First and foremost, I sincerely hope this edition of the Newsletter finds you healthy. I know many of you have had to endure hardships. My heart goes out to each and every one of you and I am sending you all big hugs as we navigate this challenging time together!
Now we all find ourselves heading towards the end of Summer, which is the ideal time to conduct DorothyTheOrganizer’s 7-MINUTE END-OF-SUMMER SWEEP (Quick Organizing Projects in short 7-minute sessions).
I did a poll on social media and a good portion of my 60k followers responded with answers to their biggest end-of-summer organizing priority. The top answers were:
50% wanted to eliminate clothing and accessories
30% want to clean out storage space (shed, garage, attic, basement)
20% voted for technology (cords, chargers, cases, old phones / electronics)
7- Minute End-of-Summer Sweep – Closets and Clothes
This is super easy. I’m recommending that over the coming weeks, you “sweep your house” to eliminate unwanted items (in 7-minute spurts) and then move on with your day. Grab a timer and start in your bedroom. Keep it simple and organize your sock drawer (remember kids can do this too). Go to the sock drawer or bin and dump out all the socks. Match them up. See if you have any “unmatchables.” Check the elastic. Review to see if there are any you just don’t like anymore. Toss what doesn’t work and keep the rest.
You can repeat this short, 7-minute organizing spurt with all your clothing categories: pants, skirts, or shoes. Speaking of shoes – here’s another 7-minute sweep. Try on no more than 3 pairs of shoes at a time and decide whether to keep them or not. Ask yourself: Are they hard to get on? Do your feet feel unsupported? Are they looking a bit too worn? Check to see if there are any shoes that hurt. Eliminate those which no longer work for you. Tomorrow? Do another 3 pairs.
Summertime can cause chaos in your larger storage spaces. Though these spaces are bigger and seem to have more stuff; remember, if you continue to focus on what you can eliminate, you will gain space immediately. To make a dent in your piles in the garage, basement, attic or shed, try looking for broken items or rarely-used items to eliminate such as:
A skateboard with a missing wheel
A suitcase or backpack with a broken zipper
Unused tennis racquets or flat tennis balls
7- Minute End-of-Summer Sweep – Technology
If you’ve been working from home this Summer, like many of us, you will likely agree that the most heated discussions are around screen time, finding an outlet to charge your electronics or perhaps losing a power cord. To enjoy the last days of summer while preparing for Fall – I suggest spending some short organizing segments with your electronics. Try three sessions at 7 minutes each.
Session 1: Gather all the chords, devices and accessories, and group like with like.
Session 2: Store chords using chord clamps or even stuff the chords into empty toilet paper rolls and label them with a marker.
I hope these tips are helpful, and below are some other tips that I think you will find valuable at this time:
And for those of you who love organizing and would like to start a new career, please check-out my ‘Free to attend’ webclass on “How To Become A Professional Organizer Both On & Offline (without stressing about HOW to run a business, WHERE to find Clients, or WHAT to charge!) on
P.S. “Dorothy The Organizer” is America’s Most Innovative Professional Organizer. Known to millions as the fearless-yet-endearing problem solver on the Emmy-nominated TV Show “Hoarders” on A&E. Dorothy is also the best-selling author of seven books, including her latest, Stuff Your Face or Face Your Stuff. In addition to being featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and O Magazines, Dorothy appears regularly on the Today Show, The Dr. Phil Show, The View, The Doctor’s, QVC and PBS. Dorothy lives with her husband in Los Angeles.
Dorothy is a member and lecturer for the National Association of Productivity and Professional Organizers, and Institute for Challenging Disorganization, and is a highly sought-after International speaker who energizes and inspires her audiences to produce results and take immediate action. Sequences are an automated series of emails.
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