Time to ‘get organized’

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Cos Cob’s Miriam Mennin is a professional organizer helping people bring order to the chaos of their lives, especially when it comes to their home offices.

Since January is “Get Organized Month,” Ms. Mennin has provided the Post with several tips for home and office organization sponsored by the National Association of Professional Organizers. She said there’s no reason to wait until spring cleaning to do this and that people can get a head start and find out how much more productive they can be with organized homes and offices.

First you need to decide which room/area of your residence is most disturbing to you.

It could be a closet, the garage, kitchen, dining room or any place that is housing too many objects.

The first step in organizing is decluttering, but deciding which things to keep, store elsewhere, repair, give away or just throw away can be a difficult process.

Then, after you’ve decided where you want to start, the next step is to schedule in your appointment calendar a date and time of day to begin the decluttering. Consider this appointment with yourself to be uncancellable. Usually it’s best to schedule the appointment at a time of day when you have the most energy, and then allot an end time to the work.

Knowing that you don’t have to do it all in one day makes the decluttering task easier to do. Listening to your favorite music and setting a timer for the ending time also helps.

When you do this, you should have available five plastic trash bags or plastic containers with the following labels: To keep here, To store elsewhere, To repair, To donate and To throw away.

If this is difficult, you might want to contact an organizing professional who will guide you through the decluttering and organizing and help you make these difficult decisions by reminding you of the ultimate benefits such as peace of mind, control of your life and the ability to again enjoy your surroundings.

For more information and to schedule a one-hour consultation with Ms. Mennin, call her at 203-637-1124.

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