May your life be full of LOVE!
It's that time again! The time where we pressure ourselves to make tough changes to "better" our lives or ourselves. Personally, I think it's all to much pressure! How about we play a game instead?
The game can be considered a "resolution" but you can have some NO PRESSURE fun while being productive. So, here's how it works:
STEP 1: Make sure all of hangers the hangers in your closet are facing in the same direction, Then make sure all of the piles of clothing that you have (whether in drawers or on shelves) and neatly folded.
STEP 2: Once you wear a piece of clothing, turn the hanger backwards or put the folded piece back at the bottom of the pile.
STEP 3: Commit to only wearing new things until you have turned all your hangers or rotated all your piles.
Now, we all know what will happen along the way.......you will get to a piece and not "feel like" wearing it, or it doesn't "feel right" etc. Take note of those pieces and if it happens more then once....it's time to let it go!
Who's with me on this? It's a pretty easy resolution to make and you can weed through your wardrobe at the same time.
Remember: Someone else will probably love to wear whatever you choose to give away!
Warmest wishes to you and yours.
I live in a town where I hear the words "self-care" a lot! I mean A LOT! Not that it was ever a foreign concept to me, but when I lived in a big city I never really had time to give it much thought. I must admit, I am still not very good at it, but with the holidays coming up (and my stress level about to be elevated), I figured now was as good a time as any, so......
I started thinking about what I could do to take care of me, myself and I, so that I could be better equipped for the fun, family, excitement, over stimulation and mayhem the holiday season entails! I know that if I feel this way that others must too so I thought of 4 EASY WAYS to take care of yourself in preparation for the holidays (or even to recoup after)!
- MEDITATE: O.K., I can't really do that either! How about just sitting quietly by yourself with your eyes closed, listening to your favorite music, blocking out the outside world? CLOSE ENOUGH Right?!
- JOURNAL: If this sounds too daunting....just call it writing! Take the time to express your feelings, worries, frustrations etc on paper. No one ever needs to read it. Just let all your thoughts out and your mind settle down.
- ESCAPE: I mean, just go DO SOMETHING that you have always wanted to do or never make time to do! Dye your hair, Get a french manicure. Pierce your belly button. Ride a roller coaster. Eat oysters......you get what I mean.
LUXURIATE: Pamper yourself! If you can afford it, go for a Spa Day! If you can't pick your favorite body treatment and enjoy OR simply add some oils to your long hot bath!
It doesn't matter what you do as long as the priority is YOU!
What would be the best gift ever? In my opinion it would be a brand new organized closet! Who doesn't want one?
So now what? There are SO MANY options out there how do you decide? I hope this will help:
1) Go Custom: There are many large closet franchise companies (and little independents like me) that can make this process fun and easy for you. Measurements will be taken, clothing will be assessed and designs will be created. You just sit back and relax and get a quality product like this:
2) DIY Melamine: You can go into any Lowe's or Home Depot and buy ready to build kits. There are many choices available. Be aware that these are all made in good quality material so take the time to check material thickness, system adjustability and measurements before you buy. Here are some examples of what you will find in the stores:
3) DIY Wire Racking: This is the most inexpensive choice but also the least functional. You do not get any choice of heights of shelves, hangers often don't move freely, sweaters have marks left on them....and I can go on. But....it can help you create a more organized space then just the simple shelf and rod. This may take you some time to figure out..and it has a tendency to fall off the wall if not perfectly installed.
Are you now more confused then ever?
I don't blame you. If I walked into a store and saw all the DIY pieces, I would just wonder what to do with them. How do I know what to design for my closet? How do I know I am getting the right pieces? Will everything work the way I think it will?
Here is my Holiday Gift to you. VIRTUAL CLOSET DESIGN: It's the best of both worlds! I will do the professional plans and you can buy and install the closet yourself! If you mention this Blog Post I will give you 15% OFF this service. Check it out here: http://www.organizeatoz.com/virtual-closet/
Do you ever find yourself saying IF ONLY I...........
If only I had the time. If only it were more worthwhile. If only someone noticed......you get the picture! If only these things happened you would be motivated to DO something right?
Well, what would it take to motivate you to get & stay more organized?
Take the time to think about it. Being more organized helps make your life easier! Who wouldn't want that? Would you find motivation in any of the following:
MONEY: It's a fact that being organized will help save you money. Your bills will be paid on time. Your tickets etc would be bought before prices went up. You would know what coupons you have to use at all times.
REWARD: What if you decided to reward yourself for every month you stayed organized! Treat yourself to a facial. Take yourself out for dinner to your favorite restaurant. Buy yourself your favorite bottle of wine! You deserve it for making your life easier!
APPROVAL OR APPRECIATION: Your family will notice when things get more organized in your life....because it will naturally flow over into theirs as well! They will approve and your efforts and hard work will be appreciated more and more over time.
PERSONAL SATISFACTION: How about giving yourself a pat on the back every once in awhile? You should feel good about the habits you have created and the changes your have made!
Are any of the above enough to motivate you? If so, what are you waiting for? Get started! If not, there are many great professional organizers out there to help keep you motivated!
Find what is right for you and as they say "JUST DO IT!"
I would love to know what got you going! Please share.
We can all get so caught up in our "stuff" that we forget the little things in life. You know the ones that make you smile in the middle of your day. The ones that make you pause in the middle of your daily mad rush. The ones that you will miss if you aren't present.
Let's play a game: (I have done this on Facebook many times and people have thanked me) For the next 26 days, pick a letter of the alphabet and list the things you are grateful for that starts with the letter. It may sound silly to you......but it's contagious!
Here is my short list:
- A- Aromatherapy
- B- Beauty in all forms
- C- Chocolate
- D- Day Dreams
- E- Earth
- F- Friends and Family
- G- My husband Greg
- H- Happiness
- I- Ice cream
- J- Joyous occasions
- K- Karma
- L- LOVE
- M- Mischief
- N- Normalcy
- O- Oxygen
- P- Pedicures
- Q- Q-tips
- R- Respect
- S- Sunshine
- T- Tomatoes
- U- Universe
- V- Violets
- W- Water
- X- Xanadu
- Y- The word YES
- Z- The non existence of Zombies
I hope you do it! I hope you share it! And most of all I hope your heart grows with it
I'll bet that at some point you have walked into your closet and immediately became frustrated. Were you looking for a shoe? Did you misplace a piece of jewelry? Did you just not have time to sift through the messy piles?
We have all been through it! Here are 3 (and a surprise final one at the end) reasons to TREAT YOURSELF to a custom closet:
1) YOU DESERVE IT!
Don't you believe that you deserve a life that is organized and free of frustration? That's all I have to say here!
2) IT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER!
Imagine a day that starts off with no struggle to find your stuff. Imagine not fighting with your spouse because you are bumping into each other in the search for your clothes. Imagine putting away your stuff easily at the nd of the day. Imagine a closet that has a place for everything and at heights your child can reach..... they can put their own stuff away! IMAGINE.......... It's all possible and YOU DESERVE IT!
3) INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOUSE!
Unless you are thinking of moving, the value of your home may not be on your mind. Custom closets is value that you can live with and use every day! If it feels good to you to open your doors and see and organized space, think about how impressed and excited a potential buyer might be!
And guess what....the final reason is...it's not as expensive as you might think!
There are so many options when it comes to custom closets, including designing and building it yourself! Here's a video to give you some ideas:
Please visit my website for more ideas and design options!
Have you ever felt that you are working tirelessly but getting nothing done?
Whether you work from home or in an office DISTRACTION can be a problem and suck the time away from you! We try to prioritize, we try to plan, we try to stay focused but external stimuli get the better of us!
Here are a three suggestions to help avoid distraction while you are working:
PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY: Not on the desk next to you. AWAY. In a drawer or a bag where you can't see it! Save checking your texts and personal calls/e-mails for your break time.
SET DO NOT DISTURB: Put a Do Not Disturb sign on your door (or if you have the technology on your phone). Let people know that you are serious about concentrating and getting work done!
COMMIT to completing one task before starting the next. There is nothing more easily distracting then a new task. Finishing a task before starting another will make you feel like you have accomplished more in a day. Having a bunch of unfinished tasks can leave you feeling dissatisfied at the end of the day.
These are easy things to try.....what can it hurt?
The worst thing that happens is that you get more done! OH MY!