Are you getting tired of not having a place in your home or office, to rest, where there is no clutter in sight? Do you have furniture that is just not you anymore? Is there nowhere to sit or stand without feeling squashed? Are you constantly being told to clean up or get out? Are there deadlines, bills or appointments you keep missing because you can't find the paperwork? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have a cluttering situation which is out of hand. Cluttering and hoarding and saving and acquiring and over-collecting behaviors can keep you busy, occupied and sometimes even happy if the stuff you bring in makes you happy. In the long run though if your getting to the point where the stuff is taking up all your real estate (your space) and you can't even find a comfy and cozy place to sit (relaxation) and your anxiety (health) about where everything is increases by the minute you've probably had enough of your stuff.
Finding a place in the sun for yourself and your space is difficult if your blocking out bad memories, harsh up-bringing, tragedies, losses, poor parental modeling, traumas, divorces, disappointments or anything that just really was sad or upsetting.
When we have difficulty processing past or present upsets bringing material objects to focus on instead can be comforting. When we have broken relationships with family we may seek a broken piece of furniture to fix instead. When we have been abused in the past we may bring in the comfort of fabric, pets or dolls to soothe us. When there has been poor role modeling we may find solace in books, records, antiques and items that may symbolize support. There is always a reason we seek particular items and keep collecting certain things. They usually symbolize what we missed or are missing.
Collecting Dolls as an adult may mean that we missed a portion of our childhood. Of course if you are a Doll Broker then it makes sense that you would make a living from selling the Dolls yet if the Dolls keep piling up, uncared for and strewn about.....what does that mean? Or even if they are stored but there are so many dolls you cannot even move in your home, then....what does that mean?
When we over-collect mystery or science fiction books does it fill an empty, un-fulfilled lifestyle? Are we just not having an exciting enough life? Why so many hundreds of books that we have already read and not enough space to walk around. Are we re-creating the effect of a "Moon Walk" or diving into our own "Sherlock Holmes" episode?
How many shoes, or bags or clothes do we really want to have around us to make us feel prettier? How many pieces of memorabilia do we want to keep even if it is crowding you out of the present you?
What does our stuff mean? Find out what your stuff means by working with a Professional Organizer, Feng Shui Specialist and or a Lifestyle Coach. Go to http://www.OrganizersNow.com to find an organizer in your area NOW or if you reside in Southern California go to http://www.I-Deal-Lifestyle.com
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Professional Organizer Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego
Working with Professional Organizers, without a background in mental health, can be like stepping into quick sand. Orange County's Marla Stone states "You really do not want people who invade your space or with clever filing system that don't work for you. You don't want someone coming in to make things look neat. You want someone that has a system that will work long-term. You want to have closets or pantries that remain organized long-term.
It could be a bad and costly experience for both the Organizer and the Client when things go uncategorized. Also a great organizer will help you understand how to get to the root cause of the chronic disorganization. You want a freeing experience that will last a life-time, otherwise you will end up with a temporary solution to a permanent problem.
Do you wonder about organizing your home? Or how about organizing business your business? Have you thought of ways to organize your life by implementing organizer systems into your drawers, cabinets, garage or closets? Call a Professional Organizer who really knows what to do with all your stuff and who will help you declutter.
I-Deal-Lifestyle is the Premier Orange County Professional Organizing Service located in Irvine, CA, and serving all of Southern California. If you want home organizing ideas you want to talk to Marla Stone, Professional Organizer and start your way to organized Living. She works with individuals, families, couples, empty nesters, kids, students, and small and large businesses. She solves small space challenges and will even reorganize your furniture. people
Organizing your home or business without a Professional Organizer can become tedious and dull. You could do it on your own but getting home organization ideas and home organization tips from Marla's home organization blog http://www.i-deal-lifestyle.com/self--space-blog will be very helpful. Read all the way back to the beginning of her blog to learn insightful tips and ideas for organizing your home and business. Marla travels as far north as Malibu and as far south as San Diego. She travels nationwide and internationally to help people all over the world. Or she can coach you to an organized self via telephone and or skype under ideallifestylenow (email email@example.com). She will also give you a free 30 minute phone consultation. Just call her anytime with questions at 949-709-7000.
Marla is an expert at what causes disorganization, clutter, and hoarding. Her background as a Psychiatric Social Worker helps you not only organize your home but she will help you get to the root of what perpetuates the clutter chaos. "It is one thing to get organized and another to stay organized. Why would you want to put all the effort of going through your stuff, only to re-clutter within months of getting organized". Marla calls this pattern of organizing and then cluttering, organizing and cluttering, "The Hamster Affect". She has a special program to stop this horrible cycle.
