Skip to main content

Get Organized with Shannon

04/01/2007 02:09PM, Published by Brandi Barnett, Categories: In Print, Life+Leisure



Spring Clean

April 2007
By Gwen Lawler-Tough

It’s spring and time to get out the mops, buckets and brooms. The problem is that i would rather climb ladders and wash a hundred windows than deal with my real problem: clutter.

most of us have at least one “Fibber McGee” closet — you know, the one where everything falls out when you go to retrieve something. i have a closet stuffed with boxes of our family photos as well as the photos and memorabilia that my husband and i have inherited from our parents. also in this closet — grade-school artwork of my 17 and 20-year old sons and magazines commemorating Princess Diana and Jackie Kennedy. When I attempt to clean out this space, i spend my time re-discovering old photos, and revisiting my childhood
Jackie scrapbook. Nothing gets thrown out.

When you get “stuck” in the clutter muck like me, there is only one thing to do: Get help! Shannon Simmons, a local professional organizer, meets many people like me. She says that anyone can find their household in disarray after life-changing events such as a big move, a major illness, a new baby, deaths in the family. and most of us realize at some point that we need to start getting rid of most of the stuff that we have spent a lifetime accumulating. Uh-oh.

So i invited Shannon to take a crack at my kitchen desk. Welcome to papers stacked upon papers. I somehow find the important stuff, and leave the rest. i was amazed to see how quickly she cleared my desk. Her action plan is RAFT, or Read, act, File, toss. She took piles of my papers and sorted them out on our dining room table according to several categories. my job was to read them and either toss them in the trash or file them. She created a new action file for me, for items like the jury summons, which i had tacked on a bulletin board so
I wouldn’t lose it. action is the file for papers requiring action in the coming weeks. Shannon reminded me to enter the action info into our family calendar. Now i know where to find the summons, and it doesn’t clutter my important “visual space.”

Shannon calls my desktop, or any surface area in front of you “prime real estate.” Keeping this area clean is important in creating a space that actually works for you. The desktop that i dreaded cleaning for over a year, took a total of three hours to clear. Shannon was here 90
minutes, and the rest of the time i finished sorting, filing and admiring my newfound desktop. The key is scheduling time every week to keep it that way. Shannon says “if i make time to pay her for her help, i can find the time to regularly go through my papers.” Once a week, i now go though my in-box and toss or file. i have hanging files for Read, action and File. I’m so proud of myself I’m ready to tackle that Fibber McGee closet. Shannon, what are you doing next week?�

www.Shannonyourorganizer.com
530-949-5514



  • Coffee Painting Silent Auction

    09/21/2017
    08:00AM — 06:00PM

    We are building a 24' Tiny House on Wheels, the first of many that will make up our Tiny House Co...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    09/21/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • For the month of September, the Highland Art Center will feature a fun interactive exhibit with h...


  • An Evening at the Vineyard

    09/21/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Enjoy the beautiful scenery that Matson Vineyards has to offer, all while enjoying Wine tasting, ...


  • Wildcard Brewing Company's Vinyl Night

    09/21/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Vinyl Night! Join us downtown the first and third Thursday of every month. We are going to ditch ...


  • Art Show

    09/21/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    On September 21st, The Crowning Jewels in downtown Redding will feature a fun art exhibit with ...


  • Coffee Painting Silent Auction

    09/22/2017
    08:00AM — 06:00PM

    We are building a 24' Tiny House on Wheels, the first of many that will make up our Tiny House Co...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    09/22/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Free Taste Test

    09/22/2017
    03:00PM — 05:30PM

    Choose to make September the start of a healthier life by joining the fun at the following FREE r...


  • Hayfork Farmers' Market

    09/22/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Come listen to live music, shop for local goods and produce and cultivate community! The Farmers'...


  • For the month of September, the Highland Art Center will feature a fun interactive exhibit with h...


  • Wildcard Brewing Co. Foodie Friday

    09/22/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    On Fridays from 5pm-8pm, we bring you the best of both worlds: a frothy pint and a flavorful plat...


  • 2017 Autumn Exhibit - Reception

    09/22/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Please join us as we welcome the Artists whose work will be featured in Art in the City’s Autumn ...


  • Riverfront Playhouse Presents

    09/22/2017
    07:30PM

    By Mary Lynn Dobson Directed by Samantha Fork Welcome to another stellar season at the Neighbo...


  • Coffee Painting Silent Auction

    09/24/2017
    08:00AM — 06:00PM

    We are building a 24' Tiny House on Wheels, the first of many that will make up our Tiny House Co...


  • A gathering and show by collectors of military memorabilia. Helicopter fly-ins, armament and equi...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    09/24/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


  • Jewelry Making Classes for All Levels

    09/24/2017
    12:30PM — 03:30PM

    The Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir will once again offer a jewelry making class with Mt. Shasta...


  • Kitchen Tour

    09/24/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Kitchen Tour: Tour 5 fabulous renovated kitchens on Sunday September 24th, from 1 to 5 pm in the ...


  • Riverfront Playhouse Presents

    09/24/2017
    02:00PM

    By Mary Lynn Dobson Directed by Samantha Fork Welcome to another stellar season at the Neighbo...


  • Leann Rimes

    09/24/2017
    07:30PM

    LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 44 million albums, won two GRAMMY Awards, three Academy of Country...


  • Coffee Painting Silent Auction

    09/25/2017
    08:00AM — 06:00PM

    We are building a 24' Tiny House on Wheels, the first of many that will make up our Tiny House Co...


  • Football Season Is Here!

    09/25/2017
    09:30AM

    NFL Ticket. Sunday all day starting 930am with breakfast! Mon night Football. Thursday night S...


Enter to Win!

 
Check out our sister publication, Enjoy Magazine: South Valley Living
Wedding Style Guide 2017
Enjoy Magazine Facebook
Enjoy Magazine Instagram Instagram
Enjoy Magazine Pinterest Enjoy Magazine

Enjoy Our Sponsors