“Creating a Living Space” – Step 1 – Sorting

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:

  1. SORT
  2. Purge
  3. Organize

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…

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….

Did you clean out the garage?

I must start by letting you all know how grateful I am for my now OVER 300 followers.  Half of my followers are my wonderful fellow blogger friends out there and the other half are my Order Your Steps Facebook Fans (please click link to LIKE”).  I never imagined how great the response would be to my blog.  To date, I have over 3000 hits, which may be small for some, but HUGE for me.  

I pray that you continue to visit me and find something that will be helpful, encouraging and inspires you.  This really isn’t just about putting order to your stuff, but giving you some order to your chaos in your life.

Now that I have gotten all serious on you, you REALLY need a laugh!

Your car is all clean and organized now, 

so did you clean out the garage???

Unfortunately, I can’t really endorse the garage storage cabinets (which look really nice)….

He really should have cleaned out the garage!!!!!!!

I also have a few garage before and after pictures

on my Order Your Steps website (Check it Out!)

What is in your car?

When I worked for Xerox, I was a “field” manager, which meant that I spent a lot of time in my car.  Paperwork, employee files, customer info, etc. needed to be easily accessible, while I was in my car.  In addition, eating fast food while I was on the road…. was fast and a part of my daily work process.  So trash could begin to accumulate! Although my car had become my mobile office, remember, I am an organizer and my car still had to stay relatively clean and orderly.

You can believe, my car did not look like this!  

Photo credit: CNN-ireport

If perchance your car, does look like this… :-(,

Here are a few car organizing tools that you can use…

pinterest.com

caarseat.com

creativespaceorganizing.com

cargogear.com

What is in your car?

Contest Update**

**ONLY TWO VOTES SO FAR! ** 😦

SO, PLEASE VOTE TODAY

for your favorite “Name for the Phase 1 of Organizing”!

You can vote for as many names as you like,

but vote ONLY ONCE for each name….

(Names listed in alphabetical order)

  1. Accept and Admit – 1
  2. Eye Opening
  3. Determine To Do It
  4. Dive Right In- 1
  5. Fresh Start
  6. Inspiration
  7. New Beginning
  8. No Longer on the Fence
  9. Organizing Your Time
  10. Take the Plunge
  11. The Epiphany
  12. The Revelation
  13. To Be Perfectly Perfect in Everything within the Given Time

Respond with a Comment for your choice

-or-

Use “Order Your Steps” Facebook Page

to make your selection!

Contestants, Please Call ALL your family and friends

and ask them to:

Vote for your Favorite “Name the Phase”

We want to find a “creative” name for the first phase of organizing.

And the Nominees are….. (in alphabetical order)

  1.  Accept and Admit
  2. Eye Opening
  3. Determine To Do It
  4. Dive Right In
  5. Fresh Start
  6. Inspiration
  7. New Beginning
  8. No Longer on the Fence
  9. Organizing Your Time
  10. Take the Plunge
  11. The Epiphany
  12. The Revelation
  13. To Be Perfectly Perfect in Everything within the Given Time 

You can vote for as many names as you like,

but vote ONLY ONCE for each name.

Respond with a Comment for your choice

-or-

Use “Order Your Steps” Facebook Page

to make your selection!

PLEASE VOTE TODAY!

** Contestants,  

If I missed any names please contact me immediately!

 

 

Phase 1 – Step 1

Phase 1 of Organizing is normally the most difficult.  Now the steps may sound a little complicated, but I am trying to emphasis the importance of taking the project seriously, so that you will finish it.  Once you have completed your first project, you truly look forward to doing the next one and the next one, and the real FUN begins!

Rule # 1 – Please don’t buy anything until Phase 1 is complete.  One of the biggest mistake that people make is that they think that if they buy a whole lot of plastic bins and “organizing” products they will get organized.  It really doesn’t happen that way and you have spent money unnecessarily.

