This week our guest is Professional Organizer Barbara Reich of Resourceful Consultants. For Barbara, eliminating clutter is a way of life. She tackles organization with a 360-degree approach, streamlining the homes, schedules and daily lives of her discerning clients. Equal parts affable and type A personality, Barbara’s tough-love approach yields real results and lasting change.
With a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Management from New York University, Barbara began her career as a management consultant, a profession in which she excelled as a result of her efficiency and attention to detail. Today she applies the same skills to help her clients rid their homes of excess clutter, streamline overbooked days and improve quality of living.
Known for creating solutions that are as aesthetically appealing as they are practical, Barbara transforms each space from the inside out. From powerful executives to busy mothers, clients appreciate Barbara’s unwavering confidentiality and eye for design.
A native of North Miami Beach, Barbara formed Resourceful Consultants, LLC in 1999. She and her husband, real estate attorney Jeff Reich, live in Manhattan with their eleven-year-old twins. Barbara has appeared on the Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times and New York Post among other publications.
Here are Four Tips form Barbara to get organized and stay organized in 2012:
Every year, we resolve to kick bad habits, from smoking to late night snacks. This year, make a resolution to form some good habits that streamline your everyday life. From keeping clutter from building up to rolling up your sleeves and doing the chores you avoid, these good habits not only keep your space organized, but also help you stay focused in the long-term. Try these simple tips for a de-cluttered 2012:
Tackle the Tough Task: Do what you dread most first—the rest of the day will run more smoothly without that dreaded task hanging over your head.
Stick to a Routine: Get in the habit of doing things the same way every time—if you always put your keys in the same pocket of your handbag without fail, you’ll never scramble for them again.
Fight the Onslaught of Paper: Discard all catalogs, solicitations and advertisements you get in the mail immediately. Personal correspondence, bills and necessary financial documents should all go in an in-box and then be addressed weekly.
Minimize Stress by Being Prepared: At the end of each workday, make a to-do list for the next day. Knowing what’s ahead of you will let you unwind that evening and start the next morning in an organized way.