<![CDATA[Non-judgemental Organizing Services in the Orlando Area - Steph's Blog]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:20:22 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Psychology Today magazine had it right!]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:01:21 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/psychology-today-magazine-had-it-rightPsychologytoday.com noted a number of reasons why clutter is bad for us.
--It overstimulates our system, causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren't necessary or important. 
--It draws our attention away from what our focus should be on. 
--It makes it more difficult to relax both physically and mentally. 
--We are constantly reminded in our brains that we still have a huge to-do list. 
--It causes feelings of guilt and embarrassment, particularly when someone drops by unexpected. 
--It frustrates us by making it hard to find anything we need. 

I don't think you need any more reasons than this. Choose an area in your home and start your decluttering process. Refer to past posts if you're not sure how to begin. Go on, you can do it!

Here are some great pieces about clutter from Psychologytoday.com

<![CDATA[There is no time like the present to start decluttering and organizing.]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:27:37 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/there-is-no-time-like-the-present-to-start-decluttering-and-organizing]]><![CDATA[The joy of decluttering]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:34:18 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/the-joy-of-declutteringAside from the obvious fact that decluttering reduces the risk of falls, there are many other reasons to declutter.

It allows space for new memories to be made.
It frees you of things that are in the way and consuming thought unnecessarily.
It frees your mind of excess concerns.
The less clutter, the less time you spend with it--leaving time instead for fun!
The sense of calm--which is my favorite.
<![CDATA[How to get going and see success in decluttering]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:25:00 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/how-to-get-going-and-see-success-in-declutteringI love when I read something by another Pro Organizer that agrees with the guidance I regularly offer my clients.  I just read Declutter 101 at the Organized Home website and indeed we are on the same page.  

1.  Like I have said several times, look initially for a small success.  Clear a counter, redo your junk drawer in the kitchen or purge thru one shelf of books, getting rid of any you have read which you won't reread and pass along or donate those.  Then step back and look at that success!

2.  Keep working gradually over time.  Don't quit after one or two sessions.  With time there will be huge progress, but enjoy the small progress in the interim.

3.  Schedule declutter times.  Get out your calendar now and note several one hour periods in the next week where you can devote that time to decluttering.

Give it a try.  You'll see some great success!

See the full piece at http://organizedhome.com/cut-clutter/declutter-101-where-do-I-start
<![CDATA[A reminder how to use those few minutes for good results]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:49:11 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/a-reminder-how-to-use-those-few-minutes-for-good-resultsPicture

If you find yourself with a small amount of time, take on a small organizing project.  The pile on the steps, next to your bed, or on the kitchen counter can many times be sorted through in 15 minutes or less.  Give it a try and discover the calm that comes with more organized surroundings.  Maybe you have some items in your craft room that need attention.  Ribbon maybe?

<![CDATA[Words of Wisdom]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 04:47:06 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/words-of-wisdom"Give yourself access to the things you use and love by getting rid of
​the stuff you don't."

- From Organizing from the Inside Out]]>
<![CDATA[Kids Books--where can I get rid of these!!!]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:46:15 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/kids-books-where-can-i-get-rid-of-theseBOOKS (Gently used only please) needed for K-5 students in need. Especially seeking grade 4 and 5 chapter books (Babysitter Club, Goosebumps, Magic Tree House, etc) Any you have you can send by using a prepaid label (printed at http://www.zappos.com/zapposforgood/give and scroll down to BOOKS) and then dropped off at any UPS store!  And, think of all that extra space on your bookshelves!  YEA!]]><![CDATA[What is clutter? ┬áJust a reminder...]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/what-is-clutter-just-a-reminder6511967Clutter is anything that doesn't serve a purpose nor brings you great joy.  
Time to donate, ditch or pass along.
<![CDATA[Less stuff allows you to enjoy more of what is beautiful around you.]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/less-stuff-allows-you-to-enjoy-more-of-what-is-beautiful-around-youAre you missing some enjoyment of the world by being overwhelmed with clutter?
<![CDATA[Remember to give experiences rather than things as gifts.]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/remember-to-give-experiences-rather-than-things-as-giftsI love giving my nephews and nieces a day out with me to their favorite restaurant, park or movie on their birthdays.  Giving them "things" just adds to the clutter and is soon forgotten.  Special time shared together is remembered always...
especially with shared photos.

Your children need your presence, 
more than your presents.
~ Jesse Jackson]]>