Thursday, June 25, 2009

Why are people disorganized?

I specialize in clients who are going through transitions and I find that most, if not all, of my clients have been organized (or at least more organized) at some point in their lives. Some of those organized patterns still are there (one reason I always ask clients, "What's working for you right now?") So, what happened? For most clients there have been "life events." These can be huge like babies, starting new jobs, divorce, major illnesses, deaths of loved ones. They can be a series of smaller events like special projects, inheritances, redecorating, school seasons, holidays. The organizational system they had that worked before the event does not work as well now. Maybe they have less strength or memory. Maybe there are now other people involved. We all move back and forth between being organized and not so organized. The greater the life changes and the longer the problem is not addressed, the harder it is to get organized again. So, what's the answer to this problem? First, taking an analysis of what is causing the mess or disorganization to happen. Then, finding the simplest system that works for the current set of circumstances. Practicing that system and tweaking it to make it work. Remembering to do constant maintenance. Getting help when you need it. :-)

Jonda S. Beattie
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Thursday, June 18, 2009

It's easier being the Organizer than the Client

Here is a picture of me making progress on my inbox. Laura Ray (lauraray@bellsouth.net) is great. She is so very patient. I learned a couple of neat tricks that really make me feel better about keeping up with emails that I am saving while getting them out of my inbox. I have doable homework. I have managed to drop about 150 emails out of my inbox. I was supposed to spend an hour on Monday working on my homework. It was 8:00 pm before I could even think about it due to a morning meeting and afternoon client. A half hour was all I could manage. But with some tips she gave me I did manage to drop over a 100 during that time. She also gave me good advice about my bookmarking. She followed up with me today and I had to call her back while in the car on the way to a client and report my minimal progress. Like many of my clients, I want it to be much better much faster. This has been a great experience for me in many ways. It puts me in the shoes of many of my clients and while I felt I was always sympathetic and understanding, now I really feel their pain. However, "Slow and steady wins the race". I do want this done and I know that I can do it. It might take another session with Laura Ray though.


Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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Friday, June 12, 2009

Everyone loves a party!

I love parties! I love to go to parties and I love to give parties. While putting on a party is a lot of fun it does take planning and organization. I have one party that I give every year in July. Each year I have a theme to the party. I start thinking about the party months in advance. I think about different themes that might be fun. Then about a month before the party I put out a timeline for myself so that I am able to relax that all will get done in a timely fashion with no panic. I brainstorm and think of all the things that need doing. I make my list and then I assign dates to do each of the items on the list. Some examples of what might be on my list are: 1) Make a guest list- June 4; 2) Make invitations-design June 5, print June 6. 3) Mail invitations-June 8 (OK now I am committed); 4) Serious yard work- June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 2; 5) Paint lawn furniture and clean teak furniture- June 7 and 14; 6) Put up tent- July 1.
You get the idea- other groups of tasks on the list would include planning, preparing food/beverages, cleaning house, setting up on the day of the party, getting material to go with the party theme and more. This year's theme-"Everyone has a story to tell". I am really looking forward to it!


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Jonda S. Beattie
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Children's Areas

I love to work with children in their rooms. It can be their bedroom, playroom, or study area. They have very distinct ideas about what they want (I want my bed on the floor beside the video games and my bookcase) and they will work hard with you. They are great sorters and they are usually very good about getting rid of anything they no longer need or want. They especially like the idea of giving to those who don't have as much as they do. They'll draw you pictures of how they want things to look. They are great at re-purposing items and furniture. They can tell you what is bothering them about their area now. They'll help you move and even remove items until it is right. They are so happy when it turns out the way they want.



Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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