HIRE A PROF. ORGANIZER

“That which you cannot give away, you do not possess, it possesses You”

Ivern Ball

We feel attached to our “things”.The reason WHY varies.What matters most is how cripling this is. Sometimes to the point that it causes conflict. Especially with the people who live under the same roof .

Knowing you “feel” attached to something is your first awareness. Next consciously choosing a different action or reaction. This is simple but may be difficult to execute without support. How much does it cost you to stay attached? The cost or end result of these decisions wreck havoc on your physical wellbeing It stresses your interpersonal relationships and makes your living space not peaceful.

When all else fails ……………..Call an expert!

No matter what the dilemma or situation, having some professional help can springboard  you to a new level  or into a new direction. Valuing your time and realizing what you are truly capable of or what you have no interest in will be helpful to know first.  Then you can decide what your next step is.  If you realize you would benefit to have the help then Hire An Organizer. When organizing,  the typical process consists of:

Identifying what you have,  (whether there is clutter or not)

Making decisions on what’s important to you to save, and purging the rest

Applying new habits

Re-Organizing the space

These steps are the standard in the process. It may be the time to check out the National Assoc. Of Prof. Organizers (www.napo.net) to find the right person that services your area. Keep in mind, you may have a budget BUT, it’s important to consider how long they have been doing this,  do they specialize in what you need and is their personality a good fit. If you think they meet this criteria, and you feel a trust with them then don’t let your budget steer you away. Remember, this is your life, your possessions and your personal space!

GOOD LUCK!

 

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“I’M A HOARDER” Careful what you label yourself

As professional organizer I hear people label themselves especially when they call for help. Usually this occurs while doing an assessment on the phone. Often, the person calling states or describes themselves as a hoarder. My opinion is that, due to reality shows like Hoarders or Buried Alive, people seem to identify themselves from what they see on t.v. People use this label even when they aren’t a hoarder. It’s become a generic label that people use falsely to describe themselves. These days, what you see or hear in the media soon become buzz words used by many. In times prior to reality shows these people may have called themselves pack-rats. They may be defined as people who gather, accumulate, store quantities of items for too long — for many “meaningful” reasons. Generally, hoarding behaviors fall under the category of chronic disorganization.

With my 10 years of “hands on” experience and educational classes on chronic disorganization, my definition of hoarding is this: Hoarders are people who are emotionally attached to their things and gather excessively beyond the norm. This includes trash as defined as items soiled, damaged, expired, unhealthy, worthless, or nonsensical. They place a higher value on these items and sometimes have irrational reasons why they hold on to them. They will acquire and put themselves in harms way in order to keep these items in their physical space. They will choose to give up all support and interaction with other human beings. What they acquire and choose to keep — become and are — their prized possessions. They will jeopardize their own safety in order to keep these possessions. They can live in filth and squalor. They endanger themselves and the dwelling’s structure and home’s safety. In extreme cases they will become homeless in order to hold onto their prized accumulations.

Hoarding is a clinical term now recognized by the American Psychological Association and is included in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). In the current edition, DSM-V, this disorder, Hoarding is newly defined. After so many years, hoarding is now being studied, researched, and evaluated individually. It also can coexist with several mental disorders and diseases.

Professional Organizers ask pertinent questions when doing an assessment so we can best serve the individuals. We do not judge people, and quite often find people use the “hoarding” term too broadly and too often.This is so sad, CLUTTER will make anyone feel unhappy.

Labeling yourself can be self defeating. Labels can help identify and create awareness for change. But labeling yourself as a hoarder can ultimately give you a negative self image. It will dis-empower you; its negative connotations will not forward your growth or the process. Support is important, especially if you feel like your living space is out of control. Please get assistance either from a healthcare professional, your physician, a professional organizer specializing in chronic disorganization, or from all 3 sources. The key is awareness, getting help, and taking action!

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization offers this:
“Chronic disorganization is having a past history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have failed, an undermining of current quality of life due to disorganization, and the expectation of future disorganization.
FOR MORE INFO, please check out this link: http://www.challengingdisorganization.org/

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” — Albert Einstein

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Save $, Shop In Your Own Closet

SHOP IN YOUR CLOSET,    WHAT A NOVEL IDEA!

  Why Haven’t I Done This Before?

Are you asking yourself any of these questions? What does this mean?

The concept of shopping in your closet is-  Know what you own,  Create options you love,  Wear what looks good & Makes you feel good, and Add what you are missing.

Simply, it’s seeing what you have, distinguishing what your patterns are,  coordinating items, and getting into action!

SUGGESTION:  Have a pen & paper ready to record your observations

It’s time to get into your closet. If you can’t manage that, then you should clear a path into it, maybe with some professional help from an organizer!

1. Observe it first. Then, if possible group like items together…pants with pants, sweaters with sweaters and so on.

2. Notice how many of the same item you have in the same color( sound familiar!) Did you get them on sale? For example- Do you just like having 12blk turtlenecks? (couldn’t find them and purchased more?) Are they in your favorite color or colors?

3. Next is to take an inventory of what’s in every category. First it’s a broad look.  This will inform you of what’s missing. Also you are gathering information about your colors, styles you tend to buy, styles you prefer to wear, and the correct size that fits now! At this point, you can check sizes and conditions of the garments. Pull out soiled, damaged, items for repair, outdated, and items you don’t feel good in and are the incorrect size. Now is the time to purge and bag the items leaving your closet( if you haven’t done so already!) Look for what stands out, like the items you like or don’t like and the items that fit. All the items you want from each category that remain will become your “core” wardrobe.

4. At this point you will have noticed your buying patterns. Ask yourself questions, because this might help you to reveal the “why’s” to what you have in your closet. Now you can make some conscious choices if you stay open to this exercise!

5. Now you can start coordinating outfits. You can split up sets and use items separately. You may have even purged a part of a set which is fine! If this isn’t your forte then you may need to hire some help from a wardrobe consultant/organizer(like myself!).

You can have alot of fun creating new outfits and blending pieces together. At this point you may need to list the colors or items missing for these coordinates. This will become your  new shopping list. You now have the insights on your buying habits and have some new fresh looks for the season. You also have cleared your closet space and can practice staying organized.

Using this method will result in some new fresh looks for the season. Generally using items you already had that either you couldn’t see, find or realize could work with something else.This might improve your impulse buying!  Also another outcome of this will be,  that you have cleared your closet space and can practice staying organized!

Have some fun with this and let your creatives juices flow!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Movement of Energy

Organizing spaces will help old stale energy move out. This stale energy has no movement or flow.

People often feel stuck and overwhelmed when they have clutter in their living space. It may look like mounting piles that seem to be growing on their own and out of control or unusable space.  The subconscious mind see’s this. The end result are these feelings. When this happens  you get stopped and feel the effects from the “heavyness” of the space. All the stuff and whats in those areas are made of energy. So the more congested it is the more you feel weighed down! When decluttering or changing the room layout this action allows for greater energy flow.  An example is this; Have you ever walked into a space and felt your mood change? Yet in that same area, if you eliminate items that you don’t like or that don’t make you smile that will change your experience. Change is needed! When you move items  or furniture around in this area and change the look of the room there is a new result. This creates a new fresh feeling.  Sometimes people say the room feels lighter, they feel happier or they experience being in a peaceful place.

When engaging in the process of organizing, the first step involves letting go or purging (taking things literally out of the area). Next, finding new homes for the particular items that  remain.Then utilizing the space most efficiently will further the openess and energy flow. When the energy flows better  your wellbeing is affected positively. Also feng shui* is another means for moving energy. But I am not focusing on that subject here.

The chore of keeping your living space organized is essential for your wellbeing. The more you stay on top of it the better you will feel and thrive.

* Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.
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The caller says……I’M A HOARDER!

While doing an assessment on the phone the person states they are a hoarder. I hear that term often from the caller. Now more than ever, due to reality shows like Hoarders or Buried Alive  you hear this term used so often.  People use it even when they really aren’t “HOARDERS”.  These people may be packrats, which may be defined as people who gather, accumulate and store quantities of items in too small of spaces, for too long, for many reasons.  Hoarding is one of many types  of characteristics that fall under the umbrella of Chronic Disorganization.

In my 10yrs of experience and including taking classes on chronic disorganization, my opinion is this:  That hoarders are described as people who are emotionally attached to their things, beyond the norm. Including trash ( as defined as items soiled ,damaged, expired, unhealthy, worthless, or nonsense). They place a higher value on these items and sometimes have irrational reasons why they hold on to them. They will acquire such stuff and will put themselves in harms way in order to keep these items  in their physical space. They will choose to give up all human support & interaction due to these habits. They will jeopardize their home and live in filth,squalor, and  danger to themselves and the dwelling’s structure. In extreme cases they will become homeless in order to hold onto their prized accumulations.

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization offers this:

“What is the definition of chronic disorganization?”

“Chronic disorganization is having a past history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have failed, an undermining of current quality of life due to disorganization, and the expectation of future disorganization.

FOR MORE INFO, please checkout this link below-

http://www.challengingdisorganization.org/

Hoarding is a clinical term now recognized by the American Psychological Association and is included in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). In the current edition, DSM-V, this disorder, Hoarding,  is newly defined . After so many years, it is now being studied , researched and being evaluated individually. It is also a  symptom of several mental disorders & diseases and  can co-exist with these.

Professional Organizers ask pertinent questions when doing an assessment so we can best serve the individuals. We do not judge people, and quite often find people use the “Hoarding” term too much.  It’s become a generic label, people use falsely to describe themselves. It’s negative connotations will NOT forward your growth or the process.

Labeling yourself as a hoarder can ultimately give you a negative self image. It will dis-empower you. Instead get some assistance and start getting your place in order  so you can feel alive again!

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HELP! CALL THE PROF. ORGANIZER!!!!

As a professional organizer for 10yrs, I have heard the cry for help constantly. What really does this mean? For many it means  frustration, non workability, and confusion.  In order to resolve this, the action of calling an organizer is the answer when crying out for help. Most want to learn the process of The How To’s and the To Do’s so they can help themselves. For others who have busy lives and are over committed with chores and responsibilities, they want more support than this. They want me to maintain and implement new ideas, and systems. I work both ways. Although there is a fine line! I CAN ONLY ASSIST in the process. It’s truly is a healing process on may levels for the individual besides what you see on the surface.  What appears on the outside sometimes is no indication of whats lurking below. An example is the not so organized room but the chaos in the drawers and closets, and places unseen at first glance.  The main rooms of a house, known as the public areas may look organized and show no signs of distress but the other areas more private may be haywire with clutter.

People can learn by being shown and not fully participating. BUT, the real healing is when they have the desire to tackle it with the help, and work in between visits on their own! As the clearing occurs so does the mental outlook and the chains of the past loosen or go away. This happens either consciously or unconsciously. This becomes apparent by “AHA” moments, changes in thinking, and feelings of freedom.  Growth comes from the experience. So the gems surface- literally in lost treasures found or figuratively by a burst of happiness & freedom. Also a sense of more energy in the space which creates feelings of peace. So by assisting people in this process they get the benefits they need, want or desire by the amount of willingness they have. The more one is open, courageous, and committed the more inner growth and harmony will result. Take the plunge, and you won’t look back because what you gain will resolve the past and clear your path for a new journey!

*Studies indicate an organized home is 40% easier to maintain.

 

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Success with Organizing Spaces

WHEN ORGANIZING…. SUCCESS IS ACHIEVED WHEN YOU HAVE USED UP ALL THE AVAILABLE SPACE EFFICIENTLY, AND WHAT YOU NEED IS ACCESSIBLE AND LASTLY, YOU CAN LOCATE ITEMS IN A FEW MINUTES!

Whether you have a small space or an over-sized house-  you have the same dilemma! They both are challenging for different reasons . The keys are being creative, re-purposing items, efficiency, and accessibility.  If these components are used, this will provide a sense of  success. Small spaces require more creativity and efficiency. Unlimited space can feel freeing and abundant Except when overstuffed. This requires discipline and requires setting limits on how much one acquires.

Here are some steps & tools to apply-

1)First look at the closet, cabinet, or space. Look at what’s working and not working

2) After you determine what’s not working and why, then you can start to get creative.

3.Empty the contents. Take an inventory of what you have.  Then group similar items together.

4. Include other house-mates in this chore. If they aren’t available then discuss these steps with them. Everyone has a different view of what is working, how something should be done, and how they view it. Also people have different habits which need to be taken into account.

5.Look for outdated ,expired, damaged,and unrepairable items, things you don’t use, items that you don’t like, items you don’t know what they are, and excess that you could donate to someone needy.

