Interview with an Organizer: Yve Irish
November 22, 2016
Interview with an Organizer – Yve Irish
Yve Irish is a professional organizer, blogger, and active NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) member, planning and chairing the upstate NY group meetings since joining in 2010. She has been featured in numerous articles on organizing and has been an active volunteer in organizing efforts within her community. We’re very pleased to feature her in our latest Interview with an Organizer segment.
LH: Can you tell me a little bit about your history? What was your path into professional organizing and how long have you been doing it?
YI: I have had a passion and a flair for organizing for as long as I can remember. Born and raised in Germany, I started helping friends and family with their organizing projects from a very young age. In my 20s I worked as an optician, then took time off to stay home with my daughter. After 10 years at home, I yearned to do something that I was passionate about, yet gave me the flexibility to still be there for my daughter. In 2006 I decided to take my organizing skills to a professional level and have loved every moment of it! It has been my greatest pleasure to help make positive changes in my clients’ lives, while doing something I love.
LH: What kind of services do you offer?
YI: My services include residential organizing, staging, downsizing, moving assistance, as well as virtual organizing. A detailed description of each service is available on my website.
LH: A lot of people find the time constraints of modern life at odds with their ability to organize. Do you have suggestions for people who are short on time?
YI: Daily and weekly planning are a vital part to staying organized, even more so for people with busy life styles. Goal setting and scheduling tasks in your calendar will help keep things on track, while reducing stress and anxiety.
It’s also important to create new habits, such as:
- Preparing every evening for the day ahead (both parents and children)
- Staying ahead of paper clutter, by routinely sorting and filing mail and incoming papers from work and school
- Quarterly purging/reorganizing of closets and storage spaces
LH: What is the most common problem people have with getting organized, in your experience?
YI: In many cases, it’s years of accumulated belongings. We acquire new things, yet often neglect to purge the old, which leads to cluttered storage spaces and homes. Once a person is at this stage, it can often feel too overwhelming of a task to get out from under all that clutter.
Another reason for many of my clients, is simply not having enough time in their busy schedule to getting things done. Between family, career, and maintaining the home, there is little time to devote to organizing. Often people take on too much, not wanting to say no, yet end up having to make concessions somewhere along the way. Unfortunately, our quality of life suffers, leaving us stressed and overwhelmed, with cluttered homes and schedules.
LH: What would you suggest to someone challenged by their clutter as a first step towards getting their house/life/everything in order?
YI: An important first step to getting organized is to start by creating a plan. Thinking about which areas of one’s home/life need attention, then listing each area in order of importance.
For example, if you are constantly running your children from one activity to the next, you may benefit from first setting up a “launching pad,” where everything you need is readily accessible. Backpacks, sports equipment, shoes, etc. should live here. Many times, I recommend creating a spot in the mudroom or garage for this. A “command center” is also a vital part to keeping the family on track, with a family calendar that clearly shows everyone’s activities and responsibilities as well as folders or cubbies for each child for holding school papers, etc.
Once a plan has been created, it is important to schedule time in your calendar to get started on the projects. Asking for help from family members, friends, or even a professional can often make the process less daunting and, dare I say, even fun.
Learning to simplify by cutting down on clutter and commitments (saying no at times), as well as improving one’s time management skills will reduce stress and greatly improve one’s life.
LH: Do you have suggestions for people interested in becoming professional organizers?
YI: Start by joining NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) which provides a multitude of education, networking with colleagues from around the US, as well as volunteer opportunities.
Taking online courses, reading books on organizing, and most importantly – getting hands-on experience by organizing for family members and friends.
LH: Thank you much for sharing your work with us.
Find Yve on www.OrganizingbyYve.com.
November 17, 2016
The Travel Organizer Everything Case for Makeup, Toiletries and All Your Sundry Accessories
Please note, the contest has ended. Thanks for entering. Please read about this cool bag and check it out on our website.
We’re thrilled to present this new travel organizer, as it’s sure to be your go-to case after reading this. Guys and gals will both love the multiple pockets and compact footprint, which means you can store TONS of stuff in a tiny package. It’s small enough to tuck inside your luggage, backpack or briefcase.
Four storage areas store lots of accessories – plus an onboard shelf is great for resting cosmetics, medications, diabetic supplies, your phone – or anything else requiring a temporary station. Folded, it measures only 14.5 W x 2.5 H x 10.75 inches. Unfolded it expands into a 35-inch wide super-station, giving you instant access to your most-used stuff by simply unzipping and unfolding the compartments. In other words, it’s both a case AND a place to do stuff while you travel.
Uses for the Orgo travel organizer are only limited by your imagination. Here are a few ideas, however. When traveling, store your cosmetics and toiletries and you’ll have them all in one place when you need them. The travel organizer features two zippered compartments that slide out to reveal a built-in storage shelf that’s stiff enough to span a sink and hold your toiletries upright. Inside of each compartments are elastic straps for holding small items and multiple dividers to keep your makeup organized. Two additional zippered compartments (one in each pocket) store those little things that need some extra security. Open the zippers and unfold the organizer over a sink vanity, and you have a full-service beauty station at your fingertips. When finished, just slide the zipped compartments together, fold it up, and tuck it in your drawer.
Guys will love the organizer too as it’s great for shaving accessories, supplements, mini-hair trimmers, chargers, sunglasses, passports and all of those things that get lost in your briefcase.
If you’re enjoying dorm life, this makes a great organizer when sharing bathrooms – plus it keeps everything consolidated and out of the way between uses.
When taking day trips, the travel organizer can’t be beat for storing craft supplies like pencils, paints and markers and the cool thing is that it’s small enough to throw in a shoulder bag when you get to your destination. It’s not limited to travel either. Use it at home for your drawing or craft supplies and store it out of the way on a shelf when you’re not using them.
You get the idea! This is an everything organizer for storing all those little things that get lost in your luggage. Here’s a quick list for where you might need the organizer:
- Gym locker room and more
Who might need one?
- Sewing and Craft Enthusiasts
- Frequent Travelers
- Infrequent Travelers
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- Go to http://www.facebook.com/organizeit
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- Contest starts on November 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM EST and ends December 1, 2016 at 3 PM EST.
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by Laurie Halbritter
Christmas Ornament Storage Ideas
November 8, 2016
Christmas Ornament Storage Ideas to Protect Your Precious Keepsakes
Post-Christmas storage is always the saddest part of the holidays, but if you plan now, you’ll be prepared when the holidays come. Ornament, tree, wreath, china and wrapping paper storage are a few the of the holiday items we have to worry about and I have lots of suggestions to get your prepared – so many, in fact, that I’m going to make this a multi-part post, featuring Christmas ornament storage in this first installment.
If you’re like me, you probably have a variety of ornaments, maybe even some heirloom ones that need some special care to prevent damage. Some of my most-prized possessions are my grandmother’s glass ornaments from the early part of the 20th century, that were passed onto her from her mother. I’d be devastated if something happened to them.
I only discovered these dedicated Christmas ornament storage solutions when I started working at Organize-it. I have to say, they make post-holiday storage so much easier. Everything fits easily in the boxes and I don’t have to mess around with tissue paper – plus I can easily identify them when the next holiday rolls around.
Christmas Ornament Storage Box
This particular ornament storage box is great for round ornaments and holds up to 27. Ornaments are fully protected by individual 5-inch square cells, which are divided by three stiff layers, so they don’t get crushed. A lid keeps them covered and dust-free, and handles make it convenient to carry and shelve at the end of the holiday.
Christmas Ornament Storage Container
The Christmas Ornament Storage Container is a storage carrying solution for large-ornament-collection needs. Four removable padded trays store up to 80 total ornaments (20 each) for a robust, mobile storage solution. This cart is smartly designed with wheels and a telescoping handle. The beauty of this ornament container is that you don’t have to lug a bunch of boxes when decorating and putting away your ornaments.
Sterilite Ornament Storage Container
Made of clear plastic for easy identification, the Sterilite Ornament Storage Container is perfect for basement storage, given the non-porous, plastic construction. It’s also perfect for storing odd-sized ornaments, as you can adjust the dividers for a custom fit. The stacking design and latched handles make for easy storage and the red trim shouts “Christmas” when you’re rummaging for your Christmas decorations next year.
Christmas Ornament Stand
This last item is more of a display than a storage container, but I included it because it makes a lovely gift, as well as a way to display heirloom ornaments or other small hanging decor. I like to use them as accompaniments for woodturned ornaments, as they have attractive lines and make a nice table accent. I imagine they could be repurposed to display a variety of decorative items such as wood or glass ornamental objects.
Organize-It carries a huge variety of ornament and other Christmas storage products, so stop back by the blog for future installments to help you prepare for the holidays. You might also enjoy your Pinterest Christmas Storage Ideas board which displays a lot of our products (not all) in one location. Our Pinterest page has 110 boards with nearly 6000 pins including products, organizing tips, cleaning tips and more.