A camel and a farmer walked into a bar.
They had both been working hard.
They were both thirsty.
They were both on the lookout for a straw.
Are you the camel or the farmer? Or maybe the straw?
I think we are all at one time or another any of these. This week? I felt like the camel.
You remember this thing called a pandemic? Yeah. We all feel like the camel carrying the weight of Covid-19. As a small business owner it feels like extra heavy straw. And then... Monday.
The digital platform we use to track our clients, our appointments, our every day, decided to change without notice. And those changes wreaked havoc on our data. We lost numbers. We lost critical scheduling nuances. We lost time. I think I smelled the desert sands as I camelled along (that’s a word, right?).
Then the phone rang. Again. On this straw-laden Monday. Who was calling me now?
Wait for it…
A reminder to schedule my colonoscopy. I know. Seriously?
Coincidence. Irony. Kismet.
Whatever you call it, I felt the camel in me start to give way. I let myself get a little angry, a lot frustrated, and a tad overwhelmed.
And then I decided I didn’t have the strength to be the camel. I needed to be the farmer. I needed to take the same energy that carrying heavy weights requires and put that energy into farming. I needed to gather the straw. Rake it in. Wrestle it into bales. Harvest what I could. My point? We can amble along and carry the weight. We can be the weight for others to carry. Or we can hitch up our britches and do something.
And then we can head to the bar - or wherever - and know that we at least put in the effort.
And now when I go walking into that bar, I have my own stash of straws for whatever I decide to order!
Gift Certificate Bonanza!
On the fence about trying virtual organizing? Here’s an opportunity to help a small business AND yourself!
We are THRILLED to be a part of the Bemidji Area Gifts of Hope Fund gift certificate program! Here is the scoop for you:
When: Wednesday, May 6th 8:00 am CT to Thursday, May 7th at 5:00 pm CT
What: Customers can purchase $40 gift certificates to We Love Messes for only $20 each! Thank you to the Bemidji Area Gifts of Hope Fund for covering the additional $20 and supporting small businesses during this Covid-19 crisis.
How: Head on over to the Bemidji Alliance web page on Wednesday to purchase your gift certificate! You'll get a unique verification code to provide to us at We Love Messes. This is redeemable on any of our services.
BONUS! If you purchase one of the Gifts of Hope Fund gift certificates and want to use it towards a Virtual Organizing package - we'll give you the entire K#% Package for your $20 purchase!
Last week was a busy week! Even though we are following the Covid-19 guidelines and putting a pause on cleaning services, we are ramping up the other ways we can help you. If you haven't checked out our videos yet, each week Tidy Tammy takes on different topics in a Facebook Live event. If you missed the videos last week, be sure to check out all of her tips on everything from clutter to Covid-19 car kits.
COVID-19 Car Kits
Winter survival kits are the norm in northern Minnesota, but....a COVID-19 survival kit? Nope, we didn't have one...until now! Listen up!
Three tips to tackle closet clutter!
Did you see the hangers that Tammy suggests using that take up WAY less space? Also, how do you organize your closet - Color? Outfit? Not at all? Tammy shares her personal preference, too. Watch now. Example of hangers for Tip #2
Real life kitchen decluttering
If you have ever heard Tammy talk about goals, you have probably heard her say that she does not strive for Pinterest Porn - pictures of immaculate homes that look like no one lives there anyway! Check out Tammy's latest tips for kitchen decluttering - for living life in the real world.
Be sure to join Tammy each week at 12:00 pm CT, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for Facebook Live! New tips, challenges, and strategies for living your best organized life!
Let's face it. Things are weird. Life is abnormal right now. And while we can't get into your homes at the moment for cleaning and organizing, we can bring you Tidy Tammy's Tips LIVE! - three days a week!
In case you've missed them, last week our Facebook Live videos covered the topics that our lives are facing right now, more than ever perhaps.
Each week you can join us for Facebook Live at noon (central time) on our We Love Messes Facebook page, where Tammy is tackling your questions, giving some perspective, and helping us all to stay sane the best we can in these uncertain times.
Have a question or topic you want Tammy to tackle? Let her know!
Tammy Schotzko is a Certified Professional Organizer who