Friday, May 29, 2009

Feng Shui Session

Last Friday I had a session with Jenna Boyd, my Feng Shui consultant, of Elements of Harmony. I discovered that I had lost a lot of the metal element over the last year. This is not a good thing for me as metal is the element that contains, makes sense of things, and keeps things organized. I have recently felt fragmented so this was not a surprise to me. Jenna has put together a plan for me to make changes in my home to help me get back in balance and truly with the few steps I have already implemented, I feel much more in control again. It is great to have experts that I can turn to when I need help. Jenna has been an inspiration to me and has helped me balance my home and home office for years. Like with organizing, you don't do it and then you are done. Things change. Times change. You change. Maintenance and awareness are part of the process of keeping balanced as well as keeping your home organized and clutter free.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Toxic Inbox

One of the sessions I attended at the NAPO conference was on "Detox Your Inbox". I know I have a real problem with my inbox. I found that I was one of those people who use the inbox as a "to do" list. I realized that letting my inbox get in this shape is as bad as letting mail stack up on my table. For some reason I am very good about taking care of my mail each day- but my inbox! - not so much. Just imagine 495 pieces of mail on my table. I learned that my email usually falls into different areas like projects, appointments, contact information, communication, tasks, and archives. Just as I have my clients use action files for their mail I need to set up folders for my email. Just as my clients can be overwhelmed by their backlog of paperwork- I am overwhelmed by my backlog on my computer. So- what to do? I have asked for help from a Professional Organizer. Laura Ray (lauraray@bellsouth.net- 404-630-7212) is scheduled to come work with me. I know I will be able to maintain it once she helps me set it up. She will soothe my fears that I will not lose the information I need to keep. She will help me decide what I can let go. I will feel so much lighter after our session.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

School is Out!

The end of school is almost here! Your children are soooo ready for it to end. Last day they are going to come home, dump their school stuff and run outside. OK, so give them one day. But, those stacks of old school papers - not to mention that backpack have got to be dealt with before summer can really begin. Have them clear a space (keep dogs and cats clear for their own safety) and turn the backpack upside down and dump its contents on the floor. Shake it a few times so that what is stuck to the bottom with old gum and candy also comes out. Now do the sort. Smelly clothes and sneakers go to the laundry. Tattered papers and candy wrapper go to the trash. End of year awards can be salvaged and put into a clean folder for the future. Check out old crayons, pencils, and other school supplies to see if they are going to be kept for summer art or are they in such bad shape they need to go to the trash. If anything in the pile tries to crawl away- step on it. Decide if the bag is going to be used again or is it now also ready for the trash (broken zippers, tears, strap broken). Do not let this clutter stay beyond one week. Have everything that is saved filed or put away and everything that is no longer good recycled or trashed. Now, enjoy the summer!



Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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Friday, May 8, 2009

I gave a presentation today at the Decatur Public Library on Downsizing- a topic near and dear to my heart. Part of the presentation was on the reasons for downsizing. We came up with:
Money, Honey
We're Not Getting Any Younger
I'd rather be knitting ( or something else besides maintenance work)
I'm tired of all this stuff
I think we need to keep in mind that downsizing is a continual process. It lets us get rid of old, past life items so that we can make room for new things to come into our life.
One idea that really struck a chord with this group was the "marinating" box idea (not my idea and I cannot quote whose original idea it is). The group liked the idea of being able to box up items they were not certain they were ready to part with and label the box and stash it away. If after a year or so they did not miss any of the items, it was safe to get rid of the items in the box. It was a really great group to present to- a lot of participation. I would be interested if anyone else has ideas on good reasons for downsizing.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer