If a home for sale is unfurnished, its beauty and value are understated to those viewing it. Even if a home buyer's furniture pieces are completely different sizes or styles than those in the home they are viewing, having an easy frame of reference is quite useful to them. Furthermore, buyers can be enticed to buy a home they would be otherwise averted to if the decor brings serenity, joy and interest.
The Chinese art of Feng Shui lays forth . By dividing areas in your home into devoted categories (Love and Relationships, Fame and Recognition, Prosperity, Children and Creativity, Health, Family, Helping People and Travel, Skills and Knowledge), energy will flow through it. In fact, the tranquility is instantly recognizable. When the Bagua maps are utilized, to bring harmony to its occupants, an understanding of how your home influences your lifestyle is recognized.
I-Deal-Lifestyle professional organizers take advantage of these principles to get your house ready to sell. Whether your home is completely empty or a cluttered mess, we will use Feng Shui to turn every room into a selling feature. We will find inexpensive, lightly-used pieces to liven up your living spaces. Or, we can incorporate the neglected decor items already in your home to entice potential buyers. Marla Stone explains that "how you place or re-purpose items clients already own, can change the whole dynamic and look of the property".
Is it important to stage your home prior to putting it on the market? "Yes, and the increase in value is recognized by everyone immediately".
Get a whole home assessment and a whole lot of ideas for increasing the value of your home for sale, or just for you to enjoy and stay!
For professional decorating in Orange County, Los Angeles, or San Diego, contact Marla Stone - (949) 709-7000
"I need to go to the bank." "I need your help." "I need a cup of coffee". Modern language is filled with "I need" statements. In fact, most individuals use this phrase several times per day. But are we describing things we must do? Do our lives unconditionally depend on that diet coke, or did we just want it to stave off the mid-afternoon slump?
What a person actually needs is easily listed on your fingers. Human beings need air, food, water, shelter, sleep, elimination, and sunlight. These seven human necessities are the only things absolutely essential to human survival. When people say they need something separate from this list, they are improperly expressing themselves. Some may dismiss this notion, arguing the phrase has adapted to mean something else - a figure of speech that outgrew its original definition. However, its use could lead to unnoticed, but impactful consequences.
People who regularly tell themselves they need inessential things are confusing their subconscious selves. Deep down, everybody knows what they truly need, and that new rug, new phone, and new car don't fit the bill. One may want these things very much, but when they're expressed as a need, the subconscious mind will respond, "No you don't!", preventing the desire from ever reaching fruition. Regularly declaring you need to do something will cause you to not do it at all!
Luckily, a simple solution for this language exists. Instead of proclaiming what you need, decide what you want and what you will do to get it. Replacing the phrase "I need" with "I will" will help you follow through with your decisions and do what you truly want to.
This approach to needy language is a core principle of I-Deal-Lifestyle's methods of organization. If something is useful, has a purpose, is sentimental, or is simply something you love, it belongs in your home. You don't need any of your possessions, but by identifying what you truly want, you can sensibly decide what you will keep. By employing this decisive language throughout the process of home organization, our clients keep their homes and possessions tidy long after the organizers have left.
For professional organization services in Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego, contact Marla Stone - (949) 709-7000
While capitalism has brought abundance and material security to modern living, it also causes some individuals to over-collect. In fact, many Americans find their precious possessions are filling their homes, leaving them untidy. They are not necessarily "hoarders", but have too many items for them to keep track of or care for. This clutter inevitably causes people to feel unnecessarily stressed and overwhelmed.
The answer to this common predicament is not sending all your stuff straight to the dump. By classifying and properly organizing your possessions, you can have a tidy, beautiful home that exhibits collections instead of just storing them. Having vast collections is respectable as long as they are sufficiently organized.
This task of tidying can be daunting, especially if you're at it alone. I-Deal-Lifestyle professional organizers will help you declutter thoroughly and entirely. No matter how much clutter you have, we will implement an organizational system specifically tailored to your home and possessions. After categorizing every item you own and finding the very best places for them, we will give you the tools and techniques to keep your home in order after we leave. In addition, our expertise in the Chinese art of Feng Shui will revitalize your living spaces and bring you peace of mind. For it is not your possessions that matter, it is the way in which they supplement your life.
For professional organization services in Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego, contact Marla Stone - (949) 709-7000
Hoarding challenges better stated as over-collecting, over-accumulation and churning behaviors create unsafe, unlivable, and often deadly environments for people to live in. It is in the extreme cases that Professional Organizer, that use the I-Deal-Lifestyle Methods, are the best possible avenue for having a safe and sound environment occur.
The beginning I-Deal-Lifestyle methods, for severe, chronic or mild cases are the same. The first I-Deal-Lifestyle methods involve, clearing the entire contents out of the existing space, then organizing all belongings into categories. Every single object in the home ends up with like objects. Yet in severe cases where there is significant attachment to objects, and strife, and where extreme anxiety would occur, there is NO editing involved.
Editing or going through items, with people who have very little insight and who have no intention of parting with items is NOT a good idea, and will cause harm.
Marla Stone creator of the I-Deal-Method of organizing, explains "the next step for people with high attachment is to keep their categorized items in clear plastic bins by category, out of walk ways, off the furniture, preferably on shelving that can go anywhere a shelf can go". The idea behind that is "when people can see their belongings, clearly, it cuts way back on the churning behaviors, giving that person a break from wondering where everything is, and they are less likely to collect more. The plus is they can keep every little scrap they own, yet it is out of their pathways, they can sit on their couch, entertain and sleep in their beds. It is a safer and more 'normal' lifestyle. Marla realized "it is not our place to tell people what they can and can't keep in their space".
The process of categorizing the entire contents of a space is labor intensive and involves a team of organizers, but when the owners see the beauty of categorizing all their belongings, they "get it". It is not rocket science to get someone organized when there is a great plan, and some muscle. Having people stay organized long-term is where it gets tricky. Marla has linked staying organized with changing your language.
Marla also discovered that just clearing the space, organizing the home, having it cleaned and then having items containerized by category is "as far as some folks can go". She explains, "the trend now is to live with extreme organization and minimal stuff that brings you "joy", but the majority of people, in the world, still will not part with their stuff even if it is not loved, sentimental, purposeful and or useful". So to accommodate her clients she goes with what makes them comfortable, yet safe and protected.
Marla Stone, owner of I-Deal-Lifestyle, has developed a method involving changing your language, understanding a criteria for what stays near and far in our space, and an understanding of what a person will or won't do after the organizers have completed the project. Marla explains "the first step is changing your language to eliminate the word need in conjunction with objects, knowing whether the objects are used, purposeful, sentimental and or loved, and then assessing whether the person has the desire, will or determination to keep up the organized space". She calls her method the
I-Deal-Lifestyle tm Method. This method has helped 1000's of people get and remain organized long-term.
Long Term Clutter Challenges Cured with New Language by Marla Stone, Professional Organizer Southern California
Our language, I believe whole heartedly is the key to our disorganized behaviors. How is language linked to behavior you may ask? The answer is quite simple. We, as humans are part computer. Whatever comes out of your mouth is the input into the computer of your driver, which in psychological terms is the subconscious process. The subconscious part of us processes our verbalization and actually puts into motion our behavior. We are not very complicated human beings until you get to spirit, soul, God, or whatever you believe brought us here in the first place, evolution, spark, being or whatever you may want to call it. It is the intangible part that is more complicated. Other than that we are flesh, emotion and brain. The brain is where language comes from, and what we speak is the code to create behavior.
When someone uses improper language sentences the brain accepts it immediately. The message arrives also immediately to the subconscious or driver part of our brain, and our being as well, and those parts either accept what we say or it rejects what we say, good or bad.
So there are three key language challenges occurring on a regular basis which is confusing the driver part of us, freezing our will to the very core of ourselves, creating severe procrastination, follow-through challenges, diminished motivation and a sense of futility for reaching goals and dreams.
1. Confusion between need phrases such as a "I need", "I have to", "I must" and "I gotta" versus "I want" and "I will".
We use "I need" phrases so frequently and for things that are not necessity so much that we believe everything is a need. Need actually means necessity - air, food, water, sleep, shelter, elimination and sunlight, the 7 essential things that keep us alive. Everything else is a "want" or "don't want", a "will" or a "won't.
We start most sentences with "I need" or "I have to" or "I must" or "I gotta". In a matter of a 10 minute conversation we say, on average, 10 "I Need" statements. We have eliminated, altogether, "I will" phrases or even "I want" phrases. "I'm going to" is also a "will" statement.
Need phrases cause extreme pressure on our emotional bodies, creating frenzied and overwhelmed feelings. Need phrases also cause humans to NOT focus or fulfill actual needs of improved breathing, nutrition, fluid intake, dressing properly, living clutter and dust free, eliminating bowels and urinary tract regularly and healthily and we are vitamin D deprived according to doctors across the world.
2. We use indecisive language every two to three sentences. "I tried" or "i'll try" being the most used indecisive statements. Other indecisive statements most common now are "kinda", "sorta", "if", "but", "when", "probably". "maybe", "soon", "I'll think about it", "we'll see", "someday", "sometime", "most likely", "should", and "could".
We use indecisive language because we have not realized whether we want to do something, or not, or whether we want something or not. We, as humans, are not well thought out beings. We rarely know what we value in life until we slow down and think about our true purpose, dreams and goals.
Indecisive language causes confusion about what we truly value in life, our goals not being fulfilled, incomplete projects, wear and tear on the emotional body, decreased motivation and procrastination.
3. We do not use adjectives or "feeling words" any longer. We say "I feel like" or "I feel that" followed by a thought. We are afraid to share feelings and disguise our feelings as thoughts. We are afraid to actually say what we know or even what we think and disguise it as a feeling, but without the actual feeling.
This lack of identifying and naming feelings, or saying what we know or think has created a very robotic type of human, going through life without lots of opinions but no actual solid belief system that we voice. We also are extremely disconnected from human feelings. Feelings are like nature. Feelings do not stop coming but we negate them by not naming and processing the feelings, we simply form an opinion about who we believe caused them. It is a form of not owning feelings. It is a form of not recognizing where the feeling first originated.
Change your language and change your behavior patterns from being chronically disorganized to being chronically organized. Call 949-709-7000 for a free language coaching session and to learn more about I-Deal-Lifestyle's proprietary methods for getting and staying organized long-term.
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Update Your Orange County Home with an I-Deal-Lifestyle Uplift Professional Organizer Service by Marla Stone
Home, house, condo, apartment, bungalow, townhouse, studio or office building, home office, your kitchen, garage, kid's room, living rooms, craft room, sewing room or whatever room or space you dwell in we organize it to the bone for you. Orange County Professional Organizers - www.i-deal-lifestyle.com gets the job done quickly and efficiently. We love to de-clutter your space so that you can live as if you are in the nicest hotel suite of your life.
The inner you craves a "Design on the Dime" approach to getting your home up to speed with the "in" colors, look and appeal. Your furniture, accessories and lighting in the home may be just a bit blah, blah, blah and so why not get a lifestyle lift and have your home decluttered, categorized and decorated. Decorating, interior design, furniture placement, new furniture does not have to be expensive. Check out www.orangecountydecorators.com for inexpensive home and or office uplifts. Decor and More for Less helps find pieces you love while off-loading pieces you don't love anymore. They give your home new fresh color, not with expensive paint but inexpensive pillows and decor. The home or office space will take on a whole new look and design sometimes by just moving furniture around, re-purposing items you already own, getting some throw pillows and colorful decor pieces. Voila a whole new look and space for under $1000.00. The doldrums will set in when your space is dull. Your taste generally changes every 8-10 years so what you look around and see may not even reflect the new you.
Understanding what you love is easy by going on https://images.google.com and typing in living room, bedroom, children's room, organized garage, kitchen, laundry room, home office, office etc.. Find the photos that you LOVE, not just what you say hmmm to. The images that you love will jump up and take your breath away.
Clutter is the first thing to go in the space, and I don't mean out the door. I-Deal-Lifestyle Organizers help you organize the clutter into categories first, then you look through your stuff to determine what will be kept, then the items you don't want can go to charity, become gifts, or sold. Next all the kept items get contained and then we find homes for your categories. Simple and fast organizing takes a strong method. I-Deal-Lifestyle has created a method that works long term so you will remain organized all on your own.
After the clutter is contained we look at your sad decor and help you re-decorate using items you have and then when we realize you could lose or use some of the furniture / knick knacks we make suggestions to create an extremely attractive space for you, family, friends and or roommates.
We love taking on small or grand spaces. We use the same theories and methods with all of our clients to help y0u get clear on whether you have had "enough of your stuff".
Marla Stone, Professional Organizer, Decor and Feng Shui Specialist, Author, Educator, Lifestyle Coach
www.i-deal-lifestyle.com offers Residential / Corporate Design, Organization, Education
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Get Through Your Stuff Now!
Well, you made it through all the holiday season including Easter. The holidays of 2016 represented a special time in most people’s hearts this year. It seems more then ever it was a time to rejoice over family, simple pleasures like a good recipe, and felt more heartfelt then it has been in years. Discussions in many of the homes I visited ranged from increase of income, more jobs, newer homes, boats, cars or pockets full of money to going back to school, re-educating, re-building and re-thinking the years gone by and most of all elections for a new president / vice president. What you may have realized more then ever is family, friends, beautiful sunsets, and the love of a favorite pet are truly what is important in life. The simple pleasures in life have become more meaningful then ever during the background of increased population, warfare, and politics galore.
As usual I have been going over to the Rancho Santa Margarita library to donate books I buy from the library bookstore and or thrift stores. I love green book shopping. Once in a while, though, at the library’s little book store I find books that are no longer published. Seeking comfort, in profound thoughts of social and economic issues, and books on health, after the holiday gorge, I found three books that were really fascinating! The first book “Man’s Quest for Significance” by Lewis Way, 1948 suggests that “The richer our community becomes, the harder we all seem to work; the harder we work, the more we dream of a leisure society. It is the paradox of our time…” The second book “The Return of Courage” by Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber, 1988 stated “Freedom is like money: there is no sense in having it in our possession unless we either invest it or spend it”. He also suggests that desire for objects, homes, new clothes and golf clubs etc… is a good thing in that it will encourage joy in our way of living, and that it is important to enjoy your life! The third book I read by Gaylord Hauser “Be Healthy Be Happy”, also written in the 1940’s promotes that our health brings on the most happiness in life. There is a quote in the forward by Herophilus, physician of Alexandria that really struck me as relevant even today in 2016. Herophilus, the good doctor, stated that “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied”. After I read all that old stuff I thought wow it still applies to today. I asked myself, are times really that different then days gone by, are we really different then people all the way back to ancient times? Probably not!
People of all times and ages have always liked to love, have freedom, eat good food, be healthy, happy, feel whole, trade and shop. There has always been times to save and times to spend. The key in all three books was that balance, taking care of yourself, and knowing what is important to you, as an individual, seems to lead to a more happy and exciting life.
So what is exciting around Coto? I saw a bald eagle, and two baby eagles this past year across the street from my house, you can always go down to the stables and talk to a horse, or watch a polo match. The people, although sometimes busy and moving fast with kids or dogs in tow, are usually friendly and interesting, whether they belong to the Golf and Racquet Club, the old Coto Valley club or no club. We have some of the best restaurants in South OC, and the weather, despite loads of free rain, sideways rain (positive thinking), will keep us green through next summer.
Marla Stone is a Life Consultant specializing in relationships, parenting, transitions and having an ideal lifestyle. Marla owns www.i-deal-lifestyle.com a Professional Home and Business Organizing company.
Knowing what you love in design is key to understanding yourself, what pleases your brain and what will be comfortable for at least 8-10 years. Design and decorating can be expensive if you are not a green shopper or your designer does not use green shopping options like craigslist, estate sales and consignment. You can even find great finds on Facebook now. Green and gently used options are the greatest decor options trending now. Orange County Decorator's Decor and More for Less, www.orangecountydecorators.com a division of www.i-deal-lifestyle.com tells you how to get your love look on the cheap.
Southern California's ever changing interior design trends are currently switching over to a more transitional approach for decorating a business and residence properties. Incorporating modern elements and accessories with ornate antique pieces, painted in a matt finish, is an up and coming trend in the retail store styles of home furnishings and decor. With simple touches of the old and new combined it helps create a unified look for both old and new generations to enjoy. The goal when renovating or redecorating a home is to create an appealing space with a new and universal look. Designers and stylist have found that there are plenty of new ways to incorporate the past with the present, but doing it with a splash of innovative creativity is the key. Renovated public malls, restaurants, hotels, and large chain home furnishing retail stores are the best places to look for design inspiration. Recently on a trip to Harrods Department store in London Marla Stone, owner of www.i-deal-lifestyle was amazed at the unique and lovely designs room by room, floor by floor.
Just know this, you know what you like and what you do not like. Just stick with that kid!
Most people make the biggest mistake, in decorating, by saying that your furniture is completely out of date if you bought it 20+ years ago. Looking around on ads on craigslist you will see that there is a lot of potential in the custom handcrafted furniture. By adding a coat of new paint or creating a faux rustic finish to an antique heirloom can save you $1000's on the in-store retail prices of today. With I-Deal-Lifestyle we provide you with the option to recreate a functional space with green design and the proper decor touches for an organized living space.
I-deal-lifestyle's design approach to Feng Shui principles helps you with the furniture placement aspect of designing a room by creating a proper circulation pattern. Meaning that if the room "just doesn't feel right" or your find yourself constantly walking around a table or couch on a daily basis it probably means that your room is not setup properly. The scale of home furnishings is another dilemma that most new home owners find when they are either downsizing their home or simply buying a house that is too large for their recent small scale furnishings. Knowing what items you own and the condition of each piece of furniture are vital to the decision making process for planning a design in a new or old space. It is also an investment when you are planning on refurbishing a specific piece that may or may not have been kept in the greatest condition. Simple things like "Do the drawers open?", "Is the fabric stained?", "Are the cushions still comfortable?" are the three basic questions that will cover the basis of knowing what to keep if any functional piece of furniture you own.
When determining the use of a piece of decor that simply serves the aesthetic purpose of sitting on a table or hanging on a wall it tends to be the more sentimental items that homeowners often have a more difficult time making decisions whether to donate or keep. All you have to do to figure out if it is truly an item worth keeping is first "DO YOU LOVE IT?" If yes it is an accessory that will play a vital role in determining the colors scheme and style that you want your new space to be designed around. Finding that one piece that you love can tell any designer or decorator a lot about your personal interest in what you can see yourself looking at and living around everyday of your life. The biggest misconception in design, for people who are not in creative field, and are more functional and practical based people, is that they say they have no objectivity when it comes to design. This is completely NOT TRUE! By keeping the above basic concepts in mind, for determining your taste, in what items your should keep and donate, you will be able to find your ideal style today.
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Living in Southern California has been my life since I was born. I am a native Southern Californian. I have lived all over Southern California. I started in Hollywood, then West Covina, San Marino, Arcadia, Altadena, Pasadena, Humboldt, Glendale, Eagle Rock, Malibu, Simi Valley, Redondo Beach, Torrance, but finally ended up in Orange County, Irvine and Coto De Caza. I love everything about being a Californian except the cluttered roads, over-population and the hectic lifestyle. I sometimes feel overwhelmed as if I am on a continuous, not so merry, merry-go-round. But being a Professional Organizer lends to being organized and that skill helps me in every way, every day.
Getting the lifestyle you want can happen anywhere and anytime you choose to figure out first of all what you value in life. Hmmmm? What do I value? What makes me tick? In order to have a great life, happy life, wonderful home, good relationships with family and friends, love what you do in life and have some great time just to kick back it takes planning. Knowing what you value in life is key to getting and staying organized. Without life goals, purpose and direction you are a twirling sailboat in the sun getting dizzier by the minute.
I go to people's homes every day, beautiful, manicured properties that overlook the magnificent California views, ocean, mountains, rolling hills and they all have so much accumulation in the drawers, closets, stairways, under the beds, stuffed in hiding places, the garage, the attic, pantries etc... that they cannot even enjoy what they own.
I-Deal-Lifestyle Professional home, house, office, business organizers go into your residence and or business and sort through every nook and cranny until you are completely sorted out, categorized and put away in such a manner that you will always stay and remain organized for life.
We have proprietary method for getting you organized long term. We help you understand categorizing, editing, containing methods that ensure that you remain organized once your system is set up.
We first do a thorough assessment of the property, suggesting clear and detailed ideas about how to place furniture so you will have a better flow in your home or business. We discuss what kind of furniture and or storage options will create more space for you. We talk about why we, as a society, have chronic disorganization and how to create chronic organization habits. We listen to all your ideas and give you solutions to your challenges quickly, efficiently and confidentially.
We manage every aspect of getting your home organized and you will see the beauty of our methods immediately.
I-Deal-Lifestyle home and business organizers are busy people who love to put everything in its place and in order for you to find everything you love, cherish, and adore. We help you understand the difference between "need" and "want". We help you find homes for all your precious belongings, and most of all we teach you what we know about staying organized and neat daily, weekly, monthly and for life.
Call 949-709-7000 for a free 30 minute phone consultation.
Marla Stone is the owner / operator of I-Deal-Lifestyle
Located in Irvine, Venice Beach, San Clemente, San Diego and San Francisco
Marla Stone earned her BA in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work and is the founder of I-Deal-Lifestyle, a Self and Space Organization Service.