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. […]
The Fall season has FALLEN and there are less than two (2) months left in the year! BUT DON’T PANIC! Believe or not, you still have time to prepare, plan and minimize some of the stress that may be associated with the hustle and bustle of the Holidays.
Let’s just look at a few thought starters….
- Start NOW! – Although it appears that you have a while yet…. you really DON’T. Start planning now! Get out the pencil and paper and jot down 2-3 “Must Do’s. Maybe it’s clean the pantry, prepare the menu for Thanksgiving dinner or simply pull out the decorations to get you in the mood.
- Establish a few LOOSE guidelines, objectives and timelines. Remember this is NOT to make the preparation more stressful, so keep it loose, i.e. “I want to have my menu and grocery list finalized at least 2 weeks prior to Thanksgiving”. Put the date reminder on your calendar.
- Put a few items in the plan for Christmas Prep also. Maybe you want to get the spare rooms ready. Change the linen, make room in the closets, if necessary or set the guest towels aside.
- Give the kids the sale papers! Let them start to prepare their wish list, so that they have the incentive to go through their old toys early (old clothes too, Moms) and donate to someone less privileged.
As I say often, set aside 20 minutes per task ONLY.
- Identify the task
- Set the timer
- Do as much of the task as you can
- When the timer goes off, Stop! and go on to something else
- DON’T TRY TO EAT THE ELEPHANT!
Try to Pace Yourself, Starting Now!
Don’t wait or you will be caught in the Holiday Whirlwind before you know it!
Are You Ready !
Please let us know if this helps!
Order Your Steps, a member of Faithful Organizers, is offering the March Toward Simplicity Challenge through our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Order Your Steps.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FAITHFUL ORGANIZERS, AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF CHRISTIAN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS, TO LAUNCH IT’S 1ST ANNUAL MARCH INTO SIMPLICITY CHALLENGE!
TORRENCE, CA (February 12, 2016) – Faithful Organizers, an international group of Christian Professional Organizers, is launching their first organizing challenge to the public. March Toward Simplicity will run the entire month of March with the exception of Sundays. Each day, participants will be challenged to complete a small organizing task to help simplify their lives. Members of the organization are encouraging their clients and affiliates to participate in the challenge as way to motivate them to address their clutter in small chunks and to maintain the systems they have in place.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for people to be part of something big,” says Jean Furuya, Faithful Organizers executive director. “Getting organized ranks 4th in New Year’s resolutions. This challenge will motivate participants to do a quick, daily project to see how simple it is to accomplish even the smallest of tasks. We are addressing several different aspects of organization including time management, productivity and household clutter. It is our hope that the feeling of success will continue beyond the challenge to where organizing becomes a daily activity.”
Plan 30 minutes for each task and set your timer!!
You can also access the daily challenges through a link on the Faithful Organizers website: http://www.faithfulorganizers.com and om their Facebook page: Facebook.com/Faithful Organizers.
The “This is How we Do it!” , my new video series, has official begun … Last week, we looked at the cluttered, basement space that we are starting with. In the end, we plan to have a peaceful, serene and organized living space.
As you may or may not know, the organizing process only has THREE (3) basic steps:
Today, we are going to focus on “Creating a Living Space”, step 1, which is sorting!
Please take a look at this week’s video and tell us what you think…
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...
We 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 order… A Home!
Truly a Blessing!
Since 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!
We are 18 days into the new year of 2015. Do you believe it?! One of the topics that we discussed last year that I’d like to review with you, is that “We CAN manage our mail”. Many times when I work with clients, their mail is out of control. I don’t have to tell you that mail comes every day and if we don’t have a process to manage our mail, it will get totally OVERWHELMING… very Quickly!
A very important part of the mail management process is to SHRED. I have a business shred can in my office, which is right next to the shredder. I try to make sure to empty this shred can at least once a week or it is even better if I shred as I go….
My personal shred can is in my family room, so I don’t empty it as often. However, as you can see it is a manageable amount and all those credit card offers and other mail with my personal info are in a designated area and ready to be shredded.
Lastly, as I sort my mail, all the other non-personalized items, advertisements, catalogs, junk mail, etc. are tossed in my recycle basket, also located in my family room. I bag all these items into plastic bags once a week and put them out into our recycle bin for trash pickup.
Our mail will be much easier to manage if we follow a daily mail sorting process. Check out this video and you will better understand what I mean. Enjoy!