After you identify the area, you need to determine the following:

  • who currently uses the area
  • who may use the area in the future
  • how the area is used now and how to you want to use it

  The other thing you want to understand is, is there another area of the house that is used for the same purpose or holds the same items.

Ask the rest of the users, how best to utilize the space.  Yes, I know you just want to do it and get it over with, but unfortunately, you will not be able to maintain the organization of the space without their input.

Consolidate the items, if necessary, from the other areas of the house that are used in the same manner.

Depending on the answers to these questions, Step 2 begins….

Don’t forget to “Name Phase 1”!

“Name Phase 1” Contest!

Win a $50 eGift Card from The Container Store!

Announcing the Name the Phase 1 of Organizing” Contest! 

We are looking for your ideas for the names of the phases of organizing.  We really want to drive more interaction among us ALL, so that we can support each other in our organizing endeavors and discover how much fun organizing can be….

Contest Rules:

Contest officially begins on Today, Monday, April 2.  We ask that you submit your names to the “Order Your Steps” Facebook page or through the Comments section of this Blog.  Names will NOT be accepted on my personal Facebook page, email or via any other medium. 

Please NO Profanity or Inappropriate Language

We will continue to take your name ideas until Monday, April 9 at midnight.   On the morning of April 10, we will publish the names that have been accepted and then we will vote on our favorite via Facebook or the Blog.  So Alert all your friends & family!

On Monday, April 16th, The Winner will be Announced!!!!!! 

The winner will need to give us your email address or facebook info to receive the eGift card.  Your information will ONLY be used for that purpose.

So what is a Good Name?

Please put on your creative thinking caps.

Good Luck!

Now what is Phase 1 of Organizing?

Phase 1 is when you decide in your mind and heart that you need to organize.  In most cases, organizing can be a big decision.  You have grown accustomed to the clutter and it just continues to be overwhelming and taking that first step can be very stressful.  So once you have made the decision and you are truly ready to start and stick with it, you are in Phase 1.  Then, I would suggest that you start with a small area. 

For example:  Under your sink  (kitchen or bathroom)  

 

My Epiphany(s)

Epiphany Part I – Organizing is Not Difficult, but it is NOT Easy either!

 I am a born organizer, but organizing takes on a whole new dimension when you are doing it for a living.

First, I found myself, making sure that I am organized.  In my spare time (?), I tidied up my pantry and kitchen cabinets… No, I don’t have BEFORE pictures… Remember, I’m a Professional Organizer!  🙂  LOL!  Now if you are critiquing my degrees of “neatness”, please understand, TOO “neat” is almost impossible to maintain (unless you live alone).  Your space must be liveable.  You will just have to trust me on this one.  But don’t misunderstand, if you hire me and you want “neat”, I will give you whatever degree of “neat” you want.  🙂

When someone is paying you for a service, things change. It is no longer the way you think it should be, but now you have to determine what the customer wants and deliver it. Organizing is Not Difficult, but at times, tapping into what the customer wants & needs will not always be easy. This premise applies to you also. When you begin organizing, you will need to develop a “system” that you can sustain/maintain,  yet live with This applies to home, work and Life, in general.

Epiphany Part II –  It is not about what it looks like!

I am in the process of promoting my business and I was working with one of the on-line ad companies to increase the traffic to my website.  The representative was explaining to me how she could optimize my ad, however, she said, Well, you do know that the professional organizing industry is saturated.”   I didn’t comment, but it struck me.  Had I really retired and entered a market that had no potential?  The enemy loves to siege an opportunity to get you discouraged.  However, what I decided during my session of 2nd guessing myself again…. My Steps have been Ordered! … I must practice what I am preaching.  The “industry” will just have to make room for me.  I am passionate about Organizing and it goes WAY BEYOND “Organizing” in the traditional sense.  When I talk to anyone about my mission, my ministry, my vision for “Order Your Steps”; I get excited… my voice goes up at least an octave or two and my heart starts racing! 

“Order Your Steps” may not look like or feel like what “I” think it should be,  YET!… All I can say is that we will just have to wait and see what God has in store for me!