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Feeling Overwhelmed? Ask for Help!

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Each new season has its own unique characteristics. Spring is a time of rebirth, of new beginnings; with seemingly endless possibilities. For us, who live on the east coast, Spring evokes a yearning for a fresh start after the long winter season. Many of us look forward to starting new projects, be it around our homes, or in our personal or work lives.

Sometimes we are faced with a project that feels daunting to us, just too large to tackle. Even though we know how to accomplish the task, we occasionally realize that the job will be much easier if we enlist the help of a professional. 

We each have our strengths and weaknesses. Some things come easy to us, like organizing for me, while others things can be more of a struggle. Many of my clients enlist my services, because they feel overwhelmed by the scope of their project, which I in turn am eager and excited to tackle.

So when I was faced, with what felt like the daunting task (to me anyway) of redesigning my out-dated website, I opted to ask a professional designer to give me a hand.  

 Over the past couple of months we have slowly created a new version of my website. I got the help I needed to keep from feeling overwhelmed, had I tackled it all on my own. Now that the bulk of the work is done, I will be able to administer the site in the future without further assistance. Like my clients have often stated…money well spent for peace of mind.

So just in time for Spring we are now ready to launch a fresher, more up-dated version of OrganizingbyYve.com , which I am excited to share with you.

 

 

 

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15 Minute Spice Rack Makeover

Thought I’d share a short little story…

It started out so innocently…all I wanted is to find the cilantro in my spice cabinet! Honestly though, this has happened quite often in the past…must be a professional affliction!

Five minutes later I had the entire spice organizer on my kitchen counter. Great time to purge…it’s been far too long!

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This is what happens when an organizer can’t find a spice. 🙂

Another five minutes later I had found several spices that were much older than I dare to admit. Off to the recycling bin with them.

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Now everything is organized, as it should be. As I am replacing my spices I am trying to stay with the same  size format.

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Love how little projects like this make me feel! 🙂

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Are New Year’s goals just lofty dreams?

Even an entire year later…still good advice to follow.

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It’s amazing how many e-mails I’ve received in just the past couple of days, with tips on how to (finally) get organized. I know that this is not unusual for this time of year, when all ads and articles aim to improve our lives in the upcoming 365 days (and beyond).

January is actually a really good time to set new goals for ourselves, with a fresh start to the year and the craziness of the Holidays behind us. Many of these goals however, will never be met. Why? My personal belief is that we often set too lofty of a goal, one that is almost unattainable, or at least not one that can be attained in the time frame we have in mind.

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It makes me think of a something a friend recently said to me: “We have these unrealistic images in our heads of what the “perfect” home…

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Are New Year’s goals just lofty dreams?

It’s amazing how many e-mails I’ve received in just the past couple of days, with tips on how to (finally) get organized. I know that this is not unusual for this time of year, when all ads and articles aim to improve our lives in the upcoming 365 days (and beyond).

January is actually a really good time to set new goals for ourselves, with a fresh start to the year and the craziness of the Holidays behind us. Many of these goals however, will never be met. Why? My personal belief is that we often set too lofty of a goal, one that is almost unattainable, or at least not one that can be attained in the time frame we have in mind.

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It makes me think of a something a friend recently said to me: “We have these unrealistic images in our heads of what the “perfect” home or “perfect” body should look like. Such as choosing the image of a supermodel in her bikini as your goal. You start by working out and dieting as much as you can, but never feel quite satisfied with the results, because deep down in your heart you believe that you will probably never look like her. So you throw in the towel and think – why even try?” The problem with the picture of these “perfect” bodies is that this is what those models do 24/7. It’s their job to look like that. They don’t have another job like you and me and can concentrate on nothing but diet and exercise!

Same thing happens with other areas of our lives, such as the ever-present challenge to finally get better organized. We think that our homes should look like the images we see in magazines, which are unrealistic as well. These are pictures – no one actually lives in these spaces. Yes, we can have beautifully organized and decorated homes, but need to realize that there will always be maintenance and messes along the way. So let’s forget about those images and work on creating OUR best version of ourselves.

