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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:

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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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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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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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Worth * It Wednesday

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

Below is a menu of services with prices to bring you Less Stress to your life.

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Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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5 Accountability Actions To Consider For Getting Closer To Your Goals & Not Give Up On The Entrepreneurial Journey

I want to inspire people.

Accountability (noun): the quality or state of being accountable; especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s own actions

ACCOUNTABILITY Action #1

HAVE A COACH (SHARE THE STRESS)

It’s so true.  A coach provides that accountability, that strategy, those pep-talks, the support that you need to press on and to keep you moving forward and pressing on when you are feeling tired or discouraged.

ACCOUNTABILITY Action #2

HAVE A COMMUNITY (STOP THINKING YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN) I have to own up – this secret is me! It’s something I consciously work on daily being an introvert~

When you know you’re not alone you can always keep going. Not only does having a community raise you up to a new level of responsibility that will help you with consistency and follow-through, but it also provides a network for you to fall back on in moments when your spirits are down or you are tired of staying on that journey of entrepreneurship!

ACCOUNTABILITY Action #3

HAVE PERSPECTIVE (Pop More Corks!)

One of the most overlooked steps of successful accountability coaching is celebration . . . the secret is simple: celebrate more – pop more corks with your tribe – send handwritten cards or letters – celebrate with a small gift (I have most of the rocks my former pre-k students have given me as thank you gifts while spending time outdoors, the sentiment was always the same “Miss Cheryl, this is for you because I Love You”) small teacher celebration moments.

ACCOUNTABILITY Action #4

HAVE YOUR ‘WHY’ NAILED DOWN (YOUR GOALS MATTER MORE THAN YOU KNOW!) This year 2019 I chose a WORD OF THE YEAR – from there I created clarity in knowing the “why” of my goal.

It goes without saying that your goals matter more than you know.People who are able to follow through on what they say they are going to do to, who are able to finish what they start, who are people who have a  very clear vision into “why” what they are doing matters to them.

 Clarity can push you forward to take more action, to help you “show up” and follow through more consistently and to dig-deep to find the courage to step outside of your comfort zone in order to reach your dreams.

ACCOUNTABILITY Action #5

HAVE CONSISTENCY TO WHAT YOU DO (You work it girl . . . everyday!)

We make our goals harder than they need to be. The truth is reaching a goal is less about doing big, drastic changes and more about doing small, daily tasks, taking ‘baby steps’ along the way. You don’t need to know all of the steps you need to take, you just need to take one step a day, every day, going towards what matters to you. Decide two things and you will have results: 1. Decide to be consistent, and 2. Decide to always show up. When you’re committed to consistency it doesn’t matter what people think about how and what you’re doing – it just matters that you show up and keep pressing forward.

It can be different for you this year. It has to be different for you, because this is your year if you decide it to be. But you need to prepare for the stumbling-stones that are going to be on your journey.  You need to anticipate the challenges, and you can do that by making sure you have the right coach and a community of your tribe on your side.

I have a solution that might help you:

Get a coach (Cheryl – CCHome Concierge Company-CCHC).

Get a community (CCHC Tribe).

Get consistent (CCHC Offers / Services).

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Lemon Butter Sauce over Vegetable Pasta

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One morning about 3 years ago I am watching my favorite morning team WFSB channel 3, you know the one with the “Crazy but Caring” Scot Haney. The Journalist on the desk (Kim Lucy) started talking about what was coming up on the food section of the morning show. Then she shared how she or her husband suffered from food allergies and has to watch every bit of everything that goes into mouth (like myself), then she told the story of  how her and her husband found this little gadget The Veggitti-Made Pasta Spiral Slicer for making vegetable pasta. I was so excited about all the options I could make with this little tool! No longer the same boring vegetables laying on a plate – A PILE OF PASTA SOUNDS SO MUCH MORE APPETIZING . . .  doesn’t it? who cares that it’s vegetables – ITS PASTA PEOPLE. My friends out there suffering with food allergies knows exactly what I’m talking about. My husband the Chef of the family has come up with many simple but appealing recipes that I will be sharing in my LIVING GLUTEN FREE EBOOK.

Below is one of my favorite recipe I Re-Created with my “little Veggitti”:

Ingredients:

1 LB Veggitti-Made Vegetable Pasta

4 TBSP Butter

¼ Cup Finely Minced Parsley

1 TSP of Sweet Basil

I Whole Lemon

1 Red Pepper – seeded & sliced thin (optional)

Sea Salt & Pepper – to taste

 

Directions:

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add your favorite *Veggitti-Made Vegetable Pasta* and red pepper (optional) and cook for a few minutes to your desired consistency. Add the juice & zest of half of lemon. Salt and pepper to taste and mix thoroughly. Once you have everything on a platter squeeze the other half of lemon on pasta. . . Enjoy!

 

Add-Ins: (Optionals to make different meals)

Ground Turkey

Steak bite-size

Olives

Shreddred Cheeses

Chick Peas

Carrots

Salmon

Walnuts

Pine Nuts

Many More Options . . . . .

** Order your Veggitti Pasta maker below**

Veggetti Pasta Spiral Slicer

 

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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