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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

𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝒻𝓇𝒾𝑒𝓃𝒹𝓁𝓎 𝒪𝓇𝑔𝒶𝓃𝒾𝓏𝑒𝓇

Posted in Declutter, Mind Set, Music

“Keep silent and what you resist will be heard”

Today, I needed music to calm my mind – do some mind decluttering. Have you ever wanted to declutter your mind of negativity and stuff that occupies your thoughts but does not move you forward?

~Have a peaceful weekend~

𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝒻𝓇𝒾𝑒𝓃𝒹𝓁𝓎 𝒪𝓇𝑔𝒶𝓃𝒾𝓏𝑒𝓇!

Posted in Clean and Organize, Declutter, Redesign

If Your Home Could Speak

What would it say? Help me, please with my struggles.

Well, you ended up at the right place for solutions.

𝓛𝒾𝒻𝑒𝓈𝓉𝓎𝓁𝑒 𝒷𝓎 𝒟𝑒𝓈𝒾𝑔𝓃 can save you real chunks of time, money, space, and energy, de-cluttering and organizing will organically show you why being organized matters. If you must break it down, here are only “a few” of the hundreds of ways that becoming organized can and will transform your life.

𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝓗𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝒾𝓃 𝒪𝓇𝒹𝑒𝓇

  • Being organized will reduce the tension and stress in my life. I will feel calmer, clearer, more focused, and more motivated.
  • Being organized will simplify my busy life by allowing me to get things done faster and become more effective at problem-solving. 
  • Being organized will start aligning my world towards my goals and dreams, freeing up my mind and space to focus more on the real priorities in all aspects of my life.
  • Being organized will save me money. I will know exactly where everything is and how much I already have. My valuable earnings can finally be allocated for things that I really need.
  • Being organized and de-cluttering will give me more freedom, time, and energy. I don’t have to get frustrated looking for stuff anymore and I can become more efficient and productive.
  • Being organized will bring me closer to achieving my full potential by increasing my focus and motivation.
  • Being organized and excess-free will eliminate my excuses for not paying enough attention to more important things in life.
  • Being organized and purging will help me move forward, leaving past negative experiences in the past where they belong.
  • Being organized will eliminate my excuses of “not being ready” for that unexpected visit, for pursuing my passions and new opportunities, and for being quick and sharp on my feet. Instead of procrastinating, staying stuck, feeling guilty, wishing, or hoping…​
  • Being organized will allow me to regain control of my life with a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Lifestyle “Other Stuff” In OrdeFrom vehicle interiors to holiday decorations, from shopping to donations!

  • Holiday decorations removal and repacking
  • Organizing vehicle interiors
  • Organizing products and supplies shopping assistance (purchases and returns)
  • Consignment, donation, and recycling activities for tax benefits and convenient disposal
  • Partnerships with charities, animal hospitals, and orphanages for donations.
  • and more…

𝒫𝑒𝒶𝒸𝑒 & 𝓗𝒶𝓇𝓂𝑜𝓃𝓎

If you’re looking for direction beyond this article, my Coaching Pathways Programs could be tailored for you. Book a Complimentary Session today to discuss your circumstances. I look forward to guiding you down the pathways to achieve your clarity of  Passion ~ Power ~ Purpose in your Lifestyle!

Email me: at envisionsdesigns@gmail.com or Call/Text (860)961-6824
Posted in Clutter Coach, Declutter, School Work

Is Your Child A Clutterbug?

I created a NEW Coaching Program for Kids, to help them organize their schoolwork: Homework, Note Taking, and Study Skills to start them on a pathway to being focused and purposeful with their school career while bringing them self-esteem and general wellbeing. (8/2022)

Posted in Clutter Coach, Downsize, Elder Care

Our Lifestyle Organizers specialize in handling the personal, tangible property items during the process of settling an estate, as well as assisting the professionals, individuals, and families involved.

When a client finds us, or an attorney first refers a client to our Lifestyle Organizer, the person has usually just suffered a loss. Not only is this person handling the new, and many times unexpected, issues at hand, but they are doing so while grieving. 

Everything seems harder and much more overwhelming in these circumstances. As a compassionate and experienced professional on your side in a complex and overwhelming process, a Lifestyle Organizer can be the perfect ally.

Peace & Harmony

Posted in Challenge, Decisions, Music of the Soul

I’m Not Into Country . . .

But, damn these beautiful souls just kick in country music’s MFer door! Like I said I’m not into country music but a huge fan of AGT suggested to me that I take a listen to them. These women made an intentional decision to show people who they are, and what their gifts are – those are the decisions that transform your life. I will be watching “Chapel Hart” to see if they get to where they want to be.

I love their energy!

Peace & Harmony

Posted in #soulful, Music Heals, Relaxing

ꗥ❀ 𝐇𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲! ❀ꗥ

If you have never heard of Karen Souza before, you’ll love her in the end!
Have a peaceful weekend . . .

❀ꗥ~ꗥ❀ 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐞 & 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐲 ❀ꗥ~ꗥ❀

Posted in Blessings, Challenge, Self-Worth

Happy Friday!

SORRY FOR THE PREVIOUS VIDEO . . . .

Sit back – listen to the music – do some meditation

If it’s been a rough week for you, whatever obstacles you may have had in your way jot them down in a journal to use them as opportunities not failures.

