“Let it go”- Feel Empowered

“Letting go” for any reason can be easy for some and not so easy for others. When it comes to organizing it could be the one thing that is holding you back from feeling more harmony in your home or be more productive in your work.
I encourage a person to let go of only those items in their space that they no longer need, love or find useful in their lives.

People sometimes hold on only because they don’t know what to do with their “stuff” and feel guilt or feel irresponsible if they throw them out of their lives. If you find this being true for you and acknowledge you don’t need, like, love something you own and don’t know what to do with “your stuff”, then we encourage you to donate, and recycle responsibly. Don’t allow not knowing what to do with something to hold you back from creating the space you need for future goals. Letting go can make you feel empowered. Visit our list of useful resources to call and arrange a pick up of your de-cluttered donations.

The Song from Disney Pixar films is an encouraging song. Its motivating to own up to who you are and what you possess. Not be fearful. Inspiring you to take action and create a better place for yourself.

Don’t blame the maid.

Has it ever happened to you that you couldn’t find something you use, whether at home or at work? Have you spent numerous hours looking for something you needed?  Do you find yourself thinking …”you swear you knew where you left it last”? Or Do you discover your stuff in odd places? Living in a home with other people can cause aggravation even if only for organizational reasons.

We recently saw the movie “Enough Said” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini. Its a sweet movie (RIP Gandolfini). But that is another blog posting. For now I want to point out a part In this movie that sparked a thought. There is a scene at the end of the film where the couples are having dinner together at a friend’s home.  A maid is working in the kitchen. The hostess (played by Toni Collette) finds a softball inside the kitchen drawer where the utensil are kept. What? Yea, everyone is asking what is it doing there? A conflict develops between the hostess and the maid. The woman is accusing the maid of not doing her job properly. Long story short, the maid gets fired. Only to find out later, that the friend (played by Juila Louis-Dreyfus) admits she put the softball in the drawer. Whoopsy! awkward!!

Here the friend (Collette) comes down to the wrong conclusion and wrongfully fires the maid. People often find themselves feeling so sure of themselves in occasions like this that they forget to analyze the circumstances.

Trailer for movie “Enough Said”

First of all, its important to admit that the lost items are causing a problem. Frustration is felt by everyone. There is no clear sense of organization nor system in the home. There is no communication between the people occupying the home either. This usually happens when you are in the most need of the item or when you are in an absolute hurry and can’t afford the time to look for it. So, instead of blaming the maid or wrongfully accusing a spouse or child for taking it or not putting it away properly, try finding a reliable solution.

Having a system for your home is vital to keeping harmony. If you are scattered in your home then it is very likely you can’t find what you need when you need it. Getting organized can start by clearing out the clutter, then by creating a system where things should go.

Once your system is in place and all you need to do is maintain it, we find that a good solution for all this drama is to have a designated space, shelf, or bin, where a person can go to when they don’t have time to put an “object” away. That bin can be a delegated chore for someone in the household (spouse, kids, maid) to distribute the collected items and return them to their designated places. Let it fill up, empty it out and then start all over again. If what you are looking for isn’t in its proper place then the next likely place should be that bin. Problem solved and time saved = happy home!

Presenting our new YouTube Channel – MOP-TV

Visit our You Tube Channel to view some of our staged homes for sale. The realtors always appreciate a home that is de personalized and de-cluttered. It helps them accentuate the best features of a home.

In addition, we created a video with a slide show of some Before and After Pictures. We work on homes and offices alike.

 

Top 10 tips to win the paper chase

We were asked to be the guest blogger for Zealous Good; a not-for-profit organization helping others to give and receive donations.  They promoted spring cleaning and asked us for a few tips. We find that gaining control of the unruly paperwork is the top most difficult challenge our clients encounter so we shared our top ten tips.

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“If you don’t have a system you’ll always have that overwhelming feeling that you can’t catch up. Take charge of that information overload because it won’t stop until you decide it stops.

1. First, back up your computer as many times as you can afford. Burn CD’s. Use www.carbonite.com or www.backblaze.com. Back up to an external hard drive.

2. Stop mail. Cancel catalogs, make a request at stopjunkmail.org, use the PaperKarma App to have them stop junkmail for you.

3. Reduce your mail. Have bills, bank statements & financial statements emailed to you instead of snail mail. Banks offer online bill paying services.

4. Don’t Print. Save documents as a .doc or .pdf files & keep in an labeled folder.

5. Take it to the cloud. A cloud is a service that holds your data online. Try dropbox or MS Live.

6. Make time to process your mail immediately separate documents from envelopes.

7. Recycle envelopes as soon as you open them.

8. Remove any shredding piles to either do yourself or take to locations that do this for you.

9. Bookmark it: Try Delicious, Diigo. Save your notes and lists in Evernote, or others like them.

10. Save pictures in Google’s Picassa, or Yahoo’s Flickr. Why not create a book of all your favorites to make as a keepsake.

Now that you will have all this unused extra paper and office supplies lying around, you will be able to create more space by donating your excess to charities. Zealous Good is a great way to give when your business only has these kinds of supplies to offer.

These simple tips are an example of a few online services that are not only time savers but are going to help you reduce your carbon footprint in your home. “

Tidy Desk or Messy Desk? Each Has Its Benefits

Are you feeling creative? or are you feeling more generous lately but don’t know why? Your organizing style can predict how creative you are likely to be or generous you may be with others. Check out this article researchers at the University ofMinnesota published in the Psychological Science,  a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.  Tidy Desk or Messy Desk? Each Has Its Benefits – Association for Psychological Science.

Clean rooms led a person to be more charitble given the opportunity, while the people of messy rooms showed more innovation and creativity.

Do you find yourself having a creative day and simply having writers block?  What is your style? and why do you think you work this way ? 

As organizers we don’t try to change who you are, but are there to help enhance and accentuate the positive. It is important not to let disorganization and chaos prevent you from being the creative person you want to be, nor become a generous person when the opportunity arises.  Preview our Before and After photos from our MOP Gallery to learn how others transistioned from a disorganized space to an orderly one.

Mercury Organizing Professionals: www.mop-ds.com

 

Relocate, organize & design a modern inspired office

This spring we relocated an office from the Bucktown area to the west Old Town neighborhood. After reviewing the new office space we realized that the space would not accommodate all the desks they own.
Because their office only functions as a temporary work location for half the employees. We created a work station along the wall for people to work at temporarily.

We repurposed the owners kitchen cabinets and used them for the office supplies and storage space.

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The desks were inspired by a modern design we saw at a high end office space downtown Chicago.

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The ADHD Parent’s Support Group-at the NPN Resource Fair 2/10/13

Mercury Organizing Professionals sponsored the support group for parent’s of children with ADHD and participated at the Neighborhood Parent’s Network 2nd Annual Fair. An event that was dedicated to providing Chicago families, school options, service providers, and nonprofits in one place that focus on serving parents of children with developmental differences.

Our Meet-Up group in Chicago formed; December 2012, for parents of children with ADHD. This parent support group; not only shares personal experience but also schedules professionals to speak; providing resources and education on how to manage those challenges.  For more information on this support group please contact their group’s organizer: Maggi Steib via this link.

To sign up: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-ADHD-Parent-Support-Group/

Group meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at Flourish Studios: 3020 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657- Tel: (773) 281-8140, Email: icanflourish.com

More about Flourish Studios:
THERAPY SERVICES:
Flourish Studios® is a counseling center where adults, teens, children, couples, and families who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, or social challenges can figure out their next best steps in life. We are a group of psychotherapists, social workers, counselors, psychologists, and consultants who provide supportive and effectivecounseling and educational services to address a variety of issues and concerns.
RETAIL STORE:
Flourish Studios also includes a retail store that offers life-enhancing products for children and adults such as inspirational art, therapist-recommended self-help books, and books, toys and games that promote social-emotional development.

