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Blog: Home Organizing, Week By Week
Learning my own lesson over and over again



This summer started out way more hectic than I had anticipated. Usually my organizing business slows down a little due to the fact that half the people in Michigan own a cottage and are gone most of the summer. Not this summer, I am busier than ever. I at times find myself overwhelmed with handling the kids activities, keeping the household up and running and my own business responsibilities. All of these things require me to be in top form. On more that one occasion I have sat down at my computer or stood in the middle of my home with cleaning supplies and thought " Where the hell do I start now?" Sometimes I stew and worry and wallow in my own frustration. Well, as you know it gets me nowhere. My favorite saying (one of them) is "Worry is energy wasted." How true is that! I have to step back and look at the situation as a whole, then break it down into small bites so I can tackle anything without foaming at the mouth and have to be confined to a straight jacket. Breaking it down into bites works for anything from cleaning your house, dismantling a fight between kids and putting together a project for work. This is not something done automatically…oh no, its human nature to worry and fret and feel we have no control over situations. Just like daily affirmations I remind myself constantly to break it down. This is something I always tell my clients. I have found that by the time my home organizing clients call me their home and brains are so full of cloudiness and worry they feel there is no way out. What a terrible feeling. I have felt that way and still do sometimes. I start with the affirmation the "Worry is energy wasted" and take a deep breath. Where to begin? Small bites. In you home it could be a closet; with kids it could be just separating them to different rooms; with business it could start with jotting down thoughts on paper. If I say this daily the response with come more naturally, sometimes I forget to do this, but no worries. I compare it to eating a meal and you are starving. If we take big bites and chew and swallow quickly. The food is not enjoyed, we fill up faster and then the meal sits in our stomach like a rock and sometimes comes up or stirs to remind us of our haste. Small bites of our meal slows us down, brings enjoyment and we taste every thing put in our mouths. The meal teaches us about flavors and brings enjoyment when full and our body digests it easily. Am I driving this point? It is so important for a piece of mind in our busy busy lives. Remember it, practice it, teach it and it will change the way you (and I) look at all situations no matter how crazy.

posted on: 7/3/2008 10:00:00 AM by Julie Verleger
category: Homes


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Home Organizing, Week By Week


by Julie Verleger

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About Julie:

Julie Verleger is the founder of Organized Home, Inc. "Organizing is in my DNA. Both my parents were teachers and my father served in the Marines" The "inherited organizer" specializes in the home, office, relocation and downsizing. Organized Home, Inc. services West Michigan and the Chicago area. Julie lives in Grand Rapids Michigan with her husband and 3 children.

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www.organizedhomeinc.com


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