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!

The Comic Book Project is Done!

Four months ago, I was asked by a client to organize his massive comic book collection, so that it could be appraised and donated to his alma mater.  I vaguely remember the first day that I entered the attic and saw ALL the boxes.  Initially, we were going to focus on only the Marvel comic books, which was 85% of all the boxes.  As I started to browse, I discovered that in some of boxes the comic books were in numeric order and he had already logged many of them.  However, after further investigation, to my dismay, we discovered that # 1, although the comics was logged, we did not know what specific box that the comic was in and # 2, a lot of the boxes had a mixture of all different Marvel characters & others that needed to be sorted.

Today was Appraisal Day!  There were 70 boxes of Marvel & Non-Marvel (DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse, etc.) comic books and all the boxes were numbered & labeled by character. OVER 20,000 comic books were sorted in numeric or alphabetical order, duplicates have been purged and the boxes were organized. Ultimately, we developed a Comic Book Guide Sheet by box #, comic book character and a brief description of the contents.  The appraiser was able to identify very quickly what he wanted to look at and where it was located.  I must say that this project has truly taken my professional organizing skills to a Whole New Level!! 

OH MY GOD! The Comic Book Project is Done! 

 

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Our Fall Issue of our Order Your Steps Newsletter

10522986_s (2)It’s hard to believe that September is almost over! 

We started our Newsletter last fall, to share not only organizing tips, but tips for Ordering Your Steps for our Mind, our Body and our Space.  We’d like to share our latest issue, so please take a moment to check it out…

September is Here!

It’s Always a Good Time to Downsize!

It’s really too hot and humid in the DMV to stay outside (unless you’re lying by the pool :-D!), so it’s a great time to get rid of all the unnecessary items that you just don’t want to take with you into the next season of your life.  Clutter simply weighs you down, so let’s lighten your life a little!

We’ve noticed that there are a number of Baby Boomers, like myself, who are downsizing, rather they are going to move now or not.  We are realizing that our children just don’t want our stuff, so why hold on to it?  Our young generations are more apt to move to find better opportunities, wherever life takes them.

Whatever your reason, it’s always a good time to downsize!

Currently, I’m working with a client on her entire home and yesterday, we were in the kitchen.

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The Organizing Story by Myiesha

As I was preparing content for my blog and most recently for my new eBook; Order, Organize & Obedience, my lovely daughter, Mya, had agreed to write “The Organizing Story” for me.  In addition, this story is a great lead in for my 2nd Annual Order Your Steps Women’s Workshop: DeClutter Your Mind, Coming in April.  So please allow me the pleasure of presenting to you, none other than my own daughter, Ms. Myiesha.

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Although she is not aspiring to become a world renowned author, she has been an avid writer since she was ten and self-published her first book “Last Look Back” at the age of 21.  Myiesha is currently attending Graduate School at University of Maryland pursuing a Master’s degree in Library Sciences. She has also graciously agreed to pen “The Organizing Story”, a creative work of fiction to further illustrate the Psychology of Clutter.

So without any further ado, enjoy “The Organizing Story”….

 

“I’d like to explain how I work”, Rhonda said. She was having a sit-down with her newest client, Mariah Kellar. Rhonda is a professional organizer and usually liked to have a conversation before she began. “But first, would you consider yourself an organized person?” She asked Mariah.

Mariah took a moment to think about it. “Um,” She said. “I don’t know…yeah…maybe…yes! Definitely yes~”

Rhonda smiled at the woman’s indecisiveness. She was used to people being unsure about their organizing habits. After so many years as an organizer, she had seen people at every level of organization and she knew how to effectively help them proven in her 100% success rate. The reason for her success was simply because she was no normal organizer. “Organized? Well, there’s only one way to find out,” She said. “Let’s have a look see, hmm?”

Mariah was confused. “I don’t think I understand.”

“Give me your hand,” Rhonda said. Mariah eyed Rhonda warily, but put her hand in Rhonda’s anyway. “Please take a deep breath and close your eyes.” Mariah did as she was told. She was beginning to get worried that her time was being wasted. Rhonda was known as the best in her field, but for what Mariah was paying, she wouldn’t be able to afford it if Rhonda was wasting time. A few minutes passed and it seemed that nothing was happening. Mariah opened her left eye to take a peek, but to her surprise, Rhonda was gone.

“Wait, where’d you go?” Mariah asked, looking around annoyed. She definitely deserved a refund if all Rhonda was going to do was play hide-and-seek.

“I’m in here,” Rhonda yelled. She added, “And I don’t appreciate that last statement, I don’t do refunds. Good Lord, it’s a disaster area in here.”

“What?! Where’s here?” Mariah asked.

“I’m in your mind, Mariah, and I’ve got to say, you’re not organized at all,” Rhonda said.

“How can you say that? I’m not perfect, but I’m not a slob.”

“I know better than that. Just because you look organized on the surface doesn’t mean you’re an organized person. If the state of your mind is of any indication, I have my work cut out for me. Goodness gracious, when’s the last time you cleaned up in here?”

“Well, excuse me.” Mariah replied. “I’m not really sure how to clean up something I can’t get to.  Besides you don’t understand, I’ve got a LOT going on”

“Good thing you called me then. You see, organizing begins in the mind. You need to get your mind in order first before you can begin organizing your space. You have to start getting rid of the things you’ve been holding to. Pick your priorities. Pick what’s really important to you and just let go of the rest.”

“You make it sound so easy.”

Rhonda chuckled. “It’s not, but it has to be done. I can’t organize your area if your mind is cluttered with things you don’t need.  If I don’t start with your mind, it makes my job a lot harder because there’s no guarantee you’ll keep up with the order. If there’s no order to your brain, I’d be wasting my time organizing the rest of you. Does that make sense?”

“Yeah,” Mariah said and she understood how Rhonda became the best.

“Excellent,” Rhonda said, rolling up her sleeves preparing for the feat ahead of her. “Let’s get to work, shall we?”

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Available for Pre-order, scheduled for release in June, 2019.