Before we know it, Fall will be upon us!
Now I know we've all bought some new summer clothes this season, and our cozy layers and favorite jeans are waiting patiently for their turn.
Before that happens, let's do an assessment of your clothing closet. Out with the old and in with the new!
Give yourself time and make sure you don't have distractions.
As always, I'm available to help with this process.
I will help you open up the boxes, ask questions, give feedback on fit and wear, and most importantly make decisions.
You. can. do. this.
'May your time and space be intentional and free!'
Whenever I work with clients to help organize or de-clutter their spaces, I always take into account the emotional energy as well as the physical.
Dealing with your belongings, especially if they are sentimental, can be exhausting. Overwhelm can set in when you realize that you have way more 'stuff' than you realized and that can bring up feelings of shame, guilt, and regret for not dealing with them sooner.
My job is to help guide you through this process as well. While I'm absolutely not a medical professional, I have found that having a caring, empathic, non-judgmental person next to you during the process can bring you much needed support to keep going and stay focused, help with making decisions you wouldn't get to on your own, and some fun! Yes, fun!
So, whether you book a session with me or go for it on your own, here are some simple steps to prep for your next big de-cluttering and organizing project:
1. Make a plan. Depending on the size of the undertaking and how quickly it needs to be finished, I suggest starting small and regular. For instance, 2 or 3 hour blocks once or twice a week.
2. Be well rested and fed. Make sure you aren't overly tired or your attitude will tank quickly. Have a light to moderate meal an hour or so before you begin the task. Don't overeat or you'll feel sluggish.
3. Delete distractions. Pets, children, partners, neighbors, contractors, and phone calls/texts/emails all pull your focus. Be realistic and honest - If any elements will sidetrack you, make the proper plans before you start.
4. Accept your feelings and pat yourself on the back. Many people put off organizing and de-cluttering projects because the emotions they know might come up will be powerful. I often encourage people to take a moment if need be, and allow the sensations to wash over you. They will pass, and having felt them can be a big relief. Moving through these moments is empowering and shows you how strong you really are.
May your time and space be intentional and free!
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There is no end to information. We ingest the internet, books, people, TV, movies, podcasts… the list goes on and on. You could spend a lifetime learning and processing “data.”
The vast information available on a regular basis can be overwhelming and stifling. We could stay in a state of ‘information gathering’ forever and never contribute the talents we possess.
A question: Has this happened to you?
You read, see, or hear something inspiring, and it lights you up, invoking an idea for an exciting project or goal. It could bring extra joy or success in to your life. Wahoo!
Then, just as soon as the thought enters, it swiftly exits after you say things to yourself such as, “I don’t have time for that” or “I wouldn’t know where to begin” or “That’s not the kind of person I am.”
Instead, what if you made the courageous step into endeavoring on your idea?
Here are some thoughts for paying attention to what sparks in you and following through on sharing them:
1. Notice how you enjoy contributing ideas and inspiration NOW. What about it feels good to you? Does it manifest as a physical product, writing, song, a kindness, or conversation? Maybe you share these discoveries by a video, photo, telling a story to a friend or family member, or teaching what you’ve learned.
2. Take part in something new or out of your comfort zone regularly. Pay attention to what affects you and the people you meet. How does this shift your perception? What new nuggets of thought travel into your mind? Do you act or speak differently? Is it uncomfortable or pleasant? Why? How does offering yourself to new situations enhance your growth and wonder of the world?
3. Mix and match what inspires you with how you enjoy taking action. Write down or voice memo whenever you receive information that strikes you as significant and touches you. Look at your favorite ways in which you enjoy taking action and share it with others.
DOING from a loving and creative place FEELS GOOD, and it’s in the best interest of all of us that we contribute our gifts.
Learn how you do it best and in alignment with your personality and interests. You CAN start the project, make the plan, & serve yourself, your community, and the world!
Want help? I’m here.
