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I Wish I Could Be Lazy

Its a new month. We are entering a new season. The laziness of summer is over. Actually I’m never lazy. My summer was jammed packed. I should be a bit more lazy. I wish I could be a lazy. I’ve had to learn to work less and take more time for me. SELF care!

This labor day weekend has been a mix of labor and non labor. On Saturday, I worked all morning, took the whole afternoon off and spent it with family and then went back to work in the evening. It worked for me . As I wake up on Sunday, I don’t feel overworked or tired and I got stuff done AND relaxed!

I am a Professional Organizer and it has come in handy for MY life. I have systems in place that allow me to do all the things I do for work and creative AND be able to just be in my garden for hours. I invite everyone to find ways to make their lives run smoother. I don’t believe in true balance but I do believe in balancing.

It may take some time to organize your time and find your groove. There is no one size fits all. You have to find what’s best for you! This month I will blog about different ways to find your way to time managing YOUR life!

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2019 in Organizing

 

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The Myth of Using THAT Box Later

DON’T save the box that your appliances and electronics come in!

YOU will NOT use it later!

You will not pack it back up in the box when you move 100 years later.

It will not bring more value to your items if you decide to sell it later. (Unboxed, new looking items do that.)

Chances are the appliance will ware out and then you won’t need the box.

You can cut off any important info ON the box and put in a file or ziplock bag labelled what it’s for.

Keeping the boxes takes up valuable real estate for something else or for space!

I will make only ONE exception- IF you have the room, break down the box so that you can slide it somewhere to store it. WHen you breakdown the box, less space is used. BUT that’s only if you have the space. If not then this becomes a problem too. I still think you won’t use it!

 

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2019 in Organizing

 

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Sort Out Saturday: REALLY Try This!!!

I am inviting each and every one of you reading this blog post to do this one thing!

Go to your closet and pick two things you haven’t worn in over 6 months and wear them the next day! 

Of course make sure they are weather appropriate lol I’m not saying wear a winter coat in hot summer.

Just do that!!

If you are bold, do that everyday this week…..

 

Lets rotate those clothes and use them. Also it lets you know what you have in your closet!

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2019 in Organizing

 

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Guest Blogger Suzie Wilson: Four Easy Habits to Keep Your Home Tidy

Cleanliness, Maid, Maintains, Cleaning, Household

 

It is not an overstatement to say that a clean home is a happy one. Unfortunately, life can get in the way of having a tidy house. Keeping your residence free of clutter and mess doesn’t have to be time-consuming, however. Maintaining a routine of easy tidiness habits can really add up to create a relaxing home environment.

 

Simplify Cleaning

Cleaning your home can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Try to make cleaning your home a regular habit, such as daily quick sweeping and taking out the trash. Make vacuuming and mopping a weekly task. Choose specific rooms to focus on each day. This process of elimination can make cleaning your home more manageable. It will be important to give particular attention to areas that are easily overlooked. Get in those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, including behind appliances, and clean baseboards and the inside of cabinets. If you have a large family, do laundry daily, or a couple of days a week if you live alone. This might sound intensive, but it can keep your dirty clothes pile from accumulating and give you a healthy supply of clean clothes. Not seeing clothing piles or dust and debris everywhere can go a long way to helping you relax.

 

Tidy As You Go

Little things accumulate: dishes to be washed, garments piled high, toys to be put away. It adds up and can make cleaning feel onerous. One way to reduce the list of stuff to do is by addressing issues in the moment. Tidy your bed after you get up, load the dishwasher after you have eaten, and put clothes in a basket when you get home. If you are wearing a coat, put it in the closet. Ensure that spills are immediately dealt with, and wipe down surfaces with an antibacterial wipe after using sinks or counters. Even filing important documents once they have been read can go a long way to keeping a house tidy. It’s a simple approach that can quickly become instinctual. The less you have to deal with, the more you will be able to relax and not have to worry about growing cleaning duties.

