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.
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.
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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!
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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:
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.
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!
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
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
Many More Options . . . . .
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