Spring brings Freshness & New Birth!

spring4Our weather here in the DMV (DC, MD, VA) has been a mixed bag since our season has changed from Winter to Spring. We went from Winter (very Cold!) to Summer (very Hot!) or as it seems.  No really from 40 degrees to 80, almost overnight! But normally when you think of Spring, it’s a period of refreshing.  The trees are blossoming, the birds are singing and there is a slight breezy chill in the air.

So what does Spring has to do with Order and Organizing?

Many of us think of Spring Cleaning during this time of year.  The house has been closed up, families have spent most of their time indoors and it is now time to open up the house and let the air in. Cleaning can be considered phase one of organizing, but cleaning and organizing are technically two different things.  In my opinion, cleaning is to remove dust and dirt, but organizing is to remove clutter and disorder.

As you begin to freshen up the house, consider phase two of the process.  Once you have cleaned all the windows, washed the window sills and scrubbed the baseboards, then it’s time to sort through the winter clothes, purge and put them away.  Move through the Spring and Summer wear, sort, give away and get ready for the New Birth! Shed off the old, and put on the new.

We are almost halfway through the 3th month of the year already.  Assess your progress as it pertains to your objectives & goals for 2016.  Do an attitude check… what is your temperature?  Are you still in the coldness of the Chaos of your past or have you given Birth to the warmth of your future? Peace and Order are so critical to our well-being.  Take a moment to see where you are, so that your Steps may be Ordered to the next level…

Your Season of Refreshing & New Birth has Sprung!!

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Making a House a Home!

As a professional organizer, the Lord has given me a mission.  My assignment is to re-ignite my client’s interest into putting their house back in Order.  It is most rewarding to see the organizing process create a chain reaction.  

Usually during our initial in-home consultation, the client’s main concern is “Can you really help me to put my house back in order?  I’ve tried over and over again, but it is just too overwhelming!”  I must admit that when I tell them that “This is very doable!”, there is both doubt and relief in their faces...

30549335_sWe usually start in the bedroom and when the organizing is complete, they begin to see a little light at the end of the tunnel.  My first suggestion/homework assignment is that they make up their bed every morning… and then the links of the chain start to connect. Their house begins to transform.  They want to put new linen on the bed and put up curtains.  They may want to hang pictures or even paint.

It’s truly amazing!! Their enthusiasm is back and the Order is returning to their lives…. I don’t mind working myself out of a job.  It makes my heart glad to know that I was able to help my clients to make their cluttered house, a house in orderA Home!  

Truly a Blessing!

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The Confession – Wrap Up

Well, I am wrapping up my mini-series on Your house must be Super organized” – The Confession”.  I promised that when I spruced up my bedding, I would show you a picture of my bedroom. Now, believe it or not, I did not stage my room for the photos.  I make up my bed every day.  It may mean that I have to make it up before I get in it, but what can I say! …  :-0    If you spend anytime with my husband in an informal setting, you are bound to hear the story about me making up my bed while on our honeymoon.

Doesn’t everybody???  LOL!!!!!

My side of the room

My side of the room

This is my husband's reading corner and this is all the clutter that he is allowed.  :-)

This is my husband’s reading corner and this is all the clutter that he is allowed. 🙂

And last, but not least… my closet!

House 016 House 017Well, there you have it, my house is NOT Super organized!  But it is comfortable for me …. and the family.  Our home is PEACEFUL and Stress-less.  Is that a word?

I am always looking for topics that you would like me to post.  I think for my next post, I will give you an update on Order Your Steps.  We are two (2) years old now.

My, how time flies when you are having fun!

Stay Tuned….

How do we keep our space organized in a house full of unorganized people?

Let me begin by saying that we can’t force others to be organized!  I have spent many, many years trying to force my square pegs into round holes.  I fought many battles and won only a few.  Initially, I would suggest that we focus on organizing the space that we have total control over.  For example, our closet, our drawers and our side of the sink.  Then move into those “neutral” areas like the kids’ sock and underwear drawers.  Let the children help us to fold & put away their laundry… spouse too.   In my house, I am still trying to convince my husband that he has TOO MANY socks, but he does his own laundry, he actually folds it and puts it away.  He makes it ALL fit in his dresser chest, so I can’t argue. You have to pick your battles!!

Did I mention that my husband also has too many DVDs?

One of those battles that you don't need to fight!

One of those battles that you don’t need to fight!

Then pick an area that we can mutually agree to work on.  We really need the support of the other members of the house, BEFORE we just organize and then we are frustrated when they don’t keep it that way. Start on something as simple as the kitchen table or foyer, which may be the drop off point for book bags, mail, keys, etc.   We will need to establish a designated place for all items that are “dropped off” and then get everyone’s agreement.  Then we will need to have patience until everyone gets accustomed to the new process.

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Try not to be TOO serious.  The more we push, the more resistance they will become.  Make organizing FUN!  We want our family to enjoy the journey.   Have music time after dinner!   Clean up the kitchen together and then put everything back where it belongs.

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Try to get everyone to agree that the family room must be “guest ready” at the end of the day.  Family rooms are normally very informal areas, so we should be flexible.  You may want to have toy/stuff bins in the family room.  One for each child/adult.  Put the books back on the shelves and the newspapers in the recycle. Take the clothes and shoes upstairs when we go, get ready for bed…

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… and say a little prayer!

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 A proper place for everything and everything in its place. 

Simply take One step At a time…

The Confession – Part II

Well, I have decided to share a little more of my Not Super Organized house.  So, here is my pantry…

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BEFORE

It is a lot more difficult to keep those areas that are used by everyone in the house, “organized”.  It is interesting that most times, we correlate neat with organized.  But remember, it is not just about looking in Order, but you need to be able to find what you need when you need it.   Being the organized one in the house, we have the added responsibility of knowing how to direct others to what they are looking for…. doesn’t seem quite fair! 

AFTER

AFTER

As you can see that are not a lot of plastic containers with labels. However, I do practice what I preach… I advise my clients NOT to buy a lot of organizing containers unless they really need to.  Please don’t misunderstand, if you need several containers and labels, we will definitely design an organizing system that will accommodate your need and the needs of your family or others in the home.  But you MUST be able to maintain the system that we develop and everyone in the house must be willing to help you to maintain it.

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Then, there’s my youngest daughter’s room.  She is away at school right now, so we will leave her door shut…

My bedroom was not camera ready  :-(, only because I wasn’t willing to pull out the fancy linen and pillow shams to show you (maybe another time).  But you can believe that there are NEVER clothes left on my bed or sofa.  My husband doesn’t even leave clothes on his chair, but you may find his pants on the floor, until the next morning.  🙂

The rest of the house, downstairs, MUST stay Guest-Ready!  Everyone in the house understands this and helps me to keep it that way.  The living room is very seldom used anyway…

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And last, but not least, is the family room and I didn’t even have to tidy it up for the picture …  🙂

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Now you can see that my house is not super organized and your house doesn’t have to be either.  But you don’t want your home to be a source of frustration and stress.   You want your home to be peaceful and in Order.  Everyone must play a role in maintaining the Order, your spouse and even the children… roommates, extended family, etc.

Always pursue Order out of Chaos, by any means necessary and if necessary, let us help you to Order your Steps!