The Four Seasons

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NOTE: Please press play on the music link below the photo and then commence reading. I promise it makes the topic way more fun and sophisticated.

Question: How does one make the discussion of Seasonal Organizing in your home both entertaining and appealing?

Answer: Title the post “The Four Seasons” which will immediately transport the reader to what I imagine to be, one of me most luxurious hotel experience on the planet. Then accompany the post with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons [specifically selecting “AUTUMN” ] in order to subtly, yet firmly, reinforce your message.

Now that you’re relaxed, let’s discuss….your closets. I know, school just started in September. I understand you may still be in transition mode from little ones being in new schools, big ones being away at college, but my friend - it is time to take care of your house.  

This Fall I began offering a brand new extension of my business which I am calling Seasonal Services. The idea grew from a series of conversations with clients and busy moms who openly shared with me how little time they have to spend on projects for their home. Projects that, when completed, make them feel joyful, peaceful, and happy to relax on the couch. Yet, in the midst of everything else, simply fall off the to do list or become "undone frustrations.

This is exactly why you need me on your PWT! {If confused, read previous post here}

Life moves quickly, especially September- December, so we need to start planning.  Peruse the Seasonal Services and if there is something you need that you do not see on the list, just let me know. I’d love to hear in the comments below regarding your home decor issues in the Fall.

Professional Organizing Refreshed - Hiring Your PWT.

At certain times in life everyone needs a little help. Not that we want to give up entirely or relinquish all responsibility, but after being available to others all day, we simply crave the companionship of someone 100% dedicated to our needs - to our successes - to our goals. I know I do! In the midst of writing this post even, I had to call my business coach to vent about how much trouble I was having with writing this darn post!

Thankfully, life provides us amazing resources to help lighten the load.  We can hire therapists and trainers and life/business coaches whose job it is to meet us where we are, listen to us vent, create an action plan for accountability and then walk with us through the mud.

This is the point where I tell you, quite confidently, that adding a Professional Organizer to your “Personalized Wellness Team” [can we make PWT a thing?] is an excellent investment in your overall well being. Yes- for real- allow me to elaborate.

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Through my personal experiences, as well as working with clients, I have learned that professional accountability is key. Hiring an expert in an area where you may not personally shine not only helps you to accomplish way more in way less time, but also develops your skill-set and supports you in reaching your goals. By definition, a coach is someone who “instructs or trains” and along with the addendum of encourage, this is exactly what I do when I work with my clients.

Hiring a Professional Organizer is not about being “unable to do the job on your own” (most of you can place items in your pantry in a reasonably logical way, I am sure). Instead, it is far more about being self aware enough to know what you do well and where you want to focus your limited time/energy.  

To hire a Professional Organizer is to say - “ I choose not to be in charge of this” - “I choose to be present without needing to figure out the plan of action” - “I choose to hire help simply because it makes it easier and more fun”

Professional Organizing may potentially blow your mind with new ways to fold your clothes or store your keepsakes...but probably not. You can find all of the tips and tricks of the trade online. For me it’s about personal connection. The one-on-one, creative, individualized problem solving that works specifically for your family. This is what makes a Professional Organizer a great addition to your PWT!

Ep 2: The Room Where It Happened - Boy's Room

 
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The way the homeowner's arranged their son's room makes perfect sense. They maximized the floor space so that he can play on the carpet. However, even though this layout sort of works...it definitely does not for Staging. Allow me to elaborate.

Close your eyes for a second. When you open them I want you to look at the photo to the left. Tell me the first thing you notice in the room? I am willing to bet that most of you will say the area rug! It's geometric and bright and fun....but unfortunately not what I want buyers to notice first thing. My desire is for them to notice the quality/function of room itself first and foremost.

My second issue is the bed location. The entry wall makes total sense and I understand the reasoning. There is no other long wall without a window - and a bed can not be placed in front of a window...or can it? I argue that in certain situations  "Yes, indeed it can" - and so I did.

The other reason to support moving the bed is that the strong bead-board sides fight with my desired open, airy entrance to the room. Not to mention the fact that sleeping with your feet aligned with the door is the one feng shui principle that really freaks me out -so I adhere to it!

"Traditional Chinese feng shui school masters say that a bed aligned with the door resembles a coffin that is always taken away feet-first."

  Rodika Tchi - Feng Shui Consultant 

Yikes!

Below: Lots of changes that, when put together, add up to an inviting space for both daily and guest use.  We didn't have to compromise style or color in order to make this bedroom A+

The Room Where It Happened Series: Introduction

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With my ever present underlying life goal of bringing Musical Theater to the masses, I decided to title the initiating series on this blog "The Room Where It Happened." Yes, it is the title of a song from HAMILTON, which I still have yet to see, but I digress. Mind you, the title is the only part of the song that fits my purposes so don't go searching for Home Decor metaphors in the lyrics.

The Room Where It Happened Series will focus on sharing my process. The How and/orWhy I made the decisions I did when STAGING, ORGANIZING or REFRESHING a client's space. {caveat: when I remember to take before photos, which I forget...often} Everyone enjoys peeking behind the curtain, right?  Some choices I make you may love.; others you may prefer in your neighbor's house. But either way, I am simply hoping to share how my mind works, what is important to me during the planning and executing stages of my projects and maybe inspire you to look at your space with fresh eyes.