So how do we break that cycle of starting out and giving up? For me the answer is to go ahead and set your goals high, but make them realistic. First, you will have your large goal – the BIG PICTURE – in mind. Next you will need to break that goal into smaller, realistic and attainable goals. Let’s say that your overall goal for the coming year IS to finally get your entire home organized. That’s great! Start by making a plan of every area that needs to be addressed and listing them in order of importance. Number 1 should be an area that is causing you the greatest anxiety and would simplify your routine the most, then list the rest in order of importance.

If that first goal ends up being lofty in itself, you may need to break it down even further into smaller work sessions to avoid losing momentum or getting discouraged. Set realistic time goals as well – as I have said so many times before – things did not get this way over night, chances are it took months or even years. So don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get the project done in a day or two! Most importantly – find someone to help you stay on track, like a friend or a family member. It’s great to have an accountability partner to check in with once in a while, or even to lend a helping hand.

Not sure how to tackle the job or how to get started? The internet is a great resource for almost any project you want to tackle. If you still feel that you are in over your head, or just need someone to give you a little push start, try going to http://www.napo.net and search for a professional organizer near you.

Please feel free to leave your comments or questions below.

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6 Tips to do now that will help you get organized for next Christmas

I know this may sound crazy, but right now is really a great time to plan for next year’s Christmas. By following a few of these tips you can take some of the stress out of your holiday season.

1. If you like the way your decorations turned out this year, take a picture and create a folder on your computer labeled “Christmas ideas/info”. Or if you prefer, you could print a copy of the picture and store it with your decorations. Next year you will be able to recreate it without any problem. When you get ready to take down your decorations be sure to store each section together in plastic storage totes, combining smaller pieces in zippered bags. Be sure to label the outside of the tote, so you will know which room or area of the house the decorations belong in.

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2. Before storing your ornaments and other decorations be sure to discard or donate any items that are worn or broken. Were there any pieces left in your storage boxes that you did not use this year? Don’t just leave those items in storage, rather ask yourself why you didn’t use them this year. Although reasons vary, it is often due to a change in decorating style or simply because you have too much stuff. Whatever the reasons may be, clear out the old and let someone else enjoy them next year.

3. To extend the life of your ornaments be sure and pack them away carefully in specialty containers or make your own dividers by using cardboard. Wrap fragile pieces in tissue paper to keep them from breaking. Here is a picture of my ornament storage, which I love.

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4. Take time to properly store your Christmas tree lights, garland and ribbons by simply wrapping them around a piece of card board. This will keep you from having to deal with tangled-up messes next year.

5. When you are done wrapping presents this year take a moment to inventory your gift bags, paper, ribbons, gift tags, tape, etc. Make a list of all the items you will need and then take advantage of after Christmas sales to be ready for next year. Avoid picking up items that you already own and rarely use, chances are you will not need them next year either.

6. Look over the Christmas cards you received and make appropriate address changes for next year. If you still send out cards, you may want to grab a few boxes on sale after Christmas. This will give you one less thing to worry about next year.

Whether it’s Christmas time on not, taking a few extra minutes to do things well will always help make life easier.

Think about what causes you the most stress during this time of year. Maybe you will be able to find a few more things that you could do now in order to save you time and frustration next year.

As always please feel free to leave your questions or comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

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Give Thanks by Giving

20141103_175822Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect and give thanks for all that we have, especially since many of us are blessed with so much. In fact, if we were honest, we would probably admit that owning all that “stuff” has at times actually contributed to some stress and feeling of overwhelm in our lives.

Overstuffed closets, cabinets, drawers and storage areas are hard to keep organized and add visual clutter to our homes; which in turn can lead to mental clutter and anxiety. If you currently have a space in your home that is crammed full of stuff you will possibly know what I mean.

So why not take that first step and start a donation bin right now? Think of it this way – you’re doing something good for others, while helping yourself in the process. You will be cutting down on clutter and stress, gaining more space, and you may even start using items more often, now that you will be able to see them.

Since this time of year tends to be very busy, don’t worry if you don’t have enough time to invest into proper organizing. Start doing a “quick purge” by going through your closets, toy rooms, or any other space that may have new items added to it during the holidays.

Drop off the donations to your favorite charity and save the receipt for your 2014 tax deductions. After the holidays are over, take some time to properly reorganize the spaces and create homes for any new items. Who knows, you may even come across a few more donations, now that you are getting to love those uncluttered spaces.

If you enjoyed this blog post you may want to check out Gift giving advice or Storing your season decorations

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