How Much is Enough?

I’m writing this post to get feedback and input from others. . . there is no judgment here. I had an experience with a client several weeks ago that started me thinking about how much “stuff” someone needs to be content or satisfied that they have “enough”.

My client is in her mid-80’s, essentially housebound though she does go out once or twice a week for a doctor’s appointment and occasionally to have dinner with friends. We organized her closet in the master bedroom. When we started, I said I wanted to pull out every single thing she could part with before we started the organizing of it so we would know how much stuff we had to put back or find space for in the process. I’m pleased to say that we filled 8 large trash bags with the “give away” items. But. . .when all was said and done, there was still a very full closet, with more of everything than I’ve had in my closet in years. Case in point: purses. After the purge, we were left with: 10 “party” purses/evening bags; 6 high end designer bags; 12 clutch purses; 12 regular purses and 10 “hobo” style purses. . .50 purses in all. By way of comparison, I have 3 party purses, 1 designer bag, and 3 regular purses.
I do acknowledge that I am a minimalist, and that I do NOT change my purse to match my outfit or the occasion, except when I am going to a formal affair. But having 50 purses to choose from would be a bit overwhelming. So my question to you is: How many purses do you have and do you use them all?
Another thing she had was 20+ pairs of tennis shoes. . . I have 3 pairs. I’m grateful for people like her, because if everyone else had 7 purses and 3 pairs of tennis shoes, there wouldn’t be much call for my organizing skill, but I’d like to know how other people feel about shoes, purses, coats . . .how much is enough for YOU personally?

The 365 Day Giveaway

Inspired by an article I read last year called “The Giveaway Guy: One Possession a Day for 365 Days”, I decided that in 2014 I will give away a minimum of 365 items, at least one per day. Three weeks into the new year, I’ve given away about 80 items. I’m not finding it that hard (yet) as we all have some low hanging fruit. .. books, CDs, clothing. . . but I know as the year ticks by, it will become harder to keep going. However, I am absolutely committed to doing this. For anyone who has been to my house, you know that I am bordering on being a minimalist. I have one set of dishes, one set of pots and pans, 2 sets of sheets, and so on. I’m not a collector, though I do have a fabulous collection of Christmas ornaments from many, many years of getting a little something here and a little something there. I buy books used from Amazon, and after I’ve read them, I sell them on Amazon or give away to a friend. I have a relatively small CD collection. All my clothes fit in one closet and one chest of drawers. So. . . I have embarked on this journey with the idea that what I don’t need, use, love and want can enrich someone else’s life. I would love it if others would join me . . . what a great gift to those less fortunate. To read the article and find out more: http://ideas.time.com/2013/10/02/the-giveaway-guy-one-possession-a-day-for-year/

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• Has your desk, office or workspace become overrun with papers and files?
• Is your closet overflowing with too many clothes or clothes that don’t fit?
• Is looking for something in your house or office becoming too time consuming?
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At Let Lois Do It, our goal is to help you implement organization solutions that fit the way you work and live so that you have more time and energy for the people and activities that matter most to you.

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Professional Organization Services for Chatsworth, CA

• Have papers and files taken over your workspace?
• Is your closet filled with too many clothes or clothes that you no longer wear?
• Is looking for something in your house or office becoming a chore?
• Is managing your schedule between mail, work, meals, laundry, bills and appointments becoming unmanageable?
• Always playing catch up?
• Do you live or work in Chatsworth, CA or the surrounding area?

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Let Lois Do It in Chatsworth provides a highly experienced professional organizer to give you the structure, organizational tools, and solutions you need to maximize productivity, minimize stress and simplify the environment of your home, office or workspace.

At Let Lois Do It, our goal is to help you implement organizing solutions that fit the way you work and live. Using a professional organizer will free up your time and energy for the people and activities that matter most to you.

Chatsworth is becoming one of the busier parts of the San Fernando Valley.  Don’t let your home, your place of work  or your schedule become as cluttered as the traffic on the streets of Chatsworth.  Call us at Let Lois Do It in Chatsworth and have a professional organizer make your home, your office, or even your daily planner calmer and more organized.

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Welcome to Let Lois Do It! Professional Organization Services for Woodland Hills, CA

• Has your office or workspace become disorganized and overrun with papers and files?
• Is your closet overflowing with too many clothes or clothes that don’t fit?
• Is looking for something in your house or office becoming too big a task?
• Is it difficult right now to manage your schedule between mail, work, meals, laundry, bills and appointments?
• Is playing catch up with your responsibilities the rule rather than the exception?
• Do you live or work in Woodland Hills, CA or the surrounding area?

If you want to get organized so that you can accomplish more, and free your space from clutter, then LET LOIS DO IT is your best choice for professional organization assistance!

Let Lois Do It in Woodland Hills provides the structure and solutions you need to increase productivity, minimize stress and simplify your work or home environment.

At Let Lois Do It, our goal is to help you implement organization solutions that fit the way you work and live so that you have more time and energy for the people and activities that matter most to you.

Woodland Hills is becoming one of the busier parts of the San Fernando Valley and a core region to the city of Los Angeles.  Don’t let your home, your place of work,  or your schedule become as cluttered as the traffic on Topanga Boulevard.  Allow Let Lois Do It in Woodland Hills make your home, your office, or even your daily planner more organized so you feel calmer and more in control.

Invisible Businesses – Let Lois Do It

I was featured in a local online newspaper, The Patch.  The article gives a brief history and description of my business.  Read it here: http://agourahills.patch.com/articles/invisible-business-let-lois-do-it

More on Time Management

Here are 5 more time management tips:

1.  If something you have to do is important, write it down!  Keep one To Do list and keep it handy at all times so you can jot things down (or add them electronically if you have it on your phone, iPad or other PDA).  You can later schedule time in your calendar to work on projects or tasks, but try to eliminate the habit of jotting things down on scraps of paper or post-it notes. 

2.  Keep your desktop work area clean except for what you are working on.  Don’t let piles of paper, mail, bills and magazines clutter the desktop and crowd your working area.  The time you will spend shuffling through papers looking for items on a cluttered desk is a huge time waster.

3.  At the beginning of each day, take a few minutes to determine your top 5 priorities for the day and make sure you schedule time to get them done. 

4.  Don’t be a perfectionist.  Spend only the time that is necessary on each task rather than trying to be perfect.

5.  Attend fewer meetings.  Always question the necessity of your presence at meetings and be ruthless in cutting out unnecessary meetings.

Great tips on organizing a move

I subscribe to the Unclutter blog (www.unclutter.com if you are interested in getting organizing tips EVERY day).  I find some real gems in these posts, like this one today on organizing for a move.  Follow this link to read it.  http://unclutterer.com/2009/06/11/get-moving-a-checklist-for-an-organized-move/

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