It predicts success better than intelligence, ability, or salary.
~ 4 Tips to Stay Motivated ~
- Make a Date – Knowing where and when to start is half the battle to finding the motivation to organize. The next part is actually ‘doing it”. Take a look at your calendar and see if you have some time on your next days off to fit in some organizing. Pick a day when you don’t have much going on and choose how long you want to spend working on your organizing project (I set a timer). I recommend choosing a time early in the day, because if you wait to organize later in the day, it most likely won’t happen. You have time to think of excuses or putting other projects (that you really like to do) before the organizing project.
- The Big Picture – I usually take a photo of my projects, even my own at home. Grab your camera or cell phone and take pictures of what you need to organize. Download it onto your computer and take a look. Pictures have a wonderful ability to show us things we might miss while we’re standing in the space at the moment. Be objective with yourself when looking at the photo and jot down some notes on what you see:
- Does anything jump out at you?
- What do you like about the picture?
This little trick can be super helpful when you’re working on a large-scale project. When you start to lose that motivation to keep going, pull up the photo or take a new photo of the space to remind yourself of how far you’ve come. And just think about how amazing that AFTER photo is going to look!
- Get Your Groove On – Play your favorite playlist or youtube your favorite get-up and move tunes, or maybe you’re like me at times I prefer a playlist with more soothing music to help get the organizing work under away. Whatever your preference, make sure it is music that will INSPIRE you to keep focused on the project. I find this really helpful when I get to the purging stage that comes after sorting. You know that point where things are looking so much worse than they did before you started? That’s when you need those tunes cranking!
- Find Your Organizing Mentor – Everyone needs one! Whether it someone in a group you’re with on Facebook , or someone you know in real life, or find someone who is good at organizing and take some time to have a chit-chat with them. For me, I have one – Julie Morgenstern, I bought her book Organizing from the Inside Out in 1998. I fell in love because she let me know I was not ‘weird’ for loving Order & Tidy! My mom would tell her friends how “I can walk into a room to get something her and when I left something would have been organized… in just a matter of minutes”. Julie’s book and other resources I have collected over the years are like my “Organization Bibles” – I highlight, make notes, and flag pages. These resources along with magazine photos keeps me motivated to complete my projects . . . Whatever works!
Good luck with your projects – don’t give up, keep the end result in sight!
Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl
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Having a Yard or Tag Sale
I know with this freakin’ snow that we’ve been getting, it’s hard to think about yard sales. Do you call them yard sales or tag sales? However you say it – it’s a sale!
I have my fingers crossed that our little town of Lisbon gets to have a “Town Wide Yard Sale” a great way to rid your home of clutter and make a few bucks at the same time, the best part will be getting to know people in the community.
The winter months is the perfect time to tackle a large organizing project, and garage sales are one of my favorite ways to DISCARD in the Spring and Summer time; they are an awesome excuse to enjoy to weather, get to know your community all the while making money!
Start with decluttering your home – Go room-by-room or (Zone -by-Zone) and create an inventory of items that are in good condition and should not be recycled/tossed. Think of a need – treat – experience that this money will go towards to help serve as inspiration to make the experience even more rewarding
Once you’ve decided what’s going in the Yard Sale, you can dive in using my tips (and supply list!) to make your yard sale smooth and a success!
- Clean items up, so that they look well taken care of
- Sort and plan how you will group/display the next day
- Go through clothing pockets, handbags, etc. to make sure there are no credit card receipts or personal information you are selling off with the items
- Price items:
- Nearly new condition = 2/3 of original price
- Average condition = 1/3 of original price.
- For small items, don’t price individually, make poster board signs like “Every item on table = $1” or “Books = .25/each, 5 for $1.”
- Clothes, books, and outdated trendy items don’t sell!
- Place price tags visible on all items (For large furniture items, place large tag/card describing item, its’ condition and possibly a picture of it from a catalog with the original price circled if it’s a popular item.)
- Mark sets: “4 Glasses in a set,” so just one or two is not sold.
- Put up signs the night before with arrows pointing to the sale. Avoid stapling to trees or utility poles. Check out My Pinterest Page for Yard Sale Tips and Designs.
- Consider if you want to use any digital payment services, like Venmo or PayPal, to increase the likelihood of purchases. There are of course benefits to being cash-only, but you may want to consider this if you have any very large ticket items and are in a location inconvenient to a bank/ATM. Great idea! set-up your account and test it prior to the sale day.
Morning of Sale:
- Display your items for marketing: Put the most appealing and interesting items near the street, to entice drivers to stop and shop.
- Display your items for ease: Arrange books, records, DVD’s, etc. with titles visible.
- Keep most valuable items near you.
- Cover up what you don’t want sold, either with a sheet or a tarp, or rope it off.
- Make sure your doors and windows are locked; don’t allow people into the house to use the bathroom or try on clothes.
- Place the payment tables near the entrance, to prevent stealing.
- Play music to create a joyful atmosphere; if you don’t know what to play, look at pandora or spotify’s popular playlists. Offer finger food and cold drinks if you want to create even more good vibes!
- Handle cash efficiently: If someone hands you a large bill, leave it out on table while you are making change — prevents confusion over how large a bill they gave you.
- If you are accepting digital payments, ensure that the payment goes through before completing the sale. Do not take checks, unless willing to risk it bouncing.
- Negotiate strategically: Pre-plan how low you will go, especially for big ticket items. But don’t go down too early in the day on these big ticket items, have the person come back later to see if it hasn’t sold yet. When unsure of a negotiation, ask yourself: “Do I want to put bring it back in the house?”
- Replenish and consolidate display tables throughout the day so you don’t appear down to the leftovers.
- Box up leftovers right away and donate to a charity, so that the items don’t go back to creating clutter in your home.
- Take down signs.
- Boxes and grocery bags to pack up sold items. Packing paper for fragile items
- 2 fanny packs for the money handlers
- 2 small notepads and pens (if buyers request receipts or information about the sold article)
- An extension cord to test any electric equipment that is being sold
- Mirrors, if selling clothes or jewelry – set them up on furniture you’re trying to sell.
- Sandwich bags if she is selling any jewelry, for bagging
- STARTING MONEY: $50 in singles ($25 in change if there are items < $1)
- Pricing labels and tie-on tags for items that the pricing labels won’t adhere to
- Sharpies for labeling
- Fat Markers for street signs
- Poster board and yard sticks for signs around the neighborhood.
- Tables and tablecloths for display
Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl
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