Monday, November 26, 2012

Organization Is.....

  • Cleaning your home in minutes because every item has a place it belongs.
  • Focusing your time and energy creating a space where you want to live.
  • Being purposeful in managing your time so that you can focus on the people/activities that are most important to you.
  • Coming home and saying "Ahhhhhh........" instead of "Argggghhh!"
  • That great "hey I got something done today!" feeling productivity brings.

I try and create areas in my home that work for me and my family.

One day I'd like to read one of these books.....

in one of these chairs...

One Organized Mama can help you in any area where time management or organization needs improvement in your life.

Contact Janel @ 702-498-1636

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What's The Most Difficult Word To Say??

I bet you guessed's of course "no."

I challenge each of you this holiday season to say "no" to one request that is being asked of you.

Much easier said than done.....I know!

Let me tell you this will go far in easing your stress and helping you prioritize your life.

I promise you that the charity, friend, coworker, church member, or second cousin twice removed WILL survive without you baking your famous cookies.

As I've said before TIME can be an obstacle to organizing your life. If you begin saying "no" to the things that are not priorities in your life you'll be less stressed around the people that DO matter!

So take my challenge and share your "JUST SAY NO TO STRESS!" experiences. I would love to hear what you said "no" to as well as what you did with your time instead!

Tonight I said "no" to going to dinner with one of my best friends so that I could finish Thanksgiving shopping and do this.....

Make sure the drinks for Thanksgiving dinner are nice and organized!
(I'm sick....I know...)
Now I have my Thanksgiving "To Do" list checked off, less stress on Turkey Day, and I'll be able to relax and enjoy my time with my friend on Sunday instead.

May you all have a "less-stressed" Thanksgiving week and thank you for taking time to read One Organized Mama!


Contact me if you need help with time management techniques!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Culprits of Organizing

The three main culprits preventing people from organizing are TIME, MONEY, and SPACE.

Here are a few tips on overcoming each challenge:

  • Start small. One of my previous blog posts asks the question, "How do you eat an elephant?" The answer is "One bite at a time!" The same applies to beginning any organizing project. Start small and set attainable goals for yourself. Take one small stack of papers to shred or file. Completing small projects gives you a huge sense of accomplishment.
  • Use a timer. You've got your sights set on a project to tackle. Now decide on a realistic amount of time to work on it and SET THAT TIMER! Try not to go longer than 45 minutes. The longer the amount of time the more chances you'll be interrupted. You're going to be surprised at how much you can accomplish in increments as little as 15 minutes!
  • Make quick decisions. Do not get focused on details at first. When in doubt make a temporary home for the item and move on.
  • Finish what you start. Try and avoid having several projects going on at one time. You'll feel more productive when you begin one before starting another.
  • Pare down. If space is an issue it's time to make decisions and get rid of clutter. I know how difficult this process can be especially as I work with my clients. The fact is that if you want a clean and organized space it is essential that every item has a place where it belongs.
  • Utilize every space. You probably have more space then you realize. Look under beds and inside cabinets. Consider installing shelves, using baskets/bins to maximize the space you do have.
  • Purchase items that have multi purposes. Look for coffee tables, dining room tables, benches that have storage compartments.
  • Use what you already have in your home. Look around your house for items you are not using or re purpose them for storage solutions.
  • DO NOT buy products before you begin organizing. I see this all the time. My clients purchase products that they believe will get them organized. This item usually ends up as part of the clutter. Beginning any organizing project begins with a plan...which costs nothing.
  • Test drive. You wouldn't purchase a car without doing your research or test driving it first. Well the same can apply to purchasing organizing products. Before laying out the cash make sure you will use the product. For instance, before purchasing expensive baskets for your closet use shoe boxes for a week or so to see if it is something that will organize your space. If you use them then you know that the baskets will be worth the money. 
As always contact One Organized Mama for questions, tips, or help organizing!

One Organized Mama

Monday, November 12, 2012

Holla' It Only Cost A Dolla'!

So I'm always on the look out for creative ways to solve organizing issues. While walking through the dollar section of my favorite store......(rhymes with "Warget".....) I came across this nifty little item and realized it will neatly store batteries!!

Each compartment can hold either 18 AAA's, 8 AA's, or 2 C batteries!
Purchasing organizing products does not have to be costly. I warn against purchasing organizing items before you start organizing a space. If you don't know where to start give me a call and I'd love to help you!

One Organized Mama

Takeout Menu Organizer – A Repository for All Your To-Go Needs by Knock Knock

I found this GREAT organizing product to keep all those take out menu's in one neat spot!

Check it out!

Takeout Menu Organizer – A Repository for All Your To-Go Needs by Knock Knock

One Organized Mama

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Electronics Recycling

Don't know what to do with your old computer, television, or other electronic equipment??

Well give to a good cause and clear clutter at the same time by donating your items to Blind Center of Nevada!

Visit the link:

They are open Monday-Friday 7am-5:30pm.

Call 642-6000 for questions!