Some of the recent blogs have been a little heavy so, today I wanted to lighten it up a little. Today’s blog has a featured blogger, her name is Sandra Felton. She is known as The Organizer Lady, she has an organization called, Messies Anonymous. I have never met Ms. Felton, but I heard her several years ago on a radio show called, Focus on the Family. She was a teacher and a pastor’s wife who was having an issue with tidiness and organization. One day she met a woman who gave her incite on cleaning and de-cluttering. This one encounter sparked a movement with Ms. Felton and she began to teach people about how to have a more organized, less messy home and life. She has since written several books about the Messies Anonymous movement.
Let me give you a little history about me so that you understand why I want to give attention to this organization. I can remember when I was a 20 something. I met this guy that I thought was beyond gorgeous. One evening shortly after I came from work, he called me and said that he was about 10 minutes away and wanted to know if he could stop by. Of course I said yes. When I got off the phone and looked around my apartment, I was like… omg! I was in such a hurry when I was getting ready for work that morning, that my apartment looked like my closets had thrown up every stitch of clothing that I owned! I wasn’t exactly fresh since I had just gotten off work. I had 10 minutes to get myself and the apartment “presentation clean”. You know what I mean? Your body is smelling fresh in all the “appropriate places”. There are no rings around the bathroom sink and toilet, and nothing sticky on the table. You sprint throwing stuff in closets, drawers, bathtub, and the oven… any place you can so that the place looks like you just cleaned it. You have good intentions to put everything in it’s rightful place…. later.
So I rushed through the apartment as if I were the next contestant on the Price is Right with my makeup and tooth brush in hand, still shoving stuff in the coat closet when the door bell rang. I gave the place another glance over, pushed up the bra, leaned on the door frame as I smiled and opened the door. Hello, I said calmly, while catching my breath. He answered, Hi, you sound like you’re out of breath. To which I responded, it’s because you’ve got me breathless baby 🙂 lol!
I some how developed a habit of putting things away later. I have never been super neat. I’m not saying that I’m sloppy just not the person who cleans to relax. When you throw a husband and two kids in the mix of that there are times when I feel like, there’s gotta be a better way to keep the place clean and organized.
Have you ever mopped, then by the end of the day there are dirty boot prints and globs of grape jelly on the floor! REALLY… ugh!! When you go over to you friend’s house, everything is seemingly immaculate. Little trinkets on the table. Their kitchen table is already set with REAL plates, silverware and ironed napkins. They encourage you to let your kids go, but you know as you do the mommy perusal around the room that your kids would destroy this place in no time flat, like the Incredible Hulk meets Barbie! You spend the next 30 minutes saying, Stop! Put that down! Oh, I’m sorry… I think I can fix that. Boy sit down! You take them back home and the destruction continues… cuz this is life!! (Heavy sigh)
Messies Anonymous offers help to people who like me could use a little help getting things in order. You don’t necessarily consider yourself a sloppy person, just… well… lets just say, Neatly challenged. I read a few of the Organizer Lady’s blogs last night and felt inclined to share one with you. I hope that you find it helpful. Feel free to check out www.messies.com
Below, is an excerpt from Sandy Felton’s blog, The Organizer Lady. Please click on her link to continue reading. Happy Organizing!
THE ORGANIZER LADY® is designed to help messy people who long for order and beauty in their lives.
Friday, October 31, 2014
5 Days to a Clutter Free House
A popular book by Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims!
With this systematic, team-based approach, even the
most overwhelming de-cluttering job becomes doable.
Read an excerpt below in “Did You Know”?
Contents of New Ideas for Today
- Message of the Day – The Organizing Journey
- Did You Know?
- Habit of the Day
- Family Reminder of the Day
- Quote of the Day
- Question of The Day
- From the Trenches – One Question
- More Info
1. Message of the Day
THE ORGANIZING JOURNEY
At a convention of the National Association of Professional\Organizers,
several organizers mentioned to me a favorite motto of theirs:
“Organization is a journey, not a destination.”
What does this really mean? Before you read further, pause a
moment and think about what you think it may mean.
It means that getting the house organized is not the whole
answer. Getting the house organized (as by yourself or a
professional organizer) is important but the real long term
answer is to change your daily habits consistently.
Following good habits and routines is the journey that will
make the organizational difference.
Here are two ideas to establish consistency with daily habits.
First – Get familiar with “The 4 Legs of the Organizing Table” on which much organizing success rests!
Second – Consider using our system to gently guide you in a fun way to keep up with the maintenance and continual de-cluttering of your home. Perhaps The K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) Flipper Method for Home Organizing and Maintenance will work for you? See below for more information.
2. Did You Know?
Here is an excerpt from the Introduction of 5 Days to a Clutter Free House.
“What You Need to Know to Get Started
Have you ever wanted to be on one of those clean-up-your-mess-in-a-jiffy reality TV shows? That would be so quick and easy, you think. I wish they (to continue reading, please follow:http://theorganizerlady.blogspot.com/2014_10_01_archive.html )