Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Getting Organized Is Your Worst Enemy: 4 Ways To Defeat It.





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Imagine that you enter your home and everything is in it's place. All clothes are washed and put away. Beds are made and with perfectly pressed sheets and smells of crisp linens fill the environment. Everything looks clean and pristine. All items are neatly in their place. No dust can be found anywhere. This is a home that you definitely want to come home to.

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But....

What happens when you go home every evening? Are there clothes on the floor, or thrown over a chair? Are you tripping over shoes and toys as you walk in a room? Has the staircase become a collection of last weeks clothes?

 Look around and ask yourself the following questions:

How do all the rooms in your home look?

What feeling do you get when you arrive home?


How does your room, bathroom, hallway, or dining room smell like?



What sounds do you here as you walk through the house?





As you look around, you feel stress, anxiety, and an overwhelming feeling that you cannot do this. Instead of tackling the issue today, you decide to deal with the disorganization another day. Soon that day moves to another day, then another, and another.

If this sounds like how you feel, then read on. We understand the frustrations of having to go to work, come home, cook dinner, and stare at a home that needs CPR - fast.

Here are 4 ways that you can easily defeat that mess and get that well organized home today.

1. Start with one room - (your gathering place.)



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2. Pick one item that is overwhelming. If that is clothes or papers start with that.


3. Pick up and separate all of the clothes into categories and put in it's respective space. (keep, laundry, purge, donate) 


4. Once every item (clothing) has been sorted and put away, start the process all over again.

Soon, you would have begun cleaning and organizing your space.


I understand that knowing where to start can be a challenge. Taking the necessary steps to get organized is the victory. Not taking any action, results in your space remaining the same. So, take a baby step towards your organization goals. Download the "My Organization Plan" to help get you on your way.    

XOXO,
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

10 Things To Toss in 2019

1. Old clothes that either don't fit or has to many holes in them.

2. Shoes with holes that you can feel the ground beneath you.

3. Socks with holes or have lost their elastic.   

















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4. underwear from yester year. If the elastic is gone  it must move on! 



5. Shirts with armpit stains or ones that you no longer find useful to wear.



6. Belts that are cracked, broken at the end, and no longer hook. 


7. Handbags or wallets where the leather or material has faded or starts to fuse together.


8. Old makeup- why keep it?


9.  Matted hairbrushes and combs that you would not lend to a family member or friend.

10. Undershirts that have unstylish holes - toss it!!!


These are a short list of things that you can purge to start getting yourself organized. 

Check out my Free "10 Things to Toss List" in the printables section. I have added a bonus at the end! 


Ask yourself these questions if you have trouble getting rid of your things:


Does the item serve a purpose?

Does the item contribute to my overall well being?

If it does not contribute to my joy, or wellbeing, why am I holding onto it?


Let The Tossing Begin! 

Don't feel intimidated by what others are doing. Your are in a lane of your own, so always remember,  You Got This!!!


Be well,

Suzie 


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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

6 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Cleaning Routine Faster





Cleaning the bathroom can be faster than you think.  You can wake up to a relaxing refreshing environment that takes your breath away- not in a bad way.  By following these quick steps, clutter and dirt will be a thing of the past and cleaning will be swift.

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1. Choose a day and time that you will clean the bathroom(s).

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2. Have all of your cleaning supplies and tools handy. A cleaning caddy with several inserts for items such as scrub brushes, gloves, sponges, and trash bags cuts down on your cleaning time. 



3. Start with the most daunting tasks -the tub, and toilet including the base with a disinfectant cleaner.  


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4. Work your way to the sink and counter. Be sure to clear away all visible clutter and place them in a permanent home. 

5. Clean the mirror, sweep the floor, and takeout the trash. 



6. Final step is to mop or steam clean the floor on the way out of the bathroom.  
                                                                                                             
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These six steps will help to save time on your routine and make cleaning a breeze. I  understand that knowing where to begin is frustrating.  I have provided a weekly bathroom cleaning routine printable to help get you started. The printable provides examples and a check list. Take advantage of this free resource to jump start your cleaning routine to avoid unsanitary conditions. 

Be well,

Suzie


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bathroom Closet 2.0 - The Next Step


Bathroom Closet 2.0  - The Next Step !

By
Suzie



Did you know that when your bathroom closet is organized you can increase the time that you get ready for work. 

According to Benjamin Franklin, "for every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned." That's some serious time! 

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Imagine when you get up and have a shower, fresh towels are available, soap is just an arms length away, all of your razors, and hair accessories are where you can find them, and even your deodorant hasn't walked away, nor is the cap missing from the top! 



                                                                               

This is truly the way to live. With an organized closet, success is bound to happen. But, what happens when the closet is filled with clutter. The struggle is definitely real when your trying to find what your looking for and it's getting close to the time that you have to leave for work. 

Once you finally get in the shower, what do you feel when you reach for your towel?  - air. Your towel is missing off of the rack and no one is available to hand you another one. 

This was my dilemma before I took the needed time to get my life in order. See the video on how I organized my bathroom closet.




The steps below propelled the bathroom closet from bake to cake in less than 90 minutes. 

1. Take everything out of the closet.   

2. Separate each item by category.

3. Purge items that are expired, empty, or not usable.

4. Clean inside the closet from top to bottom.

5. Measure the shelves and floor for excess product storage containers. 


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6. If storage containers are not desires, map out where you would like to place your items.

7. Do a dry run and see how the space will look with your items/ storage containers.

8. Label your shelves and/or storage systems.
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9. Place your items in the designated space. 

10. Choose a day in the week that you will go through the items in the closet to purge and maintain the space. 

With these steps, you are now ready to take on the bathroom closet organization challenge. I understand the frustration with a disorganized space and have provided additional resources to help jump start your organization projects. 

For additional assistance download the My Organization Plan, and the Goal Planner printables. With these tools, you can start organizing with confidence. Transform your bathroom closet from ughhhh to YESSSSS!, in just a small amount of time. 

Since the 2019 year is rapidly approaching, don't waste momentum. Download these tools today, watch the video, and obtain the products listed in this post to help you get the beautifully organized bathroom closet you deserve. 


XOXO,
Suzie


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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

How To Get Dressed In The Dark?

How To Get Dressed In the Dark

By
Suzanne Roberts Lukowsky (Suzie)

Everyone desires to come home to a well organized and beautiful place. But what triggers stress the moment you turn the key and enter home?, piles of stuff that need to be removed.

"There is not enough time in the day",  "I don't know where to start", or "this is just to overwhelming for me to deal with right now!" are several concerns that I have heard when the desire to start an organization project occurs.

Many will begin a project and never get around to finish it because they look for other things around the house to do.  Those projects gets started along with everything else.  Soon enough there's pockets of unfinished tasks that are halfway completed. If you have experienced this, your not alone!

Well,  where do you start?

Recently, I worked on a set of dresser drawers that needed tidying up.  There were tee shirts, undershirts, and underwear mixed together in no particular order. The owner wanted to learn how to fold and organize his clothes, so that he could spend less time in the morning fumbling around the room while looking for things to wear as his wife was sleeping.
                                              
His job had early morning hours. Several times a week his work schedule started at 3:00am. He wanted a system that would allow him to get dressed in the dark and in lesser time than usual.

Initially,  when he attempted to tidy up, stress and anxiety came over him. This made him want to forget the whole thing and just wing it. After several failed attempts, he was frustrated.  So, he called me in to assist.

The strategy was simple. He just needed guidance on these tips listed below.
  • Select and view the space for the intended purpose.
  • Clear the contents out and purge items that are of no use
  • Measure the space, and purchase the necessary items to complete the task
  • Install the product, fold and neatly put away clothes. 


     


This sounds easy, but these are simplified steps to get you started.

First the drawer order was decided based on the way he got dressed in the morning; underwear first, undershirt second, socks third, shirt fourth and pants last.  One of the products I used in the drawers were adjustable drawer divider from MDesign . The dividers were sturdy and easy to install.  I found it quite helpful to neatly separate the clothing and the owner found it useful as well.  Next, for his vast collection of socks, functional drawer organizers were the best fit to keep things neat and uniform.


                                                          

Now that the project is complete, there was a breathe of relief.  The initial feelings of anxiety and stress have been alleviated and replaced by a sense of peace and accomplishment. The early morning fusses turned into gentle kisses to his wife's forehead as he exited their bedroom for the workday.


You too can have a story like this. Everyone deserves a chance at having a well organized and beautiful space.  We understand that starting a tidying project can be stressful and overwhelming.  Look no further, we are here to help.

