Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Plan for 2017

2016 is coming to a close. It is great to look back and see all that was accomplished. With that fresh in mind, let's make plans for the upcoming year. I have done my business goals, chosen my word of the year (release), and am now scheduling things I want to accomplish in this coming year.

One of the first things I do when I set up my calendar is divide my home into 10 zones. Every month except July and December, I work on one zone in my home. The goal is that by the end of the year I have touched everything I own and have let go of things I no longer need or love. I have also organized the items I have decided to keep.

This has worked so well for me over the years that a couple of years back I set up a Zone Plan Teleclass to lead others through the process. I love the way the plan has developed and the wonderful people who participate in the teleclass. It is an ongoing class and anyone can join at anytime but because I like new beginnings, I would love to invite you to join us now. The call that will get us started on next year is December 30 at 1:30. Because I really would love for you to get started in January, I am reducing the fee for the year by $50 if you sign up before December 30.

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

Each month (skipping July and December) we 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 or project that you want to tackle.

This program is powerful, yet affordable. For an investment of $450 (and now $400 if you enroll before December 30) you receive twenty teleclass calls and ten 30 minute private coaching calls. 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.

Contact me by phone (404-299-5111), email (jonda@timespaceorg.com) or through my website (www.timespaceorg.com)



Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Reflection





The year is drawing to a close. It is a good time to find some quiet time and reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year. I challenge you to try this exercise.

  • List at least 3 experiences or events that were wonderful this past year. What insights did you receive from these delightful experiences?
  • Think of a couple of things that did not go quite the way you wanted. What did you learn about yourself from this?
  • What is your vision for the upcoming year?
  • Brainstorm a list of what you have to do to make this vision come true?
  • What stumbling blocks might impede you and how will you deal with them?
  • From your brainstorm list, pick one small thing and schedule time to work on it.
In going through this exercise myself, I have found it helpful to also work on a vision board. I also find that sharing my thoughts with others helps me gain clarity. I focus on only those thoughts and actions that come from me and that I can control. Let this time moving forward be our best personal year yet.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Disaster Preparedness with Pets



There has been so much in the news lately about fires, floods, and tornadoes. Sometimes families have only minutes to evacuate.

We hear a lot about emergency preparedness but sometimes we forget about preparing for our pets. In the back of our mind we may think we'll just scoop them up and go. But as you are putting together your family kit, consider these items for your pets.
  • Food and water for at least 5 days along with bowls
  • Any medicines plus the latest vet records that show vaccinations along with the vet's phone number
  • Cat litter, travel litter box, scoop, and garbage bags for waste
  • Leashes, harnesses, and carriers
  • Collars with identification
  • Blankets or towels
  • Current pictures of the pets in case they do escape
  • Newspapers, paper towels, grooming items, and even a toy
This list came from humanesociety.org/disaster. Visit their site for even more information and comments. In this household, pets are like family and if it is not safe out there for you, then it is not safe for our pets.



Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tips for Gifting the Perfect Children's Book




In my household books are always under the Christmas tree. If you are choosing a book as a gift for a young child, what should you look for?
  • A book that grows with the child is ideal. Choose a book that you read to a little one. In time the child will start to recite some of the words to you. And eventually he will enjoy reading the book by himself.
  • Younger children like stories that mimic experiences that they have had. Books about milestones like potty training, learning to help around the house, starting school are great. As children get older fantasy becomes more appealing. Also notice the child's interests. Does he like to collect rocks or have outdoor adventures? Find books with those themes.
  • Find a book with appealing illustrations and a good cover. Illustrations that invite participation (find all the stuffed animals) and conversation keep the attention of young children.
  • Note the language in the book. Younger children love repetition and rhyming. Vocabulary that is part of the sight vocabulary of the young reader helps the child learn more quickly to read the food for fun alone.
  • Find a theme that is enduring. Can the story relate to other life experiences? Is it a book that will be enjoyed over and over?
Diane Quintana and I have written two children's books that pretty much cover these suggestions (OK, they don't rhyme). Check out Suzie's Messy Room and Benji's Messy Room on Amazon or Barnes and Nobel or ask for it at your local book shop.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer