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Month: September, 2013

Sell Online Items Faster with Standout Photos

Camera2One of the most effective ways to remove items you no longer need, use or love from your home is to sell it online. This could mean online through Craigslist, Kijiji, Ebay, Etsy or any of the other numerous sites. A good picture will make it much more likely that your item will sell.

First – make sure the item is clean, in good condition and ready to have its closeup. Clean up the area around pieces if you can’t move them to a clear area. Nothing turns a buyer off like a bunch of clutter around the piece for sale.

Second – choose a neutral background. If the item is small enough, create an inexpensive DIY light box. From a cardboard box cut off one side. Then add white paper on the remaining sides – including the bottom. Clip a clamp light on top of the box so there are no shadows on the object you’re photographing. Here’s a great video tutorial.

With larger items hang a white curtain and clip on a clamp light  or two to shine lights from different angles to get the desired lighting effect.

With great lighting you are 99% of the way to great online photos. The last thing to consider is what to take a photo of.

For clothing: Tags – both on the clothing or store tags if the garment was never worn. Close-up of any detail. Don’t forget a full shot of the front AND back.

For Furniture: Any designer stamps, unique detailing, different angles, any imperfections.

Use this as a general guideline when shooting other objects. The basic idea is to give the buyer as much information as possible to help them make their decision.

Don’t forget to include important details in the post to compliment the picture. Size, condition and brand. Type of materials, measurements and quality details. Again, the more information the better.

Go for it! List a thing or two and see what happens!

Happy Organizing!

**photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

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Out Smart Procrastination

9-03 Procrastination

Ok, here’s a dirty secret – I was a HUGE procrastinator. I waited until the last minute to do things, leave the house, finish a project. I used to think of it as a challenge, a fun little personal task. When asked the dreaded, “What would you say is your weakest quality?” question in an interview, I would answer, “Procrastination.” but I would follow it up with, “I work great under pressure.” And I do. However, I have discovered that when you give yourself enough time – meaning more time than you think you need, it actually makes everything more relaxing and enjoyable.

As a human you are programmed to procrastinate. It’s our nature, we all do it. So, now that we no longer have to feel guilty about it what can you do about it?

I’ve tried a lot of things, including, blocking off my calendar so it looks like a rainbow fun pop of to do’s and obligations during the day. Here’s the thing, best intentions don’t always lead to improved actions so I am going to share a few tips that I used to outsmart procrastination.

Figure out your natural schedule. Decide when you like to do certain things and when you are most productive. For example. I have discovered that if I work out in the morning, check email and get ready, then start working I am a much happier and more productive person. I then find that if I do something active in the afternoon: a walk with my dog, yoga, working in the yard etc. then work after that I am also a happier, more productive person. So, I have scheduled my day and the priorities I have to finish around that schedule. If you are in an office decide the times you are most productive and take advantage of that time. Then allow yourself some slack time or time to do less taxing priorities in the areas around those natural energy bursts.

Next, block those websites that pull you into a black vortex where time stands still and you come out knowing a bit about your friend’s weekend, the latest youtube sensation or checking in on the latest news story… Set a temporary website block with programs like Temporary on Google Crome. It’s a free app for your computer that allows you to temporarily block websites so you can’t view them in the specified amount of time that you set. If you can’t see it you can’t view it so you have no choice but to work.

Also, turn off your email and anything that beeps, dings or chimes on your phone. We are like Pavlov’s Dog. We respond to those noises very well and we go searching for our treat. Cut it off and silence it.

This next option is a little less strict than Temporary. Time Warp, another Google Chrome app for your computer that will allow you to set three different “wormholes”

Option 1: Redirect: Takes you to the most productive site you specify

Option 2:  Quote: Shows your most motivative quote

Option 3: Timer: Displays the amount of time you spent on the site today

It’s an interesting options that I have just installed on my computer and plan to use soon. So clever over there at Google.

Last, is sheer will power. You have to focus on something larger and more important than the present moment to push you through whatever it is you have to get done.  Here are a few Time Saving ideas to get you started. Also, I always tell myself that whatever I’m dreading will not be as hard as I anticipant and the truth is it usually isn’t. And it feels so good to have it done!

Happy Organizing!

** photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net