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http://www.theorganizingmentors.com We help people DeClutter their surroundings in order to function and live better in their environment.
We take our time getting to know our clients and to honor their needs and wishes. We come prepared for anything and can adjust at a moment’s notice. Every client, every situation is unique. It takes patience, commitment and a loving heart to do what we do. We understand that sorting through and purging items you have had for many years is emotionally draining and quite difficult. Often time, we end sessions earlier than anticipated to give you the break you need. We pass no judgments. We have only your best interest in our minds and hearts. Everyone was put on this earth on purpose, with purpose and for a purpose. We do not believe anyone’s purpose was to stuff their lives with stuff, excuses and pain, nor to keep their true purpose and gifts hidden from the world. By educating, appreciating and inspiring confidence in our clients, while also deCluttering their physical spaces, they become able to make positive choices that enrich their lives and set them free. You see the stuff about your stuff, really isn’t about your stuff.
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Now that your tree is UNdecorated, you may be wondering what to do with it.
Every year, the Loudoun County landfill turns thousands of Christmas trees into FREE mulch for county residents.
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Heading back to campus next week? Whether you're moving into a new space this semester or just need to refresh your existing room, you'll like these valuable tips.
How do you solve a problem like a dorm room? Certified professional organizer Julie Bestry shares her tips for making the most of a small space.
Check out our blog post about getting organized for tax season by guest blogger Karen Mason, The Approachable Accountant.
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Intentions are different from resolutions, but they are also different from goals.
Your values are the foundation of your intentions, which might not always be the case with your goals. Once a goal is achieved, it must be replaced with a new goal, but your intentions are enduring.
Your goals may be aligned with your intentions. For instance, if your intention is to be actively engaged with your children, your specific goals about your health, your money, your job, or your home may affect your ability to realize your intention.
The idea of focusing on your intentions may seem like it would be exhausting, but it’s rejuvenating. You may expend the same amount of energy, but the results nourish your spirit.
Things can be a terrible drain on both your energy and your spirit, because things create responsibilities, which can be both physical and mental. When we are intentional about the things we keep in our homes, those responsibilities seem less burdensome because they are aligned with our values.
That is why the “I” in the LITL system stands for Intentional.
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Setting intentions should begin with reflection. As 2018 draws to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year and ask yourself questions that help you assess where you are and how you got there. What gave you joy? What made you feel grateful? What are you proud of? What did you let go, and how has that improved your life?
To set intentions for the future, reflect on the things you could have done differently. What do you want to let go – mentally and physically – in 2019? What good things do you want to invite into your life?
Every person is unique, and you should honor that about yourself. Your home doesn’t have to be “perfect” to be perfect for you, but if the state of your home is interfering with something else that’s important to you – gathering with family and friends, engaging in a hobby, exercising – you will have to address it to get to the good stuff.
Sometimes all we need is a fresh perspective.
Someone asked recently if we throw away things that are too difficult for the owner to part with. No – we are not here to make decisions about YOUR stuff.
Our role is to help you look at the things in your home differently. Sometimes we help you find better ways to use or store items you want to keep. And sometimes, we help you decide whether items deserve a place in your home.
The important thing is that we offer different perspectives, and you make the decisions.
If you have set an intention to create a more organized and peaceful home, we can help.
Setting your intentions is about being mindful and purposeful -- not perfect. It is important to focus on your desired outcomes, and give yourself over to the process of getting there in your own way and time instead of following a prescribed path on a rigid timeline.
So you've done all this decluttering, and now you're wondering how to get the tax benefits? Check out our latest blog post by guest blogger Karen Mason, The Approachable Accountant, "From Clutter to Contribution."
In my experience, most people undervalue their charitable contributions on their tax returns!
Food is such an important part of our holiday celebrations, reflecting our cultures and traditions. It can be hard to let go of those treats, especially if you only have them once or twice a year.
But let's face it -- you're probably not going to eat it all, and New Year's is coming up fast, with its own food and beverage traditions.
Today is a good day to make a dinner with all of those yummy leftovers, and make hard choices about what -- if anything -- is going back in the fridge when you're done.
After all, you need to make room for the bubbly to celebrate the a New Year of living with less clutter and more intention!
This time of year, many people are talking about their New Year's Resolutions. The problem with making resolutions is the way we think about them. Any misstep is a "broken" resolution, which feels an awful lot like breaking your strength, your will. No one needs that kind of negativity when trying to make a change for the better!
Setting your intentions is different. You don't "break" your intentions - everything you do is either in accordance with your intentions or not. If your New Year's Resolution is to get rid of 100 boxes of clutter and you only get rid of 95, you have broken your resolution and may feel like you failed, even if you didn't bring a single new item into your home all year.
If you set an intention to live a clutter-free life, every action you take either supports that intention or it doesn't. Every box you fill with donations or bag you fill with trash supports your intention, but you're also acting on your intention when you browse without making a purchase or choose the online edition of a magazine instead of a mail-order subscription.
In yoga, an intention is called a sankalpa, and requires focusing your positive energy on your desired result. Otherwise, you Let it go and let the universe work its magic...just like our LITL system of organizing.
Download the infographic today at https://www.theorganizingmentors.com/download.
The LITL System will motivate and empower you to get your space back Mentally and Physically. Learn the process here!
I hope everyone had a peaceful and happy Christmas!
Here are 5 things you can do today to set the stage for a more organized New Year.
1) Write your thank you notes with your family to anyone who sent 🎁🎁. If you thanked someone in person, but didn't get the opportunity to express how much you appreciated the gift, you can still send a note -- it's sure to warm the heart.
2) Find a place for all those great presents by following the one-in, one-out rule to get rid of things you no longer enjoy. Place good items in boxes or bags to be donated and place it in your 🚗. (Be sure to check out our guest blog tomorrow from The Approachable Accountant, who will tell you how to get the max deduction out of those donations!)
3) Take stock of your wrapping paper and 🎀🎀. Discard paper that tore too easily, partial rolls not big enough to wrap anything, and wrinkled paper. IF you have room, now is a great time to stock up on high quality wrapping supplies for next year at a discount. **Discarded wrapping paper should NOT be placed in your recycling bin!**
4) Plan your meals for the rest of the week around your leftovers. No way you'll eat them all? Consider making a casserole or 🍲to share with friends and neighbors or freeze for later.
5) If you have a real 🎄, be sure to water it today!
It's Christmas Eve. For the most part, the stores are closed. Some of you still have a lot of work ahead of you, creating that Christmas magic, but I hope that it's work you enjoy.
Our final Countdown to Christmas list is as follows:
1) Forgot something? Didn't get that perfect gift you wanted to buy for someone special? House doesn't look the way you want it to? Don't ruin your own Christmas by fretting over those things.
LET IT GO.
2) Take time to savor the little things that make Christmas special. The lights in the neighborhood, even if you never got around to hanging your own. Each memory-filled ornament as you place it on the tree. That simple dish that has always been part of your Christmas.
3) Facing another long night of wrapping gifts? Is there an alternative that would leave you with time to enjoy some cocoa or wine and a great Christmas movie? Try consolidating multiple gifts into one box or using unconventional wrapping. Do you have a pillowcase or two you could sacrifice to become gift bags? Could you get away with JUST tags?
4) Feeling sad or lonely? Reach out to someone who might be struggling even more than you are. Watch a few funny videos or a heartwarming Christmas movie. Light a few candles and pamper yourself a little.
5) Remember the reason for the season.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Our apologies to everyone following our Countdown to Christmas series. Due to a technical glitch, the last few days did not post. We are so sorry!
We hope you are enjoying your Christmas Eve!
Step by step instructions:
1) Remove tiny elf from fridge.
2) Kiss his little cheeks.
3) Make sure you still have enough whipped cream for dessert.
4) Have a Merry Christmas.
If one of our professional organizers came to your house for 2 hours, what would you want to work on? What areas need attention? What would make your days less stressful?
Professional organizing services are a great gift for everyone on your list, and you can order online! Check out our limited time holiday special.
With only 5 days left to prepare for Christmas, here are 5 tasks to check off your To Do list today!
#1 -- If you are serving turkey for Christmas and plan to buy frozen, it's time to get that bird into the refrigerator to thaw! Allow at least one day for every 4 pounds of turkey. I hope you've been keeping up with our Friday Fridge Challenges!
#2 -- Remember, today is the last day to ship 1st Class and Priority Mail to ensure delivery by Christmas! (Express will cost you much more.)
#3 -- Wrap at least 🎁🎁🎁🎁🎁 and put them under the 🎄! Avoiding that last minute wrap-a-thon will make Christmas Eve so much more peaceful!
#4 -- Clean your bathrooms and powder room. Get the dirty work out of the way so a quick refresh is all that's needed on Christmas Eve Day.
#5 -- Clean out your 🚗, top off the washer fluid, and fill the gas tank. Make sure you have a snow brush/ice scraper in the car. You'll be ready for last minute shopping and errands.
How's everybody doing? What's left on your To Do List that's causing you the most stress?
Some great tips from a seasoned traveling pro!
There are so many details involved in getting ready for Christmas, it can be easy to overlook something that will leave your guests feeling uncomfortable and longing for home. Show them how much you care -- check out our latest blog post with easy tips for welcoming people into your holiday home.
Be prepared for everything from the guest who surprises you with a plus-one to a medical emergency.
Have cards to 📫? 🎁🎁🎁 to ship? TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY to send them via 1st Class or Priority Mail to ensure delivery by Christmas. Take time this evening to wrap, 📦 , address, and put them in your car! Set a reminder for tomorrow on your phone or calendar to make sure you don't forget to head to the post office. You can still do Express Mail until the 22nd, but it will cost you!
While you're at it, see what else you may want to pick up while you're out at the post office. Are you out of tags or tape? Do you need batteries for gifts or decorations? This isn't a major 🛒trip, just picking up a few things to make the days ahead a little easier.
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So you've got your organized gift-wrapping station set up, but you've never quite mastered the art of beautiful gift wrapping? These four simple tips from Lifehacker will get you headed in the right direction.
Beautifully wrapped gifts make a great impression and look beautiful when you give them, but can be hard to do right. This video offers a few simple tips to master gift wrapping and present those perfect presents in just a few minutes.
By this time next week, the big Christmas celebration will be wrapping up. Are you ready?
Tonight is a great time to finish making your list, and checking it twice! Take inventory of the gifts you've already purchased, and check online orders to make sure you received what you ordered. Check the status on any gifts you ordered but have not received.
If there are gifts yet to buy (and I bet there are), develop a game plan for getting them in time for Christmas, and make sure you have a back-up in case that's not possible. If you're dealing with the time crunch by relying on Amazon Prime, pay close attention to the available delivery dates. Many items will not be delivered in time for Christmas.
Finally, avoid wrapping and shipping hassles by checking out the Clutter-Free Gift Ideas posted on our page between November 26 and December 2!
All this 🌧! With just a little over a week until Christmas, it can really make it tough to keep your home clean and inviting for the holiday.
Check out these mudroom and foyer tips to tame the weather and maintain all your hard work!
Many of us live in large homes, with plenty of room to store belongings, so we may not feel that we are struggling with clutter. The truth is, excess creates an extra responsibility that nobody needs. Beyond the necessities of every day life, if it doesn't have a place in your heart, it shouldn't have a place in your home.
Whether and what you Let go is a personal decision, but we can help.
Getting ready for holiday travel? 🚕✈️🚂🧳🧳🧳
With just a little advance planning and organization, you can turn your travel time into an enjoyable part of your holiday adventure!
Check out our latest blog post to learn how!
With just a little advance planning and organization, you can turn your travel time into an enjoyable part of your holiday adventure!
We love these testimonials because they let us know that we have made a difference in someone's life.
If you're planning to put your home on the market after the holidays, now is the time to start preparing! A well-ordered home appears more spacious and welcoming.
Are you ready?
Going old school in the kitchen can really help ease holiday stress. That's where a lot of the action takes place, and it's easy to let things get a little sloppy.
It doesn't have to be beautiful and perfect -- it just has to work for you.
Vintage graphic courtesy of Big Chill.
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