CONFESSIONS OF A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER

Uncategorized Jun 21, 2016

It's Sunday and I have been working on getting my family to do their part all weekend. Their part is to do their chores as well as put their stuff away in their rooms. This often requires them to remove it from the main living areas! Needless to say, my home is not organized 24/7!!


Yep, I know this comes as a shock but it is true! We are a household of 6 and we do acquire "stuff". 

As a matter of fact let me share with you some staggering facts from becomingminimalist.com.
1. The average American home has 300,000 items.
2. 3.1% of the world's children live in America but own 40$ of the toys consumed globally.
3. The average American woman owns 30 outfits, 1 for each day in a month. While in 1930 that number was 9!

While I would really like to think of myself as not in any of the categories listed above, I am afraid I am. We are. My family is!!!

There are days when I would love to be a minimalist. For example, this weekend I wouldn't have spent so much time trying to get...

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SPIRITUAL RESET

Uncategorized Jun 21, 2016

The calendar has moved quickly to Lent. I am not sure of what your religious affiliation is but I do know that Lenten practices are a part of the Christian world. They certainly are for me and my family. 


A couple of weeks ago my husband and I gathered the children around the table to talk about the upcoming season of Lent. Of course, we were met with rolling eyes, long gazing stares and general disinterest. I mean, they are kids and really don't want to do ANYTHING that will make them feel uncomfortable. We, as adults don't always like that feeling either!
We were talking about what the kids thought they might give up for Lent. I always tell them it needs to be meaningful and hard in order to be a true sacrifice for Christ.  A couple of days before Lent we talked again and asked the kids if they had decided to which they seemed rather vague. 

 

I could tell this was not going to be a sacrificial lent based on those expressions! This is when we came up with a...

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BROKEN RESOLUTIONS

Uncategorized Jun 21, 2016

Do you know what the top 10 New Year's resolutions of 2015 were?

1. Lose weight
2. getting organized
3. spend less, save more
4. enjoy life to the fullest
5. staying fit and healthy
6. learn something exciting
7. quit smoking
8.help others in their dreams
9. fall in love
10. spend more time with family

45% of Americans make resolutions.
8% are successful in sticking with their resolutions.
24% never succeed and fail on their resolution each year
64% make it past one month
46% make it past 6 months
(this info from Statistic Brain Institute)

I must confess this is a little higher than what I thought it would be. From listening to media posts and television commercials the number of successful would have appeared to be less. Even so, you would hope there could be a 100% success rate if it was so great!! Realizing that there is rarely a 100% anything we can move forward. Let's talk about why you won't ever have 100% success. Resolutions are usually superficial in that they cover our surface selves...

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NEW YEAR AND SAME OVERBOOKED CALENDAR

Uncategorized Jun 21, 2016

Well, is this year looking like last year with the same crazy schedule??

Overbooked with no FREE time? Are you the poster child for the "YES" girl?

It's time to let this go so you can live a better year!! This blog post is designed to show you when to say YES.

Understanding that there are obligations we must do but many are negotiable....
So, it becomes really important to evaluate what you really want to say YES to, this is very overlooked. We don't have to win the " busy" award even though our culture is determined to make us feel like less of ourselves if we don't. There is apparently a new disease out there and it's called busyitis. Sounds awful doesn't it?  Along with this disease our egos become inflamed. Watch out for the inflamed ego which causes you to say yes for selfish needs. This is all about making ourselves look good. The ego is insatiable, always looking for more. It never stops on its own without some intervention.

If you are burdened by a sense of...

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ORGANIZING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

Uncategorized Jun 21, 2016

How not to lose your mind and keep it all together....


We all want to have the perfect holiday  but then we realize it is not possible to have "perfect" but we can have something close! The biggest obstacle is that we are ill prepared, we say we are but we really aren't. 
We need to know that we must have help from time to time to get it all done. I hope this helps....

One of the first organizational tips I give is to WRITE IT ALL DOWN 
Write down the following:
Gifts-1. Start with a list of who you are shopping for and what your gift ideas are along with the budget.
          2. Once the items are purchased, write down what you bought and for whom, where you are stashing it. (this includes the stocking stuffers)
For your shopping list, keep it handy, in your phone or in your wallet and update as necessary. 

TIMELINE: This lays out your game plan for getting it all done!!!
Start with December 1st and go to where...

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HOLIDAY DRAMA

Uncategorized Jun 21, 2016

Holiday drama....


In just a few days, the smell of turkey will fill the house. The doorbell will ring and bring on the holiday season with all of its drama.

There's always one in the gathering. The one who picks on everyone!Then there's the one who doesn't like being picked on and gets upset. Maybe you have a relative who gets upset because they weren't invited except they really were!

The holidays bring out the good and bad in families when it comes to spending time together. It is most important to remember that the holidays are an opportunity to grow in virtue. This takes practice!!!

By practicing patience instead of reacting to each and every comment we didn't like.

Practice self-control instead of letting words fly out of your mouth.

Generosity overcomes greed. By donating your talent, time or treasure for the less fortunate you can detach from the things of this world. It puts the focus on God and not the stuff. It's a personal sacrifice.

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WHAT IS THE RUSH?

Uncategorized Jun 18, 2016

CREATING MORE MEANING IN THE HOLIDAYS

 

I am not one to rant, but I have to express my displeasure with what I have been seeing over and over again the last week!

I have been seeing Christmas stuff! I saw a Christmascommercial on the tv.  I really am not a Scrooge but why the rush?
Is it because retailers fear we, the consumers will forget?
Maybe it is more likely that greed has really become the name of the game? How can the retailer make the most money off of this religious holiday?

I have enjoyed seeing the number of retailers who have said NO to being open on Thanksgiving and some even said NO to Black Friday! Here is the list of stores saying NO to being open to Thanksgiving by giving acknowledgement this holiday should be spent with family and friends:

Ace Hardware

Barnes & Noble

Patagonia

Dillard's

Crate and Barrel

Neiman Marcus

GameStop

Nordstrom

Bed Bath & Beyond

Burlington Coat Factory

REI

TJ Maxx

Marshalls

Costco

Home Depot

Staples

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FALL MUST DO'S

Uncategorized Jun 18, 2016

I love fall. I really love fall!!!

I hope you get that! It is the most beautiful time of year in my humble opinion. Where else can you see nature's beautiful palette transform before your eyes?

If you don't live somewhere that has a change of seasons, I am sorry. I really am....you got it see it at least once. Some of you may be somewhere that has already experienced the beauty of the fall transformation because you might have had SNOW!

So I want to share the must do things for FALL in no particular order:
1. a bonfire with smores
2. a hayride
3. visit the pumpkin patch
4. go for a hike through the fall beauty
5. Take a bike ride along a scenic path filled with colorful trees.
6. Go on a ghost walk to a "haunted" place. You can google them for your area
7.Enjoy a glass of mulled wine
8. Be a tourist where you live, see the sights with the beauty of fall surrounding you. It changes the whole feel. I would even encourage you to take a trip to Disney World even though the leaves won't be...

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RIGHT BRAIN VS. LEFT BRAIN

Uncategorized Jun 18, 2016

Who's right and who's wrong??? The answer is NO ONE!! The right brain dominant people have been picked on forever and called a variety of names such as "slob", "lazy", "messy" and the list goes on. I myself may have been guilty of this very thing. I am sorry to have to admit this but I am no angel!!!


Your organizing style is affected by how your brain works.  I am always fascinated by the brain, it such a complex structure. I read a book called, Organizing for the Creative Person where I gained all of this knowledge then I put it to use in the professional organizing world with my real life clients. I also looked into my own family as well. Let me share with you some thoughts on both the right brain dominant person as well as the left brain dominant person.  See where you fall.....

                             Right brain...

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IT'S OKAY TO SLIP

Uncategorized Jun 18, 2016

So, you were excited to become more organized! You noticed your life got a lot easier and your family a little happier. You can find things around your house and your never late anymore. It is quite an accomplishment and you should be excited!!!!! Congratulations!!! I am so happy for YOU.


What happens when you fall off the proverbial wagon of organization?? What happens when all of those nicely de-cluttered spaces are a mess?
What happens when you are finding yourself slipping back into the old habits??

Let me say this to you, DON"T PANIC!!!!!! It will happen from time to time as life happens around you.  I would say you should evaluate WHY your organization is slipping.
-Is it because you are a little busier now than you were before?
-Is it because you've been sick?
-Maybe you are stressed about something else in your life and don't have the energy right now to focus on organizing.
-Could it be that your organizational system is too complicated for you to sustain?
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