Hey folks. I’ll be on vacation in Vermont from Thursday morning, August 12 through Sunday evening, August 15. My Internet access will be rare: if I’m lucky, maybe once a day, I’ll grab some wi-fi in the town library.
My next available dates are:
Mon. Aug. 16 from 9-2
Tues. Aug. 17 from 9-2
Wed. Aug. 18 from 9-3
Sat. Aug. 21 from 9-6 (extra weekend $5/hr charge applies)
Organizing tip o’ the day: Eliminate the word “should” from your vocabulary when you’re talking about yourself and your intentions. It is a sad word, and doesn’t work. Try “I’m going to” or “I want to” instead.
My upcoming schedule:
Friday July 23, 2:30 – 5:30
Sat. July 24, 2:30 – 5:30 (+$5/hr weekend charge applies)
Sun. July 25, 2:30 – 5:30 (ditto)
Mon. July 26, 9 – 3
Tues. July 27, 9 – 2:30
Wed. July 28, 1 – 4
Thurs. July 29, 9 – 1
Fri. July 30 – Aug. 2: Out of town
Tip o’ the Day:
Instead of focusing on what possessions you don’t like/need/love, think about the ones you DO. How do you feel about them mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically? You may find that an easier guideline for deciding what to keep than focusing on the negative. Comment on this if you like!
My next available session days/times are:
Tues. July 6, 9:00 to 12:00;
Wed. July 7, 9:00 to 4:30;
Thurs. July 8, 9:30 to 4:30;
Fri. July 9, 9:30 to 6:00;
Sun. July 11, 9:00 to 6:00 (extra weekend rate applies).
(Times may need tweaking depending on where you’re located.)
Tip o’ the Day: If you want your kids to put their stuff away, you need to label the storage space with what you want to go where. You have a hard enough time deciding where to put stuff; don’t expect your kids to figure that out on their own. Everything can be labeled, even shelves, drawers, baskets, and canvas bins. And label with photos or drawings as well as words, definitely if your kids aren’t reading yet, but it can also help older kids.
Mon, June 7: 1 to 6 PM
Tues, June 8: 9 AM to 2 PM
Wed, June 9: 9 AM to 1:30 PM
Thurs, June 10: 3 to 6 PM
Fri, June 11: 9:30 AM to 6 PM
Sat & Sun, June 12-13: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (but at the extra $5/hr weekend rate)
Organizing Tip: Keep a recycling bin wherever you sort your mail, and ditch the junk mail before you even put any of it down. It only takes seconds, and it will save you from growing the guilt-laden Mountain of Mail.
I’ve decided to start posting my availability for organizing sessions roughly once a week. If anyone objects to this, I can create a special filter for it. Comments welcome.
Tomorrow (Wed, June 2): 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Thurs, June 3: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Fri, June 4: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
No availability this weekend (sorry!)
Mon, June 7 and Tues, June 8: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tip o’ the day: If you ever label an object in your home as “a perfectly good [X],” you’re trying to justify keeping it when you don’t really need or want it. Let it go!
Due to popular demand, I have decided to start offering an option for my services in which I focus entirely on sorting. There will be no coaching, and the client doesn’t even have to be present. Sorting-only is great for clients who find the process of side-by-side organizing to be too stressful, who feel like they can’t keep it up for an entire three- or four-hour session, or who just don’t have the time to devote to organizing along with me. I can do this on as large a scale as you like: entire rooms or houses. After I sort each time, you can go through the items at your leisure and decide what to do with them. I can do any items you have, but I think it’s especially useful for paperwork, containers or drawers of completely mixed up items, books, and even clothing if you need it sorted by size, household member, or season, and/or need me to weed out damaged items. (I also love matching up socks!)
I have learned that you can submit a provider review to Angie’s List even if you’re not an Angie’s List member. So if you liked the work I did for you, please follow this link, search for me as “Find Your Floor Professional Organizing,” and fill out the form. It shouldn’t take more than ten-fifteen minutes or so. If you’re not an Angie’s List member, then your review won’t count toward my score, but it will still be readable by people who are considering whether or not to hire me.