I create an empathetic, holistic, step by step no-judgment zone to assist you. I can help you break down an idea, prioritize next steps, research, organize your calendar, make phone calls and emails, follow up, set up appointments, and more.
Let's set up a chat on how I can help and get started.
You can do it!
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Are you holding on to sentimental objects because they bring valued memories to you, or are some of these items kept out of guilt, loss, or shame?
Here are a few tips to help you with emotional belongings:
1. Keep what YOU want. If you possess something that someone else loves, or gave you as a gift but you don’t care for it, let it go.
2. Get CREATIVE. Use a favorite CD as a paperweight, nostalgic books as shelves, or frame concert T’s as artwork. Get the picture!? Bring these items into your daily life and make the mundane, special.
3. CURATE your collection. Imagine you work at a museum and it's your job to choose the very finest pieces to grace the building for visitors to enjoy.
4. Hold it, touch it, how do you FEEL? If the emotions arising are undesirable, this energy sticks with you even if you try to forget it far away in a box somewhere. Ask yourself if getting rid of it would create a sense of lightness.
Whatever you decide to keep, remember that how you store your sentimental belongings is just as important as why you’re keeping them. Find storage options that feel appropriate to what you’re holding on to. Pretty boxes, metal bins, wooden crates, etc.
Sorting through sentimental possessions can be emotional - I’m here to help! I’m available as your right hand during this task. I provide a judgment free zone that’s empathetic and keeps you on track. Sessions are virtual and all you need is a laptop with a working camera & speaker along with access to Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime (for iOS users.)
Email me at email@example.com to discuss your needs.
Have a great day!
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Organizing doesn't have to be boring! A big area of clutter for most homes is the kitchen sink, counters, and stovetop. If you don't have a dishwasher and a large household this can be an especially difficult place to keep picked up and put away. This area can be a place of peace ready for your next meal or a nightmare.
Set time aside to tend to your dishes after every meal. Wipe cutting boards off with a wet towel if you want to re-use during the day. Put pans with sticky ingredients to soak in soapy water. Have a small plate or utensil holder available for pieces that you'll use later on.
While a bowl or two in your sink or on the counter isn't a tragedy, it can turn into a hurricane of a mess and overwhelming at the end of the day when all you'd like to do is rest.
Institute a rule for everyone in the household on how dishes are to be taken care of. Should everyone be responsible for their own dishes? One day a week a different person does the washing up? If you live alone, does it feel better to set one time a day to take care of it?
Whatever you decide - the rule is do not let dirty dishes sit out overnight
Dirty dishes attract critters, can make a beloved pet sick, and they smell!
Imagine walking into a clean, fresh, and open kitchen every morning and starting your day off right.
Make kitchen dish cleaning fun by putting on a playlist!
Many of us don't feel we have the leisure time to sit and listen to music so take this opportunity to sing along, move to the beat, and whistle while you work!
Play your favorites or explore new tracks you wouldn't normally discover.
Try this cleaning song list and see if it brings a spring to your step - this is definitely good multi-tasking!
CLEANING MOTIVATION SONGLIST
Let me know how dancing to the dishes works for you in the comments.
Need Help? I can work virtually with you to set up your kitchen - where to store items, what to get rid of, how to maintain order and set up home cleaning and organizing schedules. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a consult!
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Organizing doesn't just mean your schedule or your things - your sensitive headspace needs to be tended to as well.
Try these tips:
1. Disconnect! - Put your phone away, turn off the tv, unplug anything that has to do with technology.
2. Make fun! - Build a snowman if you have snow, make a playlist of your favorite songs and have a dance party, go on a road trip for a couple hours somewhere you've never been, or bake a cake...do something that makes you smile and your heart giddy.
3. Rest bursts - During your workday, don't forget to take some small moments to refresh and let go of some steam. Stand up from your desk and do 10 jumping jacks or sit ups OR go in to the stall of your office bathroom and shake your hands, massaging your face and jaw. If your workday is strenuous, sit and read one page of a book, or meditate for 5 mins.
