Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Spare Bedroom zone revisited

At the beginning of the month, I showed the mess on the floor that now has to be housed in the spare bedroom. Last week I put an elfa closet system into the closet on the left. The closet on the right was done last year and still works.
I purged some of my clothes and put together a nice bag for the Kidney Foundation. Copies of my book, From Vision to Victory, and mailer envelopes to mail the books out, were put in the closet you do not see. Much of the memorabilia that was in the closet where I now store the books, was placed in a couple of dresser drawers in the room. Wrapping paper is in an under the window seat storage area in the room. One of the dresser drawers holds gifts I have bought and not yet given. The remainder of the office items are now stored in the closet on the left with some room to spare. With all closet doors shut, it still looks like a guest bedroom. There is still some hanging room (in the closet you don't see) and part of a drawer for guests to put their belongings.
I still have some work to do on this zone and will complete what I can in the first week in March. Then on to the next zone- the living room.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Thursday, February 18, 2010


There is never enough time. Our days and weeks start off with good intentions but we never seem to get it all done.
I have come to live with that. What I must do is sometime during that day or week or month or year is make some priorities. I will spend so much time on a project and then just let it go. I must have time for other things in my life.
Tonight I stopped working on NAPO business because my brother was in town from Ohio to attend a conference. We had made plans to have supper together and that is what we did. We had a nice, long leisurely supper where we talked about our lives, our dreams, and our future plans-and our priorities.
This coming week, my sister Ann ( in picture) is celebrating a special birthday. Her daughter has arranged for family to get together for a 3 day cruise to celebrate. I am behind in my work but you better believe I am going.
This Sunday I am taking the time to give a birthday party to a special friend of mine who is turning 80. I don't have time to do a lot of preparation, but the party will happen and her friends will come to my house and we will celebrate.
I love my work. I love my family. I love my friends. I love myself. The list goes on. It is important to have time to honor all the things we care about. It's hard to keep life balanced and at times some parts of our life demand more than their fair share of our time. That's OK as long as eventually we get back to a more balanced allocation of our time.
There is never enough time. Let's make the best use of what we have. It's all about priorities.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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Thursday, February 11, 2010


I was blessed to give 2 presentations this week. They were both on the same topic but still very different presentations. Both presentations were on the steps to follow when doing an organizational project and were based on my book From Vision To Victory.
The first presentation was given at the Southeastern Flower Show. The audience was there because of the flowers but as I pointed out, the steps in the book can be used to organize anything- even your garden. The audience tended to come and go during the presentation but I enjoyed it and the book signing afterward.
The second presentation was to the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group. This group was great at participating and giving feedback. They came up with their own unique situations and I really just facilitated while the also came up with some of the answers.
I love to give presentations to groups of all types and sizes but I do think my favorites are the smaller sizes that will respond, take notes, and participate.
If you are interested in an organizational presentation, please contact me.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Spare Bedroom Zone

In February I tackle organizing and decluttering my spare bedroom. I choose to do this in February because I use my bedroom as off site storage for my office. In January I cleared and organized my office and overflow items were placed in the spare bedroom knowing it would be tackled next.
Most spare bedrooms serve multiple purposes. Mine serves as a place for guests to stay, a place to store wrapping paper, a place to store off season or rarely used clothes, a place to store some pictures and memorabilia, and a place to keep items for my office that I don't use on a daily or weekly basis.
When organizing the bedroom I think of all of the different zones in that room (guests, wrapping, clothes, memorabilia storage, office) and then I organize my items in that zone to maximize the space available. As more items come into the area, some items need to be purged. Last year I did a major revamp of the closet you see on the right. This year the closet beside it will need reworking. Thankfully the elfa sale is still on at the Container Store. I have 2 closet areas not shown in the picture. One is currently holding shoes, handbags, linens for guests, and some items for decorating. The other closet is holding clothes and memorabilia.
I want my room to look open and relaxing. I want it to be welcoming to guests. I also want my office needs to be readily at hand when I need them. I want gift wrap materials to be easy to access. Pictures and memorabilia to not need to me as accessible. I want this done by the end of the month. The first week I will tackle the closets on the wall side shown. Then each week I will attack another wall. By the end of the month I hope to have this zone the way I want it for another year.
Consider how you want your spare bedroom to look and feel and make a plan for this to happen. Let me know your results.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer
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