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The Depression Connection: Is Your House Worsening Your Depression?

The Depression Connection:

Is your house worsening your depression?

Depression comes in many shapes and forms.

It can have triggers. It can be seasonal or chemical.depression

In all of its forms, it’s a beast that wants to take over your life.  This is not a fairytale cartoon. You can’t just kiss this booboo.

The beast is not waiting for a rose petal to fall so that life will return in full glory. Sadly, depressed people often make their spaces into dark cocoons. Closing the blinds. Letting dust gather. Piles of put off decisions gather. This might make the sufferer feel better but… Continue reading

What Do You Do With Your Precious Memories? The ONE with Memorabilia

The ONE with Memorabiliamemorabilia

Organizing our precious memorabilia can be a nightmare. Between knowing what to save, how to save it and who it was from. You can find yourself swimming in a sea of emotions. This can make dealing with our memorabilia very stressful.

It’s enough to tempt the average person to light a match and just watch it all burn.

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How Much is Clutter Really Costing You?

How Much is Clutter Really Costing You?

Spoiler Alert: LOTS -possibly even your sex life… (I’ll put a link here for that special post – I have to “cough” research some more first…)clutter

Seriously though, CLUTTER KILLS.

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Is Stuff Taking Over Your House?

Is stuff taking over your house?

Everywhere you look there are things that you have but you don’t really use them anymore. Why are they still there? Why can’t you just give them away or throw them away?

Check out these tips for decluttering!

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Life Changing Magic of Conquering Your Junk Drawer!

The Life Changing Magic of Conquering Your Junk Drawer!!!

While I think it’s magical to toss junk to the curb, there are plenty of items that are quite necessary in today’s world we must keep.

Twist ties, cable ties, zip ties, paperclips,husbands, that penny that you picked up that special time with so and so.

You get the idea.

JUNK

You of course have it under control. You’re a brilliant human being who understands everything has a place and you know where it is. Your problem is that you live with other human beings who expect you to find that place for every single little item to walk the face of the earth.

Sadly we can’t just hug these items, thank them, and toss them in the trash. So we do the next best thing we put them in the drawer of delayed decisions. Also known as…. (sad trumpet sound – wa wa wa)…. the junk drawer. The drawer with batteries and that last stick of gum.

The drawer you have to jiggle to get closed. 

Yeah, let’s do something about it.

I promise you’ll feel super human or at very least productive. I’d make us all t-shirts, “I cleaned my junk drawer and it changed my life” but I’m not sure it will catch on.

No matter, you’ve got this.

Overwhelmed NO MORE!

To start, watch the video linked below.

Gather up your choice of supplies. Either the over the door organizer, the cereal boxes or ice cube trays. Then toss your junk on the counter and go!

The over the door organizer can easily be hidden in a pantry or attached garage if your junk drawer is located in the kitchen. Hang it with nails or 3m hooks instead of the provided over the door hangers to get it to lay flat right where you want it.

Use the ice cube trays in the drawer or just as a handy dandy tray for a project. You’ll look like a genius doing it. Smile and feel magical, accepting compliments. You’ve got this!

Look back on what you’ve accomplished and realize that not once did you need to thank your batteries for the service they provide.

 


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Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.

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How to organize toys and clutter in a playroom? The Toy Library Saves The Day!

 

How to organize toys and clutter in a playroom?
The Toy Library Saves The Day!

Time to organize your kid’s toys? Let the Toy Library help!

We’ve all been there, that moment when you’re just sure you’ve purchased the toy of your child’s dreams! The toy they will love and cherish one day mentioning it with nostalgia when you’re both adults vacationing together someplace splendid.

With bated breath you watch as they…. Play with the box.

You glance around your house, your eyes lingering on the whimsical sign a friend got you, “Excuse the mess, we’re making memories.” It’s the battle cry of the exhausted mother that wants to be able to sleep at night without overwhelming guilt for all the stuff that lingers around the house.

Perhaps instead of giving up, you’ll give the Toy Library a go.

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Top 10 Tips For Downsizing and Ditching the Drama

Top 10 Tips For Downsizing and Ditching the Drama

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Use these easy downsizing tips to reduce clutter and make moving to a smaller home easier

 

Modern living has tons of perks. We’ve moved past sliced bread and indoor plumbing straight to watching tv on our phones in our indoor plumbing rooms. It’s enough to get carried away!

 

In fact, most of us have let stuff creep in and take over our lives. Enter the newest trend, smaller living. Some folks, (Hipsters and Millennials) have taken it to tiny homes. The rest of us poor slobs (who aren’t crazy or have kids) have simply stepped down in square footage.

 

Thus discovering, this isn’t nearly as easy as they made it look on TV.

In fact, it’s really hard.

Fraught with emotions and overwhelming.

 

Here’s a list of ten organizing ninja’s secrets to help you downsize:

 

  1. Prep your space.

    Grab a big box for giveaways and put it at your side. Have another container or bag ready for trash. Making it easier for you to make decisions by limiting your walking around.

  2. Use behind the door organizers.

    Put them in your closets. Just because they say, “behind the door” doesn’t mean that’s all they can be used for.