4. Connect - with a project you've had on the table for months, or start one you've been thinking about. Share it with a friend and update them on how it's going. Connecting with your personal pleasures and reaching out to your relationships eases tension and strain.
How do you manage stress and organize it in to your life?
Want one on one help with managing work/life balance? I'm here to help you devise a way forward! Email email@example.com
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Reorganizing just one drawer can make a huge difference.
This dvd/vhs drawer was filled to the brim and stacked so you couldn’t see the titles- no fun!
I pulled out everything and categorized by genre first, then alphabetized by name. A spreadsheet was then created to help keep track! (This is a great idea if you have a very large collection and want to check on your inventory quickly. Also great for noting whether you’ve loaned it out or if you run an Airbnb, etc!)
Since the items were few enough to be placed back in the drawer and easily recognized, tabs weren’t needed. But in larger situations it would be a handy tool to differentiate the categories!
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I'm often asked the ways in which I can help someone clear their clutter or organize their space - sharing tips on the best concepts & plans.
But, let's talk about why you desire more order in your area to begin with. If you get down to the heart of it, our physical surroundings reflect our inner hopes, dreams, desires, aspirations, and esteem for ourselves.
If you had a clean, un-cluttered, well-ordered space what would that signify to you?
Some examples could be:
Tranquility, Pleasure, Pride, Satisfaction, Fulfillment, Peace, Untroubled, Restful, Stillness, Serenity, Flexibility, Ease, Contentment, Self-Worth, Usefulness, Pleasure, Worthiness, Satisfaction, Comfort...
What feeling does this question spark in you? - You can achieve it, and I'm here to support you!
For the month of January I'm providing a reduced offering to you of "ONE AREA, ONE HOUR" for $75 (a $15 discount.)
We'll work together virtually addressing one specific area so you're closer to how you want to feel.
Have Questions? Email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
The small print!
*special session price valid only during the month of January 2021*
*please have working skype, facetime, or zoom capabilities*
*multiple hours can be booked at checkout*
Ever since the pandemic hit, the entrance to our homes has become more important than ever. Because it’s not just how we feel when we set foot inside, it’s now an important threshold for crossing safely to the outside world too.
It’s a great time to re-adjust since we’re moving into winter. I like to take a look at this area as the season’s change, at least twice a year as we move into fall/winter and spring/summer.
Let’s give it some TLC, and imagine what our entry/exit areas can do for us and consider our current needs.
Take a look at the space and ask yourself:
1) Has my routine changed? Other member’s of the family routine different?
2) Are there items in this area that don’t get used anymore? If not, take them away.
3) Are there items that aren’t there, and need to be? Bring them to the area.
4) How do you want the area to feel? Purely utilitarian, or does the location require some design elements that flow in to the rest of your home?
Look at the items in the area and see what makes sense in the entryway now:
• Trash/Recycling: If you leave it here to go out is it in a bag or container that makes this easy?
• Donations/Returns: Are these organized so you can take them out easily? Are they prepared with return labels? If you want a donation receipt, do you have a list of the donations you are taking out?
• Pet Supplies: Can you place them in one or two baskets or bins? One for leash, harness, poop bags, wipes, brushes and the other for towels/jackets/footwear?
• Gardening supplies: Does it make sense to have them there? Now that it’s wintertime, can they be re-located to another location, or, might they be placed in a covered bin or on a higher shelf in a closet?
• Makeup/Hair Accessories: Do you put makeup on right before you leave? If so, what are the essentials that you absolutely need? Remember that these items are going on your face, so make sure they are protected in a case or zippered bag. Do you have a mirror in the area to put your makeup on and check your appearance before you head out?
• Mail: Do you have a dedicated spot to place this? If you’re sifting through mail at the door, consider putting a sorter nearby with people’s names on it. Also consider placing paper recycling right here as well for easy transfer out of your home.
• Sporting Gear: Take note of what’s being used and what isn’t. For instance, if outdoor games aren’t happening as the weather gets colder, move them to another location or invest in a trunk. Or, if you bike to work everyday, then your helmet, gloves, camelback, etc. might work really well here as you head out the door.
