Tuesday, October 30, 2018

It's that Spooky Time of Year


Pumpkins, Turkeys, Menorahs, Santa Clause, Baby New Year are showing up everywhere. It may be getting too late to make reservations to see Santa. I saw an article at the end of September saying where the best places were to see Santa and how to make reservations. Scary!

How do we deal with all this holiday stress? Right now, is the time to sit down, breathe, and write down your vision of how you want the holidays to look and feel. What is important to you in each season. Has this changed over time? Are you on autopilot doing what you have always done plus new items you have added in recent years? Talk with other family members and get their input as well. You may be doing something for someone, like preparing a special food, that they no longer even enjoy.

I used to really go all out for Halloween when my children were little. I decorated. I helped them make costumes. We did the jack-o-lantern thing and then baked the pumpkin and made pie. It was a big deal. Now that my children are grown men, not so much. Now my husband and I put out a few pumpkins, a small inflatable scarecrow, light up a portable fire pit, and sit comfortably in our driveway waiting for the local trick-or -treaters.

My vision for almost all of my holidays has changed and simplified over the years. It's good to acknowledge and embrace the change.

Develop a list of the most important things you want to do and experience in each holiday. Then go to your calendar and log in when you are going to do such tasks as parties, shopping, baking, cooking, decorating, undecorating, etc. Remember to build in time to just relax and enjoy your decorations and the holidays.

Make this time of year special and enjoyable for you.  


Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Virtual Organization

Atlanta traffic can be terrible. Many times, I have long drives to client's homes, often arriving a bit early to allow for mishaps in traffic. When I arrive early, I usually park away from their home until the time I am supposed to arrive.

At times my client is also returning to their home and they get caught up in traffic. I sit and wait for their arrival but now the clock is ticking for them on using their assigned time. I have had clients lose up to and even over an hour of their scheduled time this way. Other times clients have forgotten or been unrealistic about tasks they have had to do before our appointment and I get a call or text about being late as I am almost at their home.

Just yesterday, a client lost 2 of her 3 paid hours. She has occasionally used virtual organizing with me before, but those sessions had been mostly consultations and brainstorming sessions. I pointed out to her again yesterday that we could set up virtual sessions working on the projects she needed to do. I would be her body double and accountability partner via Facetime. She could set her times when she knew she could be home for at least an hour and not lose paid time trying to get home.

We set two times for this coming Friday where she would have everything in place for the project and we would Facetime for an hour. Then we plan to take an hour break where she was not paying for my time and resume for another hour. After that second hour she could continue to work for a while and send me pictures and texts showing her progress.

This is one example of how virtual organization saves time and money for the client.

Contact Time Space Organization, 404-299-5111 or Jonda@timespaceorg.com if you think this organizational service might be a fit for you.




Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Organizing the Kitchen Zone


October is the perfect time to organize your kitchen. The next few months will involve a lot of holiday cooking. Food drives begin to show up everywhere so it is a great opportunity to donate foods you have overstocked this past year. This opens up space for holiday cooking supplies.

My Kitchen Strategy:

  1. Look at my motivation. Why work on the kitchen now? Are my counter tops cluttered? Do I have trouble finding needed items in my pantry? Do I have items taking up space in my freezer that I can't even identify? Yep, and I want it fixed before the holidays!
  2. Create my vision. I like to work in my kitchen so I want it to be an inviting place that is uncluttered.  I want open countertops that are ready for food prep or rolling out cookie or pie dough. I want all my basic stored foods and spices organized and fresh so I can easily put my hand on what I want without missing a beat. 
  3. Brainstorm. I list all the things I can think of that will make my kitchen match my vision. Some of the tasks are: clearing out items I no longer need or love, looking for new storage ideas, organizing items for more convenience, better defining my kitchen zones (food preparation, cooking, dishes, food storage, and food serving). 
  4. Write our my goals. Writing out my goals helps me focus. I make my goals specific and measurable. I print them out and post them on my refrigerator and cross them off when met.
  5. Develop a timeline. Here is where my calendar becomes my friend.  I look at all the available times I have to work on my goals. To make this doable, I plan for some unexpected things to come up and I break down bigger goals into smaller parts. Instead of booking a day of "organizing kitchen drawers", I schedule "organizing the knife drawer" on Oct. 4 at 3:00.
  6. Follow the timeline. As best I can, I honor the times I have set aside to do the tasks. If something comes up and I can't do the work at the scheduled time, I reschedule it. 
  7. Reward myself. When the kitchen zone is complete, I give myself a reward. It might be flowers on the table or a nice candlelit meal.
For more details of following this plan, visit my website www.timespaceorg.com and purchase my book, From Vision to Victory: A Workbook For Finding a Simple Path to an Organized Home, or sign up for my Zone Plan Teleclass program where I guide you through a new zone each month.  


Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer