I was recently asked to provide “closet organizing tips” to The Molding Company — see my contribution in the section below:
Step 2. Make the Most of Your Space
After you’ve emptied your closet and decided what will stay, it’s time to decide where everything should go. Jen Cazares, professional organizer and founder of CazaresOrganizing.com, stresses the importance of grouping like things together:
Jen Cazares – CazaresOrganizing.com
“Shirts with shirts, pants with pants, etc. I even take it a step further and group within a group. For example, within shirts, I group short sleeves, long sleeves, tanks, and also group by color. That way, there’s no question about where to find those items when you need them.”
After you’ve categorized everything, it’s time to make the most of your closet space. Assess your closet’s best features and take advantage of them.
I am two-thirds of the way through earning my “credential” as a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD®) program. I am incredibly proud of this educational journey I have embarked upon! This 20-month program requires an investment of me as a professional organizer of over $3000, and 200+ hours of coursework, lots of reading, writing, and analyzing books related to Chronically Disorganized (CD) clients, as well as service in my industry. I think education matters in my desire to work with CD clients. This program is not required or necessary as a professional organizer, but for me, it’s testament of my commitment to provide specialized help, especially to my CD clients. Though I have 6 months more to go, I am (already) much more qualified and equipped than my competition, and I’m in a position to be of greater service to my client’s needs.
My featured image is of a client’s dining room table. Look really hard…Do you see the table in the room in the above picture? Probably not, but the light hanging over her dining room table will give you a hint. “Hoarding Disorder” is now recognized in the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as a mental disorder. This is a serious disorder and one that I learn more about every time I have a session with any of my clients who have hoarding behavior, and from my studies through the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). Recently, I administered the ICD Clutter Quality of Life Scale (CQLS) to my client. The CQLS is designed to measure inward, or subjective, consequences of clutter from the individual’s perspective. The CQLS highlights the various dimensions of clutter impact on quality of life like: Livability of Space, Emotional, Social, Financial. Although my client clearly has hoarding behavior, interestingly enough, she did not consider herself as a person who hoards. However, after taking the CQLS, she now understands the impact her hoarding behavior has on various aspects of her life, especially the livability of space, emotional and social aspects. We have spent many, many hours together over the past year. Though she is making progress, she admits she is very vulnerable to backsliding.
This certificate strengthens my educational background (B.B.A. Business Administration, with an emphasizes in Marketing and Human Resources, & B.A. in English) in workplace productivity through the development of three basic class divisions.
The the 3 class divisions as described by NAPO:
- The core classes focus on factors affecting managing business aspects like planning, staffing, and business issues and productivity including project and team management.
- The Client Interaction classes focus on ways in which I interpersonally relate to my clients through recognition and boundaries and help me to connect with my clients to provide a teaching environment.
- The Skills classes offer a variety of subjects to sharpen already present skillsets or to add new tools in my toolbox to expand my marketability for helping business clients remain relevant in a demanding professional environment.
I am committed to help elevate your business to a whole new level!
There’s something about Spring that puts a little extra “bounce” in your step! Spring gets you motivated to give your space a good cleaning, and it’s the perfect time to declutter your house. You will definitely feel a sigh of relief from a job well done, and you’ll be prepared to bring on the warmer seasons with great enthusiasm!
But I know it’s easy to lose your steam when you get down to the details…where to start, feelings of being too overwhelmed, etc. — that’s where Cazares Organizing will add a bright spot to your organizing efforts. I will be your accountability partner, and together we will transform your space into a breath of fresh air – I promise!
So, Spring into action and let’s make your space look and feel amazing! — call me today.