A Few of My Favorite Things- Organizing Your Kid’s Stuff

Home Organizing

Who ever said, “having kids is like having your heart walk outside your body” was profoundly correct. Having children is an incredible journey like no other. However, no one readily warns expecting parents of the amount of STUFF that children … Continue reading

9 Kitchen Organizing Tricks for a Tight Budget

Looking for ideas on how to improve your kitchen on a budget? Here are 9 tricks that can increase efficiency and space but won’t cost you an arm and a leg. 1) Use a tension rod to suspend cleaning items. … Continue reading

Lunch Box Organizing- Inside a Professional Organizer’s Home

Are your mornings a form of organized chaos or just sheer chaos? I like to think my mornings are organized chaos, but if I am honest with myself, there are days it’s sheer chaos.  Sometimes I prep the night before, … Continue reading

How to Organize Your Closet- Inside a Professional Organizer’s Home

organized closet

I’ve had the privileged of coming in and out of many closets 😉 I do get oddly excited when I am asked to organize a client’s closet.  (Yes, I am strange. I acknowledge that.) Modern day closets tend to provide … Continue reading

How to organize your kid’s stuff- Inside a professional organizer’s home

Organized school papers

Kid’s stuff- there is often a lot of it and it tends to be everywhere it shouldn’t be!  Between dealing with all their toy’s and the clothing that they are either destroying or growing out of, organizing a child’s possessions … Continue reading

Inside a Professional Organizer’s Home: The Laundry Closet

Organizing a laundry closet

Anyone ever heard of a laundry closet that also serves as an office space? If not, now you have!  My laundry closet also serves as our office space.  Since we don’t have space for a separate office, we use our … Continue reading

Inside a Professional Organizer’s Home: The Living Room

Ever wonder how a professional organizer organizes their home? I have decided to let you take a look into my humble little home and share with you some of the strategies I use to keep my small spaces from becoming … Continue reading

Your “To-Do” List: Does it overwhelm you?

My name is Helen and I am a committed list maker.  I love making lists.  Can you relate?

My lists help me juggle multiple ventures and responsibilities.  The frustrating aspect is that my to-do list becomes so long that it begins to seriously overwhelm me.  Why not figure out another way to organize my to do list so it is more focused and doesn’t make me want to crawl back in bed?

With that question in mind, I decided to try something new.  I implemented a post-it note to-do list that is separated into three categories:

1) Immediate

2) Soon

3) Future

I made a page for each category and then used a post-it note for each task I needed to complete.  Each note is placed on the corresponding sheet of paper based on the 3 categories of urgency.  Here is what mine looks like right now:

to do listMy first page: “Immediate”

Tasks that need to be done today.

to do listMy second page: “Soon”

Includes tasks that need to be done this week but can wait another day.

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My third page: “Future”

Tasks that I want to do in the next month but are not urgent.

Time managmentIf you want, you could choose a color for each category such as home is blue and work is pink.  I have mixed feelings about encouraging people to do that.  Some individuals tend to over think things and then overwhelm the process which is the last thing I want to do! It’s not necessary but if you are a visual person, it may help you to focus your thoughts on what needs to be done next. 

Another suggestion is to use the back of each page to place tasks that you are going to do later in the day.  This reduces the number of tasks on one side and helps to keep you focused on those tasks that need to be done immediately.

Obviously, when you are done with an item simply remove it and enjoy placing it in the trash because your are done with it!  I am one of those people who get a lot of life by completing tasks on lists.  So far, I have been stacking my completed items in a stack on the other side of my notebook.  It allows me to look back at all I have done that day and feel accomplished.  Hey, it’s all about the small things in life!

I am still in the test drive phase of this post-it note to do list transition.  I am giving it a good 6 weeks to see if it helps me to simplify my to-do list and, as a result, prevent feelings of task anxiety.  Will you join me on this test drive?  If so, give me your thoughts on how it worked for you.  Any changes? Any tricks?

Organize your ENTIRE home in one day? No way!

Have you ever decided you were going to get organized and began by setting aside a weekend or day to do it?  For most people, this would simply not work.  Setting up a whole house-organizing project is daunting and many people end up overwhelmed and discouraged. 

Messy Office

Don’t even think about attempting to organize this office in one attempt!

Fortunately, there is good news!!! You don’t have to organize every space at once in order to begin your organizing journey!  In fact, I would stress that you SHOULDN’T attempt such a feat!

 To start, walk around your home and make a list of the spaces that need some help.  Be specific and try to break areas down.  For example, don’t just write master bathroom.  Instead write:

  • Master bathroom underneath my sink
  • Master bathroom underneath hubby’s sink
  • My makeup drawer
  • Linen closet

OR

  • Master closet top rack
  • Master closet shelving area by door, etc…

Next, follow these steps to begin getting organized.

 1). Start small.  Choose a small space from your list and begin there.  Small successes often lead to bigger ones.  It also prevents us from getting overwhelmed. 

 2). Be intentional and schedule a time to start AND end.  If you only have one hour to devote to organizing, set a timer and get to work on that one space!  Know that when your timer goes off, you are done for that day.   Be sure to refer to my post on how to physically organize a space.  Also, look to Pinterest for creative ideas on how to maximize your space to function the way you want it to. 

3).  Maintain.  Yep.  I have said it before, but you must be intentional about returning everything to its contained home.   Some day it WILL become a habit, but in the mean time, remain committed to maintaining what you have already set in place.

4). After you’re done with that one space, reward yourself! 

5). Schedule the next item on your list.  Once again, being intentional is key! 

What space will you start with first?

From Chaos to Order- Why I love my work.

What can I say?  I truly LOVE what I “do”.  Bringing order to chaos is oddly very satisfying to me.  I suppose it’s a small taste of control over a world that sometimes appears to be anything but controllable.  Further more, organizing a space brings so much relief and satisfaction to the recipient that I just can’t help but love it.

Many times when I am organizing a space or coaching a client I get to experience a sense of “flow”.  Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi founded the idea of “flow”, and he describes it as a state of being where you’re entirely present and incredibly content.  Many people experience flow when they run, dance, paint, meditate, play with their children, and even during ordinary and mundane activities.  Studies now suggest that the more we experience states of flow, the more satisfied we are with life.

What does this have to do with my blog? Well, I want to express that at the core of my being, I am passionate about helping others live their best life.

Disorganization causes and feeds stress.  Who needs more stress in their life?

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Ever feel like this?

My hope is that by writing about organization and life in general, I will inspire my readers to be intentional about how they structure and spend their time, and, as a result, experience more states of “flow” and satisfaction in their life.

Will you take this journey with me?

I certainly hope so!

What do you love to do that brings about a state of “flow”?

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