 

Utilize Specific Storage

If tidying as you go is to be fully effective, you will need ample storage. Fortunately, anything can act as storage, be it cupboards, hangers, baskets, and even mason jars. Storage is the perfect way to declutter and keep your home organized and less oppressive. Designate areas for specific groups, such as mason jars for pens and pencils, baskets for laundry, and a drawer for miscellaneous items or things that are candidates to be discarded or given away. Make it a habit to use specified storage daily by taking ten minutes or so to look for out-of-place items. This approach will ensure items do not accumulate, leaving your home feeling more spacious and clean, as well as making the process of decluttering smoother and less stressful.

 

Organize Chores

One of the best ways to keep on top of chores is a schedule. Fill it in with tasks you would like to see done, perhaps in specific areas. This easy habit can help cleaning appear less daunting and give incentive to get things done. You could use a schedule to aid in the delegation of chores to family members. Convincing children to get involved might sound like a thankless task, but it can have rewards. Start off small, such as reminding your kids to put their toys and plates away after they are finished with them. A schedule can really help your little habits add up, minimize the stress of cleaning, and keep your home ticking smoothly.

 

A clean home is a great place to be after a long day. Use storage effectively, tidy as you go, and organize the process of cleaning so that it doesn’t become overwhelming or stressful. With these simple tidiness habits, you can ensure your home is a place where you can relax without chores hanging over your head.

 

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Super Organizer Saturday: Teaching At Michaels

So I taught my first class at Michaels. Yes Michaels the Arts and crafts store. I didn’t know this, but they have a classroom in most of their stores. They offer all kinds of classes from hobbies to cake decoratings to picture framing.

I am a Michaels member and get emails all the time from them. I happened to open an email about looking for arts and crafts teachers. You would be an independent contractor and they go through a process and then decide if they want to bring you onboard. You are not an employee of Michaels. (No discounts on their items, dang it) But you come in with your brand and branding and supplies and set up and do your class.

I did my first on at the Michaels in Hawthorne, CA , south of LA proper. The room is off in a wierd corner by a hallway but once you go in , it s a nice size. You can have up to 12 people. They have tables and chairs and a sink and desk and i could do a powerpoint presentation too. They have a cabinet with some supplies you could you use too. It was nice . The air conditioning was on lol. I liked it.

I just submitted for my next dates. I will post here when the next one is. I wouldn’t mind going back to that location but I can’t wait to go to another location and see if all the classrooms are similar. If you are in the LA area, sign up and join it! We have fun and you learn tips and go home with products!!

 

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Super Question Of The Day: Are OCD and Being Organized the Same?

First of the all the answer is strong NO!!!!!!!!

OCD is a condition and an impediment to your mental health. While being organized is a learned behavior that helps your mental health!

I’ll give you the definition of OCD as defined by the mayoclinic.org

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) features a pattern of unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress.

You may try to ignore or stop your obsessions, but that only increases your distress and anxiety. Ultimately, you feel driven to perform compulsive acts to try to ease your stress. Despite efforts to ignore or get rid of bothersome thoughts or urges, they keep coming back. This leads to more ritualistic behavior — the vicious cycle of OCD.

OCD often centers around certain themes — for example, a fear of getting contaminated by germs. To ease your contamination fears, you may compulsively wash your hands until they’re sore and chapped.

If you have OCD, you may be ashamed and embarrassed about the condition, but treatment can be effective.

People will lightly say “I have OCD” or “wouldnt I have to have OCD to be so organized” or “are you OCD?” 

They are two very different things. Simply being organized is a way of life and state of being. You can learn and implement systems that will work for you not against in your everyday life!

If you think you have OCD, please get help. There are people who can help you! If you want to get organized or thought you couldnt get organized before, YOU can get organized!! There are people who can help you!! 

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2019 in Organizing

 

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The Facebook Live Chats Return!!

It’s been a year since I did my last FB Live chat and many of you who follow me know that I have a difficult year.

But I am back! And so are the chats! Ask The Super Organizer! I will be starting these again! Ask me anything Organization and time management related..AND IT”S FREE! 

So LIKE my page https://www.facebook.com/thesuperorganizer/ 

Then you will be notified when I come on OR you can check the page! 

I am doing my first one this Saturday June 1st at noonPST/3pmEST! Join me!! 

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Organizing