HAPO President's Message
by Karen L. Simon, PC Tech Associates
October Means Fall Is Here
As “Mainlanders” start preparing for the Fall Season by packing up their closets' summer wardrobes and replacing them with sweaters, coats and boots, we can share something in common with them. We, "Islanders", can use this month to purge our closets and drawers of unneeded items and no-longer-worn clothes.
If this seems like an overwhelming thought, professional organizers all over the world recommend that you break the project into smaller pieces. Start by assigning yourself one hour to tackle one section of your closet or, one or two dresser drawers. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself as you review each article of clothing. 1) Does it still fit? 2) When was the last time I wore this? 3) Will I wear it again? 4) Is it still "in-style"? Depending upon your answer(s), you will be able to determine whether or not to keep it.
As you purge items, make two piles: 1) Toss; 2) Donate; Toss items that are torn, stained or faded. Donations should be items that are in good condition - would YOU wear it? There are many options for donations. Churches and groups hold "white elephant" sales to raise money. Some charities have Thrift stores to resell items. Other organizations provide clothing to the needy.
Like any organizing project if you get "stuck", know that help is just a phone call (or email) away! Professional Organizers are available in your area. Click here to Find a Professional Organizer. Have fun this month finding more space in your closets and drawers!
Organizing Professionals ...
Are you an organizing professional who performs organizing services? Or are you a manufacturer, distributor or retailer of organizing products? HAPO WANTS YOU! We are always looking for professional organizers and companies where we can refer clients. So, whether you are an organizer who helps clients in homes or offices, a closet product/installation company, or you provide organizing product solutions, visit our Membership page to find out about the Hawaii Association of Professional Organizers and its members. NEW Benefit of Membership: Teleconference Meetings! Visit our Events Calendar page for monthly meeting dates.
Tips to Get Organized
contributed by HAPO members
TIPS TO MANAGE YOUR SUPPLIES
Group like items together. This is a basic, but really helpful start to getting organized. Figure out where to keep items like tools, giftwrapping supplies, crafts, etc. and then reunite the items that wandered away from each other!
Lasar McCabe, Organized Island Living LLC