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We got an email from an old friend last week.

“We moved and I can’t take it anymore. We have too much S*%! and I want it all GONE!”

So being the incredible business that we are, we squeezed our friend Mrs.P into a week that was already busting at the seams. But we understand when someone emails or calls us and they are in that much of a state, we HAVE it help and quickly.

There’s just no sense at all to have a friend feeling overwhelmed for weeks on end when we can come in and get it under control in a day or two.

Our response was ” We’re on our way!”

So, now because this was a desperate plea for help we moved fast and booked her into a tight time slot. And then  moved onto helping the clients we had booked in prior to Mrs.P.

FYI – Mrs.P lives about 1.5 hrs away in the lovely rolling hills of Southwestern Ontario.

The adventure begins: Erin and Rebecca rub the sleep from their eyes and roll out of bed extra early in order to get to Mrs. P in good time. Rebecca jumps behind the wheel and they’re off! Heading north ( that’s all Rebecca needed to know, as Erin is the navigator).

As they are travelling NORTH, Erin starts to check into the very organized calendar of Just In Time Solutions and is having a hard time finding the “NEW” address of Mrs.P.

You see Just In Time Solutions had gone “paperless” since seeing Mrs.P the last time. So, Rebecca and Erin had an idea of where Mrs. P’s new house was but no real address. They had contact information…. however, Mrs.P has three small children and as every Mother knows

Do Not Bother me before 9 am! Do Not Pick up that phone because you will go down that rabbit hole and your morning routine will go out the window!-

So, being the organized and structured Mom that she is, Mrs. P was not answering calls or checking emails. ( to which Erin was trying desperately to get a NEW address)

Rebecca takes the bull by the horns and arrives at a small village that she believed would head them in the right direction and if nothing else could be used as a bathroom break!

Without fear or hesitation Rebecca abandons Erin in the van and heads into a quaint little general store. Asking the clerk behind the counter if he knew where Mrs.P lived.

His answer ” No, better check the post office.”

And then it happened….A bulk of a figure beside Rebecca turns around, pushes his glasses up onto his nose and points a well worn finger at Rebecca saying

” I know a Mrs.P! She lives on my road!”

Rebecca responds ” That’s her!”

With amateur artist ability but decades of local knowledge our new friend took a pen and paper and drew a map to Mrs. P’s NEW home. Now, you might ask why not just put the road name in the GPS? Well our new friend had lived here all his life and said “they keep changing the road names on me so I’ve given up and I couldn’t possibly remember what road I live on.” ( let’s be honest he said a few choice words in between , but you get the idea)

Rebecca graciously thanked the gentleman and headed outside to the van waving a piece of paper at Erin as she crossed the street.

After getting settled into the van Rebecca looks out the window to see her new friend leaving the store,  he then proceeds to get into a tractor that is parked on the side of the road.

Being patient Rebecca waits for the tractor ( slow moving vehicle sign attached) to pull out. It’s then that they realize their new friend is heading home and they happily accept the wave of his arm to “Follow”.

Yes, it was an early morning.

Yes, even professional organizers don’t get ALL the details ALL the time.

Yes, Rebecca and Erin were in a hurry.

But, it’s moments like this…moments when our team is in the right place at the right time. When they meet extraordinary people and smile and say

“Thanks” for the reminder to slow down and enjoy the ride!

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p.s Mrs.P was a very happy client by the end of the day!

 

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17 years of being a Certified Professional Organizer and you can probably guess – I’ve seen it all.

But something I didn’t actually anticipate back in 2001, was the relationships I would be forming with my clients. In my view 17 years of being in a small business and being successful is an incredible accomplishment. But today I write you about some of my firsts….

There have been clients that have been a “one off deal”. They are in need of help and coaching and when the day is done, they’re happy and organized. These clients are usually families with children. But some of my first clients were professional people who were entering “middle-age” or thinking of retiring. These amazing, organized and dedicated individuals have called on me from time to time to help in life changing situations.

I have had the honour of assisting them from moving from their family home to an apartment or condo. I have been blessed to shared the ups and downs of “downsizing” and for some moving into spaces that provide a bit more care.

