It’s ok if you’re not organized

You know, I’ve been doing this organizing thing for 9 years professionally and basically forever un-professionally.  😅 Ok, not professionally as a business; that sounds better. But I am here in your inbox today because I want to share an important secret with you.

EVERYONE is disorganized about something. And the inverse is true:  everyone is organized about something. 

Some people have immaculate homes but their offices are disasters. 

Some people keep piles of stuff everywhere but are never late for an appointment or sending a birthday card. 

Some people keep meticulous records in their files but their closets are overflowing. 

And it is all ok. Nobody is an expert at everything. 

Some people are born organized. They naturally gravitate to it like second nature. Most of us have to learn that skill just like multiplication tables and how to boil eggs. Neither is more valued than the other. 

So don’t be embarrassed if you have to call in a professional to help you get organized. A true professional will not MAKE you do anything you don’t really want to do. It is not their job to shame you or make you feel bad. It’s actually the opposite:  to help you feel comfortable and able to achieve your goal of having an organized home. 

Almost every person I have worked with starts a variation of the following phrases:

“I am so embarrassed for you to see this”
“I can’t believe my home looks like this”
“I used to be organized but then I had kids/ got this new job/ had a tragedy in my life/ moved”


And it’s all ok. Life throws us curveballs and we have to react quickly. Shifting our priorities to more important things means sometimes our good organizational habits slide. Or we never learned those good habits and need to now. Or we need to make adjustments to our current systems to make them work for our changing circumstances. Either way, there is nothing wrong with you. 

Call a professional. The right one will be delighted to help you and share her skills, secrets, and tools with you. She won’t judge or make you feel bad. She’s seen worse, trust me. 

Lastly remember that your version of “being organized” may be different than what you see on Pinterest or Instagram. We can help achieve your best version of organized! ☺️ 😊

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Make the holidays easier

holidays easierSo we just finished Thanksgiving and it seems like the second the dishes were put away, Christmas started. I am one of the few people in my neighborhood who did not put up decorations this past weekend. I do love decorating for the season but I like to savor it along the way instead of rushing to get it done…like it’s a chore.

Too many people feel overwhelmed every other day of the year and the holidays can exacerbate that feeling of gotta get it done, made, bought, wrapped, sent, etc. Even the best intended can get too wrapped up in trying to do everything and thereby enjoy nothing of the season.

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Being thoughtful, thankful, & clutter free

Happy November, Everyone! I laughed out loud when I heard on the Food Network that Halloween marks the beginning of the Eating Season. That sounds pretty accurate for my house.

 

November means that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are just around the corner. While this time of year is typically a joyful one, I find a lot of people get more stressed this time of year trying to keep up with their neighbors and friends.  Stop comparing yourself to other people and stop looking at all of the “holiday  themed” commercials thinking you need to get THAT product in order to be happy.

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Mindfulness: Let your home be your refuge

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One of my favorite quotes: “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” –William Morris

My super awesome yoga teacher, Lisa challenged me recently by talking about the “mindfulness” class she’s teaching at a local high school. This class helps students learn to better manage their stress so they are able to perform better in school. Mindfulness is about slowing down and really paying attention to your surroundings and how you feel in the present moment without judgment. This is my definition, not a dictionary one, and, from my perspective, applies to any situation, including your home.Continue reading