It’s a New Season

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It’s a New Season and the Name of the Game is CHANGE!!  The Fall season is the best time of the year to prepare for change.  Nature does it perfectly, as the leaves change color and fall from the trees. We watch in amazement… Our lives are also changing constantly,  yet another NEW season of growth & transition.

For most of us, the shift in our daily routine, it again is a routine …. The kids are back to school and we are on a Fall schedule to make sure the homework is done before bedtime. Preparations are made the night before, to ensure that everyone gets out the house in time and in their respective places on time.

So from September until about the middle of December, we are in transition.  I’d like to suggest that we start preparing for the holidays now, because before you know it, a new year will be upon us.  It’s a New Season! Take a moment, just a moment, to look back over the year of 2017.  Look at how much our Lives has changed. The kids are a little older and I am sure that we are a LOT wiser.

Now that we have had just a moment to reflect on our past, let’s look AHEAD to our future.  Think Positive thoughts!  Capture our dreams & visions and don’t let them go! Identify those obstacles, which may hinder our smooth transition & growth… those things that might get in the way.

Plan NOW for an AMAZING …

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… It’s a NEW Season!!

“Own Who You Are and…”

Philippians 1-6

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Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:  …… Philippians 1:6 KJV

  • Always be willing to learn and grow
  • Don’t change for anyone but YOURSELF
  • Strive to be the BEST YOU, you can be!

If you are waiting for someone else to look at you differently, to treat you better or to change for you, etc.  I’d strongly suggest that you search yourself first and then your perspective of others and what they think about you will change.  Trust me, I speak from experience …but that’s a whole ‘nother story!  But what I want to share with you today, is what prompted this post…

There had been a few incidents that had occurred during my organizing sessions, that made me doubt my true calling. As I was questioning the Lord about whether I misunderstood what He called me to do, this is what He said to me…

“Own who you are … I will finish what I’ve started in you!”

Since starting Order Your Steps, 6 years ago, I’ve been blessed that I have not had any major mishaps, i.e. “breaking stuff”! 😦  However, in spite of the recent mishaps, the clients had been very understanding, but the endless loop of thoughts in my mind had really been wearing on me.  I am sure that this never happens to you…  when those inner voices make us 2nd-quess who we are and our abilities!

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Now, the Lord did clarify for me that my gift is organizing, NOT moving stuff!! :-/ But I’m learning, although it’s difficult, to accept my humanity.  As I’ve shared many, many times, I really don’t like to make mistakes, and yes, even “constructive criticism” is a bit painful. But I’m learning to store it away for now, since I’m sure that it will be very useful in the future.

“Own who you are … I will finish what I’ve started in you! 

I had a friend to ask me “when will I get to easy street? You know, when I’ll have all the answers”…  I told her that when you think you have reached easy street, there is another road “up the way”!

 

Organizing Tip: Re-purpose Old Calendars

Today, we are going to talk a little about your collection of old calendars!  In most, if not all cases, we have kept our old calendars for the pictures.  So today, I’d like to suggest that instead of stashing them away in the desk drawers, in a box in the closet or in the plastic bin (amongst many others) in the basement….

Why not re-purpose them??

“VISION BOARDS”

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A Client’s Perspective II

Back in December, I launched a series called “My Journal, My Journey”.  My desire was, and still is to share the “Ordering Your Steps” process, from my client’s perspective. Unfortunately, it has been a lot tougher than I thought, to gather the testimonials, between jobs, and publish them in a consistent and timely manner.  I apologize for the delay, but I ‘d like to present to you, the 2nd installment of “My Journal, My Journey”!

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Ms. E and without any further ado, here’s her testimonial…..

When I told my husband that I would be hiring a Professional Organizer to help me organize our home office, he thought it would be a total waste of money. I, however, was desperate.  I couldn’t walk into my office without climbing over heaps of paper and other random items.  The documents had been piling up for almost ten years and the office space was totally unusable.

Candy was very pleasant and extremely professional.  She tackled the mess with incredible precision and efficiency so that after just my first session with her, I could actually see the floor of the office!  Something I hadn’t seen in years!  Even, my husband could not believe his eyes when he came home!

At the end of my sessions with Candy, the office was well organized with everything properly labelled.  There was literally a place for everything and everything was in its place.  Also, an unexpected outcome from the process was the ton of unused gift cards and checks we found that had been lost over the years.  Our total financial recovery was well over what we had paid her for her services. I would highly recommend Candy to anyone who needs help with organizing.  She’s the best!

Signed,

E.A.

One of the favorite parts of my job is what I call “Discovery”!  It’s when my clients, uncover all of their hidden treasures during the organizing process… rather it’s the dress in the back of the closet with the tags on it that was long forgotten?  the pair of shoes that was lost months ago?  or in this case all the $$$$$$ that was left unclaimed years ago!

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Stay Tuned for our next entry …. hopefully, before the end of the summer ????  :-/

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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