Tuesday, May 24, 2016

How Much Is Too Much?

Most of us acknowledge that we have too much "stuff" but how much is too much? How do we pin down that number?

I am a strong believer that "less is more" but I am not a minimalist.

I love coffee. I need a coffee cup or mug. My husband likes coffee. He needs a coffee cup. Sometimes we have coffee cups that are dirty and in the dishwasher. I have friends that visit, sometimes in groups, that like tea or coffee. So now I figure I am up to 8 - 10 cups. Some days I prefer the cup from Paris. Some days only the really big mug will do. My friends have favorite cups. I have about 25 mugs are cups. Yeah, that is too many. I figure I could get it down to 15 the next time I work in my kitchen zone.

The thing is, I have room for the 25 so there is no real pressure. But still, I will feel better if I let some go.

How many pens do I need? I use a black one daily and I like to have a red one and a blue one at times. I like a pen by my bed and a couple in the living room (for crossword puzzles). I like a pen in the kitchen for grocery lists and to label food for the freezer. I have a couple in my briefcase and one in my purse. I like to use a Sharpie fine point pen gut sometimes I need a ballpoint. I certainly want a few backups because they do eventually fail. So what does that add up to? I also know I have a container of pens in my desk drawer and I often dig through the lot to find one I like. So why are the others even there?

Still, there is room for all of them in the container so no real pressure. But when I clean out my office zone, I know quite a few of those will go.

It seems like most areas of my home have some abundance - clothes, shoes, linens, books, etc. I am good about applying the "container rule." If I have a designated container for items and the items easily fit into that container and the container has a good home, I'm good.

But a little more breathing space would be a good thing. So this year, as I go through each of my zones, I will ask myself, "How much is too much?" as I make my sorts and purge.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NAPO 2016 Conference

Today I head off to my 9th NAPO conference. This year it is held in Atlanta. Even though it is near my home in Tucker, GA, I am staying at the hotel so that I can maximize my time.

I look forward to learning about the latest trends, resources, and products in the organizing industry. I am exciting about sitting in on workshops and presentations given by some of the great experts in our field.

During the conference I look forward to receiving information and inspiration that will improve my services to my clients. I enjoy meeting face to face organizers that I have only chatted with via Facebook, reconnecting with organizers that I only see at conference, and meeting organizers from all over the globe.

I also look forward to a social evening with other organizers from our Georgia Chapter. We plan to go out for dinner one evening and catch up with each other.

When I return from conference, I will develop an action plan to fully benefit from my conference experience.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Friday, May 6, 2016

Celebrating One Year of The Zone Plan Coaching Program

I have developed a coaching program, The Zone Plan: A Method for Organizing Your Home, that helps you set a vision, develop a plan, and implement the plan so that your home truly becomes a place you love. This program has been active for one year now and as I finish up my zone for this month, I will have revisited my vision for every zone in my home and touched everything in those zones.

This last zone is really one that catches three areas in my home that did not get included in any previous zone. This month I am working on my entry area, a storage wall in my laundry area, and finally just cleaning a back hallway.

My vision for the entry area is to create a space where incoming and outgoing items are held. My husband hangs a couple of pieces of his seasonal outerwear on hoods and I hang a favorite hat. Cloth grocery bags are hung on the doorknob as soon as groceries are unpicked so the next person going to the car carries them out. Outgoing mail is laid on the bench until the next trip to a mailbox. I like to smile when I enter my home by this door, so I have hung and place some whimsical art. This entry way is right outside my office, so the bench holds some of my office supplies.

The storage area in my laundry room has many purposes. Here I have recycling bins, a cat box, extra cat supplies, bird seed, a tool kit, and cleaning supplies. It is quite a mix but works well. As I go through this area, I mainly look for items that I no longer use or have expired. There are usually a few items that got dropped there that need to go to the outside storage shed.

While I personally have been using this zone plan for years, I am truly excited to have others join me in this program.

If you would like to try it, join me for the 10 month Zone Plan Group Coaching program. We will benefit from exploring 10 months of two 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 the 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.

This program is powerful, yet affordable. The yearly rate is only $450. 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!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer