Conquer the Paper Clutter Monster!

2019 is gonna be busy, but a GOOD busy! I feel that there are sooooo many NEW ideas that will be implemented this year! Many of you may be feeling the same way, so I was wondering if you would be interested in a “CONQUER THE PAPER CLUTTER MONSTER” Workshop? I haven’t worked out all the logistics, but I’m thinking 3 LIVE Interactive sessions, which would focus on developing an organized system to manage MAIL! … Personal & Business papers.

I’m working with a client now, who’s a single mom AND she is literally managing 4 small businesses. As we began to organize the papers, we realized that she needed to establish an Order to her life, which would allow her to operate a lot SMARTER, because she was already working HARDER!

If we can help you, just let us know…

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Why do we HIDE our mail?

My guest blogger today is Jane Campbell.  Jane is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers.  Jane has many callings: writer, professional organizer, a representative for a cabinet organizing product, ShelfGenie and a lifelong student of psychology.  She is guided by the principle that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.  Jane loves all things that  make homes safer, more efficient and more hospitable.  She is going to help us better understand  “Why we HIDE our mail?”  

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Are you one of those folks who hide mail in a bag, until the time “when you can get to it?”

Speaking as a professional organizer who has decluttered an 11-room house whose floor was pretty much carpeted with papers, I must warn you that that can be a slippery slope.

The “paperless society” never got here. Paper–much of which still comes to us through snail mail–seems to be a law unto itself. Some Catch-22’s from that law:

1) The more you ignore what comes in the mail, the faster it can come.

For example, if you try to ignore the bills that come to you in the mail, more and more bills will only get sent.

2) The longer you wait to deal with the mail, the more useless some of that paper will become.

For example, if someone mails you a check, and you don’t cash it by the “cash by” date on the check, you may never get your money. Also, if your bank has made an error and you don’t correct it within 60 days, they don’t have to let you correct it.

3) That time “when you can get to it” is either now, or never.

The mail has a lot in common with bananas. Would you put bananas in a bag and let them sit for a month? Not if you value your sense of smell.

I have a client named John. The other day I said this to John: “Old John used to put things in a pile without a specific plan to go back through it, at a specific time. New John has better habits than that.” John agreed.

Some habits I’ve suggested to John:

“Wash and iron” the mail. Open each envelope and throw the envelope in recycling. Straighten out the pages. If there is more than one page, and you can’t put it all in recycling right away, staple all the pages together. E pluribus unum. Move on to the next envelope and repeat this process until all the mail is out of the envelopes and all the envelopes are in recycling. Put the mail into a neat stack.

At this point, you might get interrupted. If you can possibly leave the mail in a neat stack before you attend to the interruption, please do so.

Go through the stack of mail as soon as you can get back to it. One thing may leap out at you as being the most important thing to deal with right now. Deal with that thing. You may feel you can put off dealing with the whole stack right now. Maybe you can. But, 1) try to go through the whole stack before you make this judgment, and 2) come back to the stack as soon as you can, within 24 hours at the most. Keep coming back to the stack, and keep dealing with the most urgent thing. When something has been dealt with, put it somewhere else. File it, if you must. Now you can safely put it in a bag, if you must. Put it in recycling, if you possibly can.

Follow these simple procedures, and you’ll start to feel better about things in bags . .

I hope that you enjoyed and found this information helpful!

A Special Thanks to you, Jane, and we hope that you will come back and visit with us again!

“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.

“Creating a Living Space” – Step 2 – Purging (sorta)….

Today, we are going to focus on “Creating a Living Space”, step 2, which is purging!  We need to get rid of the things that we don’t need. Touch each item and make a quick decision!!

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Please take a look at this week’s video and tell us what you think…

Introducing “This is How we Do it!! ” – A New Organizing Video Series

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! The moment that we all have been waiting for… the first video in the “This is How we Do it” series!!

We, at “Order Your Steps” hope that these “how to” videos will help you to get your House in Order… We will show you from start to finish, how to create new, uncluttered; organized living spaces in your home.

** I apologize for the volume, but the best part is the music. So please hang in there.**

Hope you Enjoy!!

We welcome your comments & questions….

The Husbands Are Just Not Buying It!

19636668_sSince the beginning of the year, I have received calls from potential clients that were looking for professional organizing assistance.  I truly understand what it takes for a woman (primarily) to decide that she just can not do it on her own.  The clutter and disorder has become overwhelming. Unfortunately, once we have had a discussion, they have to pass it by their husbands and the husbands are just not buying it!  

It is very difficult to explain that organizing is not simply cleaning.  So typically, the husbands feel that the wives should be able to just clean up the mess and be done with it.  But unfortunately, it is just not that easy.  As we shared in my post, The Pyschology of Clutter, —clutter can affect our relationships, our health, and our ability to enjoy life. Clutter can also create a sense of hopelessness, and can even contribute to depression and other mood disorders*.  In all fairness, some women don’t realize the impact that clutter and disorder has on our lives either.

May I suggest to men & women alike, please allow us the opportunity to come into the home and discuss professional organizing and the services that we provide. Our initial assessment is FREE!  But, believe it or not, it is a LOT more than just about the money$$$.  It is about peace, order and well-being in the home.  I truly believe that you will not only be able to see the difference, but you will be able to FEEL the difference.  The results will be well worth the investment!

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*http://healing.answers.com/emotional-health/getting-organized-for-optimal-health

The Ramblings of a Professional Organizer ….

Garfield“I’m too busy to get organized!”  REALLY?!?!? ……That’s makes absolutely NO sense!  OK, I need to calm down… BUT, people just don’t understand that if we would take the time to get organized and put some semblance of Order into our lives, then we would have more time to enjoy what’s really important in life!

Let me explain… It is my true belief that disorder & clutter has a psychological effect on our productivity, stress level and overall state of mind.  As we enter another new year, things are hectic (as usual) and sort of out of control (again!).  Therefore, some of my clients are simply TOO BUSY for our organizing sessions and have postponed, in some cases, until the Spring …. which is kinda ok, IF we resume in Spring.  It is so frustrating for me, because I have seen their spaces and I know that if we could just get to Ordered Chaos, their lives would be so much better.

We must ask the questions, Are we just TOO busy to take a moment to breathe, Too busy to spend quality time with the ones we love or Is everyone on the run all the time?? Ultimately, life is too short and time is too precious to let it pass us by.  All I am asking is that we come out of the forest and see the trees …

For us to say that we are TOO busy to organize, is an oxymoron.  “What will it truly take to get our house in Order?”  Don’t try to eat the elephant, we can only take one small bite at a time…. the papers on the dining room table, our home office with files stacked high, the kids’ closet, the daily morning routine, family mealtime after work, or even finding quiet time (what’s that?!?!?)

Well, my moment of frustration has passed.  It means so much to me to help you to get there(?), whereever your Order is. It’s so logical to me.  I see it so clearly in my mind’s eye.  But I know that it is not an easy task.  It is extremely difficult to convey the concept of Divine Order to those that are in chaos.  But I will NOT give up!  I will continue to chip away at the clutter and disorder, one life at a time.  It is just that important to me. It is my mission, it is my calling.  So, March, April, and even May will get here soon enough….and hopefully, by then, at the very least, we will be able to see the trees!