Holistic Organizing

To help anyone organize you need to start somewhere. Choose a starting point: one shelf, one desk drawer, that pile of papers on the desktop. Start with the easiest spot first.

Instead of looking at the WHOLE  organizing project, I have found that breaking down the project into smaller parts can be beneficial for some, and look more confusing for others. Years ago after attending a workshop, I started using THEMES with some of my clients that were struggling with getting and staying organized.

How it works with a client that suffers from maybe some level of ADD/ADHD, Chronic Disorganization and/or Hoarders is “a theme is a way of holding a whole together while you take it apart” said by Judith Kolberg. I have an example of a theme I used years ago with a client.

The client was a nurse, going to Med School to become a doctor, had two daughters enrolled at dance school, one daughter in sports, plus the family volunteered. Her family consisted of four daughters ages 3 to 12 years old, and a husband. The client loved the Theme: Nurses Station, we worked together with the family to set-up a nurses station in an area in the dining room. This family was not using the dining room to eat meals, so I thought it would be a great way to get them back to a gathering space.

Here is a sample of the simple area we created:

Communication Center_THEMES

We picked a 2’ x 2’ (approx) area in the corner of the dining room. We hung on the wall a big beautiful calendar (COMMUNICATION CENTER) that the family picked out, under the calendar, I hung a nice sturdy shelf (SUPPORT) to hold highlighters, pens/pencils, post*it notes, etc. Underneath the shelf, we placed a file cabinet (SECRETARY). It had been sitting in the basement filled with Barbie & ken and all their stuff (if you’re wondering, they were evicted – they did not go quietly!). I cleaned up the file cabinet to almost new, placed it under the shelf. The secretary held all the information for each family member (patients). The file cabinet included all the things the family loved to do together; hiking, vacations, volunteer work, all the invitations, save the dates, and anything else to help this family function efficiently, with peace of mind and most importantly FUN! Between the wall and file cabinet on the left hand was a Tote (SUPPORT) for the library, dry cleaning, repairs, consignments, etc. There is one picture missing – I placed a basket on top of the file cabinet for all the mail, instead of throwing on the couch, the stairs, or countertops it has its own home.

“Holistic Organizing is not changing behavior, it just modifies it.” ~ C.C. 

Find your Theme & Have fun!

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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It’s Never Too Late For Fairy Tales

I am not looking

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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How To Organize Your Spring-Clean

Spring makes everything New Again

I love when Spring arrives, I open all the windows in the home to let the sunshine & breeze in and Winter’s dirt & dust out!

My  Deep-Clean Checklist works well for going through the home to check off those areas that take a beating every winter season; entry ways, downstairs & hallway half baths, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and floors.

Now, that you have a plan of action, you need to gather your tools and equipment for the project.

Mine & Martha’s favorite Natural Cleaning Products

“I’m not here to reinvent the wheel – just tweak it!” that’s what I did with 2 of Martha’s recipes. I have been using my own solutions + Martha’s in my home for the last few weeks, I will post the outcomes with the recipes in a future post with pics, along with how to store them properly.

The two resources above will help get you started on your way to breathing fresh air back into the home!

+ bonus resource Six Quick Tips

Happy Clean & Organize~ Cheryl

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Concierge Services: Because trying to “do it all” is really hard…and stressful

Afternoon Ya’ll

Happy Saturday ~ Are you like many people that is too busy to take care of all things that need to get done?

A Concierge can do those things for you to help you check items off your list.

I’m a personal and small business concierge that takes care of:

  • Home & Small Business Organizing

  • Home & Small Business Cleaning

  • Home & Small Office help with errands and tasks

  • Senior Services: Downsizing and all above services

  • And anything else you need done to make life easier for you!

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Enjoy your day!

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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How To Organize Your Life Without Feeling Overwhelmed

Clutter is not just the stuff all around you

Do you sometimes feel like you don’t know how to organize your life?

Most people look at their clutter, feel tired and overwhelmed, and then go back to ignoring it as the piles get larger and larger.

They think let’s ignore it because it has become unmanageable plus it’s an easier choice. As the piles grow, they feel more overwhelmed, more exhausted, more stressed. But for a variety of personal reasons, they choose to ignore it still.

Soon, they pay money to warehouse the clutter somewhere, toss it all without giving it any thought, or live with it because they’ve developed a hoarding situation. Hoarding is a clear case of not making decisions, because it’s too emotional, too hurtful, or you just don’t know where to start.

Most people give up before they begin because organizing their space feels and looks like such a huge job. The trick is to take the overwhelming feeling out of the process. We do that by focusing on taking one step (zone=area of home or office) at a time:

  • Pick a zone to start with, such as closets.
  • Select one item of clothing at a time and choose whether or not you still like, use and need the item in your hand. (I say to myself “have I used this is the past 6 months?)
  • Choose a Home to keep that item and place it there.
  • Repeat these steps with the next zone.

Figure out what’s important to you. Is it your health and well being, happiness, family, work, friends? Awesome! Knowing what’s most important to you is a valuable tool in helping you get and stay motivated to organize your life without feeling overwhelmed.

As always, if you require additional support and guidance, hire a professional you feel comfortable working with. You can contact Cheryl @ CCHC for a free 30 minute consultation to help you get started with your organizational journey.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Fast Five Fridays

healthy lifestyle starts at home

For the next 6 Fridays – I will be sharing with you the various service packages I have created – once you see a solution-package that would be a great fit for your lifestyle and budget contact me for a free consultation. Below is my #1 solution-package:

LET’S START WITH A PLAN PACKAGE – 

Together we will analyze your place and leave you with a plan to reclaim your space, this can be done in 1 hour – with Cheryl / Senior Organizer

So you’ve got some organizational talent yourself,  you just need a little help getting started and staying on track – CCHC got you covered! With this solution-package plan, I’ll meet with you at your place and together we’ll create a plan to help you get your own space organized the way you vision it and create systems and plans to help it stay that way!

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Fast 5 Friday

fast_five_logoA Clean & Tidy space is only a few mini projects away. Here are 5 fast tips for helping you keep your space sparkling and organized.

  1. Dishwasher is not just for dishes: Go around the house and collect the toys, soap dishes, car cup holders, sponges, pet dishes, dish racks. Put them all in the dishwasher and send them through a clean cycle.
  2. Wear The Glove Around The House: I have an extra pair of rubber gloves (label them) that I wear around house to wipe down furniture, pillows, blankets, lamp shades, stuffed animals, baseboards, door trims, small area rugs, and table clothes to get crumbs off.
  3. Gather up your wagon partner: Grab a wagon and wheel around to every room to pick up the belongings that need to be placed back to their home.
  4. Hang Coats: Hang all the coats laying around the house, and straighten up the shoes and boots by your entry door.
  5. Make The Bed: It will be your first task of the day, it will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and then another task. It’s a reminder that the little things do matter.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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