According to Wikipedia, the Curiosity Killed The Cat metaphor is attributed to British playwright Ben Johnson way back in 1598. The metaphor serves to "warn of the dangers of unnecessary investigation or experimentation".
Organizing sessions lend themselves well to curiosity. More questions, like last week - what is working in this space? What isn't working in this space? What lives here that doesn't need to? What should live here? What are the goals for the function of this space?
Clients get a "heads up" that I'll be asking a lot of questions to help them get curious about their space and to really think about it with fresh perspective. The questions can be rhetorical and not immediately answerable. Other times there are "aha" moments when the light bulb flashes and the vision becomes crystal clear. All because we are being curious about the space.
The questions, and whatever the answers are, all remain confidential to the client and the session. And that is why Organizer Curiosity DOES NOT kill the cat! I pride myself, as do all National Association of Professional Organizer (NAPO) members, on living up to the ethical standards of our profession, which includes client confidentiality.
Trust is developed by asking permission before touching possessions or opening drawers. By being authentic and fully present for each session and client. There have been times I've inadvertently touched or seen items that were not meant for my eyes. Each time this has happened the client-organizer relationship is strong enough that they know before I even get a chance to speak that there is no judgment being passed; the item is returned to its home and not spoken of again.
What does your space say about you? Do you love it? Does it function the way you want it to? Looking for some help getting your vision in place? Today is the perfect day to start - call or email me and let's get you on the road to organization!
When is enough, enough? What is the "right amount" to keep? How much is appropriate, and when does it become an "inappropriate" quantity? What do other people have? How many should I have? What's NORMAL??????
Questions like these are always asked at some point during an organizing session. Most commonly after we've gone through the sorting process, put like with like, and are now contemplating what we truly want to keep.
Clients turn to me because I'm the organizing expert. I hold the mysteriously correct answers to all questions organizing related.
And this is where it gets dicey. You see, I don't know the answer! But I do know how to ask questions that help each client find THEIR answer - one that works for them, their system, and their space. Because each of us is an individual, and each of us view, and use, our possessions in different ways. "Normal" is just a setting on the washing machine I tell my clients. "Normal" is what works for you and your space, and it most likely will be very different from any one else's.
So, go for it! Grab the Magic Wand of Decision and grant yourself the power to reclaim your space! Need a little help and guidance? Call or email me today and set up an organizing session - the Magic Wand of Decision is included in our fee:)
Halloween is over for another year with nothing but leftover treats to remind us of trick or treating fun. Usually by this time all the "good" stuff is gone (that would be anything chocolate in my case), leaving plenty of the less desirable candy (if there is such a thing!). As a parent facing the overabundance of Halloween treats, I've developed some interesting ways to disperse the "unloved" candy.
My go-to method is finding dessert recipes with candy in them. Over the years these ranged from cookies with crushed up candies in them to a Snickers "salad" that was the next best thing, at least for me, to the Snickers themselves. Plus there are apples in it, which served to assuage my guilt just a little over calling it a salad. Snickers never lasted long at our house so the salad was a rare treat. Making trail mix is another easy method, and a hit with the kids.
Thanksgiving brought turkeys made from candy corn, Oreos, and malted milk balls; and pilgrim hats with chocolate wafers and miniature peanut butter cups. Christmas is a great time to use up the hard candies - they make perfect decorations for gingerbread houses. Candy freezes well, and can be used to embellish cookies and treats on Valentine's Day and Easter.
Not feeling the need to expose kids, and yourself, to so much sugar? Use the candy for playing counting games, sorting projects (size, color, shape, flavor, etc), and alphabetizing by kind. Did you know if a Skittle is put in water the “S” will float to the surface? Find more candy experiments like this at CandyExperiments.com.
For those feeling altruistic, there are places to donate candy as well. To support our military troops, try Operation Shoebox or Operation Gratitude – just remember the key is to send heat resistant candy, not soft treats that will melt. And of course leaving it in the lunch or commons area of your workplace makes the candy disappear quickly.
Regardless of how you deal with the leftover Halloween candy, rest assured that Christmas, with all its sugary treats, isn’t far behind! What is your favorite way to use up Halloween Candy?
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