Posted in Clean and Organize, Clutter, Decisions

Making Intentional Decisions

In 1995, I found myself recleaning the same clutter in clients’ homes. I decided to ask a few clients that I was close to if I could apply my C – O – R + method in their homes.

I had “absolutely” from everyone. I sat with them explaining that while cleaning their homes, I had noticed that I can no longer fit one more bottle of cleaning products under the kitchen sink or fit one more pair of shoes into the hallway closet.

I explained my C – O- R + method: the acronyms stand for CLEAN – ORGANIZE – REDESIGN + so much more. I told them that I was noticing clutter in spaces where I kept recleaning and tidying up each week. I explained together we could come up with systems that can make the home functional, and efficient with purposeful spaces.  I discussed how from then on when I clean their homes,  I would organize drawers, cabinets, and closets along my path of cleaning. 

When I finished my first home with my new method – it was celebrated by the family giving notes and cards when I arrived at their home the following week. 

The notes mentioned items like Time Saving, Saving money at the grocery store because of no more overbuying, and finding paperwork for school or work easier, getting out of the door on time in the mornings.

After leaving that home with cards and notes in hand, I decided to make an intentional decision for my business that the Clean – Organize – Redesign method will become the foundation of my cleaning company.

I found a niche in the then-saturated cleaning business. It has served clients well over the last 27 years, In 1999 I brought the method into commercial cleaning, which lead to helping out small doctors’, and lawyers’ offices get organized and be more efficient businesses.

This new business foundation solved a problem for my clients, it fit the 3 priorities I found to make the final decision to interweave this method into my business. 

I would leave my clients homework when they were having a hard time making those decisions, here is the homework I would leave them: 

1-minute blueprint for making difficult decisions

  • What is the problem that needs to be solved? (declutter clients’ homes)
  • Identify your top priorities for having the problem solved  (keep it to 3) (save client time, save labor, extra$)
  • List them in the order of importance  (save client time, save labor, extra$)
  • Write the 3 priorities in their order, and post them where they’re visible

The next time they had to make a difficult decision, they could evaluate their options through what they learned is most important to them.

Below is a 10/10 sheet, ten spaces, ten minutes – these are spaces where you’re going to see quick visuals of organizing, it helps to keep you motivated for your next challenge.

Peace & Harmony

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Posted in Closet Organization, Clutter, Coaching

Are You A Person “Stuck”?

Do I need a coach?

The human body and brain are extraordinarily strong. They can withstand more physical and mental pain than you could envision.

So, you have this naturally given survivor mechanism where you will always find a way and remedy but, no solution without external help.

We are often trapped in our own behavior patterns with unconscious approaches that have our lives running on autopilot. 

To unveil new habits, ideas, and inspiration – a lifestyle coach can be valuable.

How do I know if coaching is right for me?

There are different views, perspectives, and outlooks and so are various coaching styles. If you’re struggling with a situation and finding it hard to have peace with that situation – ask yourself “is it the situation or the way I view the situation?” Simply asking yourself to look internally for thought, to be open to what could be, shows that coaching might be a good fit for you.

Am I worth the cost?

Making an investment in yourself and shifting your mindset will give you more benefits, along with insight than you can imagine.

*How much would you pay to create Peace of Mind?

*What are you willing to do to create a lifestyle that generates a feeling of love and support while spending time with what is most important to you?

*How much would it be worth to live in spaces that are functional, purposeful, and stylish?

There are so many advantages and opportunities for growth in weekly hands-on organizational coaching sessions, homework, worksheets, tools & resources, live workshops, and events like Mindful Walks, Wine & Redesign to name a few – along with a customized journey down the pathways to your new lifestyle.

A resourceful lifestyle coach will bring results much quicker, with less suffering towards your long-desired goals.

Are you ready to invest in yourself?

Peace ♥ Harmony

Posted in cleaning, Clutter, Decisions

Is Your Child Worth The Investment?

Sneak Peek . . . .

ClutterBug to Clean 

    Coaching Package For Kids

After 20+ years of organizing countless homes and working with hundreds of clients from around the country and world, I’ve discovered an undeniable fact: Organization is not a skill you’re born with . . .

Here’s what your child will learn . . . 

First, they’re not a clutterbug, they just organize differently.

Discover your unique organizing style and how to redesign your space to stay organized for a long time.

Find out what motivates your UNIQUE style and how to overcome procrastination (putting things off) indecision (hard to decide) and fear of letting go of your stuff.

Download the many free printables to help get jumpstart your journey on a path from clutter-bug to clean. (coming soon)

Let’s take a walk down the 3 passages – let me tell you how the coaching works

Enable Passage – I walk alongside empowering your child with the exact proven strategy to begin the hard work of decluttering and clearing.

Encourage Passage- With every Decision made, your child becomes more invested to continue the process and see it through. They’ll become a ‘Decision Hero’.  I will encourage your children to make decisions about their space & clutter.

 Empower Passage- By coaching your child organizational skills at an early age, we can help them develop resilience, self-confidence, and self-leadership skills so they can handle the up and downs of growing up.

Here is just a small peek at our NEW coaching program . . . for kids. The launch of this program will be at the end of August 2022.

Check me out here: Envision-Designs

Peace ♥ Harmony

Posted in Clutter, Declutter, Uncategorized

What Clutter Hot-Spot Gives You Anxiety?

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~Today We Will Declutter The Basement~

Here are the (4) Steps that I’m using to declutter my basement, we are in the process of putting our home on the market. We have lived in the home for 30 years this past December. We have had more good memories than bad in this house, it has been our sanctuary during tough financial times, illnesses, deaths. It has been a great home for us and those you have entered its doors – it will make a great home for a new family, I hope they have good memories just as we have had living here.

The 4 Steps that I use to get me started on ANY decluttering project – no matter how big or how small the area, it’s the same process:

  1. What’s Trash?The first box will be your designated trash dump. Any items you want to get rid of that aren’t worth donating or selling go here. Pro tip: to save yourself a step, go ahead and use ForceFlex Garbage Bags instead of a box so you can take your trash straight to the curb after cleaning up. And don’t forget to recycle items whenever possible!
  2. What to Giveaway or Sell? Second, designate a box for items that are still in OK condition, but that your household could do without — like old books or toys, for example. Whether you want to give these things away to family/friends, donate them to charity, or sell them in a yard sale to make a little extra money is totally up to you. Stay tuned these coming weeks I will have an article about selling your items online.
  3. What will go in Storage? The third box is for things that you can’t or doesn’t want to get rid of, but that you aren’t in need of on a day-to-day basis (think things like seasonal decorations). It’s also a good idea to make an inventory of items that you’re putting in storage as you go — that way, you won’t be left wondering what exactly is taking up space in your garage or attic down the line. 
  4. What is going to be put away? Lastly, have a box ready to place any items that need to be kept in your house, but relocated to their proper place. If you want to get really organized, you can have a few smaller boxes — one each for places like your bathroom, kitchen, or bedrooms — and sort misplaced items into their “homes” to save yourself the hassle later. 

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Peace Harmony & Happy decluttering!

XO Cheryl

 

Posted in Clutter, Files, Labels, paper management, Systems

The 3 Filing Phobias

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The 3-Fs

Besides the millions of excuses, there are three fears people have when it comes to files and piles of paperwork. I call these fears “The 3-Fs”.

  • Find a Name . . . for that baby! – If you don’t know what that piece of paper or that pile of paperwork is called it will be difficult to make a DECISION about the papers.
  • Flew The Coop!– People are so afraid to toss paper, for heaven sake you should DISCARD anything you may need one day or your son’s daughter may want Aunt Ida’s calendar from the store where they shopped at when her grandfather was young – before it closed . . .  in . . . 1950!
  • Fading Away! – This third one haunts many – if I file that paper in there it will DISAPPEAR forever never to be seen from again. Do . . . Do . . . Do . . .

Five Easy Steps To An Organized File System

  1. Categorize your files – Simple: Active or Inactive
  2. Write out a filing system on a piece of paper (Headings/Subheads)
  3. Physically set-up your file system – have all supplies on hand to prevent from stopping and starting the project. (upcoming post)
  4. Put the finishing touches on the system – label files, drawers, bins, closet shelves or container. (Prepare a file chart if others will be using file system)
  5. Maintain your system with a weekly routine (example: set a routing to have filing done by Friday afternoons).

3 Questions To Ask

  1. When is it used? How many times a day, a week, a month, a year do you handle it?
  2. What is it? Under what category does it belong?
  3. Where should it go? Near your desk? In storage? In a filing cabinet? Which drawer? The trash?

 

Happy filing!

XO Cheryl

Contact me to schedule a complimentary consultation today! I can help set up a file system in the home office or workplace (860)961.6824/ cchomeconcierge@gmail.com

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Posted in aging in place, Clutter, Declutter, Estate Sales, home sellers, Home Stager, Legacy, Letting Go, Senior Concierge

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Make sure you get that Moola from all your hard work!

Happy Profits! XO Cheryl

 

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Posted in Clean and Organize, Clutter, Family, Home Concierge, Worth it

Fast~Five Friday!

Happy Friday!

We made it through the week – How’s your intention-of-the-day working for you? Are you getting closer to your goals?

If decluttering and downsizing your home or office is on your goal list, here are 5 of my favorite tips to help bring clarity to your life. Once you have less clutter to deal with, you begin to see your surroundings with more clearness!

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Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Posted in cleaning, Clutter, Home Concierge, Home organizing, office organization, Southeastern Region of CT, women business owners

Being Organized is Being in Control

don't panic organize

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

Would you like to get organized? If you’d like to contact me to learn how a Home Concierge / Organizer can help you organize your home or office – Call me: (860)961.6824 or Email me: cchomeconcierge@gmail.com.

Posted in cleaning, Clutter, office cleaning, Professional Organizer, southeastern ct, women business owners, workplace

Clean It Up! Being Productive in The Office Starts With Cleaning and Organization

Okay, you can’t hire a Terry Tate to bring up productivity in your office, but you can hire a Cleaning & Organizing Service to bring efficiency and purpose to each area of your business.

What’s your biggest obstacle to productivity at work? For some people it’s the constant dings of smart phone notifications and emails; for others it’s distracting interruptions from co-workers. But for a lot of employees, the one thing that stands in the way of efficiency is simply not being able quickly find what they need to complete a task.

Being disorganized costs you time and money, people can spend hours looking for things in their office and on their computer, that they could be spending on work that’s making money for the business. Here are 10 Productivity Tips you can use at your office:

Productivity Tips

SOURCE: http://www.thecollegeprepster.com

Your office should be the cure to workplace stress – Not the cause

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Posted in Clutter, Energy, Home, Home Concierge, Letting Go, Professional Organizer, Renewal, southeastern ct

How To Create a Home That is BEING

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Our homes are mirrors of ourselves. They reflect our importance, our character, or indecision, our spirit and our desires. Our homes tell a story about how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. A home is more than just a place to lay your head and seek comfort from the elements. Your home IS A BEING, it’s the essential nature of how we combine our spirit and soul to attract energy or drive away energy.

Everything is Energy – if your home is full of clutter it is driving away good energy. Your home is not separate from you, it is an evolving Being of you, and the home members. Learning to bond with your living spaces can contribute to creating a life that is balanced and in harmony with the positive energy of all that surrounds you.

Here is the process I have used for the last 20 years to help clients sort through their clutter and bring back the positive energy into their space, and find the Being of the home. As you are going through each zone (areas) of the home – Pick up each object, make a decision of Trash, Keep or Recycle box. There are going to be items that will need to be transported to others zones, they need to be placed inside the Transit box. At the end of sorting in that zone, take the transit box and relocate the items to the decided zones. If any of these areas are already full because you haven’t cleared the clutter yet – leave the items in the Transit box until you complete those zones.

Decide now that everything that takes up the space in your home has to have a valid purpose of Being there. Ask yourself “Does it pass the Clutter-Test?”

The Clutter-Test

Does it lift my energy when I think about it or look at it?

Recognizing whether you feel energized or not is the most reliable part of the clutter test. Your mind will invent all kinds of excuses so that you get to hang on to the stuff, but your body knows the truth and never lies. Trust the feeling in your body!

Do I absolutely love it?

If so, does it inspire me or is it just nice? Do I already have enough of this type of item for my needs? Does it have sad association in my life?

Is it genuinely useful?

If so, when did I actually last use it? (I have a one year rule) When will I realistically use it again?

Is It Safe To Let Go

Repeat to yourself as you sort through your items, “It’s safe to let go“. Clearing clutter is about letting go and trusting the process of life to bring you what you need when you need it. Anything you are keeping for those “just in case” moments, you are keeping out of fear. If you have a lot of clutter, you may need to go through this process several times before you feel ready to ‘let go’ of some things.

In the past, I have had a few clients wanting this process to go quickly – having a hard time making decisions of letting go and getting frustrated with themselves. They would then keep canceling our organizing sessions making it even harder for when we would have to restart the sorting process. I finally would convince them that working in a positive – small – forward motion worked better than consistently restarting the process. I would suggest 2 Organizing Sessions / Per Month for a year. They would be surprised by the compounding effect of getting rid of the clutter at each session, most of the time it would take less than a year to clear clutter from their home.

At the end of the clutter-clearing process, not only will you be able to breathe easier, but your home will have a new life and a new BEING.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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