Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Coaching Help with Organizing Your Home


I'd like to introduce you to my upcoming coaching program. The Zone Plan; A method for Organizing Your Home is about setting your vision, developing a plan, and implementing that plan so that your home truly becomes a place you love.

Join me for the 10 month Zone Plan Group Coaching Program, starting Friday, May 1, 2015. We will benefit from exploring 10 months of 2 open line calls a month (recorded for your convenience), one personal closed call to each member, motivating content and exercises, a pdf copy of my workbook, and a closed Facebook group. All of this is designed to set you on your path of living in the home you envision so that you control your space.

Each month (skipping the months of July and December) we will concentrate on one zone of your home. I will suggest a zone but the beauty of this program is that the concepts will fit any zone that you want to tackle.

The program is powerful, yet affordable. The early bird rate is only $400 if you register by April 24 and $450 thereafter. There is even a 2-pay option if you need to spread payments out.

If you want results and are ready to make your home the one of your vision, then join us!

Register by emailing jonda@timespaceorg.com.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Is Your Home a Money Pit?

Do you wonder where in the world all your money goes?

Let's find some of those holes and turn them around.

1. You buy items you already have. You buy that cute green shell only to later realize you already have four in your closet. You buy BBQ sauce only to find a bottle in the fridge and several on different shelve in your kitchen. The answer to this is to group all like items together so that you can see what you have. Then look before you shop.

2. You are continually paying late fees and paying recurring fees for items you don't really want. Even worse, you are damaging your credit rating. Organize your bill paying and keep a calendar of when bills are due. Even when credit cards are paid automatically, look them over. you might find that you are being billed automatically for gym membership or subscriptions that you don't even want. You might even find fraudulent charges.

3. You are paying monthly offsite storage. One in eleven households rent a storage container to hold stuff they don't want in their house. Now it the time to start purging. Why pay to hold on to items you don't want in your home?

4. You are keeping clutter in your home that you no longer want but that may have some value. These items take up valuable space and camouflage items that you love The average US household contains 52 unused or unnecessary items worth the average of $3,100. Sell, consign, or even donate for a tax write off.

5. Your clutter hides items of real value. As you start to clear your spaces you may well find money, gift cards, and un-cashed checks.

5. You are losing valuable time. You can never regain the time that is lost looking for your keys, phone, or missing sweater. If you have fewer items and keep them organized, you will have more time to spend on something that really matters to you.


Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Priorities


"If you want to have the time of your life, change how you use the time in your life." ~ Tim Fargo

As my family gets older and more geographically and age spread out, it becomes increasingly difficult to find time to get together and visit. When that opportunity does arrive, I want to  make certain that I grab it with both hands.

This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to have family time with my 2 sons and wonderful daughter-in-law (as well as hubby). I feel so blessed to be able to have the whole day to visit, hug, walk, cook, eat, and talk, talk, talk. Everything else that I usually schedule for that Sunday found another time slot or got dropped altogether.

When I know family events are coming up, I look forward to them and make plans to enjoy the days to the fullest. I know that this summer I will see some of my family on a trip to Europe that my brother is heading up. This will be a glorious time for which I am already making plans. I also hope and expect to visit with some of my family at some other time - not yet determined.  I love my family time.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Organizing the Living Room for Spring


I follow a zone plan for my home. My home is divided into 10 zones and every month (except July and December) I tackle one of these zones.

March is the month that I organize my living room zone. Spring is around the corner and I want my living room fresh and ready.

The first step in organizing the room is to review my vision for this zone. As this is a shared room it also needs to have a shared vision with my husband, Rob. At times we both use this room singly. I start my day here with coffee and the paper. Later when I am in my office, Rob often sits in his chair with coffee and paper. Together we often connect in this room. We plan our day, week, and future here. For entertainment we work on the daily jumble and crossword puzzle. On a more passive note we often listen to music or perhaps watch a DVD or television. If we are having a light meal, we will often eat here. We entertain family and guests in our living room. We welcome people from our front door.

We want this room to be welcoming and warm. We want this room to be relaxing but yet have positive energy. We want to feel comfortable, secure, and happy in this room. We want our friends to feel comfortable enough to kick off their shoes and stay awhile.

After revising my vision, I scan the room to see if the space is living up to that vision. We have soft comfortable seating and warm accents. Are there things in the room we no longer need or love? This past year we obtained some new CDs and DVDs We need to pare down our collection and pass on those that we have enjoyed but will not likely play often. This makes space for new opportunities. I will make certain that our magazine basket only holds current issues. The accessories and candles will reflect the season. Gone is the nut bowl and poinsettia plant and out are the pastel candles and spring flowers. We will also purge the clothes closet of any extra outerwear or anything we no longer enjoy.

As I go through every zone, I clean and polish as well. By the end of the month, the room will look and feel bright and ready for spring. I will celebrate with fresh flowers, a lit candle, and a nice glass of wine with Rob.


Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer