Unplugging By The Book
Unplugging – it sounds so….ominous 😊 Having recently experienced 18 hours in a hotel with no electricity I can speak a bit to the angst of not having my devices charged and at my disposal (not to mention what to do when it is dark at 7 p.m. and you can’t read…or watch TV…or scroll mindlessly thru social media). And yet….there was conversation…there was reminiscing about experiences…there was talk of dreams and the future. And sleep….there was blissful sleep!
What do you do to unplug? I like to read. Even if I can only catch 15 minutes here and there, reading transports me. So what’s one of my favorite things to organize? Bookshelves – I love to see what other people are reading, to percolate titles of books and what they might contain, and the utter sense of order when the bookshelf is tidy and the owner’s favorite books are at their fingertips.
Over the years I’ve discovered there are many ways to organize books, and there is no one “RIGHT” way – as with all things organized it depends on what the owner of the books wants the end result to be. There are the standbys of alphabetical (author or title) or size of book, and for the one who craves visual serenity, by color, which can provide a stunning backdrop for the room. Did you know you can even buy sets of books purely based on their color aesthetics!?!?! There is also the option to “soften” the books a little by mixing in other items of interest.
What are you reading these days? Would love to hear your current selection, and how you choose to organize your book collection! Drop a comment, or better yet, post a picture! We love hearing from you!
Dreaming Out Loud
Recently I attended an Entrepreneur Mentorship Retreat weekend at the lovely Green Gate Guest House. It was a small group, and the ideas and passion that flowed forth were inspiring to say the least. I came out of it completely revved up with possibilities for the future - for myself, for the other participants, for the world!
And then...and then, I returned to reality. Sometimes the reality is that we don’t share our wild hopes, dreams and ideas for the future with our loved ones. The reality of reality is that we all look at life differently - some of us are anchored in the here and look at how these wild ideas might affect us, and others of us HAVE the wild ideas that they need to percolate (in safe spaces like an entrepreneur weekend with other like-minded individuals - our “tribe” if I may borrow that word), knowing deep down that maybe only one of the 15 ideas talked about may actually come to fruition.
My point? We ALL need that space to think out loud. To dream. To say things that perhaps aren’t acceptable to others around us even if they know inside that’s how we feel. I’m getting to the correlation here, stay with me. :)
Organizing sessions are often that space - we talk about goals for the space, for time management, for decluttering our lives, for business growth - whatever is on the mind of the client. It's a safe, judgement free environment, and trust me, I can get just as excited about the potential as the client does! And then, we take the next step - we plan. We set tiny, bite sized goals.
Aim Low and Achieve!
Wanna percolate out some ideas? I’d love to help! Click here for a complimentary virtual consultation, or better yet - kick it in to gear and sign up for a Kick A#@ session - you, my friend, and your ideas, are TOTALLY worth it!
See you soon,
Marie Kondo has NOTHING on My Son
Oh my...lanta :) I was at my son’s house when I saw these beautifully rolled, epically organized, t-shirts and socks. Turns out he learned how to do it in Air Force Officer boot camp and has continued the tradition as he serves out his Air Force contract. My heart *might* have skipped a beat and puffed up with pride. (But, seriously - ya’ll know how much I love my kids!)
I had him show me how to do it, and we made a little video of the process (we are definitely NOT instructional videographers, but we had some fun). While I am not as well trained in the method as he is I can say that I can sufficiently roll a t-shirt (but not to Air Force standards!).
Here’s the thing - just because I CAN roll t-shirts, and that I like the overall look, doesn’t mean I will spend my time organizing my drawers, or recommend my clients do it. Why? Because I’m a “grab and go” kinda gal - rolling t-shirts is not a sustainable system for me, and I want my clients to have systems that work for them and that they can maintain. The reality is that 9 times out of 10 as much as we like the end results realistically we won’t take the time and energy to get it there - and there is NOTHING wrong with that!
So. If you want to create systems and processes that will work for your life and the way you live it - I’m your gal! I’d love to chat with you about what that looks like - click here for a complimentary virtual consultation, or better yet - kick it in to gear and sign up for a Kick A#@ session - you, my friend, and your ideas, are TOTALLY worth it! See you soon,
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!
Tammy's Tips is going Live!
While we are all adjusting to our new normal, you can still get expert advice and assistance from the comfort of your own home! Join us every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:00 pm CT for Tammy's Tips LIVE! where Tammy will be sharing everything from how to handle the distractions of working from home to why she *Loves Messes* to her favorite cleaning hacks - and more.
Have a topic you want her to cover? Just comment here and we'll add it to the schedule.
If you missed any of her live events you can still find them on our We Loves Messes Facebook page.
It is with a heavy heart that we need to suspend in-home cleaning and organizing services until the Covid-19 crisis passes. We want to do all that we can to flatten the curve (new phrase for 2020, right?!) and keep our community healthy.
In the meantime we will be ramping up our virtual services and offering tips, strategies, FB Live events, and more! We know that social isolation can get stressful - so let us help you make the most of your space during this time. We can get through this, together!
Tammy Schotzko is a Certified Professional Organizer who