Declutter and Organise Workshop – Sunday 10 November

DECLUTTER & ORGANISE WORKSHOP – SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER

I’m running another full day workshop at Selwyn Community Education in Kohimaramara Road on Sunday November 10th and I’d love you to join me.  Here’s the link to the course:

http://www.selwyncomed.school.nz/courses/1106-declutter-and-or-downsize-your-home/

We will be discussing downsizing and decluttering, what to keep and what to let go, storage ideas, organising personal papers, and your wardrobe, and more…  This is an opportunity for you to not only talk about your problems around clutter and organisation, but also to listen to those of others.

The class is not large, and usually capped at around 15 or 16 participants.  I provide a Workbook for you to take notes, plus handouts for you to take away.  And as I say right at the beginning, this is not a ‘lecture’, this is participative exercise and I am continually checking in for feedback so everyone gets as much value as they can from the day.

The important thing is that everyone gets to see that we all have similar problems around clutter, and the stress it causes.  Discussions are lively and there’s lots of interaction from everyone making the day fun and interesting.

Here’s some feedback from my previous course:

“I really appreciated the tone of the class. Angela was very encouraging and welcoming. She facilitated the group very skilfully so that everyone participated and shared their knowledge and experience.  I liked the flexibility of the group.”

 “Angela had a positive presence and it was really easy to follow what she was saying. The content of the day was structured but not rigid.  Angela listened with empathy and ensured that everyone heard both questions and answers.  At appropriate times she shared her own experiences and this gave credibility to what she was telling us.”

 “Angela was an excellent presenter, very focused on everyone’s issues/problems and everything I hoped to learn was covered. As well as being very informative, it was also very entertaining (thanks to Angela and some of the participants). “

 “I wasn’t sure what to expect exactly but was hopeful. Course gave me reassurance that my own ideas, slowly forming, were sound & that there were other ways to deal with the issues.”

 “Angella was great!  Very friendly, enthusiastic and non-judgmental about everyone’s own personal ‘cluttered’ situation.  All areas were covered despite all the interruptions she had.”

 

If you’ve been struggling to get rid of that clutter and want to enjoy the feeling of being organised and more relaxed in your environment then do come along.  You will definitely come away with ideas, loads of tips, and hopefully the momentum you’re looking for to get started on your decluttering project.

Warmest regards

Angella

 

Controlling Your Email Inbox

Controlling Your Email Inbox

I think we all have difficulties coping with the amount of emails that surge into our Email Inbox.  How can we keep up with them all…  That’s the burning question.  I try to keep my Inbox content down to less than 100 emails, however it does sometimes become a bit unruly if I haven’t kept up with them.  I know that may sound like a lot to some of you but I tend to keep interesting emails in the Inbox until I have read them then I ditch or file them into a sub-folder which is why it sometimes creeps up to 100 plus emails.

The easiest way I have found to store emails is to create sub-folders in the Inbox, really just the same as your Folders and Sub-Folders in your My Documents on your computer, and potentially as you would file hard copy documents in a filing cabinet.  Sorting emails by category makes it a simple job to file emails into the relevant folder/sub-folder, and really quick to go back and find them.

Filing emails by shifting them over into their folder or sub -folder is then a simple matter of hitting your FROM tab on the top bar and then moving all the emails from that sender over into the relevant folder.  You can then do exactly the same in your Sent box except you hit the TO tab.

Unsubscribing to emails you no longer wish to receive will also make a difference in keeping the emails to a manageable number and I regularly scroll through my emails and Unsubscribe.

SPAM emails can also be a nightmare and it’s recommended that you don’t open them.  If you don’t already have a Reading Pane which allows you to have a quick preview of your inward emails then I suggest you go to View on the Tool Bar and select the Reading Pane that suits you.  I use the Right Reading Pane as I find it more convenient than the option of  having the reading pane at the bottom.

I know there will be other ways of dealing with emails, using Rules etc, however I like to use the simplest methods possible.

If  your Inbox is already unwieldy and it takes you ages to find an email, then you might like to try some of these tips.  You’ll find once you’ve set up your folders and sub-folders, and use them, and start unsubscribing, then you can really get stuck in and file and cull emails.  I promise you it’s worth the effort you put in to set up your systems.

Very best wishes to you.

In Joy

Angella

 

Declutter and Organise Workshop – Sunday 8 April

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I mentioned in my last Newsletter earlier this month that I am conducting my second full day workshop at Selwyn Community Education in Kohimaramara Road on Sunday April 8th, here’s the link to the course:

http://www.selwyncomed.school.nz/courses/1106-declutter-and-or-downsize-your-home/

We will be discussing downsizing and decluttering, what to keep and what to let go, storage ideas, organising personal papers, and your wardrobe, and more…  So if you think this is ‘just what you need’ I would love to have you join us.

 I was advised yesterday that the course has a special offer for this April course:  Enrol two students on one order and pay for only one.

Here’s some feedback from my course last November, and since this was my first workshop of this kind I was delighted to receive these positive comments.

“I really appreciated the tone of the class. Angela was very encouraging and welcoming. She facilitated the group very skilfully so that everyone participated and shared their knowledge and experience.  I liked the flexibility of the group.” [Read more…]

Emotional Roller Coasters

Gioia Decluttering News

I have had the privilege of working with many clients over the years and one thing they have almost all shared with me is the emotions that come crashing down on them when they look at their clutter.  It brings them to a standstill, and I believe all of us at some point have reached that stage of total overwhelm.

We’re often not really present to the emotions that clutter causes because we’ve almost become inured to them, to the stage where we ignore the frustration, stress and embarrassment.  I’m really not trying to be negative here, I just want people to get the emotional impact that clutter and disorganisation brings to their lives.

How do you feel when you search high and low for items such as car keys, that you absolutely know are somewhere in the house, but you’re having to waste precious time in the search and becoming frustrated and stressed? [Read more…]

Sorting the kids’ toys once and for all… and my upcoming Decluttering Workshop

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I have been decluttering and organising alongside clients in their homes for almost 12 years and probably one of the main problem issues that comes up time and time again has been sorting and organising children’s toys, games and books.

Toys tend to multiply into every room in the house which can be challenging, quite aside from the child’s room itself which can become chaotic. Not fun for Mum to clean, and ultimately not great for the child either as they try to find a particular toy or game and end up turning the room upside down in the process.

There are obviously a couple of issues here: one being when to let go of toys, books and games because they are no longer used or the child has grown out of them, and the second is organising those that are going to be kept.

So when is it time to let things go? What I do want you to think about here is that children learn to hoard very early in life, and often want to hold onto every stuffed toy, tiny first books and games that they have had since birth because they hold ‘memories’ for them. What I explain to children is that if we hold onto everything, then there won’t be any room for new toys and books and games. You could also suggest that it can be a wonderful thing to give away those items that they no long play with to those children who don’t have toys at all.

Here are a few other suggestions which I hope will help:

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