<![CDATA[Non-judgemental Organizing Services in the Orlando Area - Steph's Blog]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:41:03 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[This book might be the one you need to get going on your decluttering!]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:45:17 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/this-book-might-be-the-one-you-need-to-get-going-on-your-declutteringThe new book "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning" is due to be published here in the US in January.  Although I hate the name, it makes sense.  The point of the book is that your kids, or other ones left behind, don't want your stuff, so it is time to declutter NOW, before you are gone.  

In my classes, and working with clients, I always say we don't want to leave the chore of sorting through our things to our loved ones after we are gone.  Well, in addition, said more bluntly, the author believes (correctly so) that they don't want our crap.  

​So, add this to your bucket list, but put it as #1 so you do it soon, and start decluttering.  

To read more about 
"The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning" see the article in the Washington Post at https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/lifestyle/home/americans-are-pack-rats-swedes-have-the-solution-death-cleaning/2017/10/12/248dcf82-aebe-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html
<![CDATA[I love this idea to store my frying pans.]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:41:43 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/i-love-this-idea-to-store-my-frying-pans
I think this is a great solution to storing my frying pans!  What do you think?  Love it?  Get it here...​https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZZCZHR6?psc=1
<![CDATA[Don't make this COMMON mistake when organizing!]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:11:37 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/dont-make-this-common-mistake-when-organizingMany of my clients LOVE getting products at the Container Store or Amazon for the organizing in their home.  I do too!  BUT, until you fully declutter, there is no point getting those products as you don't know what you will need.  That should be ONLY done after ALL your sorting and decluttering is behind you.  Then the fun really begins.]]><![CDATA[If you are one that needs deadlines, set yourself one!]]>Sun, 01 Oct 2017 21:33:35 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/if-you-are-one-that-needs-deadlines-set-yourself-one
If you are serious about decluttering and organizing, set aside the time you need to do so.  Set yourself deadlines for each area if you are one that works best with deadlines set!
<![CDATA[The value of time spent organizing...]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/the-value-of-time-spent-organizingFor every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. ~ Benjamin Franklin
<![CDATA[What is clutter?  Just a reminder...]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/what-is-clutter-just-a-reminder6809067A reminder: Clutter is anything that does not serve a purpose or bring you great joy. Get rid of it. Simplify your life and make room for new memories!
<![CDATA[Squirrels have an organization to how they store their nuts.  You should too...]]>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:20:56 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/squirrels-have-an-organization-to-how-they-store-their-nuts-you-should-tooOk, well  maybe not your NUTS, but your groceries at least!  

In the recent US News health section, David Oliver wrote a great piece about the study of squirrels and how they always know where they have hidden their nuts.  It turns out they use "chunking."  This is explained as "...cognitive method that humans and other animals have to organize spatial, linguistic, numeric or other data, like subfolders on a computer."

So, you might be thinking, what does this have to do with me?  Well, by our also using this method, we make it easier to find what we are looking for and therefore can save time and effort.

For your pantry, put all the fruit and veggie cans on one shelf.  Put your soups together, and snacks are "chunked" together, etc, etc.  Get it?  Makes life easier, doesn't it?

Same thing in your closet.  Dresses together, then blouses, in order of sleeve length and color, skirts, slacks--all in their own "chunk."  We can learn a lot from our friends the squirrels.  Maybe not hygiene, but a lot about organizing!  

See the full piece at:  http://health.usnews.com/wellness/health-buzz/articles/2017-09-14/squirrels-actually-have-a-method-to-organizing-their-nuts-study-says
<![CDATA[Get your free credit report...here's how!]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:18:46 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/get-your-free-credit-reportheres-howBe sure to keep your credit well organized. The government requires that a free credit report be provided upon request once a year from each of the 3 major credit bureaus--Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Be careful which site you go to as there are many "fake" sites out there trying to get money or info from you. The only reputable, site for all 3 bureaus is https://www.annualcreditreport.com
I like to go every 4 months to order one, or you can order all 3 at one time. They are similar but not identical. Be sure to check them carefully upon receipt and report any errors.
<![CDATA[Less stuff allows you to enjoy more of what is beautiful around you.]]>Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/less-stuff-allows-you-to-enjoy-more-of-what-is-beautiful-around-you8645406]]><![CDATA[I was lucky that I grew up in a non-cluttered house.  My mom believed in "When in doubt, pitch it out!"  Not always easy, but a good philosophy!]]>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:23:29 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/i-was-lucky-that-i-grew-up-in-a-non-cluttered-house-my-mom-believed-in-when-in-doubt-pitch-it-out-not-always-easy-but-a-good-philosophy
Fortunately she was a minimalist too!