Home Projects and Safety

If you are working on a home project, like putting in an Elfa closet system or putting tile down in a room, take a few minutes to do an analysis. Check out the safety of the situation, especially if you are working alone. Organize all your needed materials before you begin.
If you are using a ladder, make certain it is steady and in a locked position. Don’t stand higher on the step ladder than is safe. Move the ladder when necessary. Don’t try to reach beyond a safe area.
Before drilling or screwing into a surface, make sure you know what is behind that surface.
Use the right tools for the job. Don’t try to substitute. If you need a certain drill bit, get it. If you need a hammer, get a hammer.
Know where the main shutoffs are in your home, if you should need them.
Know where your emergency materials are located – buckets, towels, first aid kit. Be prepared. Keep your phone on you. If you fall and get hurt, you may not be able to get to that phone.
Know and admit when you need help. Have a friend come over to help, even if it is just to hold the ladder and pass items to you. If the project is beyond you, hire a pro. It will be cheaper in the long run.
Don’t take your safety for granted; all it takes is a simple mistake or fall!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Enjoy what you do

Life is too short to be unhappy. We all have down times and sad things happen, but life overall should be enjoyable.
I love my job and the people I work with. Because of my profession, I have met some of the most fantastic people and been in some of the most unusual homes. I have been able to exchange ideas with my peers and clients and come away with new insights and a stronger realization that all people are fascinating.
I belong to a goals group that really keeps me grounded. Once a month we meet and discuss the wins we have had in the past month. We talk about our goals for the upcoming month and ask for ideas to help us meet our goals. In the two years this group has been together, we have all done some fantastic things.
One of the fun things I have done this week is to make a video (http://www.youtube.com/user/danynieves) with Dany Nieves (pgarts@mindspring.com) of 307 Idea Factory. I had so much fun doing it and I am really enjoying people’s comments about the video. I look forward to doing even more with Dany.
I am looking forward to the Decatur Book Festival, where I will be in the Get Organized! booth. The past years there I have met many fun, wonderful people. I am also looking forward to the workshop Diane Quintana and I are preparing for Sept. 11, 18, and 25 where people can come and get guidance on their own organizational projects.
I guess looking forward is the key to happiness.
What is making you happy?
Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

The Saturated Home

This month I have been working on my laundry/china storage zone. As I emptied shelves, purged some items, and put things back, I noted that while there was now a specific space to put things – THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR GROWTH.
I had noticed this same phenomenon in my closets, and in my spare bedroom, and in my kitchen and …….
My home has become saturated. There is a place for everything but unless it is smaller than a matchbox, there is not room to add ANYTHING! My home has become saturated.
What to do?
My home is workable in that if anything does come in and something equal goes out, I am OK. So if a friend gives me a gift, I have to decide if I should let the gift come in my home, because if I do something I have already consciously decided to keep the last time I worked in that zone will have to go.
Another plan would be to be even more ruthless the next time I go through each zone. I have already decided this time through that I probably don’t need to keep my good china. I would have to add a few more pieces of my everyday IKEA ware but not nearly as much I would be getting rid of.
I have already shifted small zones in my home because of lack of space. The zone to keep items to give to charity has moved from the bottom of my guest closet (needed the room for books and mailers) to the hall closet. My pictures and memorabilia have moved from a coffee table storage (because the table is now gone) to the top of a closet in the guest bedroom. The pillows that were stored in the top of the closet in the guest bedroom are now stored tightly on top of the linens in the hall closet (closet is now completely saturated).

I would love to have some feedback on how you would tackle this situation.

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer