Summer is coming and the kids will be out of school to have some fun, rest and family time. You, on the other hand, will have some free time you don't usually have during the hectic school year. So what do most moms and dads want to do with some of their spare time during summer vacation? Get Organized of course.
Most of the calls I get as a Professional Organizer in Los Angeles and a Professional Organizer in Orange County are from Moms and Dads who have been inundated with school papers, homework, toys, games, books, notebooks, calendars and so much stuff they can't settle down to enjoy the beauty of summer and the leisurely stride they want to achieve. The kids are occupied with fun summer activities, camp, going to visit grandparents or just having a much less hectic schedule. The home and it's contents and perhaps the piles start to become very clear, possibly overwhelming and annoying. Something has to give.
Professional Organizers who specialize in children's rooms, editing clothing, books, games and toys the kids have outgrown, and getting children's toys, and paperwork organized are a special breed. They usually have raised children, and have mastered a system of getting their children's routine, papers, projects, artwork in an organized state, making it so much easier for the following school years. Mom and Dad Professional Organizers helping Mom and Dads usually is the best fit. These same organizers also help teacher's with their classrooms and getting their curriculum in order. Having an Organizer who can relate to your situation and put themselves in your shoes is a bit like being perfectly paired. You will feel understood and able to learn new behaviors, systems and strategies to make life easier, more simple and super functional.
Also what most parents most want to organize during the summer are the garage, closets and home office. When children are flurrying to and from during the school year and parents are so busy with carpools, programs, work and raising children the garage, closets and home offices are usually places where items have ended up piling up. Many single parents also have the challenge of being everything to their children, both Mom and Dad, leaving very little time for their own self care, much less cleaning out a closet.
So having an organized garage and a system to keep it organized, creating organized closets and creative storage solutions for Winter and Fall clothing and a home office which is Feng Shui'd and easily accessible, and organized is key to having solace and ease with your downtime during summer.
You also may want to finally create a new space in your home to accommodate crafts, workshop, sewing projects, reading rooms, contemplation areas, exercise room or just a space in the sun that is uplifting and enjoyable. Professional Organizers can be found in Southern California and across the nation at http://www.organizersnow.com and in Orange County and Los Angeles at http://www.i-deal-lifestyle.com
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Professional Organizers help with Home Organization, Organizing Business and Organizing People. They are great with closet organization, which means giving your closet more space and easier access to the stuff you use regularly. Organizers help with organization ideas, creative methods for pantry organization. Organizers are great space planners, creating better storage solutions, and improved furniture placement. Professional Organizers are super efficient at home office organization and most of all having the best kitchen of all with kitchen organization strategies. Professional Organizers with the NAPO stamp of approval will be someone who is ethical, honest, confidential and non-judgmental. Make sure your organizer is on the NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers)
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Marla Stone, MSW (Retired LCSW), Professional Organizer, Lifestyle Coach, Public Speaker, Décor and Feng Shui Specialist in Irvine, California. She can help you get Organized Now! Call 949-709-7000 for a Free 30 Minute Phone Consultation. She can help via Skype, Phone or in Person. www.i-deal-lifestyle.com
I know, I know....death, morbid subject! Yet death and dying, as we know, is something we think of throughout our lifetime. We ponder what, where, how and why. We also don't plan our death, normally, and sometimes it just comes out of the blue.
A story I heard recently really shook me up and out of denial about getting organized and informing loved ones about usernames, passwords, log-in information, bank accounts, investments, trusts, deeds, policies in the event of sudden death.
Mary was 65 years old. Her husband Bob was in his 80's. Of course, everyone assumed Bob would die first. Well a few weeks ago Mary was in a fatal car accident. After months of grieving Bob settled into a relatively unsettled routine. He started to watch Television, and this was a great coping strategy to keep from crying most moments. One day he was watching his television and it suddenly went out. No TV. He called the cable company and realized he did not have the email or password they asked for to get into Mary's account. He surmised that the company had not been paid and therefore they shut off the cable. Going through his mail confirmed his suspicion. There were notices that the cable would be shut off due to non payment. He became very agitated, and even after explaining the circumstances he could not get the cable company to cooperate with allowing him into the account.
