One Thing You Must Do Before Organizing Your Stuff

There’s one mistake I see people make over and over when it comes to de-cluttering and organizing. First, they are inspired by a magazine article or from seeing an organizational tip online or TV.  Then, They get so excited that they run out to the Container Store or Bed Bath and Beyond to buy their new organizing tools!

 

But this is a big mistake! Buying an organizing system before you’ve gone through your stuff and decided what you are keeping and what you are tossing is a huge waste of time and money!

 

Several years ago, when I quit my corporate job and was finishing my Feng Shui certification, I got a part-time job at the Container Store in Westchester, NY. It was such a cool store and the perfect atmosphere for me to learn all about organizing. I learned so much from my time at this store and one of the main things I learned is how people shop, what they buy, and the mistakes they make with getting organized.  Quickly I was able to spot who was going to be successful with their organizational project and who was not.

 

The Container Store is a fun place and you could go crazy in there, but spending a lot of money doesn’t guarantee you will solve your organizing problems  Containers and shelving units aren’t cheap!  Average sales were $150 on plastic!!

 

I’ll give you an example of the most common pattern. At the end of the school year, moms would come looking for solutions for their kids artwork and projects from the school year. They need large boxes to hold all this stuff. This solution could cost them $50, but most of the time they would spend $150 plus on storage solutions just for their kids school projects, Money that could go to summer fun!

 

Let me go deeper here. I understand the guilt, you want to keep everything your child made  - it’s their talent, gifts and memories. But what I would ask moms was to consider that keeping all these items in boxes until the child graduates college and moves into their first apartment (if you’re lucky)  - a small apartment that doesn’t have room for their stuff.  So, it remains your stuff to take care of and cart with you wherever you move.

 

But consider this, once you put in the box and store it away who is going to look at it? No one, its in a box! So, what purpose is it serving?

 

What’s the solution then? Go through all the items and select just the important things to keep,  the items you know have special meaning to your child and/or to you. But instead of just throwing it in the box consider other options like displaying artwork in their room or in a playroom giving them the sense that their work is important to the whole family. By keeping and storing only things you love saves you money, space and time. Plus, it eliminates the stress of feeling like you have too much stuff (even if it is stuffed in a box!).

 

This applies to everyone and whatever clutter you need to organize. First, you determine what you love and why you are keeping it and what doesn’t serve a purpose and can be thrown or given away.  Once you’ve created the pile of what you are going to keep then you can head to the Container Store and ask for organizing solutions based on your need and size of your storage.

You will save yourself time, money, gas and stress!

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to managing your clutter? Leave a comment below.  I read and answer all your comments.

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Premiere of Glamour + Metal Documentary

 

For the last couple of years I had a secret desire to create a documentary. It wasn’t something I talked about or shared with anyone. It was something I had planned for the future, but that all changed last summer.

You see three years ago, I joined a coaching program called Elevate and in that program I met two amazing women, Crista Grasso and Angel Quintana. First, I met Angel and we really connected and began to mastermind on a weekly basis, we spent each week supporting each other on building our businesses. At the same time, I was teaming up with Crista to work on our live events. Soon, we all began working together and quickly began a journey of fun, creativity, support and growth as we shared our passion as entrepreneurs.

After months of brainstorming we decided to do something really fun and different. We decided to create a documentary on personal branding. My secret desire was slowly becoming a reality! We purposed to put together a show highlighting our own process of creating our own personal brands. Together we played off our shared qualities of fun, style and passion. It all culminated in our new documentary Glamour+Metal.

What is Personal Branding?

Personal branding is just the beginning to YOUR success! It is how you present yourself to the world, its your reputation, your personal style,how you choose to show up every day and how you attract abundance into your life.

What does Glamour+Metal mean?

A Glamour+Metal girl is a think-for-yourself kind of woman who thinks copycatting is so last season. She embraces her rebellious nature in her personal style and in business. With her quick wit and go-getter attitude, this over-achiever is a trendsetter at heart. The Glamour+Metal girl is ready to show the world exactly who she is no matter what it takes to embrace her individuality.

I’m so excited to share this dream turned reality with you! Today we officially launch our documentary – Glamour + Metal! So, Mix up your favorite cocktail, and get ready to take a ride with the Glamour + Metal gals – Angel Quintana, Crista Grasso and me, Christine Bové as we explore personal branding in Glamour + Metal – The NYC Story!

I hope you enjoy it and be sure to leave a comment about how you express your own personal brand.

More about the people behind Glamour+Metal:

Crista Grasso is the Founder and CEO of Go Nearly Naked™, a luxury boudoir jewelry™ brand for adventurous uninhibited women, and the men who can’t live without them.  From simply sexy to daringly dramatic, her original handmade-in-the-USA jewelry line is designed to help a woman showcase her individuality and feel beautiful, sensual, and completely irresistible as soon as she slips it on. Crista is also the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Nearly Naked Magazine, a digital fashion and lifestyle publication for women who are ready to live life on their own terms and do it in style. Learn more & shop the boudoir jewelry™ collection at http://gonearlynaked.com.

Angel Quintana is the Founder/CEO of Holistic Fashionista™, home of the business trendsetter lifestyle magazine and The Willow House of Design. She works with rebels, tastemakers, and visionaries who are ready to ditch the copycat syndrome, play by their own rules, and curate a sustainable, and profitable brand. The former fashion designer, holistic health practitioner, + branding guru discovered how to uniquely blend all her talents into one impeccable brand, which she later crafted into an innovative coaching program called Signature System. Today Angel shows business pioneers how to curate a cool brand using what they already have in their personal toolbox. Learn more at www.HolisticFashionista.com.

Christine Bove is a Lifestyle Makeover Artist and Feng Shui Expert who inspires women to allow creative energies to flow into their environments and mindsets to improve their confidence, bring clarity to their future and set them up for success. Christine is a frequent guest on various national and international radio and internet programs. Christine is a contributing writer for Nearly Naked Magazine and a co-author of the book, Balance for Busy Moms. To learn more about Christine and her lifestyle makeover programs, visit www.christinebove.com.

4 Reasons Summer is the Best Time to De-Clutter Your Space

Are you fed up with your piles and clutter around your home and office but lack the motivation to get it done?

I recently did an informal survey on Facebook about people’s struggle with clutter and learned that the top reasons for not getting it done was time and motivation. Is that you?

Clutter is a difficult task because it is always before us.  It is tied to our busy lives on an emotional level. Not dealing with your clutter keeps you stuck in the same old energy, preventing anything from changing in our lives. Every time you pass your piles or think about how you need to tackle your clutter, you drain the positive energy out of you both emotionally and physically every day.

For most people, Summer tends to bring a more laid back schedule.  Our work and social life seems to be less demanding and we tend to have a more laid back attitude.  With a less demanding schedule from our jobs and families, Summer gives us a little extra time to attend to our personal needs and our clutter!  Plus, the sun is out longer, so we have more energy to accomplish our projects either in the morning or at night (depending on whether you are a morning or night person).

Thus, Summer tends to be a great time for de-cluttering your space.  Below are 4 reasons to motivate you to take action this Summer with you clutter.

1) Take advantage of the extra sunlight!

Whether it’s early morning or after work the sun is out longer so we tend to have the energy to do more.  Are you a light sensitive sleeper who awakens with the sun?  Then instead of lying in bed thinking about your life, get up and spend 15 minutes de-cluttering one area of your space. Sometimes just completing one task in the early part of the day gives you a feeling of accomplishment and motivates you to get even more done in your day.  It gets that ball rolling! Try putting a timer on for 15 minutes and de-cluttering an area for that time.  Sometimes you can be more successful in that 15 minutes than if you set aside 3 hours!

If you are someone who has more energy in the evening, make the same commitment,  just 15 minutes of de-cluttering time. You may find you even sleep better because you not only accomplished something on your to-do list, but you also released some emotional clutter from your mind.

 

2) Make money on your clutter!

 

Summer is prime-time for a garage sale! People live for weekend garage sales so why not capitalize on that!  Plus, you can make some cash while getting a tan at the same time! Get motivated by setting a goal of what you can do with the extra cash!  Do you need money to replace something?  Or do you just want to treat yourself to a spa day or some new clothes or furniture?  If you don’t feel like you have enough stuff to fill a garage sale, ask some friends or neighbors to join you.  Whatever you don’t sell, pile into the car and take directly to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.

 

3) Get a clutter buddy!

 

Make it fun by asking a friend to help you and you help her! Set a time each week when you can go to each other’s homes or even meet virtually.  Set mini goals of what you want to accomplish each week.  Agree to share with each other the reasons why you tend to hold on to things and then encourage each other to move forward and get rid of the things that are just piling up and weighing you down.  When you have accomplished your goals, celebrate together!

 

4) Take a de-clutter your junk roadtrip!

 

Share your stuff and deliver to your  friends and family! If you have guilt over throwing your clutter out consider passing it along to friends. Make it fun by having a road trip visiting friends who may want some of your old stuff.  Remember, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!  You could get your friends involved and make it an exchange, swapping furniture, appliances, books, etc.  Drop your unwanted clothes by a friend’s house who shares your same size and style. Consider helping out college students and grads who are moving into apartments and need furniture, appliances, etc.

 

Sometimes our main reason for not releasing the clutter is the guilt of not knowing what to do with it.  You’ve spent good money and it’s a shame to just throw it out, so finding someone who can really appreciate what you have will make it so much easier to give away.

 

When you let go of things you let the universe know you are ready for something even better to come into your life, but that can’t happen if you’re clutching on to your old stuff and old energy.  Re-energize by letting go of those things that are draining you!

 

So tell me, what action step are you going to take today! Leave a comment in the box today!

 

Don’t forget, If you need help, book a one hour Feng Shui session and I will go over your space, help you see the your clutter blocks and how they are impacting your life right now.

Click here and get started today!

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