Stretch your mind and your ability to organize your space, your belongings, your time, and your thoughts. Allison Carter, The Professional Organizer, posts her thoughts, breakthroughs, frustrations, and memorable moments as an organizer. Allison also shares tricks that have worked for even some of the most disorganized people to conquer their clutter. Other features: Tips, mind stretches, favorite products, favorite books, and other tools to help people get organized.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities
Atlanta Kidney Fund
Atlanta Union Mission
Vietnam Veterans of America
www.freebytes.org call 404-768-9990.
Computer Recycling (Atlanta area):
www.freebytes.org call 404-768-9990.
Case Handyman Services
Lewis E. Kropp
repairs, restoration, and reconstruction.
Purofirst or North Metro Atlanta
303 Bell Park Drive
Woodstock, GA 30188
Friday, June 10, 2005
It would be fun and upbeat, inspiring, motivating, and a great way to learn how to DIY for the rest of your life. Also considering a class for teens on teen organizing topics, time management, setting goals, etc.
Would you be intersted in coming to learn?
Let me know.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Just look for it if your interested.
If you buy from the online site, you get a 2nd set free (that's why I did it... even though I paid for shipping)
Sunday, May 29, 2005
The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta is an Atlanta-based non-profit organization that distributes essential furnishings to people in need. It is also a great place to volunteer as an individual or a group project.
The Furniture Bank
- Helps homeless people stabilize in a home of their own.
- Prevents children and their parents from sleeping on the floor.
- Promotes the health and well-being of thousands of people.
- Diverts millions of pounds of used furniture from local landfills.
- Donate Furniture
The Furniture Bank accepts gently used furnishings and housewares. Unfortunately, we can not accept items in need of cleaning or repair. We offer a free pick-up service in Cobb, DeKalb, most of Fulton, and most of Gwinnett counties.
See the list on their web site for the items they accept.
call 404-355-8530, x222 to schedule your free pick-up.
The Bridge of Atlanta is seeking donations of these items to help fund its programs.
The Bridge strives to meet its mission is to serve Georgia's abused and neglected adolescents through programs designed to complement and provide well-rounded services.
1559 Johnson Road, NW - Atlanta - Georgia - 30318 (404) 792-0070
Check the wish list on the web site for more of what they need.
If you know of other great places to donate goods, please add your comments!
- Goodwill, Salvation Army, and other thrift store locations.
- Wendy's Closet at the Devereaux Foundation , a residential treatment facility in Kennesaw for at risk teens. They need them for the young men to wear to interviews. Call Wendy Ellin of The 25th Hour for help with pick-ups. 404-874-5179. Or they
can be dropped off at Devereux at Kennesaw to Deborah Walton in Home Econ.
1291 Stanley Rd NW
Kennesaw, GA 30152
- 'The Extension' located on Church Street Extension just behind the
Cobb EMC Building. This is a Christian drug/alcohol abuse rehabilitation
center supported by several churches and organizations in Marietta. The men have to work each day and they are required to go on job interviews. Many are laborers but still require dress clothing. You can call Tyler Driver at 770-590-9075.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
It's about goodie bags at parties.
Has your child ever received a bag filled with candy, toys and other "goodies". The recipient gets 2 minutes of joy opening up something new and exciting... and you get a house filled with clutter.
Some parents are great at making the stuff magically disappear, but others are frustrated trying to organize and arrange it all.
One solution: Stop giving goodie bags.
First, they create children who are addicted to "new" and the rush of opening up presents. Most kids handle this just fine. Others will grow up to have overstuffed closets and drawers as they keep trying to recreate the excitement of having something new, getting a rush every time they make a purchase.
Second, I have also noticed a few children who get so excited they forget to be gracious. They grab for their goodies, even ask at the beginning of a party what they're getting.
Third, do we really need all that stuff anyway?
Fourth, isn't the party supposed to be about celebrating someone's birthday? What ever happened to the days when you got cake & ice cream and said thank you.
Another solution: If you like the idea of giving a souvenir to party attendees, make it one nice thing instead of many cheap items and candy that our kids clearly don't need more of.
How 'bout a bucket and shovel or a noodle in the summer. In winter it can be a coloring book and markers. Create a craft at the party that kids can take home. Take a Polaroid or digital photo of each child with the birthday child and send home the photo as a memento.
What are some of your best gift ideas for party attendees?
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Thursday, May 19, 2005
The Professional Organizer,
is proud to announce the birth of the new blog,
the Organizing Gym.
This baby blog came into the world humming with glee at
12:15pm ET on May 19, 2005
in Marietta, Georgia.
We look forward to watching baby blog grow into a full grown mature and productive member of blog society.
We hope to hear from visitors with organizing challenges and solutions and become a voice for banning clutterful lives.
The Professional Organizer
There are probably some things you collect and never look back. Whether it's black pants, snow globes, take-out food containers, paper clips, note pads or videotapes... organizing means constantly checking back to see if you have enough. (All of those are examples of things I have seen grow to excessive proportions)
Well then you must ask youself how many is enough. Aaaaah, that is exactly the point of this exercise.
- Go through your home or office and look at the things you tend to collect by the ton.
- Make a list of just 3 things and decide when you will have enough of them to exist happily. And what number equals too much.
- Post the number nearby your collection to help you remember when you have enough.
- If you decide to bring in more of the item, choose a similar item you don't like as much and give it away.
- If you already have enough, your job is to give away the overage because it is clutter.
They say out loud that they'll never get around to watching them all (hundreds), but still don't want to give them to charity.
What would you tell them to do?
- A. Just give them all away and don't look back.
- B. Make time to watch them all.
- C. Put them in a box in the attic and forget about them.
- D. other answer (send me your comment)
- Pick 14 tapes to keep as record tapes. Label them Saturday 1 - Sunday 1, and Saturday 2 - Sunday 2.
- Record your shows using the corresponding day tape. This gives them 2 full weeks to watch their shows before they get taped over.
- If you don't see the show after 2 weeks, you can record over it or add onto the end of the tape.
Here is my solution for R.B. who has TIVO in addition to a VCR:
- Quit taping shows. Just Tivo them and watch them within 2 weeks. If you don't seem to watch them within a reasonable time, don't bother recording at all and quit feeling guilty about it.