Posts from 2015

Thanksgiving From the Inside Out

Have you been worrying, about your Thanksgiving and Christmas preparations for far too long?  I know that in the Koff household, I’m the one my family looks to for nothing less than a great meal and meaningful memories. Even with the wealth of organizing knowledge this professional has at her disposal, I still wrestle with pleasing my family and balancing the “I refuse to feel exhausted this year” high wire walk. Whenever I begin to ponder the myriad menu alternatives, I too grapple between preparing food favorites or cooking new ones that I know are healthier; after all, nourishment is important even during the holiday season.  Menu planning, though, is only a small portion of the holiday preparations, as it is also the time of year when many of us organize and deep clean. It’s when we bring out the good stuff, not just the wedding china but also the crystal glasses. (I am always amazed at the amount of dust and grime that crystal glasses collect, even in a short amount of time.)

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More Than an Organizer

More than an Organizer …

 Detecting, Diagnosing and Dealing with Spiritual Environments

As our world grows increasingly darker, I felt it most appropriate to bring forth this subject. I pray the Holy Spirit ministers to you in all truth!

Over the years I have been asked questions regarding unusual or unsettling occurrences many of my clients have encountered in their homes. Because this is not a topic typically taught in bible classes many have felt confused as to what they were witnessing. Many clients have asked me if I have ever had any dealings with such occurrences, since I am in many homes.

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Breathing Room

 

The following guest blog was contributed by 

Kimberly Bignon of ORGANIZE U

www.organizeuco.com

“He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction, to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.”

Job 36:16

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The Roots of Clutter

  

"Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness".

~ Colossians 2:7

Symbolically speaking, when our roots are grown into Jesus, our lives reflect simplicty and order. Conversely, when our roots are grown into the world’s systems we see a different picture in our lives. This blog illuminates the roots of disorganization and their symbolic meaning within our homes.

 

There are literally thousands of wonderful organizing how-to books on the market, and finding one that speaks to your personality is not so very hard to do. What is hard to find is any information that will get to the root issues of why the clutter is there in the first place. Why do we have our piles in certain locations and what do those piles say about ourselves. In symbolic terms, each part of the house carries special significance, and where clutter resides may reflect a symbolic spiritual component of your life. Lets begin by dividing up the home into rooms and let me take you on a journey to expose your roots of clutter.

 

Clutter in the Kitchen

 

We have all heard the saying “the kitchen is the heart of the home.” More than cooking central and a place of nourishment, the kitchen is where we sort through our feelings, interpersonal conflicts and get clear on priorities. When the kitchen is cramped with clutter it makes it hard to nourish anyone, on either the physical and spiritual level. De-cluttering your kitchen opens up space for you to receive the support and comfort that you need in life. When the kitchen fosters that kind of support, not only can life decisions be made with clarity and confidence, but also there is a marked increase in nourishment, both in terms of nutrition and relationships.

 

Clutter in the Bathroom

 

Never underestimate your health and the bathroom. The bathroom contains past health reminders, from ace bandages to expired medications. Your bathroom can and should become a room filled with refreshment and renewal. A cluttered bathroom makes it impossible to find the peace and quiet as we start each day. Clearing the clutter from your bathroom will not only open you to those great ah-haa moments in the shower, but will start your mornings with renewed energy and vitality.

 

Clutter in the Basement

 

Many people have a “just-in-case” storage facility. Our basements have numerous and varied activities associated within the space. This area is where we store things we have not yet made sense of but, might need some day. Our basement, or the foundation of our lives, becomes jumbled and confusing when there are piles and cartons representing old pursuits (college books and manuscripts) and past dreams. When there is so much of the past in our foundation, our future purpose can be put on hold. Before you put something else in the basement or the other storage areas of the home, ask yourself these questions.

 

1. Do I love it?

 

2. Do I need it now?

 

3. Can I see someone in my family loving or needing it in the next year?

 

4. What’s the worst thing that could happen if I didn’t have it?

 

De-cluttering the basement frees you to let go of useless items and at the same time, allows you the choice of future possibilities…how about that hobby or start-up company you’ve been putting off?

 

Clutter in the Bedroom

 

The alpha and omega…the bedroom is the first and the last place in our daily life. How we begin our day depends on how well rested we are, and our rest depends on the environment of the bedroom.  The bedroom reflects areas in our lives that are particularly private. When the bedroom is cluttered with activities not associated with rest, like the desk pilled high with paper, or the television show that you watched depicting violence and anger, then these items and activities are pushing out issues affecting intimacy.

 

Clutter in the Hallways

 

Like the veins in your body, the hallways represent the arteries of your home.How well you move from room to room depends on the traffic tie-up in the halls. Do you store pieces of furniture there that you have to maneuver to get around? Are the kids’ toys spilling over into the hallways? Is an accident just waiting to happen there? We all know what happens if our arteries are clogged on the way to the heart. The same thing happens when hallways are jammed with clutter. Frustration abounds and eventually, your health is going to suffer.

 

Clutter in the Family Room

 

Whether you are watching TV with your family, engaging in games or, conversing with friends, the time spent within these rooms can produce lasting memories, especially during holidays and celebrations. Clutter can turn these social spaces into dens of isolation, especially if the clutter prevents you from inviting people into your home.

 

Clutter in the Home Office

 

Last, but certainly not least is the home office. Desk clutter can prove to be physically and mentally overwhelming.  Not only is it bill-paying central, but also the desk represents mission control for your life. Does your paper control you or do you control your paper? If clutter reigns in your office, fresh and inventive ideas are pushed aside. When your office area is streamlined to reflect your goals and priorities, letting go of the excess becomes clear.

 

Seeing your clutter piles in certain locations may now expose a root issue in your life.  God wants you to turn your entire life to Him, not just a few of the symbolic rooms. 

 

Do you agree that certain rooms tend to clutter more than others?

 

If so, which rooms in your home do you find it the most difficult to keep clutter free?

Giving, Without the Need for Thanks

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Luke 6:38

There are numerous passages in the Bible about giving and they express the many benefits we receive in giving to others. There are two ways one can approach giving.  One way can be with a clenched fist. This immediately reminds me of so

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Put New Wine Into Fresh Wineskins and Both Are Preserved

 

Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."

Matthew 9:17

Jesus told John the Baptist’s disciples that people don’t put new wine in old wineskins because the skins will burst and the wine will be wasted. “Put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved,” Jesus said (Matt. 9:17, NASB). This biblical principle is one that as professional organizers, I frequently pass onto my clients.

During many of my sessions I observe the following: they are stuck, overwhelmed and unable to move forward. Their clutter has a way of keeping them unable to focus and trapped in a quality of life they no longer wish to continue. However, it has been my experience that many clients would rather pour their new wine (new organization methods) into their old systems. They constantly resist the thought of changing their methods and their systems.

A simple example is swamping out the placement of kitchen dishes with another cabinet because the space in the old cabinet does not fit the size of the dishes. But, they have married their placement for so long, they wouldn’t dream of a re-arrangement! They want the new wine…a kitchen well organized, but they sabotage those dreams because they resist the physical change. (Old wineskins)

My daunting challenge, as a professional organizer is to begin with a mental renovation project, demolishing old thought process before new ones can emerge. The task is not impossible, but it will require taking these steps:

1. Breaking free from the fear of change. Change is inevitable…but in order to move forward will require patience and trust. We need to trust God that He will supply you with new insights, and we must have the patience while adopting these new systems. Go slow. Adopting too many changes at once will lead to disappointment and frustration. It takes a long time for wine to mature!

2. We must be willing to defy tradition. People who are married to the past cannot embrace the future. “That’s the way I’ve always done it” will not work in this attempt to de-clutter your life. Choosing what is comfortable will not always work, and here is where the experiment of adopting new procedures comes into play. Play the change game for two weeks. Stretching your comfort-zone, along with a new mental awareness, can produce inspiration and greater changes that were never anticipated. I see this not only from my clients, but from their families as well.

3. We must ask the Spirit to reveal His new strategies. We all see through a glass darkly, and coming into any situation, we bring our own lenses. I need God’s perspective to shed His light into the true needs of the situation. Pouring old wine into new wine skin can also burst the wine pouch. Seek first His directions through prayer and trust that the Holy Sprit will reveal to you new concepts, ideas and strategies that you may never have thought of. I’m always amazed how God never lets me down when I ask!

I believe the Lord wants to unleash a gushing river of new wine into our chaos of disorder. What is old must be renewed by the Spirit, what is outdated must be remodeled, and what is ineffective must be replaced. God wants to do a new thing. Time to toast with new wine!

Now it's your turn...When desiring new statagies, what patterns of old thinking did you have to delete from your brain?

Save Me From My Clutter

 

When the disciple saw Him walking on the sea they were troubled, saying it is a ghost! And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid. So He said, Come. And when Peter had came down out of the boat he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out saying  “Lord save me.”

MATTHEW 14:26, 27, 29 & 30 NKJV

I have heard the words “save me” from many of my clients. They truly are desperate in their search for someone to come and conquer the clutter giants before them. On the surface, their expression may be interpreted that it is their lack of faith that keeps them from conquering the mountains of disorganization. They might also think that their perception is true because of the many battles they have fought on their own in the past, and yet, the clutter continues to reoccur.

As a Christian Professional Organizer, I have what the world does not have…. I have the Holy Spirit’s help to remind my client to keep their eyes on Jesus andbelieve that they do have the ability to conquer the “clutter mountains”. Transferring my skills will equip them to change their belief systems about their future and how they respond to clutter, then it is THEY who will become the conquerors. Clients gain a new found faith in themselves, and that faith will translate into new actions. They are even amazed that this process begins to change the way they think and it even changes their future desired actions. No longer do they spend hours shopping and researching the best products to fill their homes and lives.

After reading this blog, begin to ask the Lord to reveal how seeking out the help of a professional organizer can transform not only the cluttered spaces in your home, but in turn, the cluttered messages in your mind.

In the words of Matthew, “Lord…Save me”!

God Loves. God Gives. Learn To Organize His Way

February is the “love” month. With velvet red hearts, trappings of roses and cupid’s arrows, it’s so easy to get caught up in our world’s expression of love. Love speaks differently to many people. However, in the Kingdom of God, God IS love! Man’s pitiful portrayal of love, no matter how grand we wish it to be, is so far from the love of God; we will never experience it here in our third dimensional realm.

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