Spring has Sprung!

Winter gives the earth a deep cleansing and kills the germs in the air… BUT Spring is a season of rebirth, rejuvenation, resurrection and regrowth.  The month of March has already passed and April is here. We are “Moving Forward by Faith” as we prepare for our period of renewal and attempt to restore a bit of Order to our lives. So now we need a 60-day plan… and then it will be Summer! Get the family to participate.  Review the plan with them and get their support & buy-in (even though it may under duress :-D)…. and absolutely, have a BIG party when it’s done! 

Ready, Set, Begin!

Days 1 thru 30 – Spring Cleaning **

Assess your physical space and determine three (3) major areas that require spring cleaning first and allot ample time to complete.  

Assign small tasks to be completed over time.  

Write down the plan, a realistic timeline and post it.  

Yes, there is a difference between cleaning and organizing…

Days 30 thru 60 – Organizing **

Identify two (2) small areas that need to be decluttered and organized. For those areas that have some much stuff that we were unable to clean thoroughly.

We will need to sort & purge until the area is uncluttered. Then we can put everything into their proper place.

Have fun with it!

 Photos: Google images/123rf.com

Virtual versus On-Site Organizing

As we discussed briefly last week, “Clutter does Matter”… Prior to the pandemic, I understood virtual organizing in principal, but not so much in practice. I’d always promoted my “hands on” approach to organizing, therefore, virtual organizing was an offering in my portfolio, if it was needed. As we all realized, in the midst of a pandemic, “virtual” has become a way of life. However, for my clients, who have worked with me in the comfort of their homes, just were not sure if organizing via FaceTime, ZOOM or any other virtual platform would work.

In February of 2020, I started working with Detra. Detra and I not only had great organizing sessions and had accomplished a lot, but, we also had some amazing conversations, as with all my clients. However, by the end of March, we were in the throws of a worldwide pandemic and the governor had enacted a stay at home order. Virtual organizing was no longer simply an offering, but the way I had to do business. Detra was very, very skeptical about virtual organizing until she decided to give it a try. So I’d like to invite you to sit back, get some coffee or a soft drink, relax and listen to her experience.

Although I realize that you may not have 30 minutes to spare, I believe that it will be time well spent .. and there may be a message or two, just for you.

We would love to know what you think!

Clutter Does Matter…

Last week, we asked the question; “Does clutter in our physical environment of any kind, have an impact on the changes we attempt to make in our lives?”

 … and the Answer is Yes!

Physical Clutter in our surroundings competes for our attention, resulting in decreased performance & productivity.*

Many people don’t realize that there is a physiology effect of clutter, which may result in: 

  • Feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or anxious.
  • Affects our relationships, our health, and our ability to enjoy life.
  • Creates a sense of hopelessness, and can even contribute to depression and other mood disorders.
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In light of our continued climate of COVID, which requires extensive health and safety precautions, we would love to share with you our virtual organizing offerings. Next week, we will take a look at virtual versus on-site organizing…. Stay Tuned!

*How Clutter affects your Brain

A Tale of Re-Gifting

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Sun sculpture at Minn. Inst. of Arts

Aunt Susie’s house is always immaculate, but she seems to always give me the weirdest gifts.  Last year, she gave me a bright yellow scrulpture of the sun.  I am not sure why, I guess she liked it and thought that I would too. Of course, I didn’t want to hurt her feelings.  Aunt Susie visits me once every three (3) years and I must set it out so that she can see it…. Need I say more????  Consider this, “Aunt Susie, I loved the bright yellow scrulpture of the sun, so much that I gifted it to the children’s museum and it’s on display.  Next time you visit we must go see it.  (I am not suggesting that we lie … now we simply have to find a museum to take it!  :-D)

I am not suggesting that we hurt anyone’s feelings, but as a professional organizer, I go into so many homes that have really nice gifts that they were given that they just can’t give away.  The clients has had “it” for so many years, that he person may have even forgotten that they gave it to them.  The holidays are here and here are just a few questions that we should ask ourselves.

  • Where are my Christmas gifts from last year?  or better yet…
  • Who were my gifts from last year?
  • How about the year before?  Do I remember?

If the gift(s) was /were memorable, it should been wore, at least once… or on display for everyone to see.  Do we know where the gifts are or are they still in the box somewhere?  I know that we don’t always get the gifts that we want or like, but if we continue to accummulate them and simply store them away, eventually even the person that gifted it to us may notice…  or maybe not?

Now I have another question…  Do our children remember what they got for Christmas last year or the year before?  That’s a whole different post of its own!!!  LOL !!! 😀

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The Secret of Re-Gifting Toys

NOTE: Post originally written “Pre-COVID” – Dec., 2015

What is Virtual Organizing?

From time to time, I’ve mentioned virtual organizing, but many of you may still be wondering just “what is virtual organizing?”. 2020 has been a year of major changes, especially due to COVID. Therefore, for our health and safety, much of our daily routine and even the services that we receive rely heavily on technology. Professional organizing services are no exception. With 2021 quickly approaching, this is the perfect time of year to make sure that “Our House is in Order”.

