Friday, March 30, 2012

Organizning Your Way to Healthy Eating

Everyone wants to eat healthily. We want to feel good and look good.

If your kitchen is cluttered and disorganized, you have a much harder time reaching that goal. A very organized and functional kitchen is important. You know what you have on hand. You have the necessary equipment ot prepare healthy, delicious food without feeling so frustrated.

Start by clearing out your refrigerator.
  • Get rid of unhealthy foods - start replacing items like soft drinks with iced green tea
  • Put good snack options towards the front of the refrigerator
  • Have clear containers to hold your favorite prepared snacks
  • Have labeled containers in your freezer with dates frozen so you can easily see what is available
  • Organize your refrigerator like a grocery store - have vegetables in one drawer and fruits in another - have snacks on one shelf and beverages on another - keep like with like
  • If you cannot see the back of your refrigerator, you have crammed too much into it
Next work on your pantry.
  • Get rid of junk food - if someone in the family enjoys foods that you should not be eating, put them where they are not readily visible
  • Store your foods like a grocery store - have all soups together, all pasta together, and all snacks in one place
  • Divide large bags of pretzels or snacks into single serving sizes
  • When you buy new items put them to the back behind the older ones that are already there
Tackle your countertops.
  • Have room for your cutting board and knives
  • Put out a fruit bowl
  • Have a blender handy to encourage smoothies and soups
  • Keep your countertop clutter free - put away deep fryers or bread makers
Wherever your store utensils and cooking pots - decide what you need to cook with or prepare healthy meals and place them "front and center." Some example:
  • Steamer
  • Strainer
  • Wok
Either in your kitchen or wherever you do your meal planning:
  • Set up a menu base for health meals - this can be on a computer, in folders, or with tabs in your favorite cookbooks - then do a weekly menu plan
  • Track your eating - write down what you eat, how much, and when - consider counting calories, or carbs, or weight watcher points
  • Keep a running list of what you need to buy - to make shopping easier, look up aisle charts for stores like Kroger
  • Weigh in once a week and keep track
  • Cut back on activities that crowd your schedule so that you allow time to plan and eat properly - if you are overtired, you will grab what is easy
  • Plan an exercise program that you enjoy - post it on your fridge
Now, go out and buy that new swimsuit!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Friday, March 16, 2012

NAPO Annual Conference - 2012

Next week I will be attending the NAPO conference in Baltimore. This will be my 6th conference. I am really getting excited about it!
I always like to set some goals for myself before I head off. I want to get as much as possible from this glorious experience.

This year I want to learn about some of the latest trends, resources, and products in the organizing industry. I want to sit at the feet of some of the great experts in our field and use their knowledge to improve my services. I will listen to presenters not only for their information but for tips on how to improve my presenting skills. I will have a meeting with other organizer/presenters as well. I plan to meet and network with organizers from all over - some of which I chat regularity with on Facebook. I look forward to rooming with Jeri Dansky, an organizer from the San Francisco area.

I also plan to have some fun. I know I will have some social time with organizers from my own chapter - I believe more than 20 are attending and several are presenting. I also hope to have a chance to see some of Baltimore.

When I return, I will develop an action plan from this wonderful experience.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Law of Excluded Alternatives

I came across the "Law of Excluded Alternatives" several years ago when I was putting together a presentation on time management. As I was putting together tonight's presentation on Organizational Life Lessons it came up again.

Basically this law states, "Doing one thing means you are not doing something else." Well, duh! Doing one thing of course means you can't do something else. Because we have a limited amount of time, doing one thing means there is something else you will not be able to do.

Our ability to choose what to do and choose what not to do determines our life. It's a live of choices. So, when I choose to answer a phone instead of working on a project - I make a choice about what I am doing with my time. If I go on Facebook instead of emailing clients - I make a choice about what I am doing with my time.

So often we are not really aware we are making those choices. We just sort of go on autopilot. But at the end of the day, we wonder where that day went and why more didn't get accomplished.

My challenge to you is to think about what you are doing with your time. Think about what you are not doing with your time. Are you really making the best choices to move you in the direction you want to go?

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Lighten the Living Room

If you are following my zone plan for organizing your house, this is the month for your living room/ dining area. It will be great to have this area refreshed and organized in time for spring.

I always start the process by reviewing my vision for the area I am tackling. Has anything changed with my vision since I last worked here?

For my living room I still entertain, eat, read, listen to music, and work on some projects. Nothing major has changed in my vision since last year.

I want this room to feel inviting, comfortable, and unwinding to my friends who visit as well as when I am alone. I want the room to be embracing. I want to be able to exhale when I walk through the front door. I want my guests to put their feet up and their drinks down and relax and stay awhile.When I sit on my sofa, I want to see things that make me smile and happy to be here.

As I work through the different zones in this room, I will continually find those things that I no longer love or that no longer support my vision.

I will go through the closet, getting rid of a jacket here, a hat there, an extra umbrella. In the credenza that holds supplies for my parties and entertaining, I will toss out some candles I no longer want, a set of paper napkins that I don't need, some old Easter grass. My entertainment center will be purged of music CDs that are not played anymore.

Winter looking accessories like the nut bowl will be changed out for something lighter. The books on the bookcase will get the "once over" to see if they are still used or loved. Maybe I can open up more space for a new art object.

By the end of the month when I finish this zone, I will celebrate! I will have some friends over for dinner and set a beautiful table with spring flowers.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer