Merry Christmas Baby!

Jim Tracy Merry Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

I hope your holiday preparations are going splendidly and you have organized your days well, so you can spend time with your most precious treasures – your family and friends! My husband and I are excited to welcome our new family member very soon in between Christmas and the new year. (Notice my baby belly!) I will be taking an extended break to bond with our baby at the beginning of 2016 but hope to see clients again on a part-time basis in a few months. Call me when you are ready for spring cleaning to begin! If you would like more current news about our little bundle of joy, please visit my food and health blog, Restored Roots and its Facebook page.

I wish you all the best to you as you celebrate this special time of year.

Merry Christmas and Happy Organized New Year!

I wish you a wonderful holiday season.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a fruitful and more organized 2014. I’m looking forward to offering more ideas to simplify your life in 2015. Give me a call to help you meet your organizing resolutions in January!
Enjoy the celebration of the season and may you find joy in family, friends and simple things. We have much to be thankful for this time of year.

Merry Christmas!

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

When you look back on the year 2013, what did you accomplish in your organizational goals? Achievement is not just for it’s own sake, but moves us forward in life. It drives us to grow personally, in work and play. When looking back, what are you most proud of?

When I look back at my year, I’m proud of starting my blog, Restored Roots, especially when I hear people’s lives and health are touched for the better. I also managed to clean out the garage, so that both of our cars fit inside! My husband appreciated that accomplishment.

Lest you think that I value achievement above all else, I want to clarify my belief that who you are is far more important than the things you achieve. Your character and integrity are more valuable to your friends, family, and even the world, than the things you check off your task list. Feeling guilt-ridden about what you did not accomplish is not helpful either. However, I believe there is still worth in constructive reflection that leads to progress. Here are thoughts to ponder about your organizing challenges in 2013.

  • Did you set any goals to begin with? This may seem obvious, but sometimes we lack practice in setting goals. You can’t realize your goals if you don’t have any, right!? For the new year, try writing down a list of things you’d like to accomplish. Prioritize them into sections – low priority (you’d feel OK if it doesn’t get done) and high priority (you want to finish it immediately). You could also set your goals by season or even dates.
  • What held you back from achieving your goals? Was it a time constraint, are you just too busy? Was it a responsibility that you could delegate to someone else? Or is your health holding you back? Is it time to finally take care of your body?
  • Do you need help? Funny question, I know! We all need help in some way, but do you need specific help in planning your schedule, organizing your kitchen, filing your papers? Instead of going it alone, how can you ask for help or support? Don’t let pride get in the way of asking!

Now as you look forward to 2014, what can you do differently?

How can you simply?

  • Maybe saying NO to specific items or people will help you accomplish what is truly important to you. Is that your starting point?
  • Maybe rearranging your work or sleep schedule will help you progress in your organizing aims.
  • Maybe learning to plan ahead is your top priority. How can you do that?
  • Maybe switching from a paper to digital calendar and to-do lists will get you on track to achieve your goals.

Whatever it may be, take some time to look back at 2013 with a positive perspective. Celebrate you accomplishments! And look forward to 2014 with excitement. Plan your work, and work your plan, as they say!

In closing, remember to be flexible in your goals and planning. Sometimes life throws curve balls! You will get interrupted; change will come unexpectedly. Consider it an opportunity to calmly re-evaluate your plans, not to vent with frustration. Maybe it’s just a matter of placing your goals on hold for a little while. Maybe your goals will change completely. And that’s OK. Good luck in 2014! Let me know if I can be of assistance in your organizing endeavors.

Happy Christmas and New Year to you and your family!

New Year, New Start

I love new beginnings! They are an opportunity to reflect and be thankful for what we’ve learned in the past. But ultimately, they are about a fresh start. New years are a great time to leave behind old habits and begin forging new paths.

What have you recognized about your organizing habits that you want to change? What room or space do you want to transform, so that it is more pleasant to live or work in? How can you simplify your schedule so you can spend more time on the people you love and the things you really want to do?

How can 2013 be an more organized year for you?

I can help. This year, I want to help more people get organized. You say, oh, I can’t afford it. You may not be able to buy one of my 10 or 20 hour organizing packages. But how about a one-hour consultation to give you ideas? Maybe all you need is a kick-start to begin a year of organizing transformation. I have never walked into a space without some ideas to share with my clients. As a professional organizer, I can see the future potential of a room. My excitement about your space can give you motivation to make changes.

However you choose to make organizing changes in your life or spaces, I wish you the best in 2013!