Organizing Insights:

Rome Didn't Get Organized in a Day! 

And I didn't eat that whole pizza in just one bite ;-) 

Large projects oftentimes need to be broken down into smaller tasks or steps, otherwise the whole project can seem daunting and overwhelming! 

I love organizing, but it’s still not easy to fit into my personal time when I'm at home.  Especially if I'm waiting until I have the several hours it will take to do an entire large organizing project all at once.  I'm way more likely to make an excuse and avoid the project completely. 

Alternatively, if I break down the project into 3 areas or 3 steps, I can spread out the organizing over several days without feeling like it's totally taking over my life. 

Take Action!

•  Think about an organizing project that's on the top of your list. 

•  Write down each of the steps that need to be done to get organized in that space

•  Batch those steps together based on how long you would like to work on this project each day. (For example, you can complete 3 x 20-minute steps in a one-hour session).

•  Finally, mark your calendar for the days you're going to do this work and stick to your commitment for organizing!

That’s it!  Taking action is so important and give you a feeling of accomplishment.  Good luck and email to share your successes!

If Only I Had…

How often do you take time to pump yourself up about the everyday victories in your life?

At the end of August, Doug and I hosted our first get together at the open-air cabana at our apartment complex.  We had wine, charcuterie and a bunch of friends- three of my favorite things!

Crazy as it sounds, this was a huge milestone for me.  If you ask Doug, he’ll tell you all about my weekly proclamations that we’re going to start hosting more.  But up until now, it never happens.  We’re either traveling, working, or booked up with other stuff.

So as I celebrated this “win” in my mind, it got me thinking about how many other small victories like this I fail to notice and appreciate.

As part of a personal growth course I’m taking, I recently watched an amazing presentation by an English lady named Marisa Peer called “I Am Enough”. 

Her message has pushed me to focus on paying attention to the things I’m doing great instead of focusing all my energy on the things I haven’t done. 

The main point she makes is that so many of us think of ourselves as lacking or incomplete.  We repeat stories to ourselves about what we haven’t done or all the shortcomings we think we have. 

“If only I had…” 

“If only I felt…”

“If only I acted…”

When we think we’re incomplete or lacking, we tend to look outside ourselves for peace and happiness.  We think buying more stuff or seeking recognition from others is going to fill in the gap.  In my experience, it never does.

In many ways, we spend so much energy giving love out to the world that we don’t save any for ourselves. 

Isn’t that ironic?  Because the more love and appreciation we give ourselves, for the small stuff, the more we have to give out to the world.

I think this is an important lesson to map onto how you feel in and about organizing your home.

There’s always going to be more to do.  There’s always going to be stuff to get rid of.  Always going to spaces that need be organized or decluttered.  But don’t let that overshadow the progress you are making.

Give yourself permission to enjoy the moment.  Use that to inspire your next move. 

Believing “I Am Enough” isn’t a license for complacency in areas of life that you want to grow.  But it is giving yourself permission to focus and appreciate on all the great things you’re doing and the great things you’ve done.

So you know what, I might not have done everything perfectly on my first shot at the charcuterie party, but who cares?  I did wait almost six months after moving in before I hosted a group of friends.  So what?  I’m moving in the right direction and that’s all that matters :)

Happy lives are made up of all our wins and everything positive that we are, not all the places we think we fall short.

So I ask you, what’s your “charcuterie party”?  What’s one or two wins you’ve had recently that you might not have fully appreciated? 

If you and I have worked together on home organizing recently, that’s definitely a good place to focus because of the impact it’s surely had.  If not, I’m sure you’ll easily think of overlooked victories.  Because once you put your focus in that direction, you’ll be amazed how many things come to mind.

Have a great September!

Love,

Jen

P.S. If you’d like to watch the entire talk, it’s free on Youtube.  Just search “Marisa Peer- I Am Enough”.

Our Philosophy

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Our philosophy on home organizing is simple, yet far-reaching:

You have the power to impact your family’s future by simplifying your home environment so everyone feels happy, connected and empowered.

We all know this to be true…

Happy people are better spouses.  They’re better parents.  They’re more successful professionally.  They perform better in school and sports.  And, maybe most importantly, they appreciate and love themselves, which is contagious to the people around them.

Think of your own life or the lives of people close to you.  When they’re truly happy, aren’t they the best version of themselves?

But no one is at their best in a cluttered, chaotic environment.

Typically that chaos in a disorganized home tells us a story about everything we’re not doing, all the ways we’re falling short, all the ways we’re not good enough.  Not exactly the kind of reminders and self-talk that create a happy home.

Home organization is the practice of creating and maintaining an environment that works with your family’s unique lifestyle and personalities so that everyone feels happier, more connected and empowered to do great things in the world.

Remember, organization is a lifestyle, not an event.  It requires ongoing reflection, self-awareness, planning and a commitment to sticking to the plan, because you know how important it is to the long-term well-being of your family.

Once you decide to get organized, we work through an extensive preliminary assessment before we get started on your spaces.  Simply straightening up or purging a lot of items won’t fix the problem.

We’re committed to completely understanding the dynamic in your household, and the challenges you want to work through, and creating a system completely tailored to you and your family.  In that way, we give you a lifelong system, not just a quick fix.

By doing that, we can achieve our goal of bringing positivity and peace of mind into more families’ lives through organizing.