You wake up one morning, look around, and ask yourself, "HOW did I get here?" OR something happens that spins your world on a different axis and you don't know how to react, what to say, what's "normal", what's not.
In the organizing world we call them "life transitions" (birth, deaths, marriage, divorce, job changes, etc. are the big ones) that can throw us into a quandary. Think about it like a book - the characters come and go within the chapters, and we often can't predict these changes. What happens when one chapter closes and the next one opens? It can put us in a funk, it can break open our soul and let the true "us" shine. It can hurt, it can elate, it can stop us in our tracks.
Changes like these can have far-reaching effects. They can throw all our organizing systems off kilter - all those systems that might otherwise keep us churning along on a daily basis. The key is to remember that those systems are there, and we can reclaim them when we get our footing again
The spotlights on you today, folks - how do YOU get your sea legs when you're in uncharted territory? What you share *might* be a lifeline for someone else who is struggling!
At our local Entrepreneur Meet-up recently I sat next to a retired hockey coach of 41 years. We were discussing time management and balancing work and family. He made the comment that, back in the day, when he "fired off an order he got in the next chair and did it".
Doesn't that pretty much sum up the life of a solopreneur/small business owner? Yup, we make the big decisions, but more than likely we're the ones who need to carry them out as well! Often that doesn't leave us time to do what we went into business to do - to follow through on our passions.
Obviously I LOVE to organize. I love to work with clients and encourage them to organize. I love to work independently to get my clients organized. I love to research solutions for organizing challenges. I love the sense of completion and satisfaction that comes with getting a space under control and clients having "ah ha!" moments when they realize they CAN do it! Have I mentioned that I love organizing? K. Thought so.
What I do NOT love is the always present behind - the -scenes administrative work that goes with running a business. Thankfully I've been able to delegate out my "orders" to the next people in the chair - and they've become my right hand people and kept We Love Messes on an even keel so I can do what I love. Make room on the chair for others to step in, sit down, and help you get things done. You do not have to travel your journey alone.
Was it easy to ask for help or release the control over the outcome? Nope. But the inordinate amount of time it has freed up has been worth every single step!
How about you? What can you outsource (whether it's laundry duties to your kids or balancing the business books to the accountant) that frees up time for your passions?
It's back to school time....even for me! I love the fall, I love the feel of the turn of the seasons, I love the freshness and optimism of a new school year....and office supplies....I love office supplies! So even though I might not be boarding the yellow bus, I'm off to learn as much as I can!
What does back to school mean for me? I'm excited to be attending the Institute for Challenging Disorganization's 2016 annual conference this month. Although I've been a member for 4 years this is only my second time attending the conference. Our sessions are intense and packed full of information to support organizers moving their clients forward. Sessions I'll be attending include:
* Reclaiming Space and Life - Engaging and Working Collaboratively with Individuals with Hoarding Issues
* The Science of Being Happy and Productive at Work
* What else could it be? The role of mental illness in clients with disorganized lives
See? This isn't fluffy stuff, my friends!
Not familiar with the Institute for Challenging Disorganization? Check them out - they have wonderful publications and resources like tele-classes and the clutter hoarding scale for the public, as well as specialized training for their members.
Have something you'd like me to look into for you? A question I can answer? Please share below and I'll get back to you!
What's in your fridge:)? Do you protect your food with aluminum foil? Or Saran Wrap? Or both?
It's weird how my mind works...but I started thinking about the transparency that Saran Wrap gives us when looking at contents and how life can be a lot like that as well. Personally I never want to pass myself off as some "perfectly organized" human being whose ducks are all in a row and who never lives with a Jenga tower of a day where one wrong move can bring the whole schedule down on top of me! Nope....if you're looking for that person, then keep moving! It would take rolls of aluminum foil to "hide" the behind-the-scenes reality. And really, what good is that?
The beauty of being transparent is that you get exactly what you see. When you grab a Saran Wrapped bowl of leftover Chicken Alfredo for supper, that's exactly what you're going to get. Not a surprise of spoiled (insert item of your choice here!) covered by aluminum foil.
So folks, that's how I come to you when we organize together - I'm transparent - my life isn't perfect, my office isn't perfect, and I'm not perfectly organized! I'm a Professional Organizer, not a Perfect Organizer. I drop the ball just like we all do!
P.S. I'm not inferring that I don't use aluminum foil. :) I actually like it better than Saran Wrap because it's recyclable in most cases. No actual Saran Wrap was used in the making of this blog. :)
We were doing some under-the-kitchen-sink organizing for a client and saw this bottle of Windex Multi-Surface Vinegar cleaner. Which got me thinking about how we've gotten away from the DIY cleaners of days past and now are coming back around to them being a marketing gimmick (all that is old becomes new again....and I'm thinking about the *gasp* bell bottom jeans I just saw advertised in the Target flyer!).
A review on the Windex website states "I NEVER write reviews on manufacturers websites. But I'll make an exception for this cleaner. A No residue, remove grime, leave shine and fragrance acceptable cleaner. Even my husband raves about it and he fights cleaning anything....no other cleaner I have used comes close to the performance of this one".
Ummmm.....really? It's vinegar and water, peeps....and according to the Windex website, it also has two "wetting agents", several surfactants, lactic acid, and fragrance. None of which roll off my tongue easily when trying to pronounce! Yes, vinegar does have an odor to it, but it dissipates relatively quickly.
Okey dokey - here's the scoop - I do ALOT of cleaning. So much, in fact, that I tend to be very aware of costs and "green-ness" of products. Target sells this Windex product for around $3. The same amount of our DIY cleaner (which we make by the gallon and pour into reusable spray bottles) costs about 45 cents. We also know, and can pronounce the name of, every item in the DIY cleaner.
Do the math, think about the environment - what ARE we buying? What are we bringing into our homes and exposing our families to? I believe in moderation and understand that there are those certain jobs which require a bit more than we can always tackle ourselves, but we also need to consider what we can do as we spend money on cleaning supplies.
SO... do you make any of your own cleaning supplies? Why or why not? What are your favorites? I would love to hear from you!
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Tammy Schotzko is a Certified Professional Organizer who