Why having an organized home is pure joy
What brings you joy? Family and friends are probably first on everyone’s list, but I have to say that having an organized home is near the top for me. Here’s why:
I can focus on the people
For starters when my home is organized, I feel more focused and can devote my full attention to the people in it. There are no the piles of laundry, paper and junk to distract me.
I worry less about money
Get a Clear View of Your Organizing Efforts
I like the idea of placing your weekly organizing accomplishments on post-it notes and putting them in a jar. When I posted it on Facebook it generated a lot of response. The idea of the notes is to provide you with a visual reminder of how much you accomplished over the course of a year. You may want to review all your progress at the end of the year by looking at all the notes you made.
Your closet doesn’t need to be a source of frustration. When you organize your closet to maximize space and make it easy to find what you need, it’s something to treasure. Before you declare your current closet hopeless, look at your closet with an open mind.
Assess the current state of your closet.
Is it crammed and jammed? Do wish you had more shelves or more hanging space? Does it hold items that really don’t belong with your clothes? Make a list of what you don’t like about your current closet.
Clear out what you aren’t using.
Living your best life doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We think it’s best to take it one day at a time. As we move through the year we will focus on one of 12 tips to help you on your journey. Make every day better.
- Create your vision.
- Align with your values.
- Focus on what brings you joy.
- Live simply.
- Find your creativity.
- Cultivate a spiritual connection.
- Share love with others.
- Make a meaningful contribution.
- Explore new places.
- Be a lifelong learner.
- Appreciate nature.
- Be adventurous!
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Are you wondering how you are going to get it all done? When the holidays arrive decorating, shopping, baking, volunteering and entertaining are added to an already hectic schedule. We’re here to help you meet the challenge.
Get time on your side
We’re usually good about using a calendar to schedule social events, but try using it to block out times for baking, decorating and shopping. Set priorities and consider less time consuming alternatives.
We first posted this in November 2015 and I still love it. I hope you enjoy it too.
I love Thanksgiving –or at least the idea behind it. It’s a day to celebrate and give thanks for our blessings. Asking the question, “What are you grateful for?” is a simple way to discover the core of what is important to you. This is what matters. The rest is probably clutter.
Family, friends and good health are important to most of us. These things cannot be bought.
Dedicating a few minutes each day for seven days can lead you to a more productive office and lifestyle. A well-organized office will help keep your attention where it needs to be. Searching for files or fumbling through cluttered drawers is a time waster. Here is a one-week schedule to try and meet the office organizing challenge.
Day 1: Assess what you have now and what you will need to be more productive. Identify problem areas. Write down what you want to accomplish. For example, one client wanted a place to easily access often used, current files. Another wanted to eliminate clutter from her desk.
The devastation wielded by Hurricane Harvey is massive. Our heart goes out to the hundreds of thousands of people who found themselves in unimaginable situations as more than four feet of water fell on Houston and other areas along the gulf coast. While the images are fresh in our minds, it’s important to identify lessons to be learned.
How could we prepare for events of similar magnitude?
Coincidentally, National Preparedness Month (NPM) is observed each September in the US. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), NPM encourages people to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities.
In my years as a professional organizer I have heard a lot of wisdom from seniors on staying organized. They bring a lifetime of challenges and solutions when it comes to organizing. Here is some of that wisdom in their own words.
Identify what’s important to you. If there were a fire what would you grab? That’s one way of thinking about it. But on an everyday basis, look at what you use. What do you touch? That’s how I determine what is essential.
If the thing annoys you, get rid of it, or give it to someone who likes it.
Sometimes it can feel like keeping your home organized takes superhuman strength. It can be especially hard to tackle places that you don’t frequent often, such as the basement. We often get into a habit of tossing anything that we don’t know what to do with into spaces like attics, basements and closets. But what happens when those spaces become cluttered and confusing? We made a list of steps Wonder Woman would take to minimize basement clutter. Don’t be afraid to try them.
1) Face your fears!