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Batch Tasks to WIN Your Day!

Batch Tasks to Win Your Day!

Batching.

When I hear this my brain goes straight to chocolate chip cookies. Yes, that’s right, a batch of chocolate chip cookies. My brain has already created a fantasy of them hot and fresh but that’s not really what we’re going to cover right now. batch, suzanna kaye, florida organizier

Nope, this is TASK BATCHING.

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Give Yourself the PERMISSION You Need To ASK For HELP

Give Yourself the PERMISSION You Need To ASK for HELP

This is not Suzanna – this is her super fantastic assistant. She would call me that even if I wasn’t the one writing this, so it’s not cheating.  Promise.

I started that way because I want to tell you about something personal and it would be strange and awkward to not acknowledge my own story.  I’m daydreaming how this would look if someone approached Suzanna in the grocery store about it, and I’m giggling, but I need to get to the point.

I was totally the kid who wanted to do everything MY WAY.

Everything.

I’ve had well-meaning friends try to tell me this by joking it would be on my tombstone – “SHE DID IT HER WAY!”

It took unemployment, followed by a bone tumor to slow me down and teach me – to ask for help. Which frankly, is sad and very tragic. Feel sorry for me… I was stubbornly insisting I could do everything to the point where it was becoming a disease.

Thank God, you’re smarter than that.

I didn’t expect to be unemployed. I figured since I’d done everything right, the next job would just fall in my lap like they always did. I’m a smart a girl. I’m fun to hang out with. Why couldn’t I even get an interview? I spiraled into blame.

It’s not pretty.

You might want to cover your eyes and just peek through as you read. This stuff is not something you want to look at directly. It’s just plain pathetic.

I blamed my age. I blamed this town. I blamed internet systems, HR department dragons, and all of society at large. As if that would change anything. Ironically, if I’d used gratitude instead of blame this would be a completely different story.

Then, in my sullen state, I was diagnosed with a bone tumor. Walking and chores had been hurting me, but I was pushing through because if I didn’t do them, who would? My sweet and lovely, perfectly capable family, that’s who.

I was cutting my nose off to spite my face and I didn’t see it.

My then fifteen-year-old daughter, thirteen-year-old son, and wonderful husband had been right there the whole time. Wanting, nay – aching, to help. When they heard the diagnosis they plopped me in my favorite chair and lovingly scolded me. I then spent a painful few months – not lifting a finger.

I’ll confess, it was really freaking hard.

Asking for help can feel belittling. I felt like I was worthless. A lump.

I forgot that I was a lovely Mommy lump. That it didn’t matter that I couldn’t cook or clean up or anything. I was adored by my family because of who I am, not what I could do for them.

Listen to me – this is true about you, too. You are loved, not because of what you do for people but because of who you are. Your value isn’t work related. It’s just you.

Slowly it got easier. It had to happen. When I finally had surgery to remove the tumor I needed help with literally everything.

I needed help financially – and it was provided when I finally asked.

I needed help at home – and every time I asked, it was provided.

I needed  – and I was helped – every single time.

Don’t wait to learn this.

Now, I’m unstoppable and I border on cheeky. Yesterday when a friend texted she was coming over, I asked for her to bring chocolate. She did.

Think about this. Where do you need help in your life? Have you really asked for help? Have you been afraid, like I was, that people would say no?

Give yourself permission to just ask. Ask for silly things, “Hey let’s go to Jeremiah’s I want some tummy yummy.” Ask for big things, “I need real help organizing all my family photos since Mom died.”

Some of the things I needed, I had to pay for, which is very reasonable. I needed physical therapy. That’s not free but I had to go into that room like a baby. Vulnerable and pliable. It’s not easy but I can walk without pain because I did it.

It’s not easy to let someone see your mess. I totally get it.

However, it’s totally worth getting help.

It took getting laid up for me to give myself permission to look at life another way. Be smarter – learn from my mistakes.

If this has touched your heart in any way – please share it with a friend on FB. If you see yourself – pick up the phone, schedule an appointment. Get help.

 

Ruth Zeman

 


SuzaSuzannanna 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

 

 

Are You Afraid of Going Paperless?

Are You Afraid of Going Paperless?

What if you put it in the cloud and you lose it? Or it gets hacked…. or you forget your password….. or you simply forget where online you put them? I mean, are these new fangled online papers even legal?!

At this point it’s easy to see why people are so afraid but there’s also a beautiful dream that could be your reality. Continue reading

Closet Organizing 101 The Basics You Need

Closet Organizing 101

By Ruth Zeman

With summer coming to an end and school fast approaching I find myself wondering what clothes and shoes my family needs for the year. So without thinking, I went into my teen son’s bedroom to check his drawers and closet.

I barely made it out alive.

Y’all. closet

I love my son. Really. I’d die for him. I also might need to announce a day or two in advance that I’d like to check his clothes. Volunteering for a heart attack really isn’t a smart use of my time.  I can only imagine what it must be like for mother’s that let their kids have reptiles as pets.

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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 to Make A Simple Emergency Go Bag

How to Make A

Simple Emergency Go Bag

Now, I’m good with words and I could just tell you how but why tell you when I have this adorable little video? It really couldn’t be any easier.go bag

Wrap a pen, or in this case a little flashlight with a bit of tape. Gaffe tape and painters tape don’t leave heavy residue but duct tapes work here too! Continue reading

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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Confession of an Organizer: Baskets

Confession of an Organizer:

Baskets aren’t an addiction.baskets

There are no support groups. As long as there are no support groups, I’m going to stick with it’s not an addiction.

Of course, by this logic my Amazon shopping habits aren’t a problem either…..

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Organize the Little Things with an Over the Door Organizer!

Organize the Little Things with an Over the Door Organizer!

Oh the little things…little things

Batteries, pencils, twist ties, rubber bands, legos, toiletries, tea candles, you know, the little things. Stuff you really do need but they’re just begging to be organized. You already know I’m not going to tell you to throw them in a drawer and forget out it.

Nope. Not this girl.

I’m going to give you great tips for ways to make those little things look beautiful and be right at your finger tips when you need them!

Let’s start in the hear of the home!

The kitchen.

little things An over the door organizer doesn’t have to hang over a door. What?! Right!

Use hardware or my personal favorite 3m hooks, to hang on a wall.

Inside a pantry, just outside the kitchen door in the garage, you name it. Put those handy wipe, cleaners, fresh rags or sponges there. Baking soda, vinegar, cleaners, brushes, and other cleaning tools. In fact this would work just as well in the Laundry room as the Kitchen.

Consider putting water bottles, ziploc boxes, foil, seasoning packets, snacks, the ideas are limited only to what you have to stuff it with! Ah…. all those little things – tidy. Be still my heart.

 

The Bathroom.

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Confession time – this is my actual stuff, in my actual bathroom. I rent so no looking at the tile. Can you see how handy this is in a small space? Puts everything where I can see it easily and bonus because I can easily see it, I can easily put it back! Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

These over the door organizers are work horses! You could put bathing suits, unders, diapers, pull ups, wash clothes, shampoo, conditioners, brushes, hair do pretty thingys.

 

The Bedroom.

Scarves, socks, belts, tshirts….. the pins on Pinterest telling you what to put in one of these for your closet is endless. Don’t forget toys… dog toys. What? your dogs don’t use your closet?

The Office. little things

This might be my favorite. No junk drawers here! Just beautifully sorted office supplies. They make me happy. Just looking over at them makes me smile. Rubber bands, binder clips, power cords, batteries, post it notes, markers, sharpies, scissors….. don’t they look beautiful?

Kids Room.

Don’t skip this is you don’t have kids. You probably have a fur baby – which is really a kid, come on. Toys, stuffies, legos, small books, small shoes, small clothes, and so many tiny things. Get more than one.

Also this is a great idea for kids rooms: Toy Library

Seasonal.

Ornaments! or cold weather gear. Perfect for gloves and hats, scarves, wool socks….. this thing can go in your car too!

So, isn’t your head just swimming with good ideas? Go forth, get an over the door organizer! Be organized!

You’re welcome.

 


Suzanna

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.