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Organizing Tips – Electronic Files

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Organization, Organizing Tips, Unclutter | 0 comments

Have you ever wondered why you seem to be buried in your electronic files and can’t get organized? Here’s why – it is estimated that the average person receives around 120 emails every day. And if you think you are not organized now, it will soon become more of a challenge since this number is expected to rise to approximately 140 emails each day by the year 2018. Do you have days when your emails feel insurmountable and it seems impossible to keep them organized? Don’t despair! Summer is the perfect time when things slow down a bit to work on some simple organization that will help make your life easy breezy. These are some quick organizing tips to incorporate into your daily schedule to help decrease the electronic clutter in your life. Give it a try and block out that 15 minutes every day to organize and you will begin to see the difference almost immediately. Unclutter and organize your electronic files 15 min every day Create categories for electronic files Practice the 3 D’s….Delete, Deal, Defer (with deadlines) Use clear and concise subject lines (helps categorize & organize) Reply sooner instead of delaying responses/decisions The following information is based on some of the great tips provided by Susan Stewart, Owner, Perfectly Placed Organization and Design Start over:     Is your inbox full of hundreds of unread emails? It may be time to start fresh and start over now! Create several folders on your desktop and label them email archives and date them. Drag all of the emails from your inbox into those folders. After 3-6 months you will realize that you no longer need the information and can drag the folder into the trash. Unsubscribe:     Electronic clutter occurs when things are coming in at a faster rate than they are going out. It seemed like a good idea when you signed up for all those blogs, updates, newsletters and sales promotions but now it’s way too much! Select 1-3 that are essential and unsubscribe to the rest. If you have either a gmail or yahoo account, you can use unroll.me to unsubscribe to many of your unwanted emails all at once. Separate:     Create a separate email address or folder in your inbox for emails that are not urgent. If you are using folders to separate your emails, you can do it manually or create rules on your computer to set up folders automatically for you. As an example, to learn more about how to set up these parameters, simply Google “how to set up rules in apple mail” or whatever email system you use. Use the 3D approach:     Now that your inbox is uncluttered, more manageable and organized, what can you do to maintain and organize? Maintain your electronic organization with these 3 actions: delete, deal or defer. If you don’t need it, delete it. If you can deal with it in 3 minutes or less, deal with it. If it will take longer than 3 minutes to deal with, defer it with a deadline. This application, followup.cc, is great for deferring things to a time when you can deal with it. Use a system for emails that require action:     You can use a combination of followup.cc for emails that require action. Other great options are Asana,...

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Organizing: Functional & Fashionable?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Organization, Organizing Tips, Unclutter | 0 comments

Functional and Fashionable Spaces Is it possible to have a home or space that is organized and both functional and fashionable? Some people may prefer to place the focus in their home and spaces on the fashion and decor trends to make it look beautiful rather than functional.  Do you really have to choose one over the other – absolutely not! It is possible to have an organized space that is both functional and fashionable.  The most important first step is that your space is uncluttered and functional. Thus the importance of organizing your space before beautifying it, can’t be overstated. Don’t forget that the positive effects of organizing can be life changing not only for you personally but for all aspects of your life including family and work. Does this mean that if you have a fashionable room that you can’t make it functional? Of course not, you can always work backwards to organize your space to make it organized as well as functional and fashionable. Unclutter-Ask Yourself if Something Makes You Happy or Brings You Joy?  Do you find yourself spending time organizing and then your space reverts right back to the original cluttered state? It is not only frustrating when this happens but time consuming too. Here are some valuable strategies that will help ensure that your time and energy spent organizing is well spent. The first step is to realize that you have an emotional connection to your possessions and stuff. What does this mean? It means that you may be keeping “stuff” that adds to the clutter in your home and spaces for various reasons such as guilt. This can be the guilt of buying something and later deciding you don’t like it. Ask yourself if the item makes you happy or brings you joy? If your answer is no then this is something that can be donated to charity or maybe consigned. This simple question will help provide a guide for beginning to separate the emotional connection to your “stuff” that over time adds to the clutter that surrounds you. As you begin your organizing process and ask yourself this important question, begin using this simple strategy introduced by Julie Morgenstern, a well known organizer and time management expert. Julie’s SPACE formula will help ensure that your home and spaces have a functional, organized and clear purpose. What Does SPACE Stand For?  S-sort: Categorize and group all items in a space so that you can visualize how much you really have and assign a space limit or boundary. This means the space may be defined to a basket in a pantry or a section in a closet. P-purge: Determine what you don’t need and donate, consign, store or throw away. A-assign: Determine where the items will go that make logical sense and continue to be accessible for easy use. C-containerize: This is a step where you can add your flair and fashion sense. Make sure that your containers, baskets, etc are the right size and look good too. This is one of the last tasks to do in the organizing process. E-equalize: This is something that becomes a daily task to maintain organization so that every day you do something to stay ORGANIZED. So kick start your summer with a functional and fashionable organized...

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Closet Organization & Feng Shui

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Closet Organization, Feng Shui, Habits, Unclutter | 0 comments

Don’t Wait to Organize Your Closet:  Decluttering and closet organization can provide a sense of balance in your life. You’ve heard of feng shui and bringing a new sense of order to your life? This concept is about creating order out of chaos and encouraging a renewed energy flow in your life and home. This is the cornerstone of an organized space, home and can change your life! What keeps you from tackling that lingering project that you keep putting off until another day? Sometimes it helps to start small with an overwhelming project so that you are able to appreciate the success of change. Becoming more organized is a step-by-step process that will eventually become a lifelong habit that will also help decrease stress and bring more balance into your life or feng shui. GOWB + CO Can Help With Closet Organization:  Try tackling closet organization as your next goal for an organized space. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to open your closet and find that exact item that you are searching for in an instant? Get Organized with Bridges + CO (GOWB) can help you accomplish the task of organizing your bedroom, hallway or office closets. You decide which project you wish to tackle first and we are here to provide you with an organizing plan to transform your closet space as well as offer many great resources. The GOWB team is happy to provide tips and strategies to help you maintain your newly organized closet space as well as return at any time to help reestablish that organized feng shui energy! Establish Closet Organization Boundaries:  As mentioned above, establishing and adhering to the boundaries of a given space will prevent clutter and decrease stress. What are some ways to ensure you are able to maintain an organized and functional space for your closet organization. A great rule of thumb to live by is the “one in one out” rule.   As an example, every time you buy a new pair of shoes this means that you need to remove another pair of shoes that is not being worn or you don’t like anymore from your closet. This rule of thumb will help to ensure that you are able to maintain your functional and organized closet space. Lifelong Closet Organization Habits:  The goal of organizing is to create lifelong habits that help maintain all the work you did to organize your space such as your closet organization project. Remember that anytime something new comes into your closet space like shoes or clothes that something else has to be removed. This is also known as the “one in; one out” rule. Embracing this concept will allow your closet space to flow and remain functional. This newly created closet organization process will provide you with that balance and feng shui that you are searching to find. Don’t wait and start now on your path to a more organized life step by...

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DeClutter your Life During Spring Cleaning Mode

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Clutter Organization, Professional Organization, Unclutter | 0 comments

DeClutter your Life During Spring Cleaning Mode

It’s Springtime and Get Organized with Bridges is Here to Help with Your Spring Cleaning Needs and Decluttering Your Life… Now that spring is officially here, are you in the spring cleaning mode and looking for a project to tackle? Are YOU ready to Be More Organized, More Focused, and Rid Yourself of the Clutter in Your Life, Home or Office? Is your spring cleaning goal is to be more organized in some aspect of your life whether it is personal or business? Then we have the organizing solutions and tips to help YOU! Get Organized with Bridges + C0 and our team of preferred partners are ready to help YOU solve your organizational dilemmas and kick start your spring cleaning with functional and organizational success. Whether you are a current, past or soon to be new client we are ready to assist with your organizing project. Don’t wait and contact us now! You are a CALL away from experiencing that sense of peace and tranquility that results from a newly organized space without all the clutter and disorganization. Based on many years of experience in the organizing business and assisting others do the same we have found that putting things off only creates more disorganization. Thus “Delayed Decisions” create the clutter in your life. Every time you decide to do something later, a new pile of things “to do” is created. Think about this scenario, what started, as a series of small decisions will soon become a giant and overwhelming organizational task or project. The time is now to take that next step and eliminate the unnecessary clutter in your life, home or office. You will be surprised at the amount of precious time that individuals gain back in their lives with a newly organized and functional space. REMEMBER- Delayed Decisions Create the Clutter in Your Life! Another simple tip to kick start your spring cleaning project is to “Stow as You Go”! This is a very simple yet very effective organizational rule to follow throughout your day. Simply put, this means if you get something out then put it right back in its place after it is used. If you follow this simple tip, you will be able to eliminate that trail of clutter that is left behind you when things are not put away after use. SIMPLE TIP-Stow as You Go! Get Organized with Bridges + CO offers an array of services to assist with your spring cleaning and daily organizing needs. If you don’t see something listed below then please give us a call. We will be happy to discuss how our team can help manage your organization project for your home or office. These are some of the value added services that we offer our clients: Traditional organizing-closets, kitchens, play areas, home offices, command centers Working through storage spaces to eliminate years of accumulation Organizing and purging holiday decorations “Turn Your Discards Into Dollars” – consignment projects “The Great Garage Makeover”- garage de-cluttering & organizing Coordinate and manage referrals for closet and garage re-designs Coordinate and manage garage sales Monthly maintenance of your organized and re-purposed spaces Assisting with organization or purging “collections” Clearing the clutter in your home and staging your house to put on the market “Your Best Move Ever” – unpacking...

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29 Ways to “Love Your Home”

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Clutter, Clutter Organization, Emotional Clutter, Family Teamwork, Organization, Organizing from A-Z, Organizing Tips, Tip of the day, Uncategorized, Unclutter | 0 comments

29 Ways to “Love Your Home”

Do you feel like you have tried and tried to declutter and organize your home? Have you ever felt like something was missing? Taking the time to love and beautify your home is also part of the organizing process. Some people find that they love the beautifying part and the chance to infuse their personality into their home. Thus organizing and beautifying your home go hand and hand because an organized home allows you to let all the special touches shine through for your family and friends to enjoy.   The following are some great suggestions from Interior Designer Barbara Kaplan on how to love and beautify your home. www.BajaroMethod.com & www.BarbaraKaplan.com Excerpt from the following article, 29 Ways to “Love Your Home” https://www.bajaromethod.com/blog/2013/02/29-ways-to-love-your-home-2/   TIPS FOR HANGING PICTURES Change or re-arrange wall art placement. For drama you can hang larger pieces in smaller spaces and smaller pieces in large places. The art doesn’t have to be centered. Be sure not to hang wall art too high and make sure art is not blocked when viewed while seated.   PHOTO IDEAS Take a treasured photograph out of your photo album and put it into a frame. Make sure the frame matches your room so it won’t look out of place and detract from the picture. If you add a backing that matches the room you can replace the picture often regardless of the picture size.   THE PILLOW TRICK You’ve probably heard about the pillow trick. But sometimes it only takes one fabulous pillow to make the difference. Especially if you can match it to a piece of furniture in the room that you paint the same color.   THE GARAGE – AN EXTENSION OF YOUR HOME Paint/de-clutter/clean up/ and even hang pictures in your garage. Definitely keep it clean. After all, it may be the last thing you see when you leave and the first thing that greets you when you arrive home.   BUILD IN DECLUTTER TIME- It’s time to de-clutter. Take a walk through your house and Take away anything that is broken, that you don’t like, too dirty to get really clean, or evokes a bad memory. This will give you the chance to appreciate more what you have orreplace it with something better.   ENJOY THE PIECES YOU ALREADY HAVE Go to the cabinet that has your fine pieces of china, flatware, crystal, serving pieces, vases and bowls, etc.. Take out the ones you love the most. Keep them out for several days to use and enjoy. Hopefully you’ll never want to hide them again.   WORD OF THE YEAR IS “OCCUPY” How are you occupying your most personal space, your home? Is it a reflection of you? Have you expressed your style, taste, collections and hobbies. If you have, great; if not, now is the time to do it! Begin with a list of what you like and don’t like in your home and decide how you would like to live and be seen.   “REFRESH” NOT REPLACE To replace what we have in our home can be expensive so just “refresh”. Refresh means use it differently. Refresh is to move something in the same room or to another room, eliminate something, use it differently,rearrange your accessories or wall art. Let your imagination...

