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Are you Disinclined to Organize?

by Darrell G. Hamilton 02/11/2019

Okay, everyone knows those people … the born organizers. You know the ones, they have a place for everything and a mental file card system reminding them where everything is. These are the people that live by “a place for everything, and everything in its place.”

You, conversely, are lucky to get out of the house with your keys and handbag or wallet. You often leave behind the lunch you painstakingly made the night before, and you root through the dirty laundry looking for the blouse to go with the suit you need to wear TODAY for a presentation you're about to give. Oh, and the notes for the presentation … you're writing them on the train on your way into work.

You open your favorite magazine only to find one more article extolling the virtues of organization and you resolve to start right away.But where do you start when you’re so naturally disinclined to organize?

Start small

Trying to implement everything you read in that latest article or blog post by the perfect mommy, choose just one area. Work on your new habit a little each time you think about it until it becomes a habit.

While many people tout the belief that habits form in about 21 days, the truth is that creating automaticity (what psychologists call habit formation) may take much longer than that to develop. A 2009 study by Phillippa Lally, et al., at the University College London, participants averaged 66 days to establish a new healthy habit such as changing their diet or exercising.

As entrenched as your current bent toward messiness and disorderliness is, making the switch to organization won't come overnight. Nor should you expect it to come naturally.

Pick one

Consider starting with just one of these items. Add it into your life in as seamless a way as possible so that it becomes “organic.”

  • Place a wastebasket in each room, near the doorway. If the receptacle is not handy or visible, using it won't be automatic. Set another trashcan near where you sort mail. Notice, this is not a new place to sort mail that has a trash can, it is moving a trashcan to where you already sort mail, but it on the sofa, the kitchen table or just inside the back door.
  • Add hooks to the back of each door. Dropped sweaters, jackets, scarves, and backpacks quickly clutter a space. A liberal quantity of hooks encourages hanging up at least some of these.
  • Use plastic tubs. Chances are if you're organizationally challenged, your family members are as well. Place a basket or container for each person in the mudroom or on the way up the steps. In goes shoes, toys, books, and anything else that one might leave behind in another room. At the end of each day, each person only has one thing to grab on their way to bed.

Organization habits are especially important when your home is on the market and needs to quickly become "show ready" at a moment's notice. Your real estate professional may have other ideas to help you quickly "stage" your home, so ask.

About the Author

Author
Darrell G. Hamilton

Darrell G Hamilton Denver Real Estate

For nearly three decades, Darrell has achieved success through hard work and an optimistic attitude. He is a consistent top producer, ranking in the top 5% of the Denver Metro Association of Realtors. His ability to seamlessly sell a modest one bedroom condo, a world-class penthouse or a multi-million dollar estate exemplifies his knowledge of properties in metropolitan Denver. And he is a true people person. Some of Darrell’s clients are buying or selling their home through him for the third or fourth time; their confidence in him is appreciated. Other clients are well-known personalities in business, real estate development, oil and gas, biotechnology, banking, medical, hospitality,communication/entertainment, society, philanthropists, and professional sports. He respects their privacy and safeguards their confidential information …he does the same for all his clients.

Darrell began his real estate career in Portland, Oregon. He has been a licensed Broker in the state of Colorado since 1990. He has two Bachelor of Science degrees, Sociology & Social Work, from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. He was asked to join Rae & Company, Denver’s most prestigious boutique real estate firm; known for its pioneering efforts in saving historic buildings and residences from the wrecking ball in the 1970′s and 80′s. Consistently atop producer, Darrell was part of the original marketing team for the luxury condo conversion on Cheesman Park, Cheesman Gardens… among many others.

While with Rae & Company, Darrell was selected as the principle Marketing Broker for several residential developments. During this time, Darrell became known for his “hands-on” approach to the prospective Buyer and the needs of his developers.

When Rae & Company closed its doors in 1998; Darrell was sought after by all the top-producing firms in the city. He accepted an offer from the newly opened Moore Premier Properties in Cherry Creek. Ten months later NPR bought Moore &Company. The Principals of Premier Properties were asked to help create the expansion of The Kentwood Company into the inner city. Now, the brokerage house of The Kentwood Company has over 150 of the most successful Agents in the entire United States. After the first year of having its doors open in Cherry Creek –Darrell was given the recognition of being the top sales producer for five years!

During his years of living in Hawaii, Darrell managed the real estate portfolio of exclusive clientele of who’s who in the entertainment industry. He has traveled throughout Europe, The South China Sea, Africa and South America where he gained great knowledge of architecture and culture. During the last two decades, Darrell has maintained involvement in many community and charitable organizations which includes:

Mount Saint Vincent’s Home for Children
(One of the original charter members)
Project Angel Heart
Cancer Awareness drives, etc.
Denver Art Museum benefactor
Denver Art Museum Asian Art Association
Denver Board of Realtors
National Association of Realtors

Letter from Darrell:

My company has catered to Denver’s “carriage trade” real estate market since we opened our doors.  Through the years, the Kentwood principles Bill Moore & Peter Niederman have insisted that their associates cultivate the camaraderie and cooperation of other top brokerage firms in the Denver area, as well as other key cities across the country to draw prospects from a broader target market. Thus my marketing is always result-oriented, unique, quality and attention grabbing. Through my promotion expenses and methods, it invites, welcomes and even applauds other brokers who bring Buyers to the table. A good portion of my promotional efforts is directed at other brokerages and agents. In this context, I do not allocate a specific sum to be spent on marketing a particular property. I will spend whatever it takes to generate a sale in the form of media promotion, printed materials and select, exclusive, invitation-only receptions for my colleagues… and many other tailored techniques. This extra “service,” persisting beyond the fixed expense budget of other real estate brokers, has earned me the reputation for results and success I now enjoy.

What I bring to the company and the reason I was asked to join the firm, is my dedication to refined service. I always go above and beyond my obligations as a Realtor, to make the entire selling experience and process as effortless and as lucrative as possible for my clients.

I am known for not only how I set the stage before each showing, but for the fact that I even fold the toilet paper – seriously! I make sure that lighting is just right, the right background music is selected, etc., for each showing and open house that I can attend. All of which, I firmly believe, is so crucial to ensure that each Prospect’s first impression of the property is a positive impression.

One of the most important marketing advantages I can offer you is my sphere of past clients, colleagues and friends throughout the state and across the country. These people may be interested in your property or may know of someone who is. This is of utmost importance when marketing exclusive or unique properties, to have a sphere of influence as I do.

I firmly believe my strength is knowing the inner city real estate market. Not only the history of the buildings, homes and neighborhoods, but the residents, their families and the special characteristics of each residence or condominium and neighborhood block. After all, I have lived in the inner city for over 35 years! I also pride myself on knowing the “players” in the inner city real estate market, who is looking, who is selling, who the developers and investors are and what they are looking for. This is an attribute that no other Broker in the city can offer.

Please feel free to contact me about any real estate questions you may have or transactions you may be considering.

Darrell G Hamilton
Associate Broker