With our system,  you can be organized in just a few steps and with our weekly maintenance plan you can stay organized.

To receive one on one assistance and unlimited email access to our professional organizer, contact us for a consultation to receive an initial assessment. If you are not in one of our service areas, start with the steps listed above, purchase the items posted and contact us for assistance.                                          

                                                                    

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Why Clutter is Making You Poor!

Why Clutter is Making You Poor?
By 
Suzanne Roberts Lukowsky  "Suzie"



Have you ever felt frustrated or overwhelmed by pockets of clutter in your home? Do you wonder why your not saving as much as you would like to?

Image yourself saving money for a relaxing vacation where there is clear blue water to match the skies, and warm salty breeze that brushes your cheeks as you close your eyes and deeply inhale. You tilt your head back and absorb the scenery and the thought of life back home seems like a distant memory. Now look at your environment.  What do you see?

Looking around, do you see clutter or disorganization? Does clutter haunt you day in and day out? Examine your savings. What is your savings telling you?  

If your finances are in trouble, then you may want to consider these common reasons why clutter is making you poor.  


Research indicates that clutter comes in several forms. Clutter can be piles of clothes, papers, or other material, or electronic items. Look at the picture above. It has an eclectic blend of different types of items on the floor which forms the cluttered space. 

But, what happens when it starts to affect your finances? 

Here are a list of four (4) common reasons why clutter is making you poor.
 

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1. Purchasing duplicate items. 

When the place is messy and disorganized, it becomes harder to locate items. For instance, if there are clothes that are in walkways, or entrances to doors it becomes a hazard. Items scattered on the floor, across furniture, or tucked away in closets are harder to keep track of. Thus resulting in the purchase of duplicate items. Going back to the 80/20 Rule, a person wears approximately 20% of their clothes 75-80% of the time.

If you have a cluttered closet that is HELL to get into, you may be experiencing this... You may have to lean from the door to reach over the mess and get a dress, shirt, pants, or skirt from the rack. Or, you may have to wedge your way in between your clothing just to get one piece out. It may be unknown to you, that several duplicate items may be in your closet. However, your not alone. I too had a cluttered closet and found out that I had several duplicate shoes, boots, and other pieces of clothing. The duplicate items cost me an additional $857 total, which I could have invested into something else. This was hurtful and disappointing, but I didn't know what to do. So I enlisted help to get me organized and stay on track of my closet.  (Tips listed below)

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2. Accrual of Late Fees

Most bills arrive just before the 1st day of the month. This is when rent, mortgage, and other utility bills are due. What happens if you cannot find your bills. They are either thrown in a corner, or pile somewhere in your room. Maybe you pile them together and throw them up in the air and pay the one's that land on the bed. But, did you know that paying your bills late results in additional stress and not to mention late fees. According to Mainstreet 2014  approximately 56 million Americans do not pay bills on time. This not only impacts your credit score, but also other aspects of your finances.

Leaving piles of bills doesn't help. Staying abreast of bills when they come in will help you to stay on track of due dates. A financial advisor can also help if you are too far behind.

With assistance, the amounting late fees can be reduced. A mail center in a centralized location that includes a space for pens, file folders, and other tools are a great way to stay on top of your bills.  Utilize a mail station either daily or weekly to pay bills and is a simple way to keep organized.  

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3. Missed Messages

Emails, emails, emails. There are so many emails that come to our inboxes daily. Believe it or not, checking and purging emails often is essential, and can avoid you from losing out on money generating messages.

When I was completing my degree, I was offered an interview to an agency that I had been dreaming to work with for over 10 years. The job was triple the income that I was making at the time. It was the perfect job for me. When I initially applied, I had communicated in the application that I wanted to be contacted via email. Unknown to me, I received an email about an interview. However, I checked the message, including spam emails, four months later. I had forgotten about the request I made and therefore, missed out on a great opportunity. After going through 4,026 emails I could have screamed, but I had to take 100% responsibility for my actions, or lack thereof.

So, review, and purge.

4. Purchase of Storage Units

According to the Self Storage Association (2017) there was a small increase of .44% from a 2013 survey. Over 11 million or 1 out of 10 households rent a self storage unit. The demand has grown significantly for millennials who are making increasing home improvements. However,  according to the data, baby boomers are still ahead.

