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Are You Missing Out on The Important Moments With Your Kids?


Author: Suzanna Kaye

Are you missing out on the important moments with your kids?

(a thought from The 365 Project)
How much do you love just watching your kids? When they’re sleeping, while they play, when they learn something new?
Some of my favorite moments with my stepdaughter are just watching her evolve. Becoming more distinct and her own person. Laughing, trying new things, getting back up after failing and then succeeding.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of giving to show love. Seeing a toy in the store I know she’ll love. Letting her know I’m thinking of her when she’s not around by buying a pack of Pokemon cards. Getting craft supplies in the hopes of spending time together.

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Password Management and Why I Love Dropbox! : Digital Life Series Part 1


 

We're starting a new series!! You're going to like this. Helping you function online and how to organize our digital lives. It's about apps and how to be more productive using tools online. These are the apps that I use and the foundational apps that I start my clients on.

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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.

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.

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


 

 

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.

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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

image of tips for downsizing from Spark Organizing of Orlando, FL

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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