6. Start thinking outside the box, finding solutions by reusing, re-purposing, being creative with the space.

7. Containerize items to make it easier to access, making items readily available if used often.

8.LABEL-LABEL-LABEL!!!  Use the words, or pictures that make sense to all  in the home. Be aware of other people’s shortcomings and take this into account. Always discuss with others involved.

9. Be patient, with yourself and others if many changes have been made. It can take 21days to form new habits( per StevenCovey-author) Assess the space after some time. Life is in constant motion. Things change, you’re needs change, and organization should stay updated based on these factors. If so, you will feel at peace and have the time to do what you enjoy vs getting frustrated looking for something  and losing your valuable time!

10. If you get stuck, You can always call your Clutter-Angel….  Carole

So always remember this…….

WHEN ORGANIZING…. SUCCESS IS ACHIEVED WHEN YOU HAVE USED UP ALL THE AVAILABLE SPACE EFFICIENTLY, AND WHAT YOU NEED IS ACCESSIBLE AND LASTLY, YOU CAN LOCATE ITEMS IN A FEW MINUTES!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEN ORGANIZING…. SUCCESS IS ACHIEVED WHEN YOU HAVE USED UP ALL THE AVAILABLE SPACE EFFICIENTLY, AND WHAT YOU NEED IS ACCESSIBLE AND LASTLY, YOU CAN LOCATE ITEMS IN A FEW MINUTES!

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Happy 2013!

A NEW YEAR to create what ever you desire!

GO FOR IT !!!   if not NOW,   WHEN???

All you have is the present moment, everything else is unsure.

Take the leap, put the fear aside and revel in the possibilities you create.

Those possibilities will carry you away from all those thoughts and your being will light up

SPREAD YOUR LIGHT TO OTHERS

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MIND* BODY* SOUL* – Connection

I say, “Organizing your physical space is the bridge to opening up the mental,emotional, and energetic process that’s occurs at the same time” during the organizing process.You deal with what you see on the surface first. Another way said, the surface is the physical surrounding. Below the surface is the emotional, and deeper is the soul.Clearing the physical becomes the vehicle to transforming the flow of energy.  It is said as humanbeings,  we are made up of energy,as well as all living things on this earth plane. As we move and clear our spaces of the physical things, we feel a flow of energy. When our space is cluttered we feel blocked and the space feels congested. The act of organizing creates a Holistic environment where the mind , body  and soul are in peace and harmony.

My approach to organizing is this. I do the surface areas first.I get the surface areas cleared so visually you see a difference. You will experience feeling a lightness in the space.I then go deeper, like behind closed doors  and into drawers. Then I get into the nitty-gritty  or the fine details. This is the systems, the new homes for what has been unearthed.  As you do this, the process is actually working from the inside out. People soon recognize new feelings and thoughts surfacing. Renewed energy and motivation. Hope and clearer visions of what they want.Sometimes this means facing your demons, bad behaviors, and patterns that no longer work. What’s unconscious then surfaces.  It shows up as anger , release of tears,and sadness.Then fond memories, thoughts & dreams  appear, which create excitement. Generally,  action occurs and results are seen.  The energy of your space personally and physically has shifted. You feel clarity mentally, Emotionally peaceful, and a sense of oneness with your soul. You are ready to take charge. You want to spend your time with what delights you. YOU CAN FEEL RENEWED, ALIVE, AND HOPEFUL .

All this is a product of what seems like a daunting task, but can be rather invigorating.        So what are you waiting for………. If not now? When?

“Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation.
Use it!” — Ram Dass


 

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Holiday Time 2012

It’s December and the Holidays!                                                                                                 These are my thoughts…….. It’s an opportunity to share times or be in communication with the people that matter most to you. And, or giving back to community. Whether on an emotional level, physical or spiritual.

On an emotional level,  Be kind and listen compassionately & show compassion. Spiritually, take part in events that warm your soul and other souls. Be the light that takes away someone else’s darkness.

My hope is that if you struggle with chronic disorganization or just going through a period of dis-organization, that this time of year you can share with others. What do I mean?  On a physical level,  giving away some of your “treasured items”. Or the gifts you have stored that haven’t been given away yet!   That you be in action and do something !!!

Have a BLESSED HOLIDAY SEASON!

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