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Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Motivation is Powerful

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It predicts success better than intelligence, ability, or salary.

~ 4 Tips to Stay Motivated  ~

 

  1. Make a Date – Knowing where and when to start is half the battle to finding the motivation to organize.  The next part is actually ‘doing it”. Take a look at your calendar and see if you have some time on your next days off to fit in some organizing.  Pick a day when you don’t have much going on and choose how long you want to spend working on your organizing project (I set a timer). I recommend choosing a time early in the day, because if you wait to organize later in the day, it most likely won’t happen. You have time to think of excuses or putting other projects (that you really like to do) before the organizing project.
  1. The Big Picture – I usually take a photo of my projects, even my own at home. Grab your camera or cell phone and take pictures of what you need to organize. Download it onto your computer and take a look.  Pictures have a wonderful ability to show us things we might miss while we’re standing in the space at the moment. Be objective with yourself when looking at the photo and jot down some notes on what you see:

 

  • Does anything jump out at you?  
  • What do you like about the picture?
  • What don’t you like?

 

This little trick can be super helpful when you’re working on a large-scale project.  When you start to lose that motivation to keep going, pull up the photo or take a new photo of the space to remind yourself of how far you’ve come.  And just think about how amazing that AFTER photo is going to look!

  1. Get Your Groove On – Play your favorite playlist or youtube your favorite get-up and move tunes, or maybe you’re like me at times I prefer a playlist with more soothing music to help get the organizing work under away.  Whatever your preference, make sure it is music that will INSPIRE you to keep focused on the project. I find this really helpful when I get to the purging stage that comes after sorting. You know that point where things are looking so much worse than they did before you started?  That’s when you need those tunes cranking!
  1. Find Your Organizing Mentor – Everyone needs one!  Whether it someone in a group you’re with on Facebook , or someone you know in real life, or find someone who is good at organizing and take some time to have a chit-chat with them. For me, I have one – Julie Morgenstern, I bought her book Organizing from the Inside Out in 1998. I fell in love because she let me know I was not ‘weird’ for loving Order & Tidy!  My mom would tell her friends how “I can walk into a room to get something her and when I left something would have been organized… in just a matter of minutes”. Julie’s book and other resources I have collected over the years are like my “Organization Bibles” – I highlight, make notes, and flag pages. These resources along with magazine photos keeps me motivated to complete my projects . . . Whatever works!

Good luck with your projects – don’t give up, keep the end result in sight!

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Trust Me When I Say – Nobody Wants Your Sh$t (stuff!) Downsize Your Clutter Now

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“In today’s world of tiny houses, capsule wardrobes and consultant Marie Kondo, a lot of people have felt the urge to purge”. More and more of us are deciding to get rid of extra space, and extra stuff, and moving into something cozier and best efficient for our lives.

While several factors are important to us in choosing a home in our later years, which include items like having sidewalks, a nearby grocery store, and relatively short commutes to work, size is also a consideration. I don’t about you, but I don’t want to be taking care of a 2,000 square foot home in my wiser years  – when I’ll most likely have trouble keeping an eye on my shoes!

When you’re newlyweds, eager to start a family, and want extra space for friends and relatives to stay while visiting, a big home fit the bill. But, now your children have their own homes (I hope!) and this big house is now too costly for your life. If you’re an Empty-Nester, now is the time to downsize into a small place.

MANY BABY BOOMERS ARE willing to downsize their home in order to lower their retirement costs. Moving to a less expensive house can simplify your life, to get your expenses under control and help you live out your life in financial security along with Peace of Mind!

Here’s 7 Tips To Downsize & Declutter Your Home

  1. Get motivated. Sometimes you need a reason to downsize. Maybe your son or daughter is moving back home (for a short period of time) and you have to make room, or you’re putting the house on the market in order to move down south. Having a deadline is a powerful motivator to set things in motion. If you don’t have an official move date, then set your own deadline, such as a birthday, anniversary, or the end of the year.
  2. Stop trying to impress everyone. Many people think they have to have the best of everything. But by this point in our lives we should be beyond such trivial comparisons. It’s not what you have in your life that’s important, it’s who and what you have in your life that brings you joy!. The books that sit on your shelves don’t matter as much as the books you’ve actually read. If you really want to impress your friends, display love and interest in what matters to them – instead of showcasing a garage full of junk.
  3. Make a plan. Start making lists and schedules. Come up with a priority-order of things to get done, then delegate who is responsible for what tasks. Who will clean out the garage by what date? Choose the charities that will accept your donations – my favorite is to hold a tag sale to make some extra moola! Determine a strategy for disposing of your household’s old textbooks, magazines, sports equipment, and decide who is going to negotiate with them about what they’re going to take and what they’re going to allow you to dispose of.
  4. Save only what “brings you joy”. Take a positive plan-of-attack. Don’t look at it like you’re getting rid of everything that has no home. Instead, think in terms of saving what’s important and what you will actually use in your new life. If an item doesn’t bring you joy, then let it go to someone else that can appreciate it to its fullest. Your goal is a smaller but more valuable collection of belongings.
  5. Get more decisive. Make decisions about each item. Sometimes decluttering goes in stages. As you proceed through the process, recognize how much energy organizing and disposing of all your stuff takes out of you. You will begin to realize that what seemed like “I can’t live without this” two months ago now just seems like extra stuff. You’ll become more practical, develop a determination to keep your clutter under control. Then, you’ll start moving through your piles more quickly.
  6. Rent a storage unit . . . Not Long Term! Make no mistake, downsizing is a lot of work, and emotional issues may hold you up. If you just can’t find a way to scale down to the level you need, then rent a storage unit and put the overflow in there. Set a deadline for paying the fee; 3 months? A year? Go back and take another look before the deadline. You’ll have fresh eyes and clearer mind to make decisions to complete the job at that point.
  7. Enjoy the new You! The earlier you downsize the better, physically, socially and financially. It’s about giving up something today for something you truly want or need. The payoff is often a fresh start, lower living expenses, less house-related work, a different lifestyle with less stress and more freedom to travel or whatever is most important to you.

Going through a lifetime of possessions may require professional assistance. Not everyone is comfortable, for example, helping people go through family heirlooms. Figure out which pieces family members might want and which to sell, donate or keep. Consider archiving your children’s drawings and photographs digitally. Some opt for an estate sale, garage sale or yard sale, depending on what they have. Whatever you may need help with a Professional Organizer is skilled and educated to help with your declutter & downsize project.

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Make Your Bedroom Good Enough For A Pro

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Who hasn’t admired those perfect cozy beds shown on the full-page spreads of interior design magazines or on the popular interior decorating websites? accessorized to perfection, not a bit of clutter in sight, the room in question is a bedroom – sporting a bed that looks like it comes straight out of a professional designer’s dream. Made neatly enough to win a drill sergeant’s approval (or a Navy Mom like I had), topped with perfectly positioned shams and throw pillows, and finished with a contrasting throw blanket folded just-so at the foot of the bed – these beds look too good to mess up or having your furry kids join you when it’s time to go to sleep!

While your own bedroom might never see the centerfold of a design magazine, there is no reason your bed can’t look just like a PRO – as good as the ones featured on those shiny-glossy magazine pages. But, just maybe pulling the sheets and blankets up somewhat neatly is about as far as you can take it. Making a  bed each day does you good said so well by Naval Admiral William McRaven “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”

Bed Skirt: Yes or No?

Not every bed needs a bed skirt, but if yours is a mattress on top of a foundation with an exposed metal frame, then skirt the bed to conceal the unattractive frame and casters. Plus, when you hide the area underneath your bed, it becomes a great place for storage of out-of-season clothing, sporting goods, or other bulky items.

Get Padded . . .

A mattress topper adds a layer of extra comfort to your bed. It might not show, but you’ll feel the difference at night. To showcase your bed – put another thick comforter on top of the top sheet before you place the main bed cover on bed. It adds height and coziness (a trick nice hotels use).

Sheet It

Smooth, comfortable sheets can make the difference between a good night’s sleep and a night spent trying to get comfortable. Though some PROs might insist you need to iron your sheets before making a truly great-looking bed, that won’t be necessary if you remove them from the dryer as soon as they are dry or either fold them for storage – fold all linen in tri-fold lay onto of each other in order of  1. fitted sheet 2. top sheet 3. pillow cases 4. light extra blanket (if needed) and store into their sets – Twin, Full, Queen, and King, saves space and time not searching for all linen when changing beds.

This is the steps I use for making beds:

  1. Grab your folded set from closet – Start at one of the upper corners of your mattress, and pull the fitted sheet elastic down and over the mattress corner. Now smooth the sheet out, and repeat on the other upper mattress corner. Move to the foot of the bed, and finish pulling the fitted sheet into place, smoothing out all the edges and taking care to cover the entire mattress.
  2. Now it’s time for the flat sheet. Lay it over your mattress (if the sheet has a printed design on one side, then face the printed side down), and spread the sheet out, pulling the upper hem to the top edge of your mattress, and centering the sheet so it drapes evenly over both sides of the bed. Smooth away any creases.
  3. Tuck the bottom of the flat sheet under your mattress, and then move to the side. Grab the corner of the sheet that’s hanging out at the foot of the bed, and fold that corner up until it’s against the side of the mattress. Now tuck in the flat sheet, keeping the folded corner tightly in place to create a neat crease. Repeat on the other side. Do your best to achieve a neat fold at the mattress corners (also called hospital corners), but don’t agonize over it. Leave 12 to 18 inches of flat sheet untucked at the top of the bed.

Blanket Time

If you use a blanket for extra warmth choosing an electric blanket is one option, another is having an extra warm, thick and cozy bedspreads. Spread the sides of the blanket evenly over the mattress, letting the fall over the edges of the bed.

Place Your Pillows

Fluff your sleeping pillows, and prop them against the headboard with the open side of the pillowcases facing the nearest side of the bed. If you use European shams, these come next. Place your regular shams in front of the European shams, then finish off with no more than three throw pillows – generally, a couple of rectangular or square pillows and a rounded bolster look best. Remember that there is no law saying you have to use shams or throw pillows, but if you want your bed to be truly styled with that luxury feel, take the extra few seconds to put pillows in place.

Throw It

For a final perfect touch, fold a throw blanket, thin quilt, or extra blanket, and layer it across the foot of the bed. When staging a home I like to add a tray at the foot of the bed with a book, small dish for jewelry, and a nice journal with pen – simple but effective touch! 

Step Back and Enjoy!

Your bed is perfectly made, it only took a minute or two, and your whole bedroom looks great. Trust me you too can have a bed that looks good enough for a Pro.

Check out the self-making bed video – Would you use this?

 

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Worth * It Wednesday

CC Home Concierge Company is a home organize & clean service driven by a passion for order and beauty. CCHC offers simple, smart solutions to complex organizing problems. We understand how to maximize space and have a keen eye for good design. CCHC’s customized systems create balance and clarity.

Less clutter means more space. Less time searching allows more to be accomplished. Less mess enables you to enjoy more of what you love!

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Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Fast Five Fridays

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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~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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