<![CDATA[Non-judgemental Organizing Services in the Orlando Area - Steph's Blog]]>Sun, 14 May 2017 09:35:25 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Set a good example on Mother's Day...and always!]]>Sun, 14 May 2017 13:40:27 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/set-a-good-example-on-mothers-dayand-alwaysAs a mom, it is up to you to set a good example on keeping your home decluttered.  As we know, clutter wears us down and takes away the calm we want to find in our lives.  By showing your children there is no need for clutter, you will find it is a gift that will help them throughout lives.  My mom was great with that example, and all 3 of her children have carried on with this habit in our adult lives.  

So, what is clutter?  Anything that doesn't serve a purpose or bring you great joy.  As you look around your kitchen, get rid of any storage containers that are missing their lids or cracked or broken in some way.  Do you have leaky travel mugs?  Time to ditch.  Is your fridge overfilled with magnets galore?  So many times I will see the door of a refrigerator that is so packed that it all disappears as nothing therefore stands out for the eye to enjoy.  Take everything off and purge thru what you have and decide if you can live without nearly all that clutter and put up one or two things that will bring you a smile when you see them as you open that door in the future. Keep going throughout the kitchen and make a good dent on day one, and finish up on day two.  Good job!  One room down! ]]>
<![CDATA[No better day than today to start decluttering and organizing!]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 13:52:51 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/no-better-day-than-today-to-start-decluttering-and-organizing
<![CDATA[What to get rid of now!]]>Sat, 06 May 2017 15:16:42 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/what-to-get-rid-of-nowI like the articles online about organizing for two reasons.  One, it usually confirms I am on the right track with my guidance which I share since they are in agreement with me.  And two, there are always opportunities to pick up a new nugget of info.  I just read this on MSN and loved it.  See if you agree.  Most will be repeats if you are reading this blog regularly, but there may be a few new ones for you as well!

MSN: 50 (Big and Little) Things It's Finally Time to Get Rid of http://a.msn.com/0E/en-us/BBzOfVn?ocid=se
<![CDATA[Getting rid of your musical instrument]]>Wed, 03 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/getting-rid-of-your-musical-instrumentOne thing we all find tough is getting rid of a once loved musical instrument.  Basically you have a few options.

  • You can sell it.  Try craigslist.com or a local community website.  Offer it at a reasonable cost by comparing what others have listed as sale prices.  Be realistic on condition so buyers don't come out to purchase and find it is in far worse shape than they were led to believe.  
  • You can donate it.  A school, church or community center would probably love to have it.  We just brought one to a local public school and they were thrilled  to get it for those students who otherwise, due to finances, would not be able to participate in band!
  • You can pass it along to a friend.  Send out a group email and ask if there is anyone in your social circle that can use it for themselves or their kids.  Tell them it is first come, first serve,...just in case several people respond.  That might make a wonderful gift to a loved one.
  • If it truly is in such bad shape that it can no longer be used, you may need to ditch it.  If it is more expensive to bring it up to par, the trash may be the best home.

<![CDATA[Organize your laundry room!]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:24:21 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/organize-your-laundry-room
Since we are in the midst of redoing our laundry room, I have been busy reading all I can about how best to organize it, and taking lots of hints from what I find on the internet.  Even with the enlarged space, I still need to make use of every inch.  Here are a few ideas I have found that I like that I thought you might find interesting too.  Other thoughts?  Share them in comments!  I would love to learn all I can!

<![CDATA[YOU have too much stuff!  (So do I)]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:42:54 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/you-have-too-much-stuff-so-do-iPicture
When you look around your home,  “imagine the life you want to live” (as Peter Walsh says in his book It’s All Too Much

I think as you imagine this, you will see that decluttering is exactly what you need to do to start getting to where you want to be.  Get started!  Even if you only give it 30 min or an hour the first day, start on a small area so you can see the dynamic difference and be motivated to keep going.  A little every day, or longer sessions each weekend.  Whatever suits you best, but truly we ALL have too much stuff.  (A short post today as I need to go do a bit of decluttering in MY home now!)

<![CDATA[Wise thought!]]>Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:21:35 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/wise-thought

In the scope of a happy life, a messy desk or an overstuffed coat closet is a trivial thing, yet I find - and I hear from other people that they agree - that getting rid of clutter gives a disproportionate boost to happiness. --Gretchen Rubin

<![CDATA[Magazines and Cookbooks]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:24:31 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/magazines-and-cookbooks1Picture

    This is a repeat post from 2014.  I think it is worth a reminder!

    It's always a challenge getting through every magazine I would like.  I even keep one or two in the car so when I am stuck waiting somewhere I have something to read so as not to waste the time.

    But, after three months it is time to ditch old magazines, or better yet, pass them along to a friend or a doctor's office.  If you have had it on hand for three months and not read it, you are likely NOT going to.  Time to get rid of those and clean up that pile that seems to be constantly growing.  

    How about those old cookbooks?  Nearly all the recipes I use now are online.  I can pass the old ones to our library for their book sale for those that still use cookbooks.  This frees up greatly needed space and is an easy item to part with.  My feeling is any cookbook that we aren't using should get donated and give me back the extra space I can then use!

<![CDATA[Albert Einstein knew the value of decluttering]]>Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:58:13 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/albert-einstein-knew-the-value-of-declutteringOut of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.Albert Einstein]]><![CDATA[Simple habits to keep you organized.]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:30:08 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/simple-habits-to-keep-you-organized1.  Put things away immediately after use.

2.  Throw out items that are no longer of use.

3.  Pass along or donate any clothes you have that don't make you feel great when you put them on.

4.  Go through your make up and toiletries and get rid of items you don't use anymore.  Then, refrain from buying new products you don't really need.  

5.  Whenever you are called upon to donate to a food drive, clear out your pantry of anything your family no longer eats or doesn't want.  Remember to donate only unopened products which are not expired .  Glass containers are discouraged strongly, but if still good neighbor or friend might be able to take those for their own use.

6.  Don't take things simply because they are free if you have no use for it.  Don't buy something just because it is a great price.  You'll save even more by not buying it at all.

7.  Process your incoming mail EVERY day.  Ditch anything you don't want or need, like offers to subscribe to magazines you won't read or charities you don't want to give to.  Put bills wherever you keep those to be sure they get paid on time.  I prefer to put mine on automatic payment online which makes it even easier.

8.  Keep your TO DO list in your phone and review it each morning.  Try to combine errands when you are out.  

9.  Have gifts you received that you never will use?  Get rid of them and free up additional space for new memories.  They do no good living in the back of your closet month after month....

10  Keep like items together.  Your phone bill, electric bill, cable bill and others that need to get paid should all be together.  Your camera and your lithium camera batteries and the recharger should all be in one place.  Keep this in mind whenever assigning a place for something.  Everything should have a home.  Don't have space?  What do you have that is keeping some of that valuable space that you don't really need?

More to come...read this blog regularly to learn more about the ease of keeping organized.  ]]>