• Bags: What are you currently using on a regular basis? Bags that you used pre-pandemic may not be useful at the moment. Keep only the bags you use now in this area, as well as farmer’s market or grocery shopping bags that you can pop on your shoulder when you leave.
• Clothing & Accessories: What coats are you needing right now? Have them handy at the door if you can. A rack or cubby with often worn shoes is nice to organize, especially if you have a lot of people in your home. Pick a favorite hat, scarf, and gloves to have nearby for each person, and if you have more than one pair, alternate weekly or so to add flavor to your outdoor look! Items such as sunglasses, chargers, and headphones could be placed in the bag you use most to cut down on clutter.
• Umbrellas: Always good to have one or two at the ready! Small ones can be popped in a bag, and bigger ones can be placed in a stand or underneath a shoe rack.
...last but not least....
* Face Masks/Hand Sanitizer/Alcohol Wipes: Can each person in your home have their own face mask area? Or perhaps kept in baggies to ensure they are separate from each other? Are small bottles of sanitizer available to pop in a bag when you leave? Would you like alcohol wipes there to wipe down your door handle and items you've brought in from the outside?
Give yourself a starter time limit for addressing this area, say 15-20 minutes. If you don’t finish the entire task, keep going if you’re able. If not, keep scheduling 15-20 minute sessions in your schedule until your entryway works for you!
Entering and leaving your home can be a beautiful transition if you set up the space to do so.
Reach out to me if you’d like help organizing and purging items in this area!
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Paper piles strewn about; bills, advertisements, subscriptions, statements, coupons…they're building up and you don’t know where to begin addressing it.
Paper clutter is one of the most talked about issues in organization and for good reason. Paper can be as important as birth certificates, wills, or life insurance forms to as unimportant as the take-out menu to a restaurant you hate.
The key to keeping papers under control is to have a system where you know exactly where to dispose or keep them, and taking care of them swiftly.
Let’s start the paper arranging conversation with mail.
I recommend that you quickly open all of your mail once you’re home to see what it is. You’ll know immediately what’s junk to recycle or what to hold on to. Then, place the papers within one of these categories:
IF IT'S JUNK TO RECYCLE: Have a paper recycling bin handy so you can drop them in right away. A good place is in your kitchen or near your door. If you want to shred items with your name on them, great, otherwise tearing up in pieces is fine too.
IF IT'S MAGAZINES OR LITERATURE TO READ: Pick a spot in each room you read in, and have a receptacle where they always go. For example, a basket in the living room or your bedside table in the bedroom.
IF IT'S RECORDS FOR SAFE-KEEPING: These go immediately in your filing cabinet or accordion system. A fire-proof box can be useful for records of major importance that aren't easily replaced.
IF IT'S TO-DO'S: These should be placed anywhere you know you will see them and take action. Your workspace is a good choice for bills that need to be paid, appointment reminders that need to be scheduled, etc. Have a designated file folder, filing tray or cork board that you go to on a regular basis to place these. If they are time sensitive, writing a due date on them is really helpful.
IF IT'S BRIEF REMINDERS/SENTIMENTAL: These should be placed where you’ll see them and can be grabbed quickly as you’re going out the door, or displayed for the time being. This can be coupons, tickets or wedding invitations, as well as special letters from family or pictures. A nice place can be the refrigerator or nook in your kitchen, as well as a hanging white board or pin board.
If you’re just starting this process, go through your home and figure out where all of these categories will be. Then, start gathering papers that are lying around and place them in the spot for each category. Soon enough you’ll see how the system works for you and the great part is you can always course -correct and adjust as needed.
Mastering paper clutter can take some time and patience so don’t get frustrated with yourself! It's a habit that will take hold if you take the time everyday to sort it.
I’m always here to help you make decisions on how to do this best in your home. Reach out to me for a free 30 minutes consultation.
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