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…. 

“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.  I met Carla back in September and during our very first visit, Carla was pure, spiritual energy!  Although I was there to help her, she has inspired & encouraged me in so many ways.  Her testimony serves as another confirmation of the true purpose that the Lord Himself has ordained for me.

Here is “A Client’s Perspective”:

The initial thought of having an organizer come to my 2 bedroom apartment seemed like an absurd idea for someone (like most of us working parents may think), who “should” be able to handle/declutter on our own. However, it’s became obvious with each laundry session of mountainous loads of clothes to the constant appearance of the “Altar to the Paper Gods”, it was time for me to release my pride and give myself permission to receive help. Through this process with Candy, I found her method is simply to help create clarity with your participation in your environment and to show more possibilities of what your space can do for efficiency and organization purposes. In trusting my desire for a deep cleanse and purge of old and some new things with Candy, I find I’m no longer the proverbial “Bag Lady” and know what it feels like to pack light. My clutter stayed for as long as my judgment of it being there in the first place continued (I had to let that sink in my soul for a sec, soon as I let go, so did the clutter). Thank you Candy for reminding me to release in my timing and to see how all are interconnected in our life, home, etc. I am ever so grateful to Thema of THEWOMBSAUNA for connecting us and highly recommending you.   I will never forget this blessing of an experience!
Much Love & Appreciation, 

Carla

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Since I started Order Your Steps, it has been a journey and one that has only just begun. This journey, thus far, has truly been exciting, challenging, yet very enlightening experience.  I believe that our ministries/businesses are really a reflection of who we are and who we are to become.   A journey to show us, how are lives are meant to touch others and how their lives are meant to touch ours…. Our Steps are being Ordered!

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WISHING EVERYONE A BLESSED AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!

 

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My Vision: Conflict in Spirit?

“Conflict in Spirit” sounds like a contradiction in terms; an oxymoron, but bear with me for a moment.  Over the past few days (like all week), I’ve had no clients, so I’ve had a lot of time to read and study Scripture (sounds like a God set-up doesn’t it).  Yes!

Has the presence of the Lord been so strong that you felt overwhelmed?

… There, in lies, my conflict!

Let me give you a little of the backstory…. I believe that I may have shared with you the vision that God gave me for Speight Enterprises.  If not, for now the details are not really important. However, the vision has begun to come into focus.  Now I know that Christians are not supposed to get scared, but we must acknowledge the fear and reverance of what God is about to do in our lives.  What’s funny is that it is actually what the Lord showed me that He would do this year, now I’m unsettled by what’s beginning to manifest?

… Whazzup with that?? 

I’ve begun to see bits and pieces of the vision coming together.  My steps are being ordered and I’m starting to walk down the path that God has allowed me to see.  So now comes the conflict of:

  1. “God is that really you?”
  2. Am what I’m feeling a check in my Spirit, where God is saying “Slow your round, don’t move too fast & don’t get a head of me!     -OR-
  3. Is it simply the anxiety of my soul?  Spirituality-and-soul-bridge-between-heart-and-mind

About a week or so ago, the Lord gave me a message entitled, “Who’s waiting on who?” subtitle: “Are you listening?”  Yes, the question came to me first. Has God shown me His vision and now I’m waiting on Him to make the first move? – Or – Am I just not listening and He has been waiting on me to take the next step?  I must admit that it is a somewhat awkward place to me.

So what am I saying?  If our vision looks like it will be EASY to accomplish, then we really don’t need God, honestly!  But if in our eyes, it looks IMPOSSIBLE, then it must be of God. Why? Because we know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that when ONLY GOD can make it happen and He will truly get ALL the Glory!

As I’ve typed this post, I can see things even clearer now. The Spirit, in itself, is never in conflict, however, the Spirit and the soul are always at war for control of your life.  Tell your soul (your mind & emotions) to quiet down, so that you can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Now we shouldn’t move too fast, but we can’t afford to simply do nothing.

… Shhhh, Are you listening?

Your vision is clearer than you think.  But don’t be scare, we do understand that Life in Christ is a Faith Walk. My daughter said something very profound yesterday.  She said that God does tell us to jump off the cliff with our eyes open, because He knows if we see what’s coming, we won’t jump.  But in faith, we jump with our eyes closed and allow our Holy Spirit to lead & guide us safely through our life’s journey.

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For those of you that took the time to read this post, I pray that it blessed you, as much as it has blessed me. As our vision, in business & in life, becomes too big for our soul to handle, then it’s just the right size for the Holy Spirit to take control!

Be Encouraged!  

… The Best is yet to be…

 

The Secret to “Re-Gifting” Toys

As you may remember from my last post, the questions on the table are:

Do your children remember what they received for Christmas last year?  Or the year before? Or the year before that????

Unfortunately, as parents, we are not always concious of what our children play with from year to year, we simply ADD to the existing toys and keep it moving. Then we get frustrated when there is no more room for not another toy! So here’s the Secret…We, as parents, have the right and privilege to sort through and purge our children’s toys.  However, we all know …. LOL!! 😀

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I would like to suggest that we take this opportunity (depending on the child’s age) to teach our children a valuable lesson.  I believe that it is our responsibility to help our children to understand that there are those that are less fortunate than they are. Many are in our neighborhoods and most definitely, in our classrooms.  It may be simply letting them know that we are just making room for their new toys.

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I had the opportunity to visit The North Pole at A Wider Circle, a non-profit organization, to donate some Christmas bears from one of my clients.  

Please take a look ….

A Tale of Re-Gifting

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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 don’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 STUFF that they were given to them that they JUST CAN’T give away.  The clients has had “it” for so many years, the person may have even forgotten that they gave it to you….

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, What WERE my gifts from last year?  How about the year before?  Do I remember?  If the gift(s) was memorable, it should been wore, at least once… or on display for everyone to see.

Do you 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 your children remember what they got for Christmas last year or the year before?  That’s a whole different post of its own!!!  LOL !!! 😀

“Creating a Living Space” – Step 2.5 – Purging and Organizing

Here is the latest episode of our “This is How we Do It’ video series, entitled “Creating a Living Space”.

As you will see, we are turning the bar area into her dresser/vanity.  Therefore, we will be looking for organizers similar to these for her makeup and jewelry.

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Please Watch & Enjoy!

… and let us know what you think.