It hit me this week, that I have grown so very attached to these people. They have become my friends, confidants and sounding-boards. We know everything there is to know about each other families and lives because of the time I have been given to walk along beside these wonderful individuals. I never expected to form such ties with clients that had called me for help so many years ago. But I have, and I am humbled in their trust and belief of who I am and what I do.  There have been difficult decisions and moves made,  but I believe that because of our strong relationship both of us make these moves easier on each other.

To all those clients that have become “friends”, to all those who have allowed me to join them in this incredible journey. Thank you. Thank you for your never ending confidence, faith and assurance.

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After spending the afternoon in a workshop about setting up successful strategies for kids that have difficulty functioning in an organized manor, I’m here to tell you. Where there’s a will there’s a way.

Common complaints are ” I have everything set up for him , but he just doesn’t use it.”

or “I have to hound my son so much to do homework and it’s creating problems in our family”

Most younger children today will require your time and energy. Creating a system and not engaging with them while they work through it is a set up for failure. As a parent our children learn from what they see and hear. So show them and work with them for the first few weeks on how this system of getting their homework done works!

Be realistic. You are not going to get a student who has refused to come home and start the homework right away into a organized system right off the bat.

Space changes out. Allow for the system to integrate into their lives and they will find it less cumbersome.  Try this:

Home from School

Snack 15 minutes

Empty out the bags and lunches and you ask them to pull out ONE piece of homework.

Look it over with them.

Ask if they have any questions? Or better yet – ask them to explain it to you! and LISTEN.

Give them a timeline. Work on it together if necessary for 15 minutes and if there’s been significant attempts, let them get outside and get some air for 15 minutes.

Help pace them, you’ll find that they are able to get the work completed with less then two breaks.

Written agendas don’t always work for students. Lots of teachers now set up mass text messaging to parents outlining homework due.

I for one, would take that text write it on the “to do list” on the fridge and address each item individually  as they are completed.

Teaching time management now, will truly help in the years to come.

#chaostocalm

#timemanagementforkids

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Spring is here and with that there are bound to be birthdays and weddings and showers. AND…never ending gifts and wrapping paper!

If you’re not lucky enough to have a permanent “wrapping station” in your home then these tips might be just what you’re looking for to manage your gift giving season!

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Have you ever really thought about what it would be like to be alone, and have to make some pretty big life changing decisions?

We are so lucky to have the opportunity to help people when they need it most. There comes a time in everyones’ lives where our living arrangements must change. Whether it be from being single to married, or the kids have moved out and it’s time to downsize.

Any and all of these changes cause stress and anxiety. If you disagree, I’m calling your bluff. Being in the organizing business for 18 years I have organized peoples major and minor moves several times over. One thing that stands out is that in the month before the move date everyone involved starts to get a little more nervous, a little more “scattered”. How can you not?! Moving is one of the 4 top stressful things you can go through in your life. We’re not here to tell you we can make it all better, but I do have some “don’t do it!” tips!

DONT’ DO IT!

#1 Throw stuff in a box, just to get it done. This will cause some serious grief at the other end. Purge People!!!

#2 Use Liqour Store boxes to pack your whole house. That’s just down right painful for those packing the moving van!

#3 Think that you will get it all done in a day. Rome wasn’t built in a day. No matter how many people you have helping, you are going to have to call it a day after 24 hrs.

#4 Try to do it alone. This is a big thing. We know that, you need to accept that. Now ask for help, from friends, family or professionals if need be.

There are many people out there who have no family and their social circle is not large enough or able bodied enough to help.So ask. Ask at your church, Ask your neighbours or Google! Don’t try this alone, it will cause heart ache and negativity to a move that should be as positive as possible.

I’ve never met a person yet who regrets asking the team at Just In Time Solutions to help them prior, during and after a move. Call us, we’ll help you learn from all our mistakes!

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If you have several areas in your home you want to get under control, start with just one.

You decide which one to start with — is it the area that gives you the biggest headache, or the area that guests to your home most easily see? Whatever your priorities, select one area and stick to it.

Many attempts at organization fail when the task of cleaning up the entire house seems daunting and folks give up. When you complete one area, celebrate and then move on to the next.

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You Only FAIL if you FAIL to try.

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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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