Archive for July, 2009

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Here’s to Your Health!

July 27, 2009

I’ve had an enemy for the past few weeks. If you know me, you know I don’t have many enemies. But this one just wouldn’t leave me alone. My enemy’s name? Strep Throat…who visited me not just once during the past 3-week period, but twice!

I know that strep throat is one of those things you can get pretty easily, and the more precautions you take with keeping bacteria at bay, the better chances you have of avoiding contact with this evil foe. This brings me to an organizing misconception that I’d like to address. Some people have the incorrect view that Professional Organizers are glorified cleaning people. If you’ve hired Organized Chaos, you know that the result is not only an organized space, but a cleaner space. Not all organizers clean when they organize. However, Organized Chaos makes it a point to clean while organizing because clutter hides dust, dirt, and bacteria. We refuse to allow that type of residue to remain.

We have several clients who, when they first hired us, shared that they suffered from ailments such as allergies, asthma, recurring sinus infections, etc. It is amazing how these types of illnesses are reduced once organization has entered the picture!

The goal of Organized Chaos is to make our clients lives easier and less stressful through the reduction of clutter and through the establishment of organized systems. Our true goal is to have our clients say, “my life is so much easier now!”

The moral of this blog is that, no, Professional Organizers are not glorified cleaning people. But Organized Chaos will continue to incorporate cleaning procedures in their organizing philosophy to ensure happier, healthier clients.

Here’s to your health!

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Happy Birthday Julia!

July 16, 2009
If you’re a client of Organized Chaos, you may have had the opportunity to meet my subcontractor–Julia Blue. Thursday, July 16, is her birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIA, and thanks for all of your hard work, tireless efforts, and neverending joy that contributes so much to creating happy clients! YOU ROCK!
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The Organizer’s House

July 12, 2009
“I bet your house is really organized” is something I hear quite often. My typical answer is that we all have our weaknesses and just because I’m a Professional Organizer does not mean my house is spotless. As the old saying goes, The dentist’s children have the worst teeth. I love organizing other people’s spaces, but I don’t always get to do my own. However, having recently moved to a new home has allowed me to organize spaces that I’ve always wanted to, just like I want them. Here’s a little view inside of this organizer’s laundry room organization:

Here is the space “before:
And after my organization:
I never thought doing laundry would become a fun task, but this definitely has made it more relaxing! Until next time…

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A New Definition

July 1, 2009

“Do you know what ‘Chaos’ stands for?” my friend and fellow organizer Trish Lengen asked me at lunch yesterday.

“No, tell me,” I answered.

She smiled and replied:

C an’t H ave A nyone O ver S yndrome

Of course we laughed, but as funny as this bit of humor is, unfortunately chaos does control our lives in this way. We feel overwhelmed by the clutter and mess and feel we Can’t Have Anyone Over. I’m often told by clients when referring to their organization challenges “I’m so embarassed.” or I’m asked “Is this the worst you’ve ever seen?”

The truth is, even the best organizers have, or have had, challenges with organization. Especially with life in this day and age, things happen so quickly and schedules are so hurried, that time gets away from us. We get so busy that we’re stacking a pile of magazines here or school papers to review there. We’re throwing the scraps of material from a recent craft into the bottom of a closet because we don’t know what else to do with it. To me, time is the biggest enemy of those who wish to be better organized but can’t seem to do it.

The good news is that Professional Organizers like Organized Chaos are ready and waiting for your call to help you to overcome this Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome. We’re looking forward to conquering your chaos!
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