Mary had paid all the bills and she did so on-line. Mary was
very organized and paid everything always on-time, but memorized her usernames and passwords. Bob hired a Professional Organizer to help look through piles of Mary's stuff looking and seeking the magic words, numbers or codes which could help Bob get the bills paid. NOTHING! Bob could not access the bank accounts, the utilities, cable, trash collection, or any on-line accounts Mary had set up. He couldn't even begin to guess what Mary had used for her secret username and passwords. He couldn't get checks associated with her accounts since all accounts were in her name solely. Bob had never been part of keeping up the household and Mary was the sole provider.
Creditors started calling on all the credit card bills and utilities were starting to shut off. It was devastating. Even the mortgage payment could not be paid. The organizer suggested getting an attorney, but even the attorney did not know what to do. Finally the Organizer figured out that getting a death certificate would be the first place to start, in order to show all creditors and utilities and banks that Mary was indeed dead, and that Bob must have permission to close the accounts and set them up in his name. But by the time they were able to accomplish all of that so much damage had been done to Bob's life.
So please keep your passwords to all of your accounts in a book or log and let your loved ones know where it is. Ideally that information would be in a locked place where only you and your family have access. Don't wait another day to share this information and allow everyone you love to know your business! This sharing of personal information will be so helpful in the case of your death!
Call a Professional Organizer to help you set up your business, organize your emails and much, much more!
Marla Stone, MSW (Retired LCSW), Professional Organizer,
Lifestyle Coach, Décor and Feng Shui Specialist
949-709-7000 CALL NOW FOR A FREE 30 MINUTE PHONE CONSULT!
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Get some hoarding help now before you feel hopeless and helpless. The term Hoarder is a negative term. Stating you have a hoarding challenge is a better way to say you are having trouble with hoarding. Get a room organizer to help you. You can work on Closet organization ideas to help get stuff off the floor and surfaces. This will help you have a better more organized way of living. There are so many ways to organize your life. Professional Organizers will help you.
Collecting, Acquiring and Cluttering behaviors take a toll even on people who have very little insight that their stuff is a challenge. For some the piles and piles of things mean comfort, safety or shelter (basic needs). For most family members who have a clutter bug on their hands it can mean misery, worry and aggravation. The various causes of Hoarding Behaviors can be attributed to Dementia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, ADD, Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, Depression, Genetics, Learned Behavior, Anxiety, Neurological Challenges, Child Abuse etc.... It can be a combination of things that create what I call "The Hamster Affect"
Clients who are in what I call "The Hamster Affect" are constantly involved with their stuff. They find stuff, they look for stuff, they can't find their stuff, their stuff gets broken or stolen and they are usually concentrating and worrying about stuff. They have a relationship with stuff like no other. They look through their stuff, think about it, move it around, work on organizing it but usually can't. The fascination and focus on the stuff is obsessive and they usually wind up in a heap of exhaustion. They love and hate their stuff to death. They go round and round and round about their stuff but usually end up going nowhere. The stuff still stays in piles and makes a mess in their space.
What does the stuff really mean to a person with these Hamster like behaviors? Well, everything would have to be symbolized and looked at carefully to really tell its story.
Some Popsicle stick might mean a wonderful day the person shared with an old friend. Collectors tend to attach and personalize to their belongings....but when it all ends up in piles on the floors and surfaces, and the stuff gets broken or ruined, how valuable is it really to that person? Why aren't they protecting their stuff?
So How Do We Protect Our Stuff? Well for starters the person would first want to identify what they truly value in life. Then they could write some goals to fulfill those values. So if you value free time think of 3 specific and behavioral ways you would create more free time. The next step would be to identify what we truly value in our spaces by symbolizing our belongings. Not just seeing objects for their literal purpose, but what it is really saying to us. Does the cracked bowl in the dining room mean "family togetherness" since it was always part of family get-togethers? Or was it literally your mothers and it is sentimental? What does the stuff make you think of and feel? Next would be to identify how objects in our space actually make us feel. It is a process to go through items in a linear and organized fashion or it just becomes STUFF CHAOS!
We can create organizer systems and create closet organization to put away valuable or sentimental objects. You can find hoarding help and you can learn how to organize your life from the Inside Out and the Outside In.
Marla Stone is an Expert at Hoarding, Collecting, Acquiring and Cluttering Challenges. She is a specialist in Home Organization, Organizing Business, Organizing People, Room Organizer, and How to Organize Your Life. She is a Professional Organizer in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego County and can be contacted via Skype for consultations internationally.
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