Organizing @ Home #01 the Basics

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Welcome to Organizing @ Home eCourse. I am so excited you have chosen my ecourse!
It is truly my honor to help you get your home organized. 🙂 After working with hundreds of people in their homes, I know that getting overwhelmed stops all progress. I am proud to bring you a simple solution to your clutter presented in a format designed to keep momentum so you can keep making progress.

The Basics

In this section, I will cover the basics of the eCourse:
– How to get the most out of it
– What to expect along the way
– What you can expect from me
– How Long WIll it Take
– Video Chat information

How to Get the Most Out Of It?

1. Be Ready to Make Decisions
Getting your home ready organized will require making decisions and using a systematic approach makes doing so a lot easier. Our goal is to get your home organized without making more work for yourself later. Cramming things into closets and under beds will not be part of this program, so get ready to make decisions!

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You might shudder at the thought, but you will thank me when you have a before and after as proof of the work you accomplished – even if it is just to yourself. Who knows, you might even send it to a friend, sister or your mother.
It’s OK to brag a little – you will have earned it!

3. Schedule Time to Do the Work
You made the decision to get organized, and that will require your time, and focused time at that. Be sure to set aside a minimum of 2 hours for each segment of the course. The actual time spent will depend on your home and situation, but NOTHING will get done if you do not plan for it. Put it on your calendar!

I can’t emphasize these 3 things enough. Make it a priority and make time for it!

 

If you really want to take it up a notch, consider joining our C3 Club {Clutter to Clarity Club} where you have access to myself and my other organizers to answer your questions through our Facebook page where only other eCourse participants will see your questions – not any of your friends or family (unless they are taking the course and are in the Facebook Group too!) Take advantage of this opportunity to not only ask your questions, but read what others are asking.
By participating in this way I promise you will discover:
– your situation isn’t as unique or unusual as you might think
– you will learn something from the answers to other people’s questions
– you will feel better about your situation knowing you are not alone!

As part of the Clutter to Clarity Club you are invited to join our weekly live video calls where we can see your troubled area and give you real-time advice. Even if you don’t have a question that day, you will walk away having learned something.

Have you ever belonged to a club or organization but didn’t really participate?
When you participate instead of sit on the sidelines your experience will be more enjoyable. You may not have signed up for this eCourse to socialize or help others, but participating in this way is very rewarding. We have a strict “kindness” policy and will monitor all activity as to ensure everyone is playing nicely. This is a “no-judgement” zone.

I’ve helped hundreds of families get their homes organized, and for many support and encouragement was a much needed element. I will support you and cheer you on through the course materials as well as the Facebook Group. The beauty of the Facebook Group is everyone can encourage and support one another. Everyone has something to contribute, and it can be as simple as sharing what has worked, or what hasn’t. How easy is that? Plus, it’ll make you feel good. 🙂

Join the Clutter to Clarity Club here.

What to Expect Along the Way

Set realistic expectations

Depending on how much time you have and your specific circumstances, you may or may not get your home perfectly organized in the estimated time, so it’s important to set realistic expectations.

Additionally, you’ll get information on what organizing supplies are helpful in all these areas, when and how to use them, and where to find them. I offer an estimate on how long it might take you to get the space organized so you can plan accordingly. I also include simple steps to tame your paper dragon in a short ebook on paper management.

You may be able to complete the tasks in the time allotted or you might find it didn’t make a dent. Each person comes with a unique set of circumstances. What’s important is to make a commitment to yourself to do it and back that up with actions. Scheduling your work times will support this commitment.

What You Can Expect from Me

Remember I said to be ready to make decisions? This is where I help you the most.
I will ask a lot of questions – I call them Reflective Questions – to help you make decisions that are right for you. Taking the time to answer the questions are the key to making real progress. You will be asked to journal as a way to see clearly what the problems are and how best to solve them.

Many of the questions are room specific but you will start to recognize a certain line of questioning and (hopefully) be able to elaborate the questions as needed, or apply them into other areas of the home.

Some of my tips and advice are general enough to apply to various situations because I wanted to keep it simple.  Follow my tips and advice as much as you can and you will have a more organized home!

How Long Will It Take?

Plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours each session, and as much as 4 hours for some of the bigger areas. Longer if you have a larger space and/or more stuff. Each area has a “How long will it take?” section to give you a point of reference for how long it might take to complete the space but in the end it will totally depend on:
– how much stuff you have
– how much time you have available to organize
– physical stamina, decisiveness, and ability to stay on task
– any “undoing” that takes place in between work sessions
Hey, this is the reality of it! It’s better to know this and prepare for it than to go in blind and get overwhelmed.

Today’s Assignment

– Find a notebook for journaling.

If you are already a part of C3:
– Join the private Facebook Group
– Download the ZOOM app
– Put the ZOOM video chat dates in your calendar

C3 Video Chats

The benefit of the Clutter to Clarity Club are the Real-Time LIVE Video chats during which you can ask me for suggestions and advice about your most bothersome areas. THESE ARE NOT PRE-RECORDED THEY ARE LIVE! Join me via smartphone or computer for your chance to get that one-on-one attention you need while learning from others as well.

Until next time…

 

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