Nikki works with Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer #3

Posted by on Sep 22, 2012 in Nikki works with Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer | 0 comments

Nikki has chosen to work with me, Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization, and owner of Organizing For Everyday, LLC.  So I will be the new character, Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer.  Nikki, and you the reader, will experience working with me as your Professional Organizer.

Nikki and Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer, are working on Nikki’s closet.  Nikki has a lot of shoes, but she has trouble finding two that match because they are piled up on the closet floor and under the bed.  Elizabeth is helping Nikki decide which ones to keep and which she could let go using some of the same techniques they used with clothes.  The shoes under the bed were very dusty.  Nikki admitted that they hadn’t been worn in a long time.  Just like clothes with dusty shoulders they could be let go.  Shoes on the bottom of the pile and shoved in the back of the closet hadn’t been worn lately either.  Elizabeth told Nikki that most of us wear 20 percent of our things 80 percent of the time, and the 80 percent we seldom wear is usually in our way.

Nikki separated her everyday shoes from her special-occasion shoes.  The dressy shoes are stored in labeled boxes, so they won’t get damaged.  Nikki puts them in the back of the closet, so she won’t have to untangle them from the shoes she wears everyday.

Nikki has shoes she only wears during the winter and sandals and flip flops for summer.  Just like the clothes, Nikki separated the shoes by season.  The off-season shoes were put in boxes in the back of the closet.  Nikki thought she would need more shoe boxes until Elizabeth pointed out that when she switches seasons, she can re-use the same boxes for the “new” off-season shoes.

Without the unworn, off-season, and special-occasion shoes, the pile was much smaller.  Now they could be put away instead of piled up.  Elizabeth showed Nikki that she could use the same backwards technique they used with the hangers on her shoes.  Instead of putting the shoes away with the toes facing in, the way Nikki usually does, they put the shoes away with the toes facing out.  After she wears a pair of shoes Nikki will put them away with the toes facing in like she normally does.  In a few months, Nikki will be able to tell which shoes she has worn by the direction of the toes.

With just a few simple tips and techniques, Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization, helped Nikki organize her shoes.  Now she can always find a matched pair.  Nikki is getting closer to stress free mornings, and getting to work on time.

Next post:  Nikki and Elizabeth tackle the tangled T-shirts.

 

2012 Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Organizing For Everyday, LLC

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