Tips & Inspiration for Organizing a Simpler Life July 2011 – Vol. 10 No. 6
“What I learned at a very early age was that I was responsible for my life. And as I became more spiritually conscious, I learned that we all are responsible for ourselves, that you create your own reality by the way you think and therefore act. You cannot blame your parents, your circumstances, because you are NOT your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything”. ~ Oprah Winfrey
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Summertime organizing I know. You gals (and guys) just want to have fun. But maybe, just maybe, you can squeeze in a little organizing. Who knows? You might end up with more time for fun in the sun.

Following are four plain and simple ideas to get you started.

– Organize chores. Do a little housecleaning every day so that when the weekend comes, you can enjoy it. Clean one room a day. Or spend 30 minutes vacuuming and dusting one day, mopping another.

– Summerize your wardrobe. Get those winter clothes out of your closet and drawers already! If you’re short on a place to store out-of-season items, consider underbed storage boxes. At the very least separate and store out-of-season items at one end of your closet so that they are not with your everyday clothes. Look for vacuum seal bags with hangers that allow you to compress clothing into a minimal amount of space while protecting them from dust and insects. Wash everything before storing for the summer. Moths just love to feed on perspiration and dirt.

– Schedule a garage or yard sale. Summer is a great time to send clutter on vacation. Go through your home looking for items that are just taking up valuable space. Don’t forget to look down in the basement and up in the attic and out in the yard too. Set up a holding area for these unwanted, unused items. Get the kids involved in the process by offering to let them keep all the proceeds earned from selling their stuff or plan a fun family activity with the total proceeds.

– Plan for rainy day projects. What will you do on those days when you can’t be outdoors having fun in the sun? Why not pick a project or two, such as organizing recipes or photographs, that you can work on throughout the summer. So when those rainy days come, you can put them to good use.

Upcoming Event – Turn Clutter Into Cash! Live Teleseminar Thursday August 25 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PT

Some time ago, I read a statistic that shocked me. An eBay survey reported that the average American home housed $3,000 of saleable goods.
What could you do with $3,000? Or even $300?

In this 60 minute live teleseminar, I will share ways to turn your clutter into cash. And yes, you’ll have opportunities throughout to ask questions about specific items and best resale avenues.

Among other things, you’ll learn how to:

Pay for new winter wardrobe items with last year’s purchases.

Trade old books, DVDs and CDs for new ones.

Exchange gift cards and gift certificates for things you don’t want for things you do want.

Hold a successful yard/garage sale.

Price items at fair market value for selling.

Save money (it’s like making money) on your taxes by giving things away.

PLUS. . . learn 3 simple ways to save money every month by getting organized.

To register, go to http://turnclutterintocash.eventbrite.com

When you register, you will receive the telephone line and access code you will need to participate in this teleseminar.

Can’t make the live call? All registrants will be able to access the recorded call for 30 days.

NOTE: This seminar is available via live Skype video at a special group rate for non-profit clubs, organizations, and associations. Please contact Donna Smallin Kuper directly at donna@unclutter.com for details.

Favorite organizing products and resources As a professional organizer for the last 10 years, I’ve used and recommended a lot of organizing products, services and resources.
Every month, in this column, I share my favorites.

This month, let’s talk about the joy of an organized purse. I’m a big fan of the Purse Perfector, a cleverly designed insert that not only organizes any handbag, but also makes it a snap to change handbags.

I load my Purse Perfector* with my daily essentials and return those items to the same place each time.

When traveling (or for larger bags), unzip the Purse Perfector and slip it into the front pocket of your rolling carry-on (along with your liquids) so you can roll onto the plane without juggling a purse too. Pack an unstructured purse into your rolling tote and you will be ready to reload your purse when you reach your destination.

Take a look at the Purse Perfector, get some great ideas for organizing your purse – and look for discount codes on the web site’s PROMOTIONS tab.

For a look at more of my organizing favorites, visit www.unclutter.com/favorites

Shameless promotion: For ladies only I normally use this space to toot my own horn (yes, I’m pretty brazen like that). But this month, I wanted to share a resource for my fellow women in business.

A professional organizer and very good friend of mine, Julie Muller founded a worldwide business networking and support group called Chicks Connect.*

The mission of this group is to connect with other women, get into action, hold yourself and others accountable for personal and professional growth and development – all with love and support. Click here to learn how you can join the movement: Chicks Connect.

That’s all for this month. Until next month, keep it simple.