Working as a professional organizer in southern California is really a particular delight. As a native Californian I know Socal like the back of my hand. Having the priveledge to go into homes in Orange County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County is not only an honor but I have come to realize different counties, cities and each
neighborhood all have their own style, feel and vibe.
Also, different places have different kinds of people with their own individual style, feel and vibe. The most important aspect of being a great versus good professional organizer is in understanding that each person, situation and place is different.
Understanding people’s organizing challenges, whether it is due to loss, mental health challenges such as OCD, add, adhd, depression, anxiety or physical
health challenges is key to helping them not only from the outside in, but the inside out. Taking each person and home or business organizing project, and seeing it with fresh eyes is important. Creating an individualized process is very important to creating a balanced and sensible plan and outcome for home and business organizing. Getting to the “root” of organization challenges equals long-term organization versus temporary organization. The last thing I want to see a person experience, after a large organizing project, is a mis-understanding the process of remaining organized. I don't want re-cluttering, two months down the road. I want want I call "Perpetual Organization" to occur naturally. So far all the client’s that have gone through the I-Deal-Lifestyle sm proprietary methods have remained organized.
The bulk of organizing projects that we work on at I-Deal-Lifestyle sm are for regular folks who want their homes organized. The organizing we do in homes is
organizing closets, home offices, and kitchens, and garages. We organize children’s rooms, and laundry rooms, and bedrooms. We organize attics and basements, and businesses too. We also help people organize their lives in general with lifestyle coaching.
What is lifestyle coaching you might ask? Well, lifestyle coaching is a process of finding out what a person most values in life, identifying life goals and making plans to fulfill the goals. Life coaching involves learning new communication skills, and behavioral patterns in order to lead the most fulfilling and satisfying life you possibly can. A lifestyle coach, from I-Deal-Lifestyle, is someone with a mental health and or psychology background, who rather than taking you through the traditional "therapy" avenue, coaches you to a better you!
The business organizing includes organizing paperwork, creating filing systems, desk organizer services, organizing solutions, going paperless, corporate moves, time management training, productivity and efficiency training, and communication skills training. We provide just about anything to create a more seamless business day, month and year. We also provides interior design services, feng shui, advocacy, caretaker support, mental health services coordination, and health services coordination. We offer connection coordination, corporate moves, unpacking and packing, corporate transitions, personal shopping, and concierge services. Life and business coaching are our specialty. We will organize your computer, organize your email, we organize everything that can possibly be more organized.
Call I-Deal-Lifestyle sm at 949-709-7000 for a 30 minute free
consultation to find out how to get more organized. Getting Organized is a really good idea. Being more organized saves time, money and your peace of mind.
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Steps for decluttering
Space Analysis-Analyze your space and figure out what you want to use it for. If it is your garage for instance, do you want to park your cars or will it be a workshop or a kid's play room? Understand that if you want to use the space for more then one activity, realize the potential of the space and all that it can be. Make drawings, even if you don't draw well, of what you think it would look like. Cut out pictures from magazines of ideas you have for the space. Visualize the space in your mind's eye. Discuss the space with family and friends and generate ideas. Call a professional organizer and get a free consultation about your space. Next take everything out of your space.
Take everything out of the space. Starting with an empty space will help you determine a home for everything you are keeping and give you a blank canvas to design the space from scratch. Find an area to sort through the things you will keep and the items you will eliminate.
Eliminate. Of course the most difficult part is getting rid of stuff that you have held onto for some reason or another...and guess what, even if you haven't used it for years and aren't sure when you will, it is still difficult to get rid of stuff. Have four piles. One for Keep, one for Give, one for Trash, and one for Miscellaneous or just can't decide. This makes the task go quicker. Once you get everything sorted you will be ready for putting everything in its place.
Putting Everything in its place. I always say there is a home for everything and it's true. You will find a home for every item you want in your space. The reason it is a good idea to have a home for everything is simple...stuff will end up back where it belongs, and it will be easy to find when you want it. Since you designed the space ahead of time it will be pretty easy to move everything into place. If there are heavy items there are great tools at the hardware store for moving and sliding heavy peices. This is also a time to hire a handyman, or get some handy friends over, if you want things hung, pictures, racks, wall units put together etc... Once your finished sit and relax and take it all in.
Sit and Relax and take it all in. Finally your space is complete. This is a time to use the space and see if it really works for you. You may want to make adjustments and move things around and even eliminate more stuff you realize you're not going to use in the space. You may also want to purchase some new items for your space. Reflect on the space and make sure it is how you really imagined it. Hopefully with all the planning and carefully considered steps your space is perfect for you and voila!
Marla Stone is a Professional Organizer and a Lifestyle Coach
She serves Orange County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County
She is also available for telephone and or skype consultations nationwide.
Organize Your Self and Space!
Marla is known as the organizing clutter therapist®. 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.