“A Client’s Perspective”

In 2017, I’d like to begin a series called “My Journal, My Journey”.  My desire is to share the “Ordering Your Steps” process, from my client’s perspective.  My hope is for people to see the real value of restoring Order to our hearts, minds & homes.  So let’s begin…. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Carla. […]

A Client’s Perspective II

Back in December, I launched a series called “My Journal, My Journey”.  My desire was, and still is to share the “Ordering Your Steps” process, from my client’s perspective. Unfortunately, it has been a lot tougher than I thought, to gather the testimonials, between jobs, and publish them in a consistent and timely manner.  I apologize for the delay, but I ‘d like to present to you, the 2nd installment of “My Journal, My Journey”!

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Ms. E and without any further ado, here’s her testimonial…..

When I told my husband that I would be hiring a Professional Organizer to help me organize our home office, he thought it would be a total waste of money. I, however, was desperate.  I couldn’t walk into my office without climbing over heaps of paper and other random items.  The documents had been piling up for almost ten years and the office space was totally unusable.

Candy was very pleasant and extremely professional.  She tackled the mess with incredible precision and efficiency so that after just my first session with her, I could actually see the floor of the office!  Something I hadn’t seen in years!  Even, my husband could not believe his eyes when he came home!

At the end of my sessions with Candy, the office was well organized with everything properly labelled.  There was literally a place for everything and everything was in its place.  Also, an unexpected outcome from the process was the ton of unused gift cards and checks we found that had been lost over the years.  Our total financial recovery was well over what we had paid her for her services. I would highly recommend Candy to anyone who needs help with organizing.  She’s the best!

Signed,

E.A.

One of the favorite parts of my job is what I call “Discovery”!  It’s when my clients, uncover all of their hidden treasures during the organizing process… rather it’s the dress in the back of the closet with the tags on it that was long forgotten?  the pair of shoes that was lost months ago?  or in this case all the $$$$$$ that was left unclaimed years ago!

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Stay Tuned for our next entry …. hopefully, before the end of the summer ????  :-/

…. til Death do Us part!

We’re coming up on 33 and the Best is Yet to be!!

Finding Order in Chaos

Before writing this post, I took a trip down memory lane.  It is amazing how much can happen in your life in 30 years….  and as a friend of mine always says “To the most casual observer”, it is obvious that the Lord truly Orders Our Steps!  On Monday, March 10th, my husband and I will celebrate our 30thanniversary.

Wedding Post 036This morning, I asked him to sum it up in 3 sentences, but all he said was “We were made for each other” and when you consider the faithfulness of our Creator, it is obvious that we were meant to be…. It is virtually impossible to tell you every thing that has happened over the past 30 years, but I will try to give you just a few highlights!

For my husband, it was love at first sight…. BUT for me, it was not that simple!…

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Organizing with Seniors

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Many of my clients are seniors transitioning into another phase of Living.  Some are considering retirement and others have already retired.  As part of the transition, many have decided to stay in their homes, which they have been in for 25+ years.  As most of us know, over time we accumulate a lifetime of “stuff”.   So now it is time for us to decide what we really want to keep and it may no longer be an issue of what “stuff” the children want.  Many are discovering that our children are not emotionally attached to the things that we hold dear.

When I work with seniors, I try to help them to understand that I DON’T want them to simply get rid of everything.  With tender care, I help facilitate them through the organizing process.  I must be patience, but at times, firm to guide them through making very difficult decisions.  I understand the emotional attachment we have to our things that are now a lifetime of memories.  Please don’t misunderstand we all realize that we cannot keep everything.  The closets, basements, attics, garages, sheds, etc. etc. etc. are overflowing. However, usually once the client calls me, they are ready to purge…. But, by how much is the question, so I must be prepared and proceed gently!

