We wrote a blog post last April on something very important to us. It was about how we want to give back. We help people through our organizing work and we wanted to extend this help even farther.Read More
The next day to bring your personal or tax documents to shred safely is April 19th, 2014 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM at the Ojai Community Bank parking lot. There will be a second opportunity in the Autumn on September 20th, 2014. Click here for more information about this event.
Shredding your documents not only protects your identity but also the environment. The paper collected at this event will be recycled. This event falls annually after taxes are due and again in the Autumn.
For more on this topic, check out our blog post from last year on living locally and using local resources!
Join me at The Ojai Retreat on Wednesday March 12th, 2014 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM for an interactive based presentation on how to get organized.
Contact The Ojai Retreat to register and save your space.
There is a suggested donation of $10 - $20.
Contact us to have us present to your group or organization.
In late November we assisted a client in transitioning across the country. A wonderful colleague of ours did the packing and organizing on the East Coast and we took it over on the West Coast with unpacking and getting her settled into her new home in Marina Del Rey. Here are some photos from our work.
Contact us for help with your move, de-cluttering project or organizing needs in your home or business!
We are committed to serving our clients in becoming more successful in their home, business and personal lives. This may mean de-cluttering your living space, getting priorities in order or having better time-management. Getting things organized saves you time, money, resources, and energy.Read More
Fiddling around with your keychain and trying to remember which of your three silver keys unlocks your friends house. You're just trying to water her plants while she's away on vacation, after all!Read More
Transparency in the Process
A great teachers enables you to accomplish you goals. As both a yoga teacher and a professional organizer, I like to not only ‘teach’ yoga poses and organizing techniques to people, but also make the process transparent so that they can see for themselves how they can grow and eventually become their own teacher – for a lifetime!
How Is It Done? What Am I Doing?
There are a few ways this can be done. It is important to first define what it is you are doing. You are working toward a goal whether it be an organizational or physical. The goal may be to maintain organization (something you do after your initial de-cluttering and organizing session) or to learn how to do side angle pose (an semi-advanced yoga pose). Both of these final goals are not quite the easiest for beginners to get to in one step or by themselves, so it is helpful to first take a look at where the individual is in the process. You can do this with a professional organizer or an experienced yoga teacher.
Where Do I Begin?
Let’s ask ourselves the following questions to refine our thoughts above.
1. What’s working?
Are you really good at tossing out junk mail before it piles up or can you hold plank pose for 10-20 breaths to strengthen and stabilize your core? These skills may come in handy as you move toward your goal. Give yourself credit where credit is due!
2. What’s not working?
Do you skip out on shavasana (a final relaxation pose to end a yoga practice) or throw your dressy work shoes in a pile at the bottom of your closet because you aren’t sure what else to do with them? It is important o be honest with yourself and identify your habits.
3. What is most essential to you?
Is it important to you to be ale to locate your left blue flat located somewhere in that pile in the bottom of your closet when you’re already 5 minutes late for your meeting? Do you keep hearing about the benefits of shavasana and relaxation but find that your mind continues to make excuses as to why you don’t need it? What is actually important to you in your life? When we can identify this we have a better chance of refining our goal and accomplishing it.
4. Why do you want to get organized or learn this new yoga pose?
The end goal may never come to fruition if you don’t understand why you want to reach that goal in the fist place. Is it because your friend can do the pose beautifully? Is it because you have been reading organizing blogs and think you ought to be more organized? If this goal is not something that comes from deep inside of you, it may not be worth pursuing.
5. What’s causing the problem or why are you having trouble reaching your goal?
Maybe you don’t think you can actually do it. Maybe you just haven’t really thought about it much or followed the longings of your heart and mind through to the end. Maybe you believe you don’t deserve the benefits that come from accomplishing a new yoga pose or maintaining an organized closet. These reasons may sound silly as you read them but perhaps they ring true on some level deep down.
The First Step
You have to know yourself. Your true and honest intentions and desires will need to shine through before you can understand how to reach your goal. Perhaps you won’t want to reach your goal of doing side-angle pose after you realize you had only wanted to do it because your friend does it. Maybe you realize that you actually don’t mind your shoes being in a pile (except when you’re late, again, because that blue flat has gone missing!). Being radically honest with yourself, your teacher, or your professional organizer is the first step to getting down to business.
The Second Step
Once you have tapped into your own radical intimacy it is time to take action. Devise a plan based on where you currently are in your process. Practice the pose against a wall or try organizing your flip flops by color and style to take small steps towards your goal. See if you can maintain these practices.
Keep Checking In With Yourself
Hold yourself accountable as you travel down the path to your goal. If you know this is hard for you, try asking a friend, teacher, or professional organizer to assist you along the way.
Leave comments below with what you are working on in your life and how you are removing roadblocks to reach your goals!
Control Your Cords
Hey y'all, Francesca here! There's a new product on the market and it's called 'Cord Controller.' The makers of Cord Controller sent us some of their new products to try out, and, after using it in our own home, we want to share the goodies with you (enroll in our contest at the end of this blog to win a free one!). Cord Controller offers solutions for those unruly cords around your home, office and in your life.
As a Professional Organizer, I like the idea of using Cord Controller to help clients contain their holiday lights and their large extension cords (the extra large size would work best here)! I have worked countless times with clients who need assistance in their storage areas or in their garages and there has yet been such an effective, and attractive, solution to contain their tangled cords.
Cord Controller works when you're traveling or on the go, in your home or office (think: technology, garage, kitchen!). The creator of the product visited hundreds of Construction Sites in her former career and says the extra large size would work to control even those huge cords. I really like the color options and have been having fun coordinating the product with my different colored cords!
Size and Color
Cord Controller comes in 5 sizes (extra small, small, medium, large, and extra large) and 6 colors (blue, red, black, purple, pink, and beige). Which means it can work with everything from industrial cords to something as small as iPhone cords - with 5 sizes to choose from, there are a lot of cords that can be organized with a size and color for everybody.
In my line of work, safety in the home and office is something I like to keep in mind. All of us, especially children, can be prone to tripping over cords. Additionally, having many cords in one area can be a fire hazard. The solution? You guessed it: Cord Controller solves this problem and this is invaluable to those looking to transform their spaces not only aesthetically, but functionally. There is also a loop at the top of the product so it can be hung on a hook in the garage, bedroom, or bathroom.
Putting it to the Test
We have tried out this product with all of our various sized cords and we have to say, it's great and it does what it says it does!
When it comes to durability, it's made of a strong, non-elastic fabric. However, it can stretch to wrap a large amount of cord, because it uses an accordion design to create more surface area. Everyone loves velcro. Every size (except for the smallest) uses two strong velcro straps to hold the Cord Controller tight together.
It is very usable. Offices can use Cord Controller for the many wires that can too easily pile up in closets and behind desks. Garages are another place we think of with the many extension cords, elastic straps, and christmas lights.
Finally, the design is great. The different colors can help organize cords baed on their various uses or categories. Cord Controller is easy to use and understand because the design is so simple and user-friendly. Just open it up, place the wire in, and velcro it tight.
Overall, we would give this product five stars out of five, because it is very durable, usable, and makes a good addition to the organized space without adding more clutter.