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Cleaning & Organizing Year Round

Posted by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM
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Cleaning And Organizing-Year-Round

(NAPSI)—Once a year, many people scour their homes—deep cleaning and getting rid of items they haven’t used or worn in years. However, people who clean and stay organized throughout the year are more likely to be happy, healthy and financially comfortable.

“I see clients every day who are extremely stressed due to the level of disorganization in their life,” said Lisa Zaslow, professional organizer and owner of Gotham Organizers. “If you keep your home organized, with a minimal level of clutter, you’ll see a number of benefits above and beyond being able to see your floor.”

What are the other areas of your life that benefit from being organized?

Emotional—A high level of disorganization can lead to excessive stress. Zaslow helped one client reorganize her home, and afterward the client “woke up happy, instead of stressed like before.”

Health—An organized home is cleaner, keeping germ and bacteria levels to a minimum.

Financial—“You’d be surprised how many people have money in old purses when I come to help them get organized,” said Zaslow. Additionally, being organized means you’ll be on top of paperwork—one missed credit card payment can rack up late fees, increase your interest rate and affect your credit score.

Knowing that there are all these additional benefits, how can you get started? According to Zaslow, it doesn’t matter where you start, so begin with the easiest or most annoying task.

• Cull through closets and storage to find items that you’re no longer using and get rid of them, like gadgets, last season’s clothes or collectibles. If they are still in great condition, bring them to an eBay Trading Assistant. Trading Assistants are experienced eBay sellers around the country who will sell your items on eBay for a commission. They do all the work for you—making you money while you clear out clutter.

• Box up excessive paperwork or magazines and label them “Items to sort” as the first step. It will make you feel better to know the process has begun.

• Organize one room at a time to make the task less overwhelming. Making yourself a schedule of which room comes next helps show your progress.

by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM
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erienne06
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM
Love these tips!
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Moms_Angels1960
by on Apr. 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Working on a few of these. TFS!

MamaJane
by Jane on Apr. 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

 Funny story...I was missing some Day Care income a week or so ago.  It was from 3 weeks prior.  I knew the guy had paid me in cash and it really worried me that I didn't know what I'd done with it.  I didn't say anything to anyone because I felt dumb.  So fast forward 3 weeks and I notice a weird bulge in my back pocket...sure enough $150.  I have to say I've never found that much in my pants pockets before. 

And to add to it the next 2 days I found money in 2 other pants pockets.  The total was over $100.

I once found a whole pack of contacts I'd lost...they were in an old purse. DOH!

So yes I agree :)

PhyllisGB
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I love to get rid of stuff/organize.

The only problem I have with ebay assistants is: 1) they only want to try to sell some of your items 2) some have minimums & my stuff is typically less.

Also -- some are listed on ebay & never answer their emails.  SIGH

I did sell some books on Craigslist + Powell's books, etc.

Mommy2theMaxx
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM
We recently moved, which began my clearing of clutter. I am currently working on finding a cleaning/organizing/housekeeping process that works for me.....stories/articles like this are helpful!
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lioness3e
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 11:20 PM

I found $1500 organizing a clients office a few years ago. She was wondering where it had gone. Recently, on the NAPO listserv ( national association of professional organizers) a colleague of mine said she had found a valid check worth $150,000.00. The client didn't even blink at it. Only if we could get a commission off from finding lost money...LOL

I do agree... getting and staying organized is a lifelong process and should be done year round.

I suggest having a donate spot in the garage, or mud room. Have a medium size box for anything that needs to be purged. Once full. Donate. It helps get it out of the prime real estate and opens up the space for better use. Maintaining is very important.

Be careful with e-bay sellers,though. Each works independently and some charge ungodly amount of fees. I've had most of my clients tell me just to donate, it wasn't worth selling through a reseller. They have to make money and most of it is through the fees.

However, there are some who charge a % and that's it. No listing fee per item or seller fee on top of the % of the sale of the item. Shop around too find a reseller who'll meet your needs and work with you.


darci16
by Silver Member on Apr. 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Thank you, I love these reminders and makes me want to get on things right away. I usually just donate, I've done a few garage sells and that stress's me out to no end to just get ready for that. My sister has two a year where she lives and she is so tired after it. DH has sold things on eBay, but they were large items, truck, boat and engines, I did the posting for him, took me awhile, but its pretty easy once you figure it out.

Bluetick
by on Apr. 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM
I wish i could find 15.00 bucks in our closet lol
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MamaJane
by Jane on Apr. 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM

 Th donate box is a good idea!  I have a pile in my closet lol.  A box in the garage would be much nicer.

Quoting lioness3e:

I found $1500 organizing a clients office a few years ago. She was wondering where it had gone. Recently, on the NAPO listserv ( national association of professional organizers) a colleague of mine said she had found a valid check worth $150,000.00. The client didn't even blink at it. Only if we could get a commission off from finding lost money...LOL

I do agree... getting and staying organized is a lifelong process and should be done year round.

I suggest having a donate spot in the garage, or mud room. Have a medium size box for anything that needs to be purged. Once full. Donate. It helps get it out of the prime real estate and opens up the space for better use. Maintaining is very important.

Be careful with e-bay sellers,though. Each works independently and some charge ungodly amount of fees. I've had most of my clients tell me just to donate, it wasn't worth selling through a reseller. They have to make money and most of it is through the fees.

However, there are some who charge a % and that's it. No listing fee per item or seller fee on top of the % of the sale of the item. Shop around too find a reseller who'll meet your needs and work with you.

 

 

itsallabtthem84
by on May. 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM


Quoting erienne06:

Love these tips!


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