  3. Use 3m hooks to hang those organizers when there’s no door to hang them from.
  4. Grab someone who understands to make time fly.

    Never underestimate the power of doing it together!

  5. One room at a time.

    Set a goal and take a break when you’ve met it. Unpacking and downsizing is emotional. Give yourself breathing room to deal with the emotions.

  6. Get help making all those decisions.

    I don’t know about you but I find while I can do my own nails, getting someone else to do them makes it a delightful experience instead of a messy chore. Add to the mix that you’ve moved, it’s better to have help, trust me.

  7. Don’t be afraid of donating big items.

    I know you remember what you paid for that couch, lamp, tv but it’s just stuff getting in the way now, let it go.

  8. You know what you like, stick with it.

    In the Bathroom this means stocking up on the brand you like and not needing to try everything new under the sun. Freedom people, freedom.

  9. Speaking of bathroom items, ditch the old stuff.

    Seriously. I know your grandma is putting slivers of soap into a jar to make a new bar but you’re allowed to throw it away. This is not the great depression.

  10. Allow for empty spaces.

    They are not judging you for not filling them up with stuff. They are rest notes that allow you to delight in what you do have. It’s okay to not fill the top shelf in your kitchen cabinets. It’s okay to leave under the sink mostly empty. Space is a good thing. See them as restful.

 

And Congratulations on your big change!

Welcome to more freedom!

More time for what’s important. (Netflix and Chill, right?).

 

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Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.

How to Hire a Professional Organizer

 

How to Hire a Professional Organizer

I keep looking in the mirror and thinking I should color/cut my hair.

How To Hire A Professional OrganizerPulling out my ponytail I fluff my hair around my shoulders trying to remember why I don’t just whack it all off. I probably would do it in exactly that moment if someone handed me a pair of scissors. Then I’d cry. Then I’d do the right thing, the thing I knew I should have done in the first place, go to a professional.

That said, we’ve all had bad experiences with a professional. Hairstylist that didn’t understand a word we said. The car guy that we’re sure fleeced us. Miserable experiences we swore we’d never deal with again. In an effort to help you, let me give you my best advice for hiring a professional organizer. Which ironically is very close to how I find a mental health professional….

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5 Organizing Mistakes You’ve Probably Made

5 Organizing Mistakes You’ve Probably Made

Every time I see an article that tells me I’ve made mistakes I have to click on it.

I have to know if I’m a boob. Usually I’m just positive that I’m going to come out on top, confident that I wouldn’t make the same mistakes as everyone else. Yet, I start reading and nodding my head.

So of course it’s my turn to write an article to make you nod your head and sigh. Yeah, we’ve all done these.

Drum roll please……..mistakes

The TOP 5 Organizing Mistakes, you’ve probably made are:

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I Want To Get Organized, But Where Do I Start?

I Want To Get Organized, But Where Do I Start?

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Organize by taking one step at a time.

When was the last time you saw the counter under that jumble of paperwork?

We’re sure at one time we could fit a car in the garage, but how do we get back to those days? Where do we even start to get organized?

The hardest part is starting – or deciding where to start.

So, break it down!

Here are six steps and tricks to make the most of de-cluttering and organizing your home:

1.Break it down. Do it the same way you would eat an entire cheesecake – one bite at a time!

Break the job down into smaller, more manageable (and less daunting) parts. Depending on your organizing personality this may mean different things. It could mean tackling one room, one of its areas (just this bookcase or just this shelf) or setting a time limit (work for one hour per day.)

Breaking the larger job down reduces the stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. It also gives you the satisfaction of completion at each milestone.

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2.Get an accountability buddy.

Find a friend or group who will support you and hold you accountable to your goals. Other options include online groups. Or find a local meetup group for support and organizing tips (like “Central Florida Messies” through Meetup.com.)

If you want/need extra help and support, consider a professional organizer.

3.Categorize.

Separate items into categories.

Use cardboard boxes, laundry baskets or specific areas of a larger room to put like items together.

Use broad categories, no need to get too specific with your categories.

You can always break those down into smaller groups if you need to when you get to them.

One major group should be “Items that belong in other rooms”. Grouping prevents distraction and excessive walking throughout the house.

4.Trash, Donate, Keep or Sell.

As you categorize and as you put items away, decide what to do with each item. Does the item bring you joy? Do you have several of them? How often do you use it? Broken or damaged? Be picky about what you allow to stay. Your storage areas are prime property.

5.Analyze your space.

Look at your items broken down into categories, notice you can see how much of each type of item you have. This will help you determine how large of a container or shelf you will need to store the item.get organized6.Put it away.

Now when deciding where to put your things, use the ABC approach.

A- items, things you use all the time, B-items are used occasionally and C items are rarely used (once or twice per year.) Easy right? You’ve got this.

Easy to reach and easy to access is where A-items store.

B-items can be a little harder to reach, and C-items can go in attics, storage sheds or very high cabinets.

Use baskets and bins to keep smaller items together or to keep the shelves looking neat.

Now is the time to reward yourself. Take a picture of your accomplishment, call your buddy or group and get yourself some cheesecake – you did it. Enjoy it!

Tell me, in the comments, where will you start getting organized?

 


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Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.