Organization and Creativity Can Coexist

It seems to be a common belief that people are either left-brained or right-brained, good with liberal arts or good with math and science, artsy or organized. While people certainly can lean one way or the other, the idea that creativity and organization can’t coexist simply isn’t true.

Here are some ways creative people can find a system to organize their space:

Understand Your Style
Knowing your preferred methods of organizing and processing information are crucial when trying to create. The same way one person might like to absorb ideas through visuals rather than audio, it’s important to know whether you like pens versus pencils, technology over tangible materials, or listening to music instead of silence. Don’t make it more difficult to cultivate creativity. Apply strategies that work well with your natural inclinations.

Living Simply Frees Up More than Space

Live SimplyMany people associate living simply with removing the physical clutter in their life – the things we have accumulated over the course of a lifetime that that no longer have meaning or a purpose. But it’s more than that. It’s also about pairing life down to only those things, activities and relationships you need or cherish. And just because items don’t take up physical space, doesn’t mean they can’t weigh us down mentally. Think about the constant barrage of commercial messages we are exposed to online and on TV that we have to filter through on a daily basis.

An Organized Home is Pure Joy

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

Motivation for your Organizing Efforts

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.

Love your closet in 2018

ProfOrgClosetWeCanHelp_300Your 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.

How to Live Your Best Life

Subject: A woman practicing yoga lotus pose at the Grand Canyon National Park.

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.

  1. Create your vision.
  2. Align with your values.
  3. Focus on what brings you joy.
  4. Live simply.
  5. Find your creativity.
  6. Cultivate a spiritual connection.
  7. Share love with others.
  8. Make a meaningful contribution.
  9. Explore new places.
  10. Be a lifelong learner.
  11. Appreciate nature.
  12. Be adventurous!

Tis the Season for Organizing

organizing for the holidays

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.

Be Grateful for What Matters

The things that matter most are not made of matter (2)

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.

7 Days to a More Productive Office

Office organizingDedicating 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.

How would you fare in a disaster?

Emergency_ButtonThe 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.