Comparing

Comparing IS the stealer of our joy.  In this world of perfectly edited photos, magazine worthy homes, perfectly coiffed hair, and long fake lashes among other things, it’s easy to get caught up in comparing ourselves to others.

 

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I recently helped a busy mom organize her master closet. They had moved over the summer and added a new baby to the family. To say she is busy is an understatement. I was so glad she asked for help. That is sometimes the hardest step.

 

This picture is “real life”…

 

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We got to talking about hangers of all things. “Does every hanger HAVE to match?”, she asked?  “In a perfect world they would”, I told her laughing. “Does your closet have all matching hangers?” “No, it does not”, I said.

 

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There is nothing wrong with using what you have. If you want all your hangers to match, and you have a budget that allows you to replace all your hangers, go for it. 

My husband gets his shirts, dress pants, and suits dry cleaned. Am I going to take every shirt and pair of pants and change the hanger when I get home? No way. I would rather use that time and energy on something else. Is it still organized? Of course.

 

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When I first started my business and started posting before and after pictures of my jobs on Instagram and FaceBook, it was intimidating. Were my pictures as good as others? No. Am I a professional photographer? No. Does my work still count? Yes.  

 

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Do I care more about helping clients than posting perfect pictures? Yes. I love what I do. I love helping people, I love helping them take back their space. 

 

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Do I wish every picture I posted looked gorgeously styled and edited…..depends on the day.  Will that keep me from posting pictures of my work? No.

 

Before…

 

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After…

 

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Before…

this shelf unit from The Container Store wasn’t being used to it’s potential…

 

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After…

I moved it to her game/storage closet instead….

 

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Now her kids can easily see and get to all their games, and put them back where they go!

 

Closet before…

 

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Closet after…

 

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Don’t get caught up in perfection. Don’t let it steal your joy, or keep you from doing what you love.

Do you need help taking back your space? Want to have fun while doing it? Then I’m your girl…email me today and let’s get started.

 

I ready to help,

Lisa

Getting Ready for Baby

This week I helped a sweet client, who also happens to be my daughter, get her nursery ready.

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This sweet baby girl will make baby number 3 for my daughter, and grand baby number 7 for my husband and I. Hashtag blessed!

 

 

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This nursery shares space with the guest room. The extra bed in there will be nice for Mommy on those long nights and late night feedings.

 

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Mommy’s design choice is simple and classic but with a modern twist. Light, airy, no clutter. Bedspread from Anthropologie.

 

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Sheets and wall hanging from Target, crib from Ikea. All we have left to do here is raise the mattress up.

 

We turned this unused dresser into a baby changing table. I think it turned out so pretty!

 

 

 

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Each drawer holds baby items like diapers, wipes, onsies, jammies, plus extra sheets and blankets. The drawer dividers from Target help keep sizes separate, as well as diapers and wipes organized.

The ensuite bathroom will make bathing baby easy too!

 

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Fun recycle tip: don’t throw away the little bags that the sheets came in. Use them in your diaper bag for everything from a change of clothes to holding your keys and wallet!

 

 

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And last but not least, hampers don’t have to be plastic and “not cute”! She is using this pretty basket for her baby hamper. Darling right?!

 

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Are you, or anyone you know setting up a nursery? Need help? I’m your gal!

 

Ready to help you today,

Lisa

 

Gearing Up For The Holiday Season

Believe it or not, the holiday season is almost here! Thirty five days, (35!) till Thanksgiving, and seventy days (70!) until Christmas!

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Holidays can be filled with stress if you aren’t ready.

 

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Getting prepared and organized in advance can really make a difference. Let’s start with decor. Do you have everything you need in the same place, organized, and labeled by holiday?

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Decorating for each holiday can be made so simple. Everything has a place and everything is put back in that place. Year after year, your holiday decorating can get down to a science.

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Holiday dishes stored together, placemats stored together, table linens stored together and so on.

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I have a specific spot in my house for everything. The sideboard in my formal dining area holds all my linens, table decor, placemats, napkins rings, and so on, for Fall and Christmas.

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As soon as summer is over and all the fall decor comes out in the stores, I look in my sideboard BEFORE I buy a thing.

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Being organized saves not only time, but money too! Speaking of, I found these placemats at Target for $1.99 a piece. We recently had fifty guests at our home for dinner and I needed some more placemats. For that price I couldn’t pass them up. I needed them and therefore gave myself permission to purchase. Knowing where everything was, it was quick and easy for me to assess what I needed.

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Call me and book an appointment today. I can help you get your holiday season organized. Instead of buying things you may already have, spend that money on organizing, you won’t regret it! Ask my clients, they will tell you!

Happy Monday!

Lisa