Storage units costs anywhere from less than $20 per month to over $100. With extras this could add up to over $1200 per year. The are pros and con's to having a storage unit are it's great use for moving, home staging, or for persons who need somewhere to place consistently used items.

But, what happens if you have too much stuff?

What if your family, spouse, significant other, or friends pressure you to move all of your items if you have things that take over your room or house?

Most opt to acquire a storage unit. An individual may want to hold onto items for as long as they can. If more items are purchased, then what? You outgrow the storage space and require a bigger one. Which means more money is spent on rental fees.  If this is not in the budget, then going through each item is required. (See tip below)

Professional services may be needed in some situations.

Remember - Not taking action can result in the loss of more money that could be saved or invested. You have worked too hard for it all to be thrown away! 


What's Next? 
1. Talk with a financial advisor about how you can develop a budget.
2. Go through every item and purge the ones that are no longer of use.
3. Separate, donate and/or consign items that can be of good use to someone else.
4. Measure (if needed) and purchase products that will help streamline your space.
5. Start today and contact us to book a consultation to become the best version of you.


Becoming organized means that you will have control over your space, and the amount of money you spend on products, which means more money in your pocket! Contact us today to get started!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

How To Clean Up & Clean Out For The Holidays

          The holidays are just around the corner. The smells of cinnamon scented pine cones fill the air and the sales of holiday décor fill the stores bringing a certain joy to our hearts. With the holidays closely on its way, the anxiety of cleaning up may be on your mind. As the days get closer, the thought of all the necessary tasks that you have to do starts piling up.

Well, here are 10 steps to help get your home in tip top shape for the holidays.

1. Start with the room that you and all of your guests will see when they arrive. Examine the room and all of the details that need to be taken cared of.  Note that the reason for cleaning up and cleaning out is to ignite joy this holiday season and spend time with the ones you love.

2. Write down everything that that needs to be done in one day. You would be surprised how many things you can accomplish in a day with a well prepared list.

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Doing what you need to accomplish in one day will allow you to focus on one room at a time. This is a special event organization and cleaning. The depth of your organization is more for staging your home at this.

Things tend to get messy after guests arrive, presents are opened, or dinner has been eaten, so don't get discouraged. Maintaining organization and cleanliness will take effort everyday to keep things tidy. It will also require certain systems to be in place long-term. Short-term fixes can turn into long-term goals if strategically planned, but for now, lets get the place in order.

3.  Start with the visible clutter. What in the room is the focal point ie .. couch or chair Is it clean? What is on the floor? Ask yourself, do I need this item if it's laying on the floor? If not, discard it or donate it.

4. Next, work on removing and putting away all the items on chairs, beds, the floor, or other pieces of furniture. Find a home for all the items and remember, if you don't use it, or don't need them,  discard or donate the items.

5.  Thoroughly wipe down, dust, or fix-up the room starting with the focal point, and work your way to less visible spaces. (But we always know that one person who comes over can spot a single dust bunny in the smallest corner of a room.)

6. Vacuum, and if you have carpet, give the carpet or area rugs a good cleaning with a home carpet cleaner, or hire a professional who can get the job done while you take care of other items. I use a dual rug and floor cleaner that has different floor attachments to save time and is light weight.


7. When all is removed, hauled away and dusted, it's time to decorate. Choose one color, but no more than two to utilize in your space. This will be your theme color(s).

A key elements to decorating are the numbers 1, 3, 5, and 7.  These represent the number of accent pieces that highlight the beauty of a piece of furniture. In small spaces 1 or 3 accent pieces are great to show off an item, and don't make the area look cluttered. ie a small tray with two objects sitting in the tray.  

8. Put out your favorite holiday candy or treats. Your guests will be delighted and feel welcomed in your home with this small gesture of kindness.
9.   Gather dishes and flatware to prepare for any dinners, parties or family gatherings (even if they are disposable).

10. Review your list and check off items that have been completed and items that still require attention. Carve out enough time in your day to tend to these items.

*Remember Rome was not built in a single day, so as the days progress, work on one room at a time. Get started now by preparing your list of to do's. By taking action you can accomplish your list in record time!


Thank you so much for your time. Please subscribe and share this post with your friends and relatives. Post a comment to let me know what you will be working on this holiday season?

Stay fabulous,
Suzie 💋


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