Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is that special day when we stop and reflect on all of the abundance and joys that we have in our life.

One of the things on the top of my list is my wonderful family - which just keeps increasing. My family is my bedrock and my haven. They give me such joy and laughter. We recently connected with my sister Ann and her shoot of the family tree. Last summer I reconnected with my brother Jim and his family. I am hoping to soon visit my sister Lynn and her clan. This delightful picture was when we all came together in 2011.

This Thanksgiving we will break bread with some of Rob's side of the family in New Mexico. It's wonderful to have my family expanded through marriage with this wonderful man.  Then, when we return I'll have a special meal with my son who lives near me.

I also give thanks for my friends. My friends are like my extended family near by. I love to spend time with them and I know that we support and care for each other.

I am also thankful to have good health. I do what I can to stay healthy and I recognize this as a gift and I am very grateful.

I am also thankful that I can continue to work and have sufficient abundance in our home. Life is very good.

My hope for you is that you find many things to celebrate on this special day.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Priorities - Taking Time for Self

I love my profession and I love my clients, but........ sometimes, I just need a break. I love taking small vacations and grab them when there is an opportunity. This past week, Rob and I took a small vacation and attended a Road Scholar program in Florida. We met some wonderful people and learned about close harmonies, leading ladies Meryl Streep and Julie Roberts, and movies made into musicals (imagine Rocky as a musical!). This program was held on Eckerd College campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. The instructors were great and the food was tasty. Then we spent a day and a half at my sister's home. There she gathered local family and we had a wonderful time catching up with everyone. I had some quality time with my hubby and family as well as attending classes with a wonderful group of people.

While on my vacation, I checked emails and responded to clients. I did a Zone Plan Coaching call from the car using my cell phone (worked fine but couldn't record the call). This did not take a lot of time and I still felt in vacation mode.

When I returned, I was refreshed and ready to get back into the full swing of things at work and for the holiday preparations. I hope all of you find some time to take care of your needs to rest and relax this fall.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Monday, November 2, 2015

Organizing Your Attic or Basement Storage Areas

The attic or basement is the perfect zone to work on in November. It's not too hot or too cold and very likely your seasonal decorations are stored in this zone.

While you are up in the attic (or down in the basement), look around before you start. Make a list of all the categories you store in this zone. You might store:
  • Seasonal decorations
  • Seasonal house items like fans/heaters
  • Extra furniture and household accessories
  • Off season clothing
  • Suitcases
  • Archival papers
  • Sports Equipment
  • Toys to pass on to grandchildren.
Group all related items together and then designate zones for each category. Items that you do not plan to use in the next year or so should be stored the farthest from the entry. This might include the extra furniture, toys, and archival papers.

Leave space between each zone so that you can safely maneuver and get to items.

Label containers. It helps to locate holiday items if you use colored or themed containers to store your decorations, but still label the container with primary items. This keeps you from having to dig through multiple boxes to find the advent wreath or crèche you want early in the season.

While sorting, if you come across broken or unloved items that have been languishing in this area for years, now is the time to let them go. You will feel so much lighter when this is accomplished and next year, when this zone rolls around again, it will be a much easier task.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer