Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Leap Into the Future You

Yeah leap year! We have an extra day to use this month. Let's not think of it as just any other day but a day to do something special.

New Year's Eve we make resolutions or affirmations for the upcoming year. What if on the 29th we make Leap Year Resolutions? Think of this as an abbreviated five year plan.

Write down where you want to be in four years. One life coach had me write a letter to myself dated in the future. I wrote it as if I were writing to a friend and telling all that I was currently experiencing. You could describe what job you're doing, where you're living, what you're doing with your friends and loved ones. Be very specific.

Then write down what you need to do or make a vision board to make these visions come true. Develop a four year timeline and put on your calendar specific times to review your goals and revisit the timeline to see how you're progressing.

Now share these goals with someone. This will make it real for you.

Happy Leap Year!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Card Clutter

Valentine's Day has just past. The two cards I received this year are still up on the shelf in the kitchen where I can enjoy them every day. Depending on where you are in your life, you may receive just a few cards or a ton.

If you have small children, they may make you cards. If you are a teacher, you will receive cards from your students. You might have a secret pal give you a card at work. Special friends might send you fun cards. A very special someone in your life may give you a card with a lovely note inside.


Now, let's think of 60+ years of receiving cards. What if you kept every card? Wow! You would have boxes and boxes of cards. You might have an old dresser filled with cards. Overwhelming!

But you say, "My children made these cards for me. My friends put a lot of thought into these cards. I love the reminders that people care for me".

This is a very personal decision, but I am pretty sure you don't want to dedicate a whole room just for storing cards.

Consider these options:
  1. Chose the most special - like the year your son wrote his own special poem in a card or your mother wrote you a special note. Then box these cards up in a lovely box and label it. Put the box on a shelf and revisit the box once a year.
  2. Spread out your favorite cards and take a picture of them. Then let the cards go.
  3. Make a collage of the best cards for each holiday and bring out this collage for decoration on the appropriate season.
  4. Pass on old cards to schools or nursing homes so they can re-purpose them in projects.
Remember that if you toss out a card that your mother or child gave you 25 years ago, you are not tossing out the person or your love for that person. So by all means keep a few very special cards, but not all.

Letting go of the masses of old cards will clear up space for more happy memories to come your way.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ah, the Romance of Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is a day for romance. It is a chance to spice up the relationship and show the love.

However, if you trip over piles of shoes while entering the front door or have papers cascading off the coffee table, and CDs and DVDs scattered on the floor, your living room is not ready for prime time romance. If your dining table has projects, bills, and used plates and silverware, along with stacks of clothes to fold and put away, you are not ready for that romantic meal. If your bedroom has stacks of books, magazines, clothes, and cosmetics on every surface, you are not ready for that special night.

Look around the common areas in your home. How do you want these areas to look in order to inspire romance? How do you want to feel in these areas?

Remove everything from these zones that does not match your vision. Have a specific place for everything that belongs in the rooms and put the items away. If you are short on space, let some things go or put them in a temporary storage area elsewhere until you can deal with them.

Now, clean and polish those newly exposed surfaces. Put out some flowers and candles. Play that special music.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Being organized
Is romantic, too.

Enjoy your special day!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

How Do You Use Your Spare Bedroom?

Spare bedrooms can have multiple purposes. I have seen them used as offices, craft rooms, play rooms for children or grandchildren, storage, and even to house guests.

When working on any zone in your home, you want to have a clear vision of the function of the area how you want this area to look and how you want to feel when you enter. Be very honest on the purposes of the zone.

My spare bedroom has multiple functions. It has a closet that is used for off site office storage. There is also a dresser that holds off season clothing, gifts, and some memorabilia. This room is occasionally used as a place for guest to stay. And more recently, it has become a retreat for an older cat with some health problems. My vision for this room is to have an open and inviting space for guests. (When guests arrive, the cat is displaced for the duration.) I want all office items easily accessible but not visible. I want to feel drawn into this room and feel calm and happy when I enter.

I use a Zone Plan to organize and declutter my home. February is when I tackle my spare bedroom. During this month I clean out and reorganize the closet. Files are updated and some archival files go to the attic. I  toss out times that I no longer need or love. I clean out the dresser drawers and assign a purpose for each drawer. All surface areas will be clear except for a few accessories. I clean all bed linens, furniture and windows.

By the end of the month, the spare bedroom matches my vision for the upcoming year. Except for weekly cleaning, this zone will not need organizational work again until next February.

For help in setting up your zones, sign up for my Zone Plan Coaching sessions (jonda@timespaceorg.com ) or purchase my workbook - From Vision to Victory: A Workbook For Finding a Simple Path to an Organized Home (available on my website www.timespaceorg.com)

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer