• Are you ashamed of your home?


    This is a touchy subject, but I felt the need to address this as it has been on my mind these past few months. I see too often the negative side effects that are infiltrating people's lives from feeling shame in regards to their home. Potential clients decide on not receiving help because they feel too stuck or think they can just get through it or deal by themselves. Almost EVERY single friend of mine says "don't judge me, my house is a mess" or some version of that when I come into their home. When we feel ashamed, usually we are a member of the perfection paralysis club or are just feeling downright unworthy. 

    I don't want to be associated with a "high-and-mighty" persona, nor do most Professional Organizers. We are all here to help you because we have been in your shoes at some point. We LOVE creating solutions for you and holding your hand through the process. We actually ENJOY this work and want to help as many people as possible because of our passion. There is nothing we haven't seen. If we actually do come across something we haven't seen, curiosity rules, not judgement. We are all waiting for YOU to step up and be vulnerable so we can guide you through ease and fun in order for you to reap the rewards you are searching for. 

    I really wanted to clear this up for anyone out there that might be holding back on seeking support. This is why I write blogs. This is why I have social media channels and do FREE Inspiration Sessions. To help YOU get clear on where you are, where you want to go and how to get there. If it's not with ME, let it be with someone else.

    I believe in the magnitude of a courageous YES and a clear NO (TWEET THAT)

    No one can do it alone. I actively support and promote my fellow Organizers, as not everyone will resonate with me. I believe in true teamwork and that there is p-l-e-n-t-y to go around. If you are in a sticky situation in your space, I encourage you to reach out sooner than later. To me, to a friend, to a family member, to any professional...honor yourself and your needs by receiving the support that is waiting for you. It's fall and the energy right now is perfect for this! 

    If you are in this position I have a few tips and pieces of advice:

    YOU ARE NOT ALONE & IT'S NORMAL TO FEEL THIS. Like I mentioned above, so many of my potential clients, friends, family and acquaintances are showing signs of shame and embarrassment regarding their home or even their emotional state. Imagine how many people in your own network are feeling just like you, maybe in a different way. We ALL feel this way sometimes, even professionals.

    ADDRESS YOUR FEELINGS. Ignoring it or making yourself busy as a distraction will only cover up these feelings and enable the habit to keep coming back. Also, productive avoidance will also delay the results and are basically a sign that you want to be distracted from this feeling. Only when you shed light on shadow emotions can they disappear or transition into positive ones. 

    REACH OUT. When you ask for and receive support in any way (even if it is researching), your world will open up. Find the help you need. You will connect more, you will feel more fulfilled, you will be happier, you will think more clearly, the list goes on. In other words, It's worth it. 

    BELIEVE YOU ARE WORTH IT. You deserve your desires and you deserve help. No one can know or be good at everything, that's why we all need each other. Most people want to help others, so the trick is finding the right fit of expertise and need. Know that you have a perfect fit waiting for you that will light you up with positive enthusiasm when you find it. Imagine what the other side of shame is. Think of your life or space without it and that is what's possible. Go easy on yourself if you are fragile, but know that your vulnerability is key to receiving what you need. 

    Cheers to spacious living,

  • Catching Your Own Clutter

    Confession: As a Professional Organizer, I can get a little unorganized sometimes. 

    Do you ever wonder what goes on behind closed cabinet doors in an Organizers home? I am on a mission to showcase how easy Organization is, and how normal all of our situations are – no matter how messy it is. Sometimes, Organizers are messy and disorganized too. What's the one differentiating factor between them and the rest of the population? We catch ourselves, know what to do and do it. 

    Back story: My husband recently moved out of his office and started working from home. His furniture is much nicer than mine, so we decided to swap them out, leaving me with furniture to sell or let go of. The majority of it went fast. One lonesome desk (that we spent hours painting, sanding and updating) still remains after over a month of no takers. It's too heavy to quickly take it out to the curb, especially with our staircase. Perhaps, I might be hoarding this little desk because I don't want it to end up in the wrong hands, but that's besides the point right now (later blog). SO, it's been out in the living room, taking up valuable space and not matching a thing (design mis-match makes me cringe).

    Today, I realized that the top of this desk hasn't been clear since we put it out here. I had accepted the invitation of a new surface to lay out bags, notebooks, packages, trash - you name it - on top of it, consistently. My subconscious probably got a little overzealous to the fact that this new surface had no purpose so I was free to do what I wanted with it. My freedom value and slight rebellious nature took advantage of this and turned the desk into a bit of an eye sore. I have been in denial and ignored the whole situation until now. I realized I had a clutter catcher! My purse is now hanging on its special hook and I have cleared the surface accordingly. I have re-committed to the process of getting the desk out and not using the surface for my convenience.

    >> Moral of the story, save yourself from your own clutter catchers! Those areas that we dump our items into or on, the "catch all" or junk drawer, the hall closet, the backpack, the car, whatever it might be- become aware of it now!

    Know that it is not serving your highest good or the efficiency of the space by ignoring it. Tame clutter catchers by either taking away the space culprit or giving it a purpose. Do you need an organizational product? Can something you already own go on top of the surface? Do you need to organize or pay attention to the contents? 

    Your space ALWAYS needs your attention, so give it some, baby! (TWEET THAT)

    Cheers to loving every inch of your home,

  • Love Your Home, One Room at a Time: BEDROOM

    My Colleague Christel Ferguson and I are on a mission to revolutionize the way you feel about your home through organizing, Feng Shui and design. We created a video series to focus on just that, starting the the bedroom. 

    If you enjoy the video, share it with your friends and family! Stay connected with us through YouTube and Social Media through the links below. Thanks for your support.

  • Interview: Alegre Ramos - Organization Tips for Busy Moms


    Alegre Ramos is a wife, mom, eco-expert and also runs multiple small businesses. I've always admired how productive and put together she is, and now you can hear what this busy mom does to keep her life and business organized!

    She talks about what to do with all the "ugly" stuff in the home, how to handle the hectic daily life while still getting things done, what eating technique minimizes waste and saves time + more! 

    Watch the interview here:

     

    Check out Alegre on her website at EmberLiving.com.