Life seems to be going by on “fastforward” mode. It’s like every time I get a chance to catch-up on one thing there are 10 other things that fall by the way side. It’s never been easy to do anything alone. Really, there’s probably not much out there that you can say is better when you’re alone. Having someone “there” I truly believe makes the battle and the struggle less. Sometimes they don’t even have to say anything. Sometimes it’s the knowledge that there is a person standing along side you, a human being who refuses to judge and only support. Someone who lets you face your battle head on, but quietly lets you know “I’m here. I’m right here”.

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a little or a lot of support. You, by allowing others to help you, are the courageous. You are the one who is willing to take this on and by saying “I can’t do it alone” you are, your very own hero. You may have a war to win, an issue to address or a mountain to climb…but asking someone to be your “wing man”, your sounding board or your anchor…that’s where you’ve already won.

#40days – A challenge, someone to help you stay accountable. Stay on task and never give up. You only fail if you FAIL to try.

#40days – We commit to being there for you. #40days we WILL be your anchor, your wingman, your sounding board.

#40days – Day 1 Remove 40 unnecessary items from your space. Walk into the most overwhelming room in your home ( with a bag) and put 40 things in it that do not bring you joy. Now here’s the hard part. Take the bag – right now!- and put it in your car. Now! Donate this bag to a charity of your choice tomorrow.

#40days – Day 2 Remove 39 items from your space that do NOT bring you joy.

Repeat.Repeat.Repeat

Now here’s the EASY part. My Contact number is 519-227-2241 My email is pauline@justintimesolutions

Call me anytime. I’m here. I’m right here.

 

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When you get up in the morning and start your day, it’s important that you understand that the space you are living in reflects what’s going on in your life. There is a link to your surroundings that is like an umbilical cord.

We have years of experience working with families and individuals and we’re here to tell you if you feel “out of control”
, if there’s a heavy weight resting on your shoulders there may be a very simple solution.
Try one thing….
That’s it – just one thing.
Make your bed.
Tuck the sheets in, straighten the duvet and put the decorative pillows up.
Now, tonight when you walk into your bedroom after a long day, whether it was productive or not you have some sanctuary to end the day in.
But when you walk into your room, you need to acknowledge how you feel when you look at that bed. You need to be aware of that moment when you see that “comfort”, that space that is simple and welcoming. If you don’t take the time to appreciate that moment it will be lost and the work  ( however limited) you put into it was for nothing.
Once you’ve tried this, once you’ve accepted that this “one thing” made a difference in how you felt when you ended your day, you can continue the journey into simplifying the rest of your space.

Don’t think WOW! I’m going to tackle the basement tomorrow! ( well ok if you want to!) But We’re here to tell you, don’t bite off more then you can chew. Stick to your bedroom and it’s sanctuary. It’s a great first step. And a peaceful rest is what we are trying to get you to understand. You must start with yourself, you must make sure you’re rested and strong to begin the journey of bringing chaos to calm.
Now….
Make your bed and then clean off your bedside table.
I mean leave nothing but the lamp and your alarm clock if you have one. When you reach out to turn off that light I want to you see a clear bedside table. I want you to rest.

Yes, Summer is going to come to and end. Don’t shoot the messenger!

We love our summer days, but there’s something about fall that makes us feel like we’re in for a new start. It’s like the “New Year” for us.
We push ourselves all summer, entertaining, travelling and living the good life. Back to school hits and all of a sudden we get that tight feeling in our chests. Moms and Dads get overwhlemed at the thought of pulling their schedules together and making everyone happy.

Then you glance back over your shoulder at your home and realize that the summer blew through it like a tornado. Putting systems in place during September does help in many areas. Your kids start school back knowing where everything is, what is expected of them when they go to “Drop” their stuff in the hallway.

Remember to try small areas of change first. It might actually help if you get a few “guidelines” in place now before all the rush in September. Give the backpacks, lunchpails and notes from school a HOME. You know the first week back you’ll be flooded with slips and requests from school so make sure nothing gets lost in the chaos by having a home for all those incoming papers before school starts.

A few well prepared meals ahead of time will help with the first week back as well.
There’s nothing like getting back into the “runnning” and knowing that the family will have a healthy meal waiting for them atleast once or twice that first week back.

We can help with organizing your September and we also know a thing or two about meal preparation!

#indiansummer #keepitcoming #parentsarentready

That’s right. You read it right!
One of our clients had the unfortunate event of a failed sump pump and found herself knee deep in water.
The property restoration team was fantastic and very efficient. But the event itself was very overwhelming and difficult for our client to stay on top of.

Her basement needed to be put back, but it needed to be organized and purged so that items that had been taken out ( during the clean up) did not come back in if they were never being used in the first place.

Picture it. Disaster strikes and someone is there to help get everything boxed up and cleaned up. Maintenance follows and everything is repaired. Now your clean basement is being filled back up with boxes of items you hadn’t looked at for years.
The insurance company agreed, along with the property restoration specialist that our client needed to get her basement back to a functioning space. So they called us!

There’s nothing better then knowing you have an army on your side when things go wrong.

#insurancegoesalongway #gotourmoneysworth

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Fighting Change

Sixteen years of Professionally Organizing families has lead me to a few bits of knowledge I’d like to pass along to you.
Some great advice from minimalist, Leo Babauta.
You really can’t push your family to change unless they want to. So what I do is change myself, and be a living example that there’s a different way, and that it might be interesting and maybe better. I talk to them about the change so they know why I’m doing it, what made me consider it, what steps I’m taking, whether it’s hard or not, whether I like the change. In seeing my change, they might consider trying the change, or they might just think dad’s crazy, but either way they see a different possibility. So for example I might start decluttering my closet and drawers, or scanning all my paperwork so I can go digital, or clear out a storage shed. This is a great thing for them to see, but at the same time I’m letting them be themselves with no expectations that they’ll join me.

As a Certified Professional Organizer I am not a minimalist. I believe we all have minimalism at heart, and accepting this at varying degrees helps others.
You can live with less and if you start now, your children will strive to enjoy experiences rather then fill any voids with stuff.

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Mornings are such a “make or break” part of your entire day.
Whether you have kids, retired or are an empty nester the way your mornings start will either send you out the door smiling or you’ve got your head down hoping no one sees the defeat in your eyes.

I started my day with a snooze button ( twice). That should have been my first sign, but no…I didn’t listen to that inner voice.
I dragged myself out to the kitchen only to find that my husband had taken the last drop of milk, but thoughtfully enough returned the empty bag to the fridge. Seriously!

So the lack of coffee was going to do some damage to an already lack lustre morning.
As a family we had had a great weekend, busy and tiring by Sunday night. So I opted to skip making lunches thinking I’d be bright eyed and bushy tailed for a morning chore that was not in our regular routine.
Now I ask you Why? Why on earth would I think that.
Routine is how I get out of the house without anyone loosing a limb.
Adding three lunches to that already time sensitive schedule was NOT going to make this morning successful.

My inner voice at this point is stepping up the volume and trying to coax me back to that warm bed. But, No I press on.
Three kids, three different buses, three different pick up times. Come on, I yell to myself you can do this!!
Lunches were going to be sim pickings due to the fact that our weekend activities allowed no time to grocery shop, but who was going to argue with me! Basic food needs and a water bottle, I’m sure the littles would survive today, if I could just get them up and fed!
I managed to scrounge up a cup of tea which I set down on the counter when I heard the buzzer go off on the dryer. Heading to the laundry room to fetch the next of the never-ending clothes swap, I flip lights on and nicely ( not really) try to coax my kids out from under their soft secure blankets. I reach the laundry, but before I can stop myself I start cleaning out the litter box that had been sadly overused during our weekend out and about.
Taking the cat litter outside I realize it’s not a bad temperature outside and maybe the kids should wear their spring coats today. Searching through the front closet, my head buried deep into the unknown I start to raise my voice slightly louder because there’s sibling love going on in the bathroom and it’s not going to end well.

I do find two of the three jackets and happiness abounds when a pair of rubber boots are discovered – correct size and all! I feel a small victory! I sense that I might just turn this day around!
Heading to the bathroom to settle WW3 and I pick up three socks and a pair of shorts from the hallway. Shorts? Did we not just have -15 degree weather last week? Where did these shorts come from and why are they on the floor in my hallway?
Ever so gently I push the children in the direct of the kitchen telling them toast is available for their nutritional start of the day, don’t ask for cereal your father drank all the milk!

Briefly I catch a glimpse of my reflection in the bathroom mirror and this is where that feeling of victory vanishes down the toilet. How is it possible that someone ,who got a decent 6 hour sleep looks like a main character in a horror film? After spending precious minutes pulling at my skin and raising my eyebrows I decide maybe if I brushed my teeth things would start looking up. Yeah, sure that’s the ticket!

Back to the master bedroom and I hear some serious grumbling in my teenagers room.
No clothes! It’s a nightmare, but she has no clothes!
Ugh! I do manage to get dressed before thinking I forgot to grab the clothes out the dryer! I make my way down the hall and am corralled into the kitchen where the kids are expressing high distaste for what’s in their lunches. Why can’t they just wait until they get to school to open it and then I’m a good 20 miles away and don’t have to listen to the complaints!
Pushing, shoving with loving guidance and the teeth are brushed and two out of three have coats on. Not bad considering I have one eye with make up on and am sporting two different socks.

The alarms go off. Yes this well oiled morning machine has alarms set so that the kids have exactly 5 minutes to get from our door to the bus stop without any major injuries.
Front door closes….and I’m in the kitchen staring at my cup of tea that has now lowered to  room temperature and I think to myself – It’s a good thing I’m a Professional Organizer or THIS morning could have gone really bad!

Lesson learned. Even the best have bad days! 🙂

We are lucky to have the support of a large national company, Bell Canada who is investing in Mental Health Awareness across our country.

I would be surprised if there was one person among us who has NOT been touched by a mental health issue.

Many discussions have started in my days working with clients as to why mental health issues seem to be more “out there”.

Why there seems to be more mental health problems with young adults and teens.

And how can people live and function with so many road blocks and stigmas attached to mental health issues.

I don’t have all the answers, I probably don’t have any! But from personal experience in my own life as well as those clients who were brave and confident enough to reach out, I believe that as a society we are trying to grow and become more compassionate. We are teaching our children to become more understanding and open to discussions.

But, we have a very long way to go. The #BellLetsTalk initiative is a step in the right direction, but we must continue this support year long and in every aspect of our lives.

When you hear a friend, co-worker or family member degrade ,knowingly or not, someone who is struggling – STAND UP! STOP the behaviour. Yes, It’s sometimes not so easy, sometimes you must be brave yourself. But I have to say, I doubt you will feel “bad” after asking the behaviour to stop. I doubt you will feel belittled and ashamed. You might actually feel empowered, strong and full of life and all it took was a few words to re-direct someone’s unkind thoughts and words in a way that gets THEM thinking.

75% of our Organizing clients are dealing with some kind of mental health issues. Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Grief and Shame are all very common feelings when working with someone in their living space.

Asking for help is the first step towards living a calm and peaceful existence. We are so very proud of our clients that do reach out. And we understand the concerns when it is a family member who contacts us initially. Number #1 rule in Professional Organizing? It never works if the client isn’t truly ready.

If you’re thinking of a family member who you feel may need some help, the best bet is to ask first, never assume they’re ready.

I love this clip – please take the time to watch to the end.

It’s a Good Day