I have a pillow that sits in my living room that reads, "Support your local wildlife, have children." This nicely sums up that I think my children, now teens, are mostly feral. However, Suzanna Kaye, professional organizer has a super sweet awesome 7 year old, so there is still a great deal of hope at her house.
Check out this great facebook live (okay, facebook video that was recorded in advance but aired at the same time as the live).
Traveling with kids is for the BRAVE. They present a whole new adventure.
Kids come with extra details that you must absolutely pay attention to! I learned this the hard way..... Trust me when I say the story is too much for your delicate hearing. Plus if I told you we'd all need drinks and we're trying to stay sober for this, pay attention....
Oh the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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