Understanding patterns of chronic disorganization and being able to break the patterns permanently is what working with I-Deal-Lifestyle is all about. We are not only here to go through your closets, kitchen drawers, garage or kid's rooms and treat your belongings with the utmost respect, we are there to hear you and help you understand how to remain organized for good.
Marla Stone has created a revolutionary technique to clear out the emotional aspects of disorganization. She states "it is all in the language we use". "We use the word "need" far too much and in the wrong context. Learning what you want or don't want puts things into perspective".
Marla has an intern program as well for budding organizers who want to learn the mental health aspects of organizing.
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I love Orange County. I love being a Professional Organizer in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego. I work from San Diego to Santa Monica, but I live in Orange County. I live in Irvine which is a wonderful, multi-cultural alive and vibrant city. In minutes I am to Newport Coast, Laguna Beach or Huntington Beach, California Coasts most popular and fun places to be. I am a native Southern Californian born in Los Angeles, but summer's in San Clemente are my best memories by far. What is not to love about Orange County? It is clean, has great positive energy, sunny most of the time, has a wonderful Music Center, Theater, great Restaurants and lots and lots of activities. My favorite places are the Mission in San Juan Capistrano, Crystal Cove in Newport Coast, Fashion Island in Newport Beach, The San Clemente Pier, Balboa Island and the Newport Bay. One of the most fun things to do is rent a Duffy boat and cruise around the million dollar homes in the Newport Bay.
Moving to Orange County was one of the best ideas I ever had. It always feels like I am on vacation. It is me living my ideal lifestyle. The only draw back is that my entire family lives in Los Angeles County, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Hancock Park, Studio City and Calabasas. If only they would move to the Big OC, then life would be grand.
Organized Living takes time to develop. You are probably thinking how to Organize Your Life so you start to live your ideal lifestyle. Well not always so simple. Figuring out what you truly value in life, and finding out ways to un-clutter or de-clutter your world and organize your mind so you can reach for the stars takes a plan. Using on-line organizer services can be extremely helpful if you are wanting to get organized on your own. Going onto an Organize your life blog like this one and reading all the articles can be the best place to start learning about organizing tips and how to add-friendly ways to organize your life.
If self organizing is not your thing and you would like an expert's help call Marla Stone, Professional Organizer and get a free 30 minute phone consultation. Finding the time to Get Organized is important. It is freeing. It is a treat to Organize Your life.
Here are just a few tips on how to plan to get organized:
1. Evaluate what you have around you and find out if you are using it. If you have not used something in the past season or year, you may not ever use it again. That goes for clothing as well. If you did not wear it last season, you are most likely not going to wear it this one.
2. Things you use the most stay close by and things you use the least go the farthest away from you. So Christmas stuff obviously goes in the garage or storage.
3. Really identify objects that you love versus so so objects. You only have so much real estate to put things or store things so why not just have what you LOVE around you.
4. Think about items that are sentimental. If they are so sentimental and it is stored in a box, just how sentimental is it. If there are things you have in boxes that belonged to someone else or because they are "sentimental", find someone who will love it and put it out to breathe and be seen.
5. Stop saving things for people who probably don't want it. My mom saved my brother's crib for years and he never wanted it. Finally she gave it to her housekeeper's daughter, who was so grateful she cried.
6. Nothing on floors or surfaces except furniture and décor or kitchen machines. Really clutter is bad Feng Shui and the outer is a reflection of YOUR Inner Self. Cluttered space, cluttered self.
7. Get Help for Hoarding Behaviors. I-Deal-Lifestyle has a proprietary method for stopping the cycle of hoarding. Hoarding Help is not difficult to get. You just have to pick up the phone and call 949-709-7000 and talk to Marla She gives a free 30 minute consult for free. You can stop "The Hamster Affect" or if you prefer "Pack Rat" Syndrome.
8. Don't work on other people's mess whether physical messes or internal messiness, always address your stuff mess first.
9. If you are not good at cleaning or getting organized then ask for help. If you cannot afford a professional trade services with someone.
10. If you suffer from ADD or ADHD or depression it can impact your ability to stay organized. www.I-Deal-Lifestyle.com has a program for keeping you organized long term.
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Marla 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.