<![CDATA[Non-judgemental Organizing Services in the Orlando Area - Steph's Blog]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:16:36 -0700Weebly<![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]]>
<![CDATA[The easiest way ever to donate gently used shoes and clothing]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:30:20 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/june-19th-2017Now that you are ready to tackle your cluttered closet, don't let the question of where those items can be donated that are still perfectly good for someone else deter you  Some clients just want to put them in our landfills--AUGHH!  Many of you might live in area with homeless shelters, Dress for Success collections or other good places to give your things.  But, if you are in an area where there is nothing close, here is an EASY free solutions!

Do you have gently used shoes or clothing that looked good in the store but were not so great when you tried them those first few times?  How about that dress that is a bit snug, or the slacks you thought you would love and haven't worn for over a year?  Comfort is what it is all about--if they aren't comply and make you feel great, pass em along.  

Soles4Soles is a great non-profit organization. https://soles4souls.org They have partnered with ZapposForGood who will pay the cost of postage for your sending your gently used items to them.  Go to http://www.zappos.com/zapposforgood/give and learn more.  All you need to do is print out a prepaid UPS label, pack em up and drop off at any UPS store.  

And, your gift is more closet space, and a wonderful feeling of having done good for someone else.  Priceless.  
<![CDATA[Wondering how to take control of toys?]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:17:07 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/wondering-how-to-take-control-of-toysI just read at worldatlas.com that " ...the sale of games and toys within the United States alone was estimated to reach close to $23 billion by the close of 2014."  
Frankly I find that obscene.  Especially when we think of children in shelters and living in cars that have virtually nothing.  

For those of you that are regular readers, you know I love Real Simple Magazine.  Here's a piece that might give you some ideas of getting control over the massive number of toys our kids seem to have.

<![CDATA[What is clutter? ┬áJust a reminder...]]>Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/what-is-clutter-just-a-reminderClutter is anything that neither brings you great joy nor serves a purpose.  

It is time to donate, pass along or ditch any clutter.  No better time to start than now!]]>
<![CDATA[Time to re-evaluate your KEEP pile when it looks like this!]]>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/time-to-re-evaluate-your-keep-pile-when-it-looks-like-this]]><![CDATA[If you seem overwhelmed with clutter, start with a small area first!]]>Mon, 29 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/if-you-seem-overwhelmed-with-clutter-start-with-a-small-area-firstA lot of my clients find the job of decluttering and getting organized totally overwhelming.  But, starting with a small area and doing a bit at a time can prove very productive and rewarding.  As you lessen the clutter surrounding you, the calm will then become part of you.  Take one step, then another...and another.  Soon that calm will make the effort well worthwhile!

One may walk over the highest mountain 
one step at a time. ~ John Wanamaker]]>
<![CDATA[Declutter your digital life]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://fromchaostoorder.net/stephs-blog/declutter-your-digital-lifeAfter paper, which I hate organizing, I think getting my computer and smartphone decluttered is a close runner up.  Here are some hints that have helped me and some of my clients.

1.  Slim down your inbox.  That means once you have read a message you don't need any longer, put it in the trash.  On too many email lists?  Unsubscribe.  I got rid of about 20 subscriptions recently and it helped greatly!  Also, making sure at the end of the day that your inbox is empty makes your next morning on email far easier.

2.  Check out the apps on your SmartPhone and get rid of ones you don't need.  I was amazed when I looked thru the 4 pages of apps on my iPhone that I could cut down by 1/4 and only have 3 pages to look thru when I need to launch an app.  Knowing I can get those deleted apps back from the cloud in the future made it all pretty easy.

3.  Stick to just a couple social networks.  These can suck away our valuable time and suddenly looking at the clock you see an hour has passed online doing virtually nothing.

4.  Every month schedule time to review the digital photos you have on your phone and computer and delete all the dups and poor quality ones you don't need or want.  Doing it monthly makes the chore pretty easy.  Upload as many photos from your phone onto your computer, especially if you have limited space on your phone.  

Try these ideas and see if it helps.  It sure did for me!]]>
<![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