Archive for January 2018

Tuesday Tidbit – Simple Tip to Get You Started

Question. On January 1st did you set a goal to “get organized”? It’s been 30 days. How are you doing working toward your goal? Making progress? Did any thoughts like the ones below trip you up?

  • Did you tell yourself you can’t do it PERFECTLY and will never finish so why start?
  • You think no one else in the family cares.
  • You don’t know where to start.
  • You don’t have the money to do it right.
  • You don’t have the time.
  • You don’t have the energy.

If you answered yes, you are not alone. Here is a simple tip to help you on your organizing journey.

To improve your success, define the quantities. This means:

  1. When
  2. How long
  3. Which part

When: If you actually schedule the time, it is a promise to yourself to follow through on your intention. It is a commitment.

How long doesn’t necessarily mean it has be a full day; it can be 5-10 minutes each day, which I call The Sweep. Get the family involved so everyone is invested in the process. Most of my clients prefer doing this before bed so they wake up to more calm. You might just enjoy a few minutes more for your morning coffee or the newspaper. Yes!

Which part means exactly that. Fold (and put away) laundry, empty the dishwasher or put away the clean dishes by the sink, bring dirty dishes and snacks back to the kitchen (and put away), take shoes to their rightful home, place Legos in the proper basket and books back on the shelf. Whatever makes sense in your family is a great way to start.

Simple Tip to Get Your Started outtaspaceorganizing.comYou can put on some fun music, set a timer and make it a game. I recommended this hourglass to a client with 5 kiddos and she said it is a winner. She uses it for The Sweep, teeth brushing, and so much more. Here is the link. (Unfortunately, the state of MN does not allow Amazon affiliates, but I still love this product.)

Implementing this simple, yet do-able, strategy will take you down the path to a more organized and less chaotic home.

If you’re looking for more ideas on do-able strategies, let’s start the conversation. Simply email or call and let’s see if we are meant to be on your organizing journey together.

Tuesday Tidbit – Are We All Alike?

Are We All Alike? outtaspaceorganizing.comIs there only one way to organize?

Should everyone organize the same way?

Heck NO!

Hopefully this is good news. We have our natural tendencies, but only one right way? NOPE!

One of my favorite clients is a single woman. Her nemesis was papers, the mail and filing. She would leave mail in the mailbox for a week at a time because it caused her so much stress to think of bringing more mail and papers into her home.

After we started working together, she shared that her former husband had THE WAY to handle these tasks. Unfortunately, it just did not make sense to her and since she could not do it THE WAY, she did her best to ignore it all. She felt “less than” and was distressed over the backlog piled in her home.

It was very freeing for her when we talked about how to implement HER way, one that worked with her natural tendencies and mindset. Together we dove into and slowly, but surely, crushed the piles, and she achieved Freedom!

Her system is for her, and if you are ready to learn more and implement systems for YOU, let’s start the conversation by either calling or emailing me. Let’s discover YOUR WAY to organize.

Tuesday Tidbit – If This is You, No Offense Intended

If This is You, No Offense Meant outtaspaceorganizing.comExcessive shopping can crush your home and your spirit. You don’t have a place for it, you may not really even need it, yet excess comes into your home. The clutter this creates can be completely overwhelming! Families fight, bank accounts are impacted, you feel embarrassed, and yet the piles keep on growing.

This type of buying is often the need for instant gratification. Sometimes it is filling ourselves up with stuff to fill a void created by loss or boredom.

It takes real determination to break this habit, and yes, it is a habit. When you are tempted to put multiples of the same item into your cart because it was a “good deal”, STOP RIGHT THERE. Ask yourself if you really truly need it and if you have a place to store it. You want to avoid turning your home into a warehouse. Right?

If there is NO ROOM in your closet or dresser and you are not willing to let go of one item for every item you buy, then it’s best to just not buy at all.

This is challenging, but truly your home will feel lighter, your relationships may improve, your bank account will thank you, and life is just better.

If you want help to make room in your home – not for more, but to improve the overall feeling – reach out to start the conversation. Either email me or call and let’s chat about how we might work together.

Tuesday Tidbit – Organize Your Home Day

Organize Your Home Day outtaspaceorganizing.com

Sometimes we find it challenging to keep our homes, offices and spaces neat and organized. It is oh so easy to keep procrastinating about tasks that seem to require more time and effort than we care to give them.

This Sunday, January 14th, is Organize Your Home Day. Now, you don’t have to dedicate the entire day to organizing, but a few hours this weekend spent knocking off those pesky DIY projects and small jobs that have been on your mind since last fall would be time well spent.

You could even suggest to a friend or family member to work together to accomplish even more. Working with others can make it more fun, tasks get done more quickly, and you will be surprised how much your life will be impacted by giving your home a bit of TLC.

If you do want to spend a day or a half-day working with someone other than friends or family, reach out by email or cell and let’s see what we could do together.

Tuesday Tidbit – National Motivation and Inspiration Day

For those of you motivated over the past years to be a part of my on-line family, I am so happy you are here. If you are new, Welcome. If you are a tried and true Tuesday Tidbit lover, Thank You. Your support, comments and love are truly humbling.

National Motivation and Inspiration Day outtaspaceorganizing.com

It’s January 2nd, the beginning of 2018, and today is National Motivation and Inspiration Day.

On December 18th, 2001, National Motivation and Inspiration Day was passed by The United States Congress following the events of 9/11. This special day, the suggestion of motivational speaker Kevin L. McCrudden, was to have a day to honor the sacrifice of so many and acknowledge the importance of motivation and inspiration in our daily lives.

It was also meant to encourage people to become the best they can be and maximize their potential. We honor the memory of those we lost by truly appreciating our own life and focusing on changing our lives for the better.

You have an entire year ahead of you, and now is the time to start making a few of the changes you’ve been thinking about – some of them for years.

If any of those changes involve creating a home that surrounds you in peace and contentment, please reach out by phone or email to start the conversation.