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Self & Space
Self & Space
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 in each spoken sentance. But are we describing things we must do? Do our lives unconditionally depend on that cup of java, or did we just want it to stave off the mid-afternoon slump?
What a person actually needs is easily listed on your fingers. Humans need air, food, water, shelter, sleep, elimination, and sunlight. The 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. It is not that new rug, new phone, and new car. One may "want" these things very much, but when they're expressed as a need, the subconscious mind will derail and prevent 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. I-Deal-Lifestyle is a professional organizing company in Orange County, California. They help people all over find out If something is useful, has a purpose, is sentimental, or if it simply loved. Marla Stone the owner explains "The I-Deal-Lifestyle criteria makes it easy to figure out what to keep in your space." She wants to you to remember "You don't need any of your possessions," but by employing the helpful criteria and decisive language techniques you can have your space organized in no time and forever.
For professional organization services in Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego, contact Marla Stone for a free 30 minute phone consultation at 949-709-7000
While capitalism has brought abundance and material security to modern living it can cause you to to over-collect. In fact, many Americans find their precious possessions are filling their homes, leaving them disorganized and with overly-cluttered spaces. They are not necessarily "clinical" cases but they 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 an organized and beautiful home or office that exhibits collections instead of just storing them. Having vast collections is respectable as long as they are sufficiently organized. The show "hoarders" is extreme cases, but you may have what is considered a "normal" amount of stuff strewn all over the place.
The task of categorizing, containing and finding homes for all your belongings can be daunting especially if you're at it alone. I-Deal-Lifestyle professional organizers are located in South Orange County, California. They have a proprietary way of helping you get organized long-term. It is one thing to get organized but they will also do some lifestyle coaching exercises with you to help you remain organized forever. They will help you declutter thoroughly and entirely. No matter how much clutter you have they help you implement an organizational system specifically tailored to your space and possessions.
In addition Marla Stone, the owner's 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.
Getting the knack to get organized? Spring is here and it is the natural time to clear and clean so you will have a fun and easy summer.
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.
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.
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