Saturday, November 20, 2010

What Value Do You Put on Being Organized?

Today's world seems to function as such a crazy, fast pace. It is very easy to lose track of time and things. Just as a little snow ball rolling down Mt. Everest, it slowly builds and builds, and builds ... into this monstrosity of a beast barreling down the slope out of control.

Lack of organization in your home or office begins very small. Maybe its just setting down the mail on the counter as you walk in the door. Perhaps you go change your clothes, start watching TV, or check on your 257 Facebook friends while the mail pile waits. Then you get hungry, make some dinner, get the kids to work on homework, check on Facebook again and get ready for bed.

Waking up in the morning you rush to get everyone out the door on time, grab your keys nearly knocking all of the mail on the floor (geez, that would have been a mess) and dash out to your car.

After a day at work, you nearly get hit by a teenager swerving while texting, you make it safely home. Grab the mail and as you walk into your home ... well, mine as well set it on the counter with the other mail.  You'll get to it later. BAM! Your little organizing snow ball has just begun.

Repeat this cycle a few days and you certainly have an organizing nightmare staring at you every time you get home.  Making feel overwhelmed, stressed and not the happy person you deserve to be.

My fellow professional organizer, John Trosko, who is the founder of OrganizingLA a premier Southern California organizing firm beautifully stated the value of our services:

"Some people wonder why organizers charge so much. Well, our fees are an amazingly value when you compare it to the time, effort & worry you encounter searching for something, not to mention the cost of having to replace an item you can't locate and the discouraging disappointment that comes from this circle. A professional organizer can help you get organized faster and more thorough than doing it yourself."

Being organized is an investment in yourself.

Sure you can focus and bring organization to your home, office and life all on your own.  Though if you are struggling, frustrated and ready to wave a big white flag, find a local professional organizer. We are here to help you love your home and office, again.  Get you out enjoying the fun in life.

What value do you put on enjoying yourself?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Woo Hoo! Get Organized for the Holidays!!

Getting organized has just become a little bit easier.  Organized Solutions is now accepting your favorite credit card for payments on all your organizing projects and organizing gift certificate purchases.  Google Checkout is a fantastic new element and we are very excited to offer this feature to you (See the right side bar on this blog.  Website access coming soon.)

As a kick-off celebration, from now until  December 25th, you can save $10 on your first purchase of $60 or more.  You can use this saving toward your projects before the holidays or purchasing organizing gift certificates to be used later.  The choice is up to you.

If you are thinking of purchasing a gift certificate, I encourage you to contact me to make sure your gift will be happily received. Nothing worse than getting a gift like that ugly sweater your Aunt Bonnie gave you when you were 16 year old.

What was the worst gift you ever received?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Our World Could Use a Few More Charlies

After helping "Charlie" with organizing his garage, he asked me to help his wife get her new apartment ready. I purchased new bedroom furniture, bedding and shower items for "Sandra," then returned to help get all her items put away.

During lunch, Charlie's wife began telling a bit about his life.

Charlie's father was a physicist who was in the US Defense Department working on weapons of mass destruction. Due to his father's responsibilities, Charlie spent his entire childhood under the care of the secret service. Bouncing from home to home, with a new last name each time he moved. WOW!

Sandra continued to tell how he ran off and joined the Marines at age 16. Ranking a Major in the US Marine Corps, Charlie fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima. She continued on with stories about their travels and hobbies.
I was in awe!!

Charlie gazed at his wife with such a loving look in his eyes. It was amazing to see a man care so very much about his wife. Not by anything he said or did, just his eyes. Stunning.

Sandra mentioned her back ached a bit. Charlie, speaking very slowly from the effects of his stroke, "Would you like me to arrange for a massage?"

In a flash, Sandra snapped back:
"Oh so now your gonna do something for me.
What the hell would I want anything from you? Your useless."

Charlie simply pursed his lips, nodded to me, his eyes broken.

"Sandra, why don't you eat your lunch so we can finish unpacking your room?" I stated in attempt to skirt what just happened.

Charlie went off for a haircut. Sandra and I went to her new room to get her items unpacked.

Charlie is an amazing man. He has told me he will always love his wife despite what her dementia is doing to her. My respect for Charlie grows with each meeting I have with him.
Hmmm ... funny, I randomly chose Charlie's nickname.
He is more than a good man. Charlie is a great man.

Sometimes what you learn from a stranger is priceless.

What have you learned from someone?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What Are You Dedicating Your Breaths to Today?

This clip is just too powerful to not be shared.
Please take the 2 minutes to watch.
Organizing can wait another day:

"If you feel you have something to give. If you feel that your particular talent is worth developing, is worth caring for? Then there is nothing you can't achieve." ~Kevin Spacey

Thank you Kevin Spacey for your gentle reminder.

What are you achieving today?

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Organizing Your Sock Drawer with Rocket Organizing

Rocket Organizing is a new venture of Organized Solutions and a sister to this blog.  

The purpose is to have short fun organizing videos, Q&A interviews, sassy shenanigans and geez, who knows what else.  This is the first complete organizing video on organizing your sock drawer.

We believe Rocket Organizing will  lead ultimately to a TV network picking up the program and adding some sassy, sexiness to the organizing world.

.... think of the trifecta of Rachel Ray, Ellen Degeneres and Lucille Ball.

Yes, we will have action figures.

Are you ready for some reality in the organizing world that YOU can relate to?