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Do you feel like you and your home are energized and organized?
If you feel overwhelmed and already behind with your resolution to get your life in order, here are a few quick steps you can take to help you get ready for the holidays.
Take the time to look at your home through the eyes of a complete stranger (or perhaps your most critical relative!). I find that when I have a service provider, like a handyman or a heating and air tech, come through my house, I see my home from a completely different perspective. I see the pile that is stacked in front of the electrical box (real life scenario that just happened to me). I see the old Halloween decorations that are still not properly put back into their boxes. So, step one is to see your home from a new perspective. What would you hide or change if you knew someone was coming to appraise, repair or critique your home? Go ahead declutter and eliminate the obvious eyesores.
Next grab an empty laundry basket and walk through your house collecting items that are not in the right place and need to be put away. After you fill your first basket, empty it by moving to each area stowing each item away into it’s designated ‘home’. Keep filling your basket and moving items to their proper locations.
Next up – declutter your guest room. Even if no one is coming to stay during the holidays, a clean and spacious spare room will give you a huge surge of energy because you will suddenly have a space to stow gifts, make lists, wrap gifts write cards and generally do whatever you need to do to get your holidays organized!
OK – now it’s time to move into your kitchen. The holidays are the time that you really need to clean and clear out your fridge. Tis the season to cook and eat and the last thing you need is a cluttered fridge. I find that the week before I buy the turkey is the best time to clear out the fridge. For most of us it is a necessity or we can’t fit the bird in anyhow!
Give your pantry a once over. As you move items around you can make mental note of what you need to add to your shopping list. It is always good to have a few quick snacks on hand and spur of the moment appetizer ingredients. This is also the time to make sure you have healthy snacks and quick meals stocked and ready for the nights that you get home wiped out from shopping or working a long day. The best way to eat healthy is to plan in advance. Make sure to stock your pantry with snacks that you can take with you while shopping. I love having small packs of nuts in my purse for the times when my outing extends into lunch or dinner time. It keeps me from stopping at a fast food place on the way home!
Set up a gift wrapping station. It is nice to have a dedicated place to store gifts and gift wrap throughout the year. During the holidays, having a space set up will save you time and energy. Imagine having all of your wrapping paper, ribbon, bags, tape, decent scissors and cards all in one place with a surface to work on. You can stow your gifts until wrapped in this same area in a large opaque plastic storage bin. This will keep your gifts clean and away from peeping tom eyes!
These are things that you can do to make your home feel more like a zen sanctuary and less like a chaotic jungle! If you spend the time this weekend organizing and decluttering, I know that you will be able to enjoy the holidays more fully with less stress and less effort.
Remember what Abe Lincoln said? 1 hour of preparation saves 3 hours of perspiration.
If you are already feeling overwhelmed and know that you can’t get your home and your life organized and decluttered, I am here and ready to help. I work in person in the San Diego area and also consult virtually throughout the US. You can reach out and contact me here.
Are you a Professional Waster? Do you waste minutes and even hours each week in frustration as you search for things you know that you own but can’t find when you need them?
We all have the same amount of hours in the day and when we spend a great amount of our time LOOKING for things instead of DOING things it can become a real drain on our emotions and our energy. Buying things you already own but can’t find and have to buy again is also a big drain on your finances.
As a Professional Organizer, I watch many of my clients experience guilt because they just can’t seem to get a handle on their clutter. Some are even embarrassed to have guests over in fear that they might peek into their overstuffed closets and cabinets.
Have you ever noticed how clutter creates more clutter? Piles create more piles. Things pile up, on, and around your piles to create more piles. Then your piles fall over, and there are things in front of the things you need to get to, so on and so forth and then you simply give up. I see this happen every day.
Too much clutter results in feelings of anxiety and stress. Clutter also drains your energy and can make you feel restricted in your own home.
When you can’t find things when you need them, whether it’s tools, cleaning products, or your favorite baking dish you begin to feel that the rest of your life is also out of control. This feeling spirals inward and outward from there. I know how you feel.
As a Board Certified Professional Organizer I know that creating order can be overwhelming and frustrating. I know that clutter is a big mental and physical drain. It can cause illness, depression and fatigue. I also know that it can be extremely difficult to even get started.
I understand completely how overwhelmed you must feel because I have been there in the trenches helping clients with these same challenges for over ten years.
You don’t need another book to clutter up your bookcase or more words to clutter up your brain. What you need is a weekly “here’s what you do next” action step to complete. What you need is someone to show you how to quickly get started and then keep training and motivating you week after week so you don’t get stalled along the way.
This is the reason why I created my new online get your home organized course!
Instead of simply publishing this information in some ebook or offering a quick coaching program, I’m making it available to you week after week in action-sized portions so you’ll actually get results.
I recently received a question from an addSpace follower. I am certain that many of you also have a similar concern so I wanted to go into detail and provide practical steps to help you declutter your life. This is what she asked:
What questions can I ask myself as I sort through boxes of “stuff” in order to get rid of most of it?
For starters, if these boxes have been packed and loaded for a long period of time (over 3 months), before you open them you need to ask yourself – “what exactly is in there?”
If you don’t have a (more…)
Put your car keys beside your bed at night. Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or (more…)
A bathroom cabinet with no organizational system.
A quick sort and a few containers and this cabinet is now easy to use!
It is time once again for the annual Sharp Health Women’s Health Conference. When I spoke a few years ago, I had the great fortune of meeting the incredible keynote speaker, Joan Lunden! She was fantastic and is on a mission to help women get their lives in better order and create better health. I am sure that this year’s conference will be equally inspiring.
If you are in San Diego area, dont miss this conference. It will be held on November 19th. I will Check out the flier above and mark your calendars to attend. You will learn tips for healthy living and more! I will presenting my favorite topic: Become the Master of Your Muck: Get Organized and Make Room for Yourself in Your Home.
Here is the link for more details.
Sometimes life has a way of sneaking up on us and, before we know it, our clutter becomes overwhelming. This disorganization and clutter in this particular bathroom was a product of many factors:
#1 The client had lived in this house for a few decades.
The longer you live in one place, the more stuff you collect because you don’t have a super urgent reason to downsize. This particular home had a huge master bath with only one occupant so there was plenty of room to store the extra clutter!
#2 Health challenges made it difficult to clean and keep up with the clutter
As our health deteriorates, we sometimes lose the desire or have the capacity to create order in our life. Health challenges will almost always take priority. The tragic part of this situation is that when you are sick, this is probably the most important time to have space and a clear/clean environment. Space always makes us feel better!
#3.Being surrounded by a lot of stuff helps us to feel less lonely when we live alone.
Some people equate more stuff with greater happiness. They will try to fill the void in their life by accumulating more things.
Unfortunately, this project was completed after the client moved into an assisted living community.
The good news is that we were able to donate all of the usable toiletries to a local women’s shelter and they were ecstatic!
5.0 out of 5 stars an Amazon Book Review
Kathi Burn’s book is one of the most important “how to” books on the market today. Her step-by-step guide was priceless for creating the needed space I needed in my office so I could write in the state of joy instead of confusion.
My creative work depended upon a space that was clear and balanced. When I adopted her techniques and cues as outlined in her book, my office (and my work) were transformed.
Thank you Kathi, for your wisdom, your expertise, and your good humor!!
By Candace Conradi (Poway, California)
An Important Reference Book for Implementing Positive Change in Your Life ~ How to Master Your Muck is Reviewed
5 out of 5 Stars
I have been reading organizing books for years and have a collection to rival any book store. I strongly recommend that you add this one to yours. How to Master Your Muck: Get Organized, Add Space to Your Life, Live Your Purpose is an easy read containing new and different (more…)