New resources for parents of children with ADHD

According to the National Resource Center on ADHD. “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition affecting children and adults that is characterized by problems with attention, impulsivity, and overactivity.  It affects between 5-8 percent of school age children, and between 2-4 percent of adults”.

For people who suffer ADHD, typical distractions can affect their lives more dramatically than those who don’t encounter this challenge. As a personal & professional organizer, I cross paths with people with ADHD often. I help people create systems in their homes so that their daily routines can become easier day by day. I value the benefits of an organized day and keeping the stress away, because without these systems, daily life can be very difficult.

Meet-Up group in Chicago formed; December 2012, for parents of children with ADHD. This parent support group will not only share their personal experience but also schedule professionals to speak. They will educate and provide resources on how to manage those challenges.  For more information on the support group please contact their group’s organizer: Maggi Steib via this link.

To sign up: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-ADHD-Parent-Support-Group/events/93811422/

Group meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at Flourish Studios: 3020 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657- Tel: (773) 281-8140, Email: icanflourish.com

More about Flourish Studios:
THERAPY SERVICES:
Flourish Studios® is a counseling center where adults, teens, children, couples, and families who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, or social challenges can figure out their next best steps in life. We are a group of psychotherapists, social workers, counselors, psychologists, and consultants who provide supportive and effectivecounseling and educational services to address a variety of issues and concerns.
RETAIL STORE:
Flourish Studios also includes a retail store that offers life-enhancing products for children and adults such as inspirational art, therapist-recommended self-help books, and books, toys and games that promote social-emotional development.

Creating a sustainable business starts by getting organized.

The first few things that come to mind when someone owns a business is how to create cash flow, or how to maintain a loyal client base. How to get everything done before the day is done. Small businesses rarely have the opportunity to look beyond and analyze one’s methods of operation. Nor does one wonder what habits they can build upon? Creating a sustainable business appears for some to be something a bit beyond their reach. However, At Mercury Organizing Professionals, we don’t think so, we work as a personal organizing coach to show you how to use simple techniques that prove beneficial to grow your business.

How can being a sustainable business help grow my business? Let’s determine what defines a “Sustainable Business”.  Sustainability means different things to different people but in most cases its a strategy that looks for ways to optimize the effectiveness and quality of one’s social and physical environment, with the benefit of a long term profitability.

When we work with a small business or individual; sustainability is on the top of our minds.  Every client has different needs and priorities at the moment. so putting their needs into consideration while we project manage the organizing is vital. Consciously choosing to work and live in a sustainable way helps you gain the focus you need to accomplish your goals in less amount of time.

Are you wasting energy? Are you buying things over and over just because you can’t find them? Are you piling paperwork and can’t find important documents? Ask yourself what perpetual habit causes you to create clutter or to become overwhelmed with excessive non-core tasks? Its what you do in the first place that takes you to a level of conscientious choosing. Creating a sustainable business means you value the process as well as the result.

 

Making a home safe for children.

Young children just learning to crawl create a new challenge for parents.  Parents don’t want to restrict or limit their child’s ability to explore their world, so the question on how to create a safe environment comes up. A parent’s concern to keep the home safe for their little ones can be daunting. Luckily, there are some easy safeguards like safety door handles, safety locks and socket caps.

 

One of our clients, however, experienced an additional challenge.  Our client who owns and plays an upright bass, keeps it in their home. He found it necessary to secure the large and potentially dangerous instrument from his baby.

Our organizing & design studio team found a solution to keep this part of their home safe. Our first thought was to purchase one of those guitar braces, but we couldn’t find one large enough to keep the soft case and bass together. We ended up designing one and installing it in their home ourselves.  Our welder put it together and installed it easily in the part of the home where children won’t play.  Now, their lil’ one is free to roam without the threat of hurting himself.  Mom and dad can feel assured that they did their best to secure their house and make it a learning environment instead of a obstacle course.