Links to Make Life Easier

Recently, I was talking to a group about organizing and we devoted a few minutes to sharing websites and resources which can make life a little easier.

I was surprised how many attendees had not heard of these sites, which I tend to take for granted.  If by chance they’re new to you too, they’re definitely worth a look.
(With apologies to international readers, many of these are US-only).

Save paper:

Catalog Choice
Catalog Choice
~ Wonderful free service where you join once, and then simply select the catalogs you no longer love to get; they take care of the rest for you.

Yellow Pages Opt Out ~ This is a multi-step process, but well worth doing if endless directories are landing on your doorstep.

Read on for more links…

Does Your Life Need a Defrag?

Excuse me while I get all technical for a moment.

As a computer hard disk nears capacity, it gets fragmented.  That means, it starts to store bits and pieces of your files all over the place.  Each time you want to access something, your computer has to go and retrieve it from various dusty corners and ‘glue’ your information back together again… which takes longer and is less efficient.  Hence, savvy techie types do a periodic defrag of their computers, to get things running more smoothly again.

Ginali Mosaics

Ginali Mosaics, Etsy

Our modern lives are getting so fragmented, that similar things happen in your brain and your home.  The analogy is pretty clear with space and storage: the more full up your house is with stuff, the more likely it is that you have fragments: items of the same type, but stored in many different locations.  (Umbrellas?  Flashlights?  Sun cream, anyone?)  The obvious solution here is to have a good sort out, de-clutter and then put things away, so that like is stored with like.

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The Curse of Being Organized

I love feeling on top of things, calm and prepared.  I love making people feel special by remembering their birthdays and anniversaries.  I love that my bills get paid on time and that I almost always know what’s for dinner. I love the lack of drama in my daily life.  In short, I love being organized.

But there is a downside to all my grown-up planning, analyzing, logic and rational thinking:

I miss out on a lot of cool stuff.

I often feel like other people are having more fun, and I’m not very open to spontaneous opportunities.  I rarely accept same-day social engagements, and yes, I totally tend to “sweat the small stuff”.

Paratrooper Owls, via Etsy

Paratrooper Owls, TrimGoTrix, Etsy

But more worrying for me is the impact on the bigger picture of my life.  I find it hard to follow my instincts, especially when intuition is fighting to be heard above the logical answer to something I’m pondering.  In making sure I am ready and on the right path for tomorrow, today’s roses sit by the wayside, un-sniffed.

If you usually label yourself ‘disorganized’, please take a moment to pat yourself on the back and appreciate the joy, the creativity, the spontaneity, and the chance happenings that you enjoy.  And if you’re more like me, why not take today to lighten up a little and see what serendipity comes your way?

If you would like friendly, confidential Professional Organizing help to turn chaos into calm, contact me to take the first step toward a sorted, stylish space.

Dusty or Disorganized?

Well, apparently, this week was National Spring Cleaning Week.  Too bad I missed it… luckily there’s always next year :)

The truth is, a clean home is not the same as an organized home, and I don’t mind telling you that while I love organizing, I am definitely lacking the same passion for cleaning.  At any given time, my home is never particularly messy, but it has its fair share of cobwebs in corners and slightly streaky windows.  The wonderful thing is, that even with a light layer of dust, tidy spaces still feel cared for and welcoming.  And if you do then find yourself in the mood to clean, an organized home is much easier to deal with: some rooms take as little as half the time to clean, once they’re de-cluttered.  In an average home, that’s a large time saving.

Dishtowels, Anthropologie

So if you’ve had a busy few months and feel that Spring is a great time to bring your home back under control, I’d suggest you clarify first whether your space is more in need of organizing, or cleaning.  If it’s both, for goodness sake, tackle them as separate projects rather than attempting to be Mary Poppins in one afternoon.

Ironing Board Cover: City Chic Country Mouse

And please be wary of any organizing books and websites which devote large amounts of space talking about cleaning schedules, habits and systems.  I strongly believe these are different topics, and you’d be wise to deal with your organizing challenges first, to smooth the way for your cleaning aspirations.

I’m curious: if you could choose between a visit from a team of Professional Cleaners, or a team of Professional Organizers, which would you pick?

If you chose ‘Organizers’ and would like friendly, confidential help to turn chaos into calm, contact me to take the first step. If you chose ‘Cleaners’ – very sorry, you’re on your own…

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