Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day – a day for romance! A chance to spice up the relationship and show some love.

You look around your love nest. You notice the piles of shoes by the front door. Then there are the piles of papers and magazines cascading off the coffee table and the CDs and DVDs scattered on the floor. The living room is going to have some serious work done to look romantic. Maybe just scoop it all up into a box that you stash in the spare bedroom and deal with it later.

But what about the dining area where you want to put out that romantic meal? It seems to be covered in projects, bills, used plates and silverware, along with clothes to fold and put away. It is definitely not ready for that special meal. Another box or two?

On to the bedroom for a hard look. More scattered clothes along with stacks of books and magazines. And all those cosmetics on every surface. This room is not ready for that special night even if the lights are low and you use candles.

Sigh!

OK, do what you can to salvage tonight but then go back and look around the common areas in the home. If you want a peaceful romantic feeling what are you going to have to do to inspire that romance?

Remove everything from those zones that do not match your vision. Have specific places for everything that does belong in that room and put those items away. If you are short on space, let some things go or look for another storage area.

Now, clean and polish those newly exposed surfaces. Put out some flowers and candles. Play that special music.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Being organized
Is romantic, too.

Enjoy your special day!

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Ah, the Romance of Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a day for romance. It is a chance to spice up the relationship and show the love.

However, if you trip over piles of shoes while entering the front door or have papers cascading off the coffee table, and CDs and DVDs scattered on the floor, your living room is not ready for prime time romance. If your dining table has projects, bills, and used plates and silverware, along with stacks of clothes to fold and put away, you are not ready for that romantic meal. If your bedroom has stacks of books, magazines, clothes, and cosmetics on every surface, you are not ready for that special night.

Look around the common areas in your home. How do you want these areas to look in order to inspire romance? How do you want to feel in these areas?

Remove everything from these zones that does not match your vision. Have a specific place for everything that belongs in the rooms and put the items away. If you are short on space, let some things go or put them in a temporary storage area elsewhere until you can deal with them.

Now, clean and polish those newly exposed surfaces. Put out some flowers and candles. Play that special music.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Being organized
Is romantic, too.

Enjoy your special day!

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Happy Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! This is the time we show special people how much we care about them. Depending where you are and where you are in your life, you may receive just a few cards and gifts or a ton.

If you have small children, they will make you gifts and cards. If you are a teacher, you will receive cards from your students. You might have a secret pal give you gifts at work. Special friends may send you fun cards. A special someone in your life may give you a card and a gift.

Nice.

Now, let’s think of someone 60+ years of age. What if they kept every card, every gift, every dried flower or deflated balloon? Wow! That would be overpowering.

I have heard clients say, “But, my friends made these things for me. My friends put a lot of thought into these gifts. I love the reminders that people care for me.”

This is a very personal decision, but I am pretty sure you don’t want to dedicate a whole room to storing these items.

Consider these options:

  1. Chose the most special mementos – like the year your son wrote his own special poem in the card or your mother wrote you a special note – then box them up in a lovely box and label them. Put them away on a shelf and revisit them once a year.
  2. Spread out your favorite gifts and cards and take a picture of them. Then let them go.
  3. Make a collage of the best cards and bring it out for decoration each Valentine’s Day.
  4. Pass on old cards to schools or nursing homes so that they can re-purpose them in projects.

Keep in mind that if you toss out a card that your mother or child gave you 25 years ago, you are not tossing out the person or the love for that person. By all means keep a couple of cards, but not all.

Letting go of some of the memorabilia will clear up space for more happy memories to come your way.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Valentine Day Clutter

Valentine Day rolls around every February. Cards and gifts are exchanged. Depending where you are in your life, this can be just a few items or a ton.

If you have small children, they will be making you gifts and cards. They also will be receiving many cards and Valentine items from school or interest groups.

A special someone in your life may give you a card and/or a gift.

Nice.

Now, let’s look at someone 60+ years of age. What if you kept every card, every remembrance, every dried flower? That could be very overwhelming.

Then what do you do with all of these handmade or carefully chosen cards and gifts?

This is a very personal decision but I am pretty sure you don’t want them lying around all over your house.

  1. Box up the best and label them. Then put them away on a shelf and if you wish, once a year, take them out to look at and remember.
  2. Take a picture of a group of cards or items and then let them go.
  3. Make a collage of the best cards and bring it out for decoration each Valentine Day.
  4. Save the best – the ones with meaningful messages written inside or a special poem – and let the rest go. Put the significant items in a special box.
  5. Pass on old cards to schools or nursing homes so that they can re-purpose them into projects.

If this seems like an overwhelming task, break down the project into manageable bits of time and then move on to something else. Get help from someone who will help you talk through why you want to keep certain items and give you permission to let items go. After all, when you toss out a card that your mother gave you 20 years ago, you are not tossing out your mom.

Letting go of some of the memorabilia will clear up space for more happy memories to come your way.

Happy Valentine Day!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

Organized for Valentine’s Day

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Being organized
is romantic too.

Do you want to set a romantic mood for Valentine’s Day? This is pretty hard to do if your home and kitchen is an organizational disaster. If you are planning to entertain your sweetie at your home, take a good look at the living room, dining room, and kitchen areas (we’ll stop with just these areas ;-o ).
How do you want to feel when you are in these rooms? How do you feel now? Make a short list of what you need to change for the big day. Then commit to your plan.
If you are in a relationship, flowers and candy make lovely Valentine’s gifts but an even more personal gift would be to clear up an area that is bothering your love.
Finding the surface of a desk, clearing the kitchen counter, getting all the clothes put away from the floor of the bedroom could really make the day.
Enjoy the day!

Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer