"Organization" defined by Merriam-Webster is to "arrange into a structured whole; order"; "to arrange or order things so that they can be found or used easily and quickly."
Are your files and papers doing the for you? Can you find what you need quickly and do you only have the papers you need - no excess? Few of us can say yes to both of these questions. The reality is, over time papers build up. File cabinets get full and it all gets slower and harder. But there's an easy way to keep your filing system lean, mean and efficient. With self-purging files.
Do you find yourself missing out on the Joy of the Season due to being run down, over busy, or just blah? You're not alone. For all the sparkle and presents, the Holiday season can be hard.
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.
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…)
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?
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.
Fraught with emotions and overwhelming.
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.
Put them in your closets. Just because they say, “behind the door” doesn’t mean that’s all they can be used for.
Never underestimate the power of doing it together!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to more freedom!
More time for what’s important. (Netflix and Chill, right?).
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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