Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I hope your New Year will be all that you want it to be. The best way for that to happen is for you first to have a clear vision of what you want from this next year. How will the year play out? How will you feel? How will you look? Are you happy? relaxed? in control? Once you have your vision in mind, make a plan so that the vision will come true. Make specific goals. Break down the goals into measurable tasks. Put the tasks on your calendar and then just follow your plan! Let your year be just the way you envision it!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Memories

Every family has their traditions - the things you do year after year that flavor the holiday - the things you look forward to and look back and remember. One of the traditions that stands out for me are Christmas stockings. Our stockings held some of our most remembered gifts. I remember a ring when I was a preteen. I remember some fishing lures the year I received my own fishing pole. Our stockings were put out in different locations depending on what house we were in. I remember them by the heating stove. I remember them on the mantel. I remember them going up the stairs - one on each step. Christmas morning, the stockings were placed on each person's lap. Adults had them too. We would delve in and you could hear the comments and laughter as items were fished out of the stockings. At first I am sure it was my mother who was responsible for the stockings when we were little, but as we girls grew older, we each contributed as well. At this point in our lives, we women go into a bedroom on the eve after any little ones are in bed and lay out all the stockings of everyone in the house. Sometimes it can be close to 20. We pull out our bags of goodies that we have been accumulating. Some items are for very specific people and if it is for one of us, we tuck it in when the recipient isn't looking. Some gifts are more generic - socks, pens, candles, candy, lotions and they go into stockings that look like they are needing a little bit more. But the next morning-- oh, the fun of it. We often know who put what in our stockings and smile our thanks to that person.
I have my bags of goodies ready to take to Florida and tomorrow night I will help with being one of Santa's elves. Such fun!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Where does it go?

Gifts and purchases - This time of year we buy gifts for others and receive gifts. We might even be out there buying items for our own house. When we look at the potential purchases we tend to think of how they will make us or others happier. When contemplating an exercise device we think -the back will feel better. When contemplating the newest coffee maker -everyone in the house can have the type of coffee they like. When contemplating the bread making machine - it will be such a treat to make our own bread. When contemplating the drink machine- this will be so much fun at the next party.
Great thoughts but....... before you purchase something for yourself or others also think, where will it be housed or placed? Where do you or others have space to store it? If it is stored there will it get pulled out and used? What will have to leave the house to make room for this new purchase?
Do not let new purchases or gifts become clutter. If you receive something that you cannot use or have space to keep, consider passing it on to someone who can use it or has space for it. Try to give gifts of the non-cluttering type!
Enjoy your holidays!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas strategy

Christmas is coming closer. We look at the calendar with a mixture of anticipation and fear. We look forward to seeing our grown children return home or visiting our family. We look forward to the favorite holiday rituals.
We panic over the things that have not yet happened. The cards to family are not yet mailed. When is the last date I can safely mail these packages? The gifts I ordered to be shipped overseas had to be back ordered and now I get an email that one of the items has been discontinued. When am I going to get the cookie baking done that I had scheduled for last week but couldn't get to?
Breathe.
Remember your vision for the perfect holiday. Close your eyes and visualize what it will look and feel like. Now, come up with a plan for the setbacks. Put the cards not yet finished in a cloth bag, carry them with you, and work on them today and this weekend when waiting or when there is a few free moments. Set aside time on Sunday for wrapping those gifts that you have and prepare them to mail Monday.
Breathe.
Look at the calendar again and find another time to bake. Follow up on the unarrived gifts and send an email to Scotland explaining the problem. After all, your gift is not their only Christmas. The children will have lots of gifts and yours coming later will just be fine.
Breathe.
Take the time to see your friends and enjoy your mostly decorated home. (Finish decorating Saturday evening and put the boxes away.)
Breathe.
Enjoy your holidays!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Overdue book


They say it takes as long to birth a book as a baby. Well, I'm about 4 months overdue and feeling the pressure. This baby.. er book has got to be delivered this month. With any luck it will be at the printers by next week. I'm excited about the prospect but nervous as well. I'll want to look it over carefully to see that all the parts are there and that nothing is wrong. I dream that it will grow up to be useful to a lot of people. I want to watch over it but let it stand on its own as well.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it certainly has taken a village to get this book up and running. My goals group has been with me and encouraging me from the beginning - helping me make decisions about the cover and letting me bounce content ideas off of them. Judith Kolberg has been coaching and teaching me almost from gestation. Sue Clements has been proofing the progress. Brenda Sanders (my graphic designer) has been there for the last months before delivery. Eagle Eye Bookstore is going to give it it's Christening Party...
I hope all of my friends will welcome it into their homes!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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