fall 2010. The book (which has not yet been named!) will be an interactive guide that will cover getting organized at home and work, and will include interactive exercises, checklists, and journal pages to write about your organizing journey.

I am relieved that the actual writing is complete, which feels like a huge accomplishment! I sent in the last chapter to my editor on May 15th. However, there is still much work to be done. If you have ever published a book, you know what I mean. The editing and design process now begins! I will be busy reviewing edits, layout, “mechanicals,” source checking, and design features. I am excited to see the project through and can’t wait to hold the actual book in my hands. I will, of course, be offering it for sale on my website (and in person at speaking engagements and book signings), so be sure to keep on the look-out for a formal launch in the fall!

Meanwhile, if you just can’t wait until the fall to learn how to get organized, you can purchase my e-book, DECIDE to be Organized: An Empowering Process for Change on my website.

Many people say they want to get better organized, but in order to act upon that wish, you must deeply examine your motives for wanting to do so. Your motives must be strong enough to sustain you through the change process. DECIDE is an empowering process that leads to change. It will assist you in achieving results at home, at work, and in life in general. While the process guides a person in making decisions that lead to a more organized state, it is itself a decision; a decision to take control. How do you do that? 

If you are ready to change and need help with any of your organizing or time management projects, then join me for the DECIDE to be Organized Online Group Coaching Program,a 6-week teleclass series that allows participants to be guided through the entire DECIDE process in a group coaching environment.

  • Dates: Tuesday evenings, February 9 to March 16, 2010
  • Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm EST
  • Investment: Early Bird Special – $199 if register by Jan. 25th ($249 thereafter)
  • Bonuses:  Includes MP3 recordings of all classes, the DECIDE to be Organized 58-page e-book, e-mail access to me and the group members, laser coaching session, and more!
  •  Click here for details and to register

During these teleclasses, I will offer guidance, support, and expertise as you embark on this empowering process for change. Through DECIDE, you will learn the tools needed to get better organized, take control, and make positive changes.

Listen to my message about this exciting program AND a free 10 minute audio about the DECIDE process. 

What the DECIDE to be Organized Group Coaching Program Includes:

  • Time, motivation and inspiration to work on your organizing projects.
  • A fun, supportive environment made up of individuals that also want to get better organized. You don’t have to go it alone!
  • Lasting tools to help you learn your organizing style, change your mindset, and maintain your organizing systems long after the program is over.
  • Decluttered physical space and clarity of mind so that you can focus on the things you really want, love, and need in your home, work, and life! 

If you are interested in having your very own organizing coach, but aren’t able to invest the money to work on a one-on-one basis with an organizing expert, this affordable program is the answer! You can achieve your New Year’s resolution to get organized in 2010!

Take a look at the program details and “decide” for yourself.

Looking for a holiday gift that subtracts from, instead of adds to, clutter? Check out my e-book, DECIDE to be Organized: An Empowering Process for Change.

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Often, people complain that gifts given for the holidays, although well-intentioned, just add to their clutter. E-books make gift-giving easy, as they can be sent to anyone on your gift list by email instantly. And they don’t cause physical clutter!

DECIDE is an empowering process that leads to change. It will assist readers in achieving results at home, at work, and in life in general. The DECIDE® e-book is less about the “stuff” and more about the thinking behind the “stuff.” The DECIDE® process examines the connection between decision-making and disorganization.  It looks at the way people think and act with regard to organization, and offers an opportunity for an empowering change to occur.  So, although this may be a small book (it is a tidy 58 pages long), it is a powerful one!

Give the gift of organizing to someone on your list this holiday season. Or treat yourself!

The Clothes Closet Overhaul

  • Remove everything from your closet.
  • Create four piles: Keep, Donate, Toss, Tailor/Clean.  If you haven’t worn it in a few seasons, get rid of it!
  • Try on everything in your keep pile and decide item by item if it is really a keeper.  If you are unsure, try it on and look in a mirror.  Or better yet, ask a kind but honest friend to come over and give you his/her opinion as you conduct a mini fashion show.  The ultimate – get a pro and hire an image or wardrobe consultant to help you.
  • If you have a few sentimental favorites you can’t part with but won’t wear, store them in your Memory Box or out of season storage area.
  • Once you’ve pared down, give your closet an orderly flow.  Organize by garment type (shirts, pants, dresses, suits), season (current in most accessible location), color (only if that appeals to you), use (work versus casual), size (good for babies and little kids who grow out of sizes easily) — whatever makes the most sense for your lifestyle.
  • Consider storing your off-season clothing in separate location if it takes up too much room.  Dress clothes/evening wear used occasionally can also go elsewhere.
  • Use wooden hangers for suits and slacks, clear plastic swivel hangers for shirts, and padded hangers for lingerie and delicate items.
  • Be ruthless about weeding out your clothes on a regular basis, at least whenever there is a change of seasons.  Place a donate bin, box, or bag at the bottom of your closet as a constant reminder! Donate any items not used in the last few seasons, that don’t fit (yes, even your “fat” or “skinny” clothes — it is bad energy to have clothes that don’t fit you hanging around!), or that are out of style.  Remember to keep track of what you donate and get a receipt for a tax deduction if you donate to a tax-exempt charity!