Monday, February 25, 2013

The Glass Of Water...

I came across one of those emails people forward that mentioned if you hold an 8 oz. glass of water in your hand for a few minutes you hardly notice. Continue to hold that same glass of water for longer and your arm becomes uncomfortable. If you continue to hold the glass of water for hours then you have an issue. Your hand and arm become fatigued and in pain. The point of the email was to compare the glass of water to stress. The longer you hold onto stress the more fatigued you become and the pain it can inflict on your body.

That message stuck with me. As a former non-organized person I remember the stress of having stuff and no place for it.

The glass of water reminds me of the stuff we sometimes fill our lives with. When that stuff gets to be too much or we hold on to it for too long it can cause a tremendous amount of stress for us.

My job as a professional organizer is to help people face the stuff they've collected, make decisions on what to keep and what to get rid of, and create an environment where they can enjoy their space in a stress-free productive way.

So if you have an issue with holding on to "stuff" and it is causing you stress then it may be time to call for some professional organizing assistance.

My personal organizing sessions provide you with compassion, honesty, hard work, and someone who has been in your shoes.

Call me to get started!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Kids Linen Closets

My three children share one linen closet and it can get out of control quickly. I had to think "easy and functional" as opposed to "Martha Stewart pretty" when organizing it.

As with any organizing project the first question I had to ask was, "What is the purpose/need for this space?"

The purpose and need for these particular closet is for the kids to quickly grab their bedding or towels without messing the rest of the closet's contents. For instance, instead of culling through piles of sheets looking for the pair for their bed, I needed to make each kid their own space for their bedding.

Once the purpose and need are determined remember my four steps to organize anything:

The first two steps are DECLUTTER and MAKE A HOME.

I took all the items out that did not relate to their bedding and bathrooms.

Extra pillows on top, sleeping bags for sleepovers at easy reach, and bathroom essentials on the bottom.

The third step is to LABEL.

I took card stock and sticky labels, wrote down what belonged in that space , and stuck to shelves with a double-sided sticky dot. (Note: Make sure the adhesive you use does not damage your shelves or walls!!) 
Label even the most obvious items. The hope is to avoid having to say, "It's right in front of you!!" over and over again....(you can hope). 

Once the items are in their place and labeled it will be easier for all to MAINTAIN. Kids can help put away and keep items in their place as well as help themselves to the items they need for their bedroom and bathroom.
For assistance with organizing your linen closets consider One Organized Mama. I offer personal organizing services as well as eOrganize for my clients outside of the Las Vegas area.

Happy Organizing!

More "Make Your Bed Theory" Techniques

The "Make Your Bed Theory" is a technique to begin adding good habits into your daily routine.

By adding one good habit, such as making your bed every day, you can begin to build a routine that keeps you organized.

Once you've been making your bed for a few weeks it's time to add another habit into your daily routine. Here are a few suggestions:
  • Clean kitchen immediately after dinner
  • Do one load of laundry (wash, fold, put away)
  • Exercise
  • Read to your children
  • Update budget (pay bills, balance checking account...)
 So, add one more good habit to your daily routine to keep you organized and maintain order in your home and life!

Happy Organizing!
One Organized Mama

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Check Out My Website!

I'm happy to announce the launch of my website

The site details my services, rates, special discounts, before and after photos, and MORE!

Check it out and as always contact me with any questions!

Happy Organizing!
One Organized Mama

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Introducing eOrganize!

Introducing eOrganize!

With eOrganize I will walk you step by step through the organizing process without taking a step into your home or office!

 Here’s how an eOrganize session works:

1.    Send me 3-5 photos of the space you want to organize.

2.    I will set up a phone consultation (approx. 20 minutes) to discuss your needs and goals.

3.    You will receive three emails. Each email will include:

o   Step by step instructions on how to organize your space.

o   A specific goal/time frame to accomplish the steps.

o   Product suggestions.

4.    You apply the steps to organize your space, send me 3-5 photos of the work you’ve done, and I will adapt emails #2 and #3 to your progress.  

5.    The last step is a phone consultation (approx. 20 minutes) to discuss your continued goals.

Each eOrganize session is $50. Purchase as many sessions as you need.


eOrganize can be used for projects big or small!

Contact Janel @ 702-498-1636

A little help for Tax Time

One of the most frustrating aspects of filing taxes is getting the paperwork together. I've compiled the following list to help you get the proper paperwork you need together before you sit down to do your taxes.

Print out the list and get organized. I'm sure your tax preparer will thank you!


ü Each family member’s social security number.

ü Bank account and routing numbers for deposit.

ü Income statements (W-2’s and 1099’s)

ü Childcare receipts and providers Tax ID or SS#

ü Mortgage/Real Estate Interest Statements (1098’s)

ü Bank Interest Statements

ü Medical Statements

ü Student Loan Interest Statements

ü Charitable Donations Receipts

ü Work Related Receipts
Happy Organizing!
One Organized Mama
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