Don’t Look Back!

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1) REIMAGINE our Vision

2) REFINE our Goals

3) REENERGIZE our Plans

We must keeping looking ahead. We may not be able to see the entire path, but with each step, the next step will become clearer…

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” Philippians 3:13-14 MSG

Time Robbers

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The question is “Are we spending our time wisely?” Although we are always busy, we should set our priorities on a daily basis. We have the tendency to channel our time & energy into the things that we’d rather do, than the things that we need to do. Identify your time robbers and adjust your day accordingly. We mustn’t settle for those things that are easier but get outside of our comfort zone and meet the challenges of a life that is ever-changing.

“To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heaven: …” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Dream Big

2023 is rapidly approaching! We must Dream Big and Plan for Bigger… Take a moment to reflect on the year that has passed. Let’s focus on our positive accomplishments and not dwell on the negative. It is very difficult to build for Bigger without a firm foundation.  We want next year to be a year of self-empowerment for us all. A year for us to have the confidence, in who will be and what we are capable of, and to take at least one step closer to our goal, dream and purpose. A dream without action is just a wish.

It’s always the right time for us to seize the opportunity to learn, grow, and be empowered to make our dreams a reality!

“Visualize”

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Close your Eyes and Visualize a Place of Peace, Harmony, and Grace…

A Place to Relax where you can Unclutter your Mind…

Create an Atmosphere that will produce Clarity and Focus …

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“See More Floor”

Over the years, as a professional organizer, whenever I was in the process of decluttering a room, or space, I would always tell my clients that you want to “See More Floor”! To be honest, I never really thought a lot about. But I am currently working with a client on a HUGE organizing project and our mantra is “See More Floor”! So this is my advice to you…

  • Focus on one area, room or space at a time. Unfortunately, most people will start in one area, get distracted and then move to another area. 
  • Start Small and Stay Focused! 
  • Don’t spend hours and hours at any one time.  Take regular breaks.

Now take some time to clear your mind, do something relaxing like watch TV or read a book and then come back to it.  It may take longer, but your space will stay uncluttered longer and you won’t become discouraged and wore out during the process.

Remember that a whole New “Life After Clutter”, but it will require a Mindset Shift!

Ready for Purple Heart Pick-Up

You may not remember, but we started this major organizing project earlier this year. My client has been out of the house for several years and now we need to sort and purge throughout the entire house as we prepare for renovations early next year. We are ready for the first of many Purple Heart pick-ups. We have over 16 huge bags of just clothes and shoes. Here are a few project update pics…

Next month, we start working on the basement. Stay tuned for more pics…

Going to the Next Level

Well once again, I’m gonna to venture into new unchartered territory, sorta… Although, over the years as a professional organizer and an evangelist, I’ve always been in ministry mode. I decided to take my coaching skills to a new level. Therefore, I’ve begun my journey towards becoming a certified Christian life coach. I must admit that I was a little apprehensive at first, but the excitement and the anticipation of what the Lord has for me next has won out over the fear of learning something new and wondering what’s ahead.

Stay Tuned…

Coming in 2023,

Order Your Steps presents:

“Life After Clutter: A Mindset Shift”!

What Does an Organized Life look Like?

Based on the comments I received over the past several years as a professional organizer, there are two major components that defines an organized life:

1. Stuff, clutter, items, boxes, etc.

2. Thoughts & emotions.

Life is not meant to be too organized, we don’t want to live in a rut, however, we would like to have a degree of routine & predictability.

“Life is like an ocean, always moving, changing, developing and we need to be like a well-seasoned captain of our vessel.”  CSRoth

We want change but we are kinda used to doing things the same way. It is interested that major changes in our life causes MUCH stress!   A new house, new job, new baby, etc.  All of which causes us to assess our life as it is and consider making major adjustments.

  • We want life to be flexible, spontaneous, but to be prepared for the unexpected drama
  • We want life to be simple and not too stressful
  • We want some control, not utter chaos
  • We want to have fun and enjoy life at its fullest, every day!

All of these things require some degree of organization.  So how do we get there? I believe that that in order to minimize the chaos of life, the one thing that had to change was YOU!   “It is not how the situation looks, it is how we look at the situation”.

We had to take a real serious look at what we wanted and need in life.  Now life is not perfect, nor should we expect it to be, but there should be some semblance of peace and order.

Suggestions:

  • Take a few moments to invest in our future.  Jot down some notes on our life as we know it today…. we might be amazed at how our life looks on paper!
  • Take a look at those things that we would like to see changed, Big and small.
  • Does clutter of any kind, have an impact on those changes?  For example, we need a bigger house.  Again, we might be amazed how much more room we might have when we de-clutter.  I need a new job, because I can’t ever seem to get anything done around here.  Etc. etc. etc.

It is very difficult to change something, without understanding our current state and our desired outcome.

So, I guess that there is no one answer, an organized life looks different to different people…

I’m Still an Organizer at Heart

Although most of my posts have been to inspire and encourage you during these really tough times, my true passion is still organizing. I’m currently working on a big project of an entire home that we are preparing for renovation. The client has not lived in the house for several years, so the decluttering has begun!

My Role continues to evolve…

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I’ve been in business as a professional organizer for more than 10 years now and I still love it more every day.  Many of my clients have said that 15% of my role is to be an organizer and 85% is therapist and yet, my role continue to evolve. Although it may be hard to believe, my only mission is not to simply persuade you get rid of cherished possessions, but with tender care, I help facilitate you through the organizing process. I must be patience, but at times, firm to guide you through making very difficult decisions, because I understand the emotional attachment, we have to our things that are now a lifetime of memories. Over time, stuff has just continued to accumulate, so part of my role has become to help my clients to reclaim their peace of mind by understanding how/why they have cluttered up their lives, and then take the appropriate steps to de-clutter, and return balance and harmony to their space.

So much has changed in the last few years, and I believe that I too must continue to change to better serve my clients. As you may have heard, I’ve collaborated with Dr. Sis to develop a program entitled Move Your Mountains. This on-line program is designed help women take back their power by identifying their relationship between emotional and physical clutter so that they can heal their energy and access more profound self-discovery. So, if you are in a place where you are ready to find greater joy in your life, we hope that you will consider joining us.

In the meantime, please take a moment to listen to one of my more recent inspirational podcast. As we look ahead, we just don’t know what’s waiting for us right around the next bend…