Back to School Tips

Now that most of our children are back in the classroom after over a year, I’m sure that there’s been a lot of hustle and bustle over the past few weeks. So, I thought that I should allow some time for the dust to settle and then share a few tips that might help you to fine-tune your daily routine and make managing the home a little easier.

First and foremost, I pray for your strength and patience!

Then, I’d like to make a few suggestions. Start preparing as early as you can.  I would suggest that the day/night before we do the following …

  • Lay out the clothes, shoes, socks, mask, etc.  Leave nothing to chance.  🙂
  • Prepare the lunch (or secure the lunch money) and the book bag (don’t forget the hand santizer).
  • For the girls, comb the hair and tie it up.
  • Bath time and Prayer.
  • Remember, patience!

Then, as time allows, unwind with a cup of tea or coffee and prepare for the next day.

Make a to-do list, to include what happens after school, i.e. family time, dinner, homework, etc.  Set the clock 30 min. early to allow a little extra time to snooze and time to make sure the kids get out of bed, because you may have to ask more than once.  Then…. a new day begins!

  • Breakfast… VERY IMPORTANT!  We all need energy to get through our day.  Our children need nutrition to stay focused.
  • Wash, dress and get ready.
  • PRAY for your kids.
  • PRAY for your patience with them!  They may have a rough day ahead too.  Reading, Writing and ‘rithmetic can be taxing on the brain.

This day will end and another one begins.  It’s called Life!  Routines take practice. Things will not always go as planned, but you do need a plan.  We can seek peace in the midst of our chaos OR we can have chaos in the midst of our chaos. Don’t forget to take DEEP breaths often. Try to keep the house in Order as best we can.   Take each day as it comes and be the best that we can be.  We must embrace our children, no matter how old they are.  Know that they were entrusted to us and even when they are doing somersaults on our very last nerve, they are ours and we love them more than words can describe! All of our steps are Ordered.  

I wish you all SHALOM (Peace)in your hearts and in your homes!!

Tackling Our Closet – Step III – Organizing

We hope that you had a Fun & Relaxing Labor Day Holiday!

I took a little break from social media for the past few weeks, so I hope that you’ve begun to tackle your closet and you are breathing a little easier. My break should have also given you a little more time to complete the two most difficult steps of the process, which were Sorting and Purging. Today we’re going to work on Organizing, the final step of the organizing process and to me, the step which is the most Fun!

We are in the homestretch of this journey and again, I ask that if you have any questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions along the way, simply leave us a comment.

I would LOVE to hear from you!

Tackling Our Closet – Step II – Purging

Are you feeling a tad overwhelmed at the mere thought of “Tackling Your Closet”? Hopefully, you’ve had the opportunity to complete Step 1 of the organizing process, which is Sorting. Today, we are going to work on Step 2, Purging. We will decide what we need to keep and what really needs to go. Although this may be considered the most difficult part of the process, just stick with us and we’ll show you that it’s easier than you think.

It’s Time to ReVamp our closets and we are here to help!

Please let us know if you have any questions as we take this journey together by leaving a comment or you can email me at candy@orderyoursteps.net.

I would love to hear from you.
Please Stay Tuned, there’s even more help on the way!

Tackling Our Closet – Step I

Our overall goal is to show you that the organizing process is fairly simply, although at times, it may appear to be somewhat overwhelming. We will guide you through the entire process, one step at a time. Believe it or not, organizing has only three (3) steps:

  1. Sorting – We will touch every item and separate them into various categories, i.e. tops, bottoms, dresses, etc..
  2. Purging – We will guide the client through the decision-making process (Keep, Donate or Discard)
  3. Organizing – We will find the right place for all items and put the space in Order.

We will begin to tackle our closet by looking at Step 1 – Sorting!

It’s Time to ReVamp our closets and we are here to help!

Please let us know if you have any questions as we take this journey together by leaving a comment or you can email me at candy@orderyoursteps.net.

I would love to hear from you.
Please Stay Tuned, there’s even more help on the way!

It’s Time to ReVamp our Closets!

Spring is gone and we are deep into the heart of summer. Let’s switch gears and prepare ourselves for the Fall season, the Season of Change! It appears that people will be going back into their offices, although businesses are revisiting their work process to include a virtual option and schools are planned to reopen. With the changing times, some of us may be saying… “I just don’t need all these business clothes any more!” Although that may be true, don’t be too hasty. However, this may be a great time to sort through our closet and make sure that our more casual wear is easily assessible. But for some, it’s may be easier said than done….

Our overall goal is to show you that the organizing process is fairly simply, although at times, it may appear to be somewhat overwhelming. We will guide you through the entire process, one step at a time. After we have organized our clothes, we will be able to face our closets each morning and find what we need, when we need it!

It’s Time to ReVamp our closets from strictly business to virtual casual! But for some, it just may be the opposite, but either way, our closets need our attention and we can help! Please let us know if you have any questions as we take this journey together by leaving a comment or you can email me at candy@orderyoursteps.net.

I would love to hear from you.
Please Stay Tuned, there’s even more help on the way!

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.