We have been pushed into an environment, where we telework, our schools are virtual and we even shop for our groceries on-line. As a result, we spend alot more time in our homes. Virtual organizing allows us to continue to support you as we declutter and organize our home, work and virtual learning spaces. Keep in mind that the organizing process is the same, rather it’s on-site or virtual. Organizing virtually simply enables us helps you to sort, purge and organize your stuff, utilizing video conferencing.

Our overall organizing project begins…

Step One: We begin with free phone consultation. During our conversation, we will discuss your needs, wants and desires for an organized space. The most exciting part for me, is when I receive a picture or short video of your space.

Step Two: I will analyze the space in the same way that I would if I was there in person. I will develop an action plan prior to our virtual assessment.

Step Three: I schedule and conduct a virtual assessment, which begins with a “live” video tour of your space via FaceTime, Google Duo, Zoom, etc. This will also allow me to actual see my prospective client and share our thoughts and ideas on how to proceed.

Step Four: After the virtual assessment, the client will decide if they are comfortable with the plan and then we will schedule our first virtual organizing session.

Throughout 2020, we have had to adjust to doing more things virtually that we were accustomed to doing in person. As this way of life continues, it’s important that our space remain uncluttered and organized so we will be productive in a peaceful environment.

Virtual Assessment Only $25.00 for 30 min.

For more details on Virtual Organizing, just click the link… If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or text at 301-437-4610.

It’s Almost Thanksgiving

So whether you are preparing for an in-person or virtual family gathering, remember it’s a time to be grateful for family and friends, not stressed and overwhelmed by all the details. Although, we’re only two days away, let’s take a few moments to answer the three most important questions:

  1. What is the menu?
  2. Who’s coming to dinner?
  3. Who’s cooking what? (if applicable)

We want to minimize the frustration level, especially for the hosts/cook(s), our family, friends and guests. Our key objectives are to have plenty of time set aside for our prayer of thanksgiving and to have dinner prepared on schedule. Below are a few suggestions to fine tune our preparation time and maximize our time to enjoy each others’ company.

Keep it Simple!

1. Stage your kitchen counter by having all your ingredients readily available. So, how many trips to the store do you make before dinner last year?

2. Confirm the food items that others are bringing and have extra dishes prepared, just in case.

3. Check the guest list and prepare for the unexpected. Make more food than needed, instead of less. If your gathering is virtual, you may want to have your guests to test the videoconferencing platform ahead of time.

4. Prepare to have dinner ready on time, or at least earlier, than later.

Now take a little breather before the guests arrive or the virtual dinner begins. Then be ready to greet your family, friends and special quests.

Give Thanks for His Goodness & Eat your Glorious Dinner!

Get Ready for Dessert and Coffee & ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Stay Safe and Healthy!
COVID Guidelines for the Holidays

There’s still A lot of Laundry

So how are you doing with the laundry? The pile may begin in the spare room or on the futon in the office, but it will continues to grow! We may want to take a portion of the pile into our bedroom, fold them and put them away. It takes about 10 min., for real…

We would love to help you, call us and schedule a virtual assessment.

So Much Laundry…

I’d venture to guess that laundry may not be your most favorite thing to do… am I right? I would also suspect that since we’re spending more time at home and we’re wearing more casual clothes (not even considering the childrens’ clothes)…

There’s so Much Laundry!

I’d like to suggest to you a system for doing your laundry. First, let me say that in my experience, the laundry process stalls at the “fold and put away” stage. For some, once we take the clothes out of the washing machine, they go into a pile somewhere and we pull from the pile when needed. Sound familiar? Well, here is a system that you make want to consider…

  1. Sort your clothes into smaller loads (but not too small) and by category, i.e.
    1. Underwear, socks, sleepware, etc.
    2. Tops and bottoms (separated by color)
    3. Etc.
  2. Wash, dry and then fold right out of the machine. If possible, use your washer and dryer as your folding table. Then put clothes away.
  3. While you’re folding one load, you can be washing the next load.

Hopefully that was not too elementary, but my point is… if you invest the time upfront to fold and put away, your laundry will not continue to pile up and become out of control. Many times the smallest changes can make the biggest different. Now you have one less thing to stress about.

Let’s Make it a Happy Laundry Day(s)!

Order Your Steps is Open

Order Your Steps continues to move forward in business and in ministry. I’ve continued to allow the Lord to take the lead, so I’m not moving too fast, taking it one step at a time. I’m waiting patiently for God to open doors and close others. For me, waiting does not mean standing still. I continue to prepare for the future by promoting my business thru social media and our monthly newsletter. I post alot more consistently and I’ve updated our website with some new pics and changed some old ones. Check out my Photo Gallery!

I’ve streamlined my work process to include a virtual assessment and on-line virtual organizing sessions, which is going extremely well. My on-site sessions are more structured and I have specific COVID guidelines for the health and safety of my clients and myself. All in all, my opportunities to minister continues to grow, one on one and even in small virtual groups. God’s plan for me has not changed…

Remember, we still have a purpose to fulfill, but we may just have to do things a little differently. Let’s continue to prepare for the changes ahead!