Making Something out of Something Else

You’ve probably head the saying “making something out of nothing.” Usually, this sentiment is offered when someone is making a bigger deal out of something than necessary.  However, when it comes to organizing, I say, “make something out of something else.”  It can be a very effective creative philosophy to hold when attempting to organize your office, home, or life in general.

For instance, you know that shoe holder that hangs over your closet door but rarely holds shoes?  Why not think outside the box and use it instead to organize your paperwork, or kids’ toys and books, or office/craft supplies? read more

A New Coat of Paint

Just because everything is different doesn’t mean anything has changed. -Irene Peter

I was riding in the car with my friend and her four year old daughter recently when the car started making a screeching type sound.  Not being a car-savvy person, I could offer little to no assistance on the matter; however, my friend’s daughter knew just what to do.

“Mommy, I know how to fix it.  Paint the car red.  Red cars are good.”

We laughed at her adorable precociousness, but really, don’t we often do that in our own lives?  We stick to the surface, slapping a fresh coat of paint over a problem, thinking that will fix everything when really the issue is deep-rooted and often requires a major shift in attitude, belief, patterns, and systems.  We rearrange our homes (and our lives) but don’t really change anything because the real work, the important work, is hard and takes time.  But well worth the effort, especially when over time we can look back and see a real, and lasting, difference in our lives. read more

Benefit to Getting Organized Number 2745: Less Stress

I don’t know anyone who wakes up in the morning, opens the curtains, and greets the day with a hearty “Gee, I really hope I have more stress today.” We all desire stress-free lives; in fact, multi-million dollar companies are founded and sustained on just that premise. But who has time for less stress?

A lot of people view the organizing process as something they know they need to do, or should do, but cannot make time in their busy busy lives for it. They see it as overly time-consuming, or perhaps overly expensive. And when one’s life is ruled by time and money (or the lack thereof), setting aside any amount of either thing seems overwhelming and stress-producing. And in a way, they are right. read more

Measuring Success

We all have a way of defining for ourselves what success means.  For some, it’s winning a competition, acing a test, getting a promotion, buying a house, performing for an audience.  For others, it may be going all day without a cigarette, being able to actually take a nap while baby sleeps, cleaning the house from top to bottom.

For many, success is measured in the acquisition of stuff.

If this resonates somewhere within you, ask yourself this:  how do you measure success?

Is it the amount of stuff you have? read more

Organizing: Hard work, but well worth the effort

“Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it”.  ~Author Unknown

This blog is going to be short and sweet.  Re-read the above quote.  Soak in its truth, which is this:  Success of any kind takes intention and hard work.  If we set a goal and then expect it to be easy to reach, we set ourselves up for failure.  Surround yourself with people who will encourage, empower, and support your goals, so when the work gets really really hard, you can rest on the strength of trusted friends and family. read more

The Responsiblity of Change

“Action springs forth not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”  Dietrich Bonhoffer

Are you really ready for the responsibility of true action, true change, in your lfe and the lives of your loved ones?  If so, get ready for some real work, real sweat, and maybe some real tears that will make room for the peace that almost everyone craves.

Amy Anderson is a Professional Organizer with Living Peace of Beverly Farms, MA and Winchester, MA.  Check us out at www.living-peace.com.  Or call (617) 519-5693. read more

Direction vs. Speed

I was talking to a friend the other day, lamenting the fact that life can, indeed, be rough at times (and let’s be honest, those times can seem endless).  But this particular friend has started making real headway in “getting it together.”  I looked at him and said, “Hey, it’s not how fast you move; it’s all about what direction you are going.”

As an organizer, I have the privilege of working with people who are most often in the middle of serious life transitions.  To them, as much as to my very own self, I say the same thing:  It’s not how fast you move; it’s the direction you are going.  Life is a process.  Moving and organizing, dealing with our past, our relationships, our stresses and our joys… it’s all a process. read more

The Honor of Sharing Space

As organizers, it is important to be ever mindful of the fact that we are being given the privilege, the honor, of sharing not just physical space with our clients, but mental, emotional, and spiritual space.  And it is that space, the intangible space, which actually matters more.

I had the recent opportunity to work with a woman who had done a lot of moving around and had finally landed, but needed assistance in getting her new home in order.  As we worked through some logistics of what could go where and began the process of organizing her files, it became clear that she was feeling some insecurities and apprehension.  Some of her uncertainty revolved around making sure she got what she needed and that everything would have a place.  But her deeper uncertainties, which became clear with each question she asked, were about herself and her ability to really change her systems and realize her deep-seated goals. read more

Just Start Somewhere

Years ago, I worked in a bookstore and the manager asked me to create a large display.  He said I could be as creative as I wanted to be, just make sure it reflected the season (which happened to be Spring).  At first, I was excited.  I consider myself to be fairly creative and was eager to get to it.  I cleaned off the shelving and display area, brought in a bunch of books, stationery, and knick-knacks that the store sold regularly.  I stood back and surveyed my “canvas.”

I stood there a good long time.  Nothing was coming to mind.  My mind was completely blank.  I had absolutely no idea how to start.  The longer I stood there, the more anxious and frustrated I got.  And the more pressure I put on myself to make it just right, the less I could actually think. read more

Benefits of Getting Organized: Creating External and Internal Space

Have you ever walked into a room and had an immediate visceral response to the disorganization and clutter?  You may have felt anything from disgusted, to uncomfortable, to agitated, to downright panicky.

Now imagine it is YOU whose daily life is surrounded by such disarray.  Clutter of any magnitude doesn’t just happen overnight; it accumulates.  And probably the person living with chronic disorganization doesn’t even realize or can adequately verbalize how it happened.  All they know is that it is slowly day by day taking up more space – both physical space in the home or office, and emotional space as they search for a clear “counter” on which to lay some peace.

In short, the chaos is competing with the contentment.
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