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Creating Healthy Boundaries…

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Creating Healthy Boundaries…

Creating Healthy Boundaries… Do you have trouble setting or maintaining healthy boundaries when it comes to organizing?  Don’t worry this is something that many people struggle with related to organizing.  Maintaining organizational boundaries may sometimes feel like sticking to your New Year’s Resolution.  Remember that organizational success is not attained automatically; it takes practice like anything else we hope to get better at in life.  Stick with it and remind yourself it takes time and practice. How do I set organizing boundaries and what does that mean?  First, it is important to understand that each space whether it is your closet, kitchen or home office has a defined space.  This means that there is a maximum amount of things or stuff that will fit into that space.  A good rule of thumb is to practice the One In; One Out Rule.  Ok, let’s say you have determined that you need a pair of dress shoes. After you purchase a new pair of shoes be sure to donate or consign the pair of shoes you are replacing.  Thus one new item was added to the closet space and another item was removed to ensure that the organizational boundary was maintained. Happy Organizing! ...

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Do you need a body double?

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you need a body double?

My Life as a Body Double It may seem funny to you, but I have quite a few jobs where my clients just need to have someone there to motivate them to work on their projects.  It is not that they are not capable of doing the work; the difficulty is sometimes finding the time to do the work.  Maybe it is going through the mail, doing the filing or purging the closet; just keeping on task is half of the battle. I tease my clients sometimes and tell them they are stuck with me as their body double for the duration of the job (generally 4 hours) but the truth is we get an amazing amount of work done in that focused period of time. I get a lot of comments like “I would never have been able to complete that on my own” or “that wasn’t as bad as I thought.”  Either way, it is nice to have someone there to help get that tedious (or overwhelming) job done in a timely fashion. Sometimes just being held accountable to the time that was allotted is enough to motivate someone to get the job done. We all know that it is much easier to find something else to do when there is a job that isn’t a lot of fun to do (but I have to beg to differ with you on that one) because we are all busy and making the time is hard to do. Another idea that I give my clients is to set a timer for 15 minutes to work on a project or a mess.  Knowing there is an end in sight makes the task a little easier to swallow. Whatever works best for you is fine; the key is to come up with a plan that works for you! Happy Organizing! ...

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Organization Tips to Help Put a Little Order into Everyday Life

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Clutter Organization, Emotional Clutter, Organization | 2 comments

Organization Tips to Help Put a Little Order into Everyday Life

  You don’t have to live with all the clutter and mess that everyday activities create. You may be able to con yourself into thinking that you can indeed tolerate it or that it is just a part of modern life. In reality, a few simple organization tips can help turn your surroundings into a functioning space. Here are some things that you can do to organize your life.   1. Look at your surroundings. Do you see things that make you cringe? Maybe that bag of items you have been meaning to return or that stack of books you have been meaning to donate? For certain, these are the elements that create clutter and stress! They may be items that you need, items you cannot merely throw away when they are out of place. You never know when you will need these things, so a best practice is to designate an area for everything that you own. To get started, you’ll need reminders to help yourself remember where you place these things. Create a list and form a habit. You can also label shelves, and cabinets to help you remember to organize as you go. If your closet or dresser is a source of frustration, see our tips on Organizing Your Clothes. 2. Patience, patience, patience! Make sure you have the right expectations and do not expect perfection from the start. This type of pressure on yourself will be counter-productive and just add another layer of stress on your day. Remember consistency leads to discipline which forms positive habits. There will be times when you will feel like you slipped back to your old ways. Whenever this occurs, think about the positive benefits that being organized brings, especially after you have made a conscious effort to get things in their designated spots. Just keep at it! 3. Create an easy-to-follow routine with to-do tasks. Most importantly, make sure it is something that works for you.  This way, you won’t forget anything, and it helps you maintain focus on elements around you. For example, what do you have to get done for the week? When can you fit in returning those items or dropping those books off as a donation? Create a schedule so that you can accommodate all these little tasks and avoid the thoughts of “where did the week go?” Being consistent in following these simple organizational tips will help free your life by removing the clutter build-up. You need to practice this and integrate the values into your normal routine, knowing that the few extra minutes you spend daily will pay large dividends in reducing stress and improving your quality of...