After my clients have decided what they are willing to give away, I find organizations that the client wants to contribute to and/or support, i.e. homeless shelters, churches, etc.  I have also worked with a local auction house, who are experts in appraising valuables.  Yard sales, consignment shops and on-line selling are all viable options.  But understand that it may take a lot more time to clear the clutter. Unfortunately, most of us believe that our stuff is worth a lot or maybe not!?!?

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Some of my clients are transitioning into senior independent living communities. Therefore, the new home may be considerably smaller than the house where they raised their children.  All aspects of the process mentioned above still apply, however, now it is even more critical to downsize.   Major de-cluttering is required.  It is usually easier to facilitate the purging process in phases, starting with larger to smaller items; from more cluttered to less cluttered areas of the home.

It is wise to understand, how much or how little storage my clients will have when they move to their new home. I strongly suggest to my clients to avoid paid storage facilities unless absolutely necessary.   Make sure it is temporary arrangement and assign a specific timeline/deadline to clear it out.

Many of our seniors are recent empty-nesters and the “birds” are reluctant or they simply refuse to come and get their “stuff”.  We must help them to physically move their “stuff” or arrange for the pick-up and or delivery to their new homes!

I always spend a little extra time sitting and chatting with my new clients.  My primary role is to get to know the person first.   Now we’re ready to help our seniors to de-clutter, organize, throw away the old and get ready for the new … to transition into their next phase of Life!

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Candy H. Speight, Owner/Professional Organizer

Order Your Steps

We are not only organizing their stuff, but we are bringing Order to their lives…. 

Holidays are Coming! …. Are you Ready?

The Fall season has FALLEN32962411_s and there are less than two (2) months left in the year!  BUT DON’T PANIC!   Believe or not, you still have time to prepare, plan and minimize some of the stress that may be associated with the hustle and bustle of the Holidays.

Let’s just look at a few thought starters….

  • Start NOW! – Although it appears that you have a while yet…. you really DON’T.  Start planning now!  Get out the pencil and paper and jot down 2-3 “Must Do’s.  Maybe it’s clean the pantry, prepare the menu for Thanksgiving dinner or simply pull out the decorations to get you in the mood.
  • Establish a few LOOSE guidelines, objectives and timelines.  Remember this is NOT to make the preparation more stressful, so keep it loose, i.e. “I want to have my menu and grocery list finalized at least 2 weeks prior to Thanksgiving”.  Put the date reminder on your calendar.
  • Put a few items in the plan for Christmas Prep also.  Maybe you want to get the spare rooms ready.  Change the linen, make room in the closets, if necessary or  set the guest towels aside.
  • Give the kids the sale papers!  Let them start to prepare their wish list, so that they have the incentive to go through their old toys early (old clothes too, Moms) and donate to someone less privileged.

As I say often, set aside 20 minutes per task ONLY.

  1. Identify the task
  2. Set the timer
  3. Do as much of the task as you can
  4. When the timer goes off, Stop! and go on to something else
  5. DON’T TRY TO EAT THE ELEPHANT!

Try to Pace Yourself, Starting Now!

Don’t wait or you will be caught in the Holiday Whirlwind before you know it!

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Are You Ready !

Please let us know if this helps!

Wait in Anticipation and Expectation, NOT in Frustration!

I’ve be rather “unsettled” for the last few weeks. The Holy Spirit reminded me that ” I should be waiting in anticipation….. “

Finding Order in Chaos

Have you ever been frustrated with God?  You know really frustrated, as it is defined:  Feeling annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something.

For me, it is that point when a situation, seems to linger on and on and on… and on… and I ask God, “So what is it that I’m not getting?”  When I truly believe that I’ve covered all my bases…that I’ve tried to DO everything “right”.  God says, “You really don’t get it, do you?”

Although, my Pastor tells us often, our blessings are not dependent on what we do or don’t do.  If we truly have a heart to live for God, He blesses us because He loves us, like a father loves his child.  But many times, we have to be reminded just how much God loves us.  He would have preferred that Jesus would not have had to…

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