Have a great weekend!

Peace ♥ Harmony

Posted in Arrangement, Color Therapy, Redesign

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

Placement over Purchase Redesign

Imagination is as valuable as a big budget when it comes to transforming your home. 

Below is a list of how I can help you with your Redesign Project.

Room Redesign:

  1. We start off with a tour of the space/room to be redesigned
  2. We assess the accessories and decor within the space
  3. I prefer “placement over purchase” – it’s going shopping in your own home
  4. We put together a plan of action that can be started immediately
  5. If we need to purchase any items (paint, brushes, etc) we’ll do it before the project gets started
  6. We will start with removing all items from the space
  7. I do a deep clean of the space
  8. We start with our plan of putting items in their new homes
  9. We assess the space to see if it reflects the purpose and style we are achieving for the space
  10. Finalize with finishing touches to make the space your own

What room should you redesign next?

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Grace Notes:

  1. Use what you have decorating is easy and very economical and smart! The biggest thing holding us back is ourselves! We sometimes need to think out of the box a little and be willing to take a chance and learn something new.

     2. First of all it is most important to know which things in your home will look great used in new and fresh ways and which items won’t. This will be different for each of us.

     3. Here’s a rule of thumb from the Pros, the larger the item and the more of a focal point it is the harder it is to use if it is outdated or worn out. If it doesn’t fit into the style you’re after, get rid of it or move it to a new place where it can be centerstage.

     4. Paint is my “magic” of choice when it comes to updating and refreshing decor in my home I want to give a new life to! A chair, clocks, a table, a pillow (yup!), legs of soft furnishings, curtains, buffets, garden stools, mirrors, coat racks, and more! 

   5. How about taking a piece of furniture or an accent from one room to another? I do this a lot! Especially with accent tables and chairs. I did this method with some lamps I have had for a while, my husband commented on the new lamps – I said “no, we have had them for over ten years, they’re just in a new HOME”.

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Spruce up your home for free with these easy redesign ideas.

1. TURN A STOOL INTO A SIDE TABLE. – Repurpose a seat into a handy stand, perfect for pulling up alongside a sofa or easy chair. Try one on its own, or cluster a few (even varied heights work). And remember less is more!

2. CHANGE YOUR CHAIRS. – Matching dining sets can feel humdrum over time. Trade a couple of seats from the kitchen with ones in the dining room.

3. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OPEN SHELVES. – Pull out your pretty pitchers or patterned plates and arrange them to be admired.

4. REARRANGE LAMPS AND SHADES. – Swap a bedside lamp with one from your desk or the living room, or simply switch the shades for a different look.

5. REDO A WHOLE ROOM. – Play around with your furniture configuration—reposition a sofa, rotate a rug, or try dividing the room with an open-backed bookcase or storage unit. 

6. THINK CREATIVELY. – Use a glass jar as a vase, group ottomans as a coffee table, or try a pretty basket to hold a plain planter.

7. RE-STYLE YOUR BOOKSHELF. – Since messy shelves can make an entire room look disorganized, pretty yours up.

9. BRING OUTDOOR FURNISHINGS INSIDE. – Wicker, wrought iron and decorative aluminum furniture can create a garden-, coastal-, beach- or cottage-themed space inside.

10. ARRANGE UNIQUE TABLESCAPES. – Design mini-vignettes on tables, mantels, or buffets with keepsakes, from china to figurines. “There’s no point in keeping interesting items if no one ever sees them.

Redesign is the art of using existing items in a space to give it a fresh, new, designer look generally without having to buy a thing. 

Peace ♥ Harmony

Posted in Declutter, Estate Sales, paper management

Planning For The Time After We Have Passed . . . Brings Peace of Mind! Before

Our Lifestyle Organizers specialize in handling the personal, tangible property items during the process of settling an estate, as well as assisting the professionals, individuals, and families involved.

When a client finds us, or an attorney first refers a client to our Lifestyle Organizer, the person has usually just suffered a loss. Not only is this person handling the new, and many times unexpected, issues at hand, but they are doing so while grieving. 

Everything seems harder and much more overwhelming in these circumstances. As a compassionate and experienced professional on your side in a complex and overwhelming process, a Lifestyle Organizer can be the perfect ally.

Lifestyle Organizers also offer hands-on, practical assistance in corralling the paper clutter that arises during the settling of an estate. 

Our Lifestyle Organizers can assist the clients of estate planners and attorneys by:

​ ☻Help clients find important paperwork that relates to their real estate, finances, wills, powers of attorney, and advance directive

☻Help them locate legal documents like birth, marriage, divorce, and death certificates or social security cards

☻Create an inventory of items that they want to leave behind for loved ones

☻Help them get valuable items appraised

☻Create a filing system to keep papers in order

☻Help them decide what papers can be kept, tossed, or shredded

☻Help them find uncashed checks or cash they’ve misplaced (it happens with almost every client!)

☻Organize their homes overall so that they can attain more peace in their lives

We especially love working with seniors and offer them compassionate, confidential, and affordable assistance that sometimes their own families cannot provide.  

Check me out here: Envision-Designs

The PDF below ↓↓↓ will get you started in organizing your essential paperwork.

Peace ♥ Harmony

#estate #seniors #transitions #probatelawyers