The road to a peaceful and fun holiday season starts with a little bit of planning. For the next 6 weeks I am going to share my best Holiday Organizing Tips so you can enjoy the 2016 Holiday Season spending time as you choose and relatively stress free. Sorry I cannot guarantee ‘relative’ free haha!

I also encourage you to comment and share your own ideas of what works for you.

Let’s Get Started

What are the holidays about for you?

Sit and think about this for a minute to really embrace what this time of year is all about for you and your family.

What parts do you love?  What parts stress you out? Do you love entertaining? Do you love to shop for gifts? do you love to bake? Do you love all the beautiful decorations and spending time making your home pretty?

I encourage you to spend time on the things you love to do.  Minimize the time on stuff you don’t enjoy. De-cluttering and clearing out the stuff on your list that you do not need or love to do.

cost of clutterLet’s be real, no one is perfect and very few people have everything perfectly organized, neat and clutter free. I have never preached perfection.  However in my more than a decade in the organizing business I am confident in saying that clutter and disorganization can result in some pretty hefty costs if not dealt with at all.  It can get out of control be too much.

From my experience here are the top 5 costs of clutter and disorganization:

#1 MONEY!  Yup cold hard cash. 

Clutter can cost you lots of money in lost sales if disorganization causes you to not follow up with clients, not get back to clients or truth be told piss off clients because you cannot get your shit together and you miss deadlines, you lose things or you straight up forget things because you have no system, too much on your plate and disorganization reigns in your life.

Disorganization can cost you money when you don’t pay bills in time- those late penalty fees can really add up

Clutter can also cause you to have to buy something again…because you just can’t find something you know you have but can’t find in all the clutter.

How much is your time worth?  Disorganization can cost you lots of lost pay time that is not billable, instead you spend time looking for things and digging through piles instead of on activities that actually bring in income.

Back to school for teens top 5 tipsIt is that time of year again when we are planning for our kids to return to school. Some of you dread this time of year knowing that routines and that dreaded lunch preparation time is at hand. Some of you, of course, are jumping for joy knowing the kids are getting the heck out of your house!

I always found getting teens ready for back to school is a much different process than when they were younger. High School is a different baby all around than middle school from my experience. Mornings in our house were much harder because as teens they stay up too late and getting up in the morning was not their favourite thing to do...especially for ugg school!

Here are my top 5 tips to preparing yourself and your teens for back to school:

#1 Don't overstress about school supplies. I found that they did not need nearly as much as when they were younger especially those first days. some basic supplies of loose leaf paper, a binder, pens, pencil and eraser. Wait until they are a few days in and have been to class a few times, then they will know what they actually need for each class.

Is clutter badIs Clutter Bad?

Does clutter just happen in your space? Have you been surrounded by mess and disorganization your whole life?

Listen up, clutter is a symbol in your life. Only you can decided what that symbol means to you by how it makes you feel. Your outside world reflects your inside world. If the clutter around you is overwhelming, frustrating and out of control then I will guess that your mind and emotions also feel overwhelmed, frustrated and out of control.

On the flip side clutter may not bug you at fact it may comfort or inspire you. Some people love their collections, their books and their knick knacks, they feel safe and happy surrounded by their stuff. Some people need the clutter to get their creative juices flowing, have you ever seen an art studio or craft room that is not at least a little chaotic?

TAKE TIME TO OBSERVE 2I so love getting feedback from clients. I got a call today from one that I worked with this week who has been really struggling over the past few years with clutter and anxiety. Today she called me to let me know she was working on her 'homework' and that she was making progress. Yeah her, I feel like a proud momma!

During our session I will admit I was a little worried that we were not making the progress I had hoped we would and I was at a bit of a loss as the where to go next, but alas I decided to just sit back, observe for a bit to see what was really going on and allow the answer to come to us.  Yes I will admit I do not have all the answers (Don't tell my hubby and kids that though hehe), but what I have learned is to trust my instincts and go with the flow.  Forcing anything has never worked for me. During this observation time I noticed a major behaviour pattern for this client...and I gently mentioned it to her.  It was a big ah ha moment for both of us, just from me taking the time to observe and not direct action, we had discovered  a key behaviour and the root of some major anxiety!