Closet Organizing Tip

I was recently approached by a company to provide one of my favorite tips for organizing a closet, so here ya go:

I cannot stress enough, the most important guideline I use in closet organizing is to group like things together (not to mention first eliminating what you don’t wear): 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. By using this tip, there’s just no question about where to find those items when you want them. I realize this may be easier said than done, which is why for many, hiring a Professional Organizer is the only answer to an organized, functional closet!

CPO-CD® Class of 2019!

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.

Happy New Year!

What’s your New Year’s resolution?  Starting fresh and getting organized?  Skills like sorting, making decisions and follow through are necessary to declutter your living space—Yes, I know…creating livable spaces is easier said then done. At a recent conference I attended, Michael Tomkins, Phd, author and authority on clutter and hoarding behavior, challenged the audience to think about the word “need” when sorting stuff. Try this rule:  Ask yourself these three powerful questions when you are sorting your stuff to determine whether it’s something that should be tossed, donated or kept:

  • is my SAFETY at risk?
  • is my HEALTH at risk?
  • is my FINANCIAL WELFARE at risk?

Other rules that you need to consider when sorting:

  • If it’s broken…can you let it go?
  • How many of the same or similar thing do you have? Find balance.
  • If it’s not repaired or used in a “reasonable” amount of time (less then 6 months), can you let it go?

Dig deep and ask yourself:  Will your life be negatively effected if you get rid of “it”?  Have you felt anxiety or depression because you’ve been without “it”.  What void is “it” filling? Have you spent hours, days, or weeks looking for “it”?  I can help with with all these questions, and together we can make a difference!  Call/text/email Cazares Organizing today!

Dig deep and you will get results.

The Rewards of Organizing

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.

Just earned: NAPO Specialist Certificate – Workplace Productivity

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!

Just earned: NAPO Specialist Certificate in Residential Organizing

For me the purpose of earning this NAPO Specialist Certificate in Residential Organizing was three fold:

  • To focus on factors affecting the development and management of my business.
  • To gain a greater understanding and awareness of my Client Interaction by focusing on them, and relating to them through recognition and boundaries.  And to help transfer organizing skills.
  • The  classes also offer a variety of subjects to sharpen my current skill-sets, and to add new tools to my toolbox to expand my marketability and services.

I look forward to working with you and helping you feel the bright spot in organizing!

Coaching practice makes perfect!

I love the idea of being a Coach Organizer!  Practice, practice, practice.  My latest achievement was a powerful course in receptive and active coaching skills combined with the on-going core competencies and ethics of coaching in a small group setting – practicing with other fellow organizers.  Is coaching right for you?  Take the Coachability Self Test and see.  It might be your missing piece of the puzzle!

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