December 24, 2010

Holiday Message

Another year of getting organized and helping those around me get organized too.

I was very happy to have been invited to speak at various events to share insights on being an organized mother, a Professional Organizer, an organized military spouse and organized children.  

We added a  new four legged creature to the family.  Rico the Labrador/Collie was adopted from the local humane society.  He has been a good incentive to get active and stay healthy.  Dogs like to run...who knew!

We had visits from family members who live very far away.  Thank you for traveling to us so we could feel your love in person.  

We are healthy.  We are happy.  We are growing and learning everyday.

I am grateful for what I have and look forward to seeing what 2011 has in store for us.

Wishing you happiness in the life you have and joy in the small things life has to offer.

Kathleen

December 17, 2010

Guest Post by Beth Piotrowicz Landstrom

Read what Beth has to say about her very busy life....

Organizing a Chaotic Life

Step 1 – The Phone Call

Hubby calls home from work right after the little man heads off to school. Normally this is my 2 hours window to, knit, crochet, craft, throw a load in the laundry, perhaps tackle a bathroom, empty the dishwasher so that I can load the dirty dishes that are waiting on the counter in for the next load…and sadly there are likely just enough dishes on the counter from last night’s dinner preps, this morning’s breakfast, lunchboxes, and my stray tea mugs from around the house to fill the entire thing.

So, the phone rings, and there goes the morning. We are getting posted to the United States! Yay! What an adventure!! I Google schools, neighbourhoods, stores, libraries, etc for the next 2 hours.
I almost end up at the school in PJs for pick up of my rental kid.

Back home, back to the clutter-filled structure that we call home. And the enormity of what I was going to have to do hit me. Half of it was going to have to go.

When you get posted to the USA you need to make a comprehensive list of everything you are packing in that truck and declare it. This is for insurance and also for customs. This sucks. Imagine listing every pair of pants, every winter hat, every pair of shoes!!!

OK, So I switch on my positive frame of mind and think of it as an amazing opportunity. What a great way to determine whether or not something belongs in my home…is it important enough to me to put it on The List…

Now, I would like to be frightfully honest, and as such I must tell you I am a big ‘just in case’ kinda gal. Married to a ‘just in case’ kinda guy. So we have lots of stuff tucked away ‘just in case’ we might need it, might be able to use it, might be good for a craft…I’m sure you know the type.

But, when you start looking at making The List, somehow twenty empty tubes from paper towel kept just in case you got into a paper maché mood with your kid doesn’t seem quite so logical…

And so it begins, looking around the house in a whole new way…and I’m daunted. So each day I try and hit a closet, or cupboard, or corner, or shelf…anything that needs to be addressed that I have said “I’ll get to it later”. There is no later…
Crap, this is going to be a busy few months.

December 10, 2010

Home Based Business

I know many women who work from home. I love the ability to make my own hours so that my family comes first. In order to create a successful balance between family and work you have to carve our an organized space that delegates tasks realistically.  Work is work and home is home.  My top three tips to make a successful home office are:

1. Set your space up as professionally as possible with all the tools and workspace necessary.
2. Have "Hours of Operation" and work them.  Don't do laundry and dishes if you are at work.
3. Get out of the house and network with other business owners.  No one will refer you if they don't know about you.

Those are my favorite ones.  There are many other tips but let's start with those.

I recently helped a lady re-create her work space to be more efficient.  It went from a cluttered space to a clear and simplified spa with room for decorative merchandise shelving.  The area from the front door, down the hall and into the spa needed to be a clean and clear path to set the stage for the treatment the client would receive.



If you have clients in your home, imagine how you would like to see a home based business and create that visual in your space.

If you work from home, do you have clients in your space?  How do you keep it organized?

December 8, 2010

Update


Do you remember this client who was an avid scrapbook lady?  She couldn't walk in her scrapbook room anymore, making her crafting days limited to say the least. 
We have been working hard to give her back her passion and stress release space and now we have an update photo...


We have purged many sheets of paper, organized the accesories, containerized the tools and given her a table to work at. We are going to purge the embelishments next but she is happily working on cards and pages now. She recently had a clearance table at a local show and sold over $350 worth of product.

Congratulations and a fantastic job my friend!  I know it is hard work but also so much worth the effort.

Do you have a space you would like to take back or get super organized for a specific hobby or job?