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Garage Organization

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Garage Organizing, Organization, Organizational Products | 0 comments

Garage Organization

Garage Organization Guest blog by Stephanie Hanson of Monkey Bars Garage Storage and Organization Name the messiest room in your home. Is it the kitchen? Nope. Bathroom? Guess again. Closet in your bedroom? Not even close. For most people, the garage is by far the messiest room in their home. In fact, some people even put organizing the garage so far down on their list of things to do that it never gets done. If this sounds too familiar, then utilize these tips, tricks, and facts to get your garage tidy. Why it’s important to have a clean garage: If you can’t fit your car in the garage anymore, that should be your first motivation to cleaning up. You spent thousands of dollars on a car, only to leave it exposed to the elements? No way! Getting the garage organized will provide you with a safe place to keep your car. If you can still fit your car in the garage, but the rest of the floor space in your garage is taken over by clutter, consider this: Having a cleaner garage will actually help decrease anxiety. Currently, when you come home to a cluttered garage, you think about all the many things that need to be done in your home, mentally adding “organize the garage” to the bottom of the list. Coming home to a clean garage will make you feel accomplished and less focused on the many things that need to be done in your home. Need even another reason to get the garage organized? Having a proper organization system in the garage will help to promote organization throughout the rest of your home. Having a spot to hang up wet coats and place sports equipment will decrease the risk of these items being strewn around your home. Utilizing ceiling and wall space: Now that you’re feeling motivated, time to organize! If you’re lacking for floor space, start organizing from the top down. Overhead storage is a great place to store less frequently used items. This is especially easy if you have high ceilings in the garage. Make sure that you get a professional to help you with the installation of overhead storage, to ensure that it is secure and will not fall down. Take full advantage of wall space by using wall mounting shelving and hook systems. I especially like hook systems because they allow multiple items to be stacked on one hook. Added plus: they allow for easy access of items. There’s no way you can go wrong. Organizing with plastic bins: A great way to group like items is by using totes. Totes help keep your items in a dust free environment. They work well with cabinets and overhead storage, if you are looking for a complete solution for your garage. Clear totes allow you to see the contents easily. However, be cautious not to stick all your items in totes. Doing so will make accessing items more time consuming and promote messy and unorganized behavior. Organize your garage today and see the difference in how you feel! Bio: Monkey Bars Garage Storage and Organization serves Phoenix and the surrounding area with garage storage solutions and tips for an organized...

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Cord Conundrum?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Bedroom Organization, Organization | 0 comments

Cord Conundrum?

Organize your Charging Cords Is your nightstand a labyrinth of cords needed for all of your personal devices? Do you find yourself searching for the right cord, moving out the nightstand, grabbing the cord that has slid down behind or tired of seeing the eyesore of a surge protector? Or not to mention if you have a teenager, you find that the cord has been stealthily lifted, leaving only the charging block. Frustrating to say the least. A simple solution is to use a binder clip to help keep these cords accessible and organized. Use one medium-sized clip to put the cords together and then clip it to the back of the nightstand. If your nightstand has a lip to attach the clip, you can run the cords through the clip or through the metal prongs. If your nightstand does not have a lip, you can utilize the back cover of the stand as I did in the picture. And for those of you who can’t remember what cord goes to what, which is my case when I’ve had a long day and ready for bed… adding labels to each cord may prove to be an added convenience. ~Walla~ Instant organization! By utilizing the binder clip to organize your charging cords, you will never have those cords slip behind the nightstand again. It will even be a deterrent for the...

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