About Mercury Organizing Professionals

Elizabeth Miranda is an organizer and owner of Mercury Organizing Professionals and Design Studio. I help you gain control of your environment, save you time, money, improve efficiency, and reduce anxiety and frustration levels. Helping you improve utilization; streamline filing, storage and scheduling systems, and help set sustainable organizational parameters. Mercury Organizing Professionals put clutter in its right place and create efficient systems that eliminate obstacles, minimize distraction, and allow you to function at your best!

“How to Organize and the Path of Least Resistance”

Here is a booklet I created to help people who are willing to get organized and want to tackle the project themselves. In this guide you will discover what you can do on your own and what to watch out for so you don’t get off track. I look forward to hearing from you!

Visit my eStore to purchase your copy.

Organizing Small Spaces. Its not a one size fits all type of solution.

MOP_BLOG_Graphic_smallspacesAs a professional organizer, I research ideas for organizing all the time and what I discovered is that organizing tips can feel trendy and inappropriate for some. Its not a one size fits all type of solution. Using organizing products like bins may help but they don’t make you an organized person. In general, its those habits you keep that allow you to maintain the basic principles for organization.

When living in a small home, you may have a limited amount of space to own many things, but my best tip is to gain a new perspective about small spaces. Its not about what you deny yourself, but rather, how you expand your life by living in a small home.

“Your home may have gotten smaller but your world just became bigger” I see living in a small space as a great opportunity to surround yourself with the things you like or love, creating comfort without much maintenance. The hassle of keeping up with your life turns into living a life full of outside activities such as meeting friends, exploring your world or being motivated by new interests.

Living with the essentials can change depending on what stage of life you are in. Are you living single? married with children? or empty-nester?

Either lifestyle you choose, living in small spaces can work. You’ll have the inclination to need less when you resolve to living this way.

The best practices for living in small spaces is to know your current priorities in life. Know what you can and can’t live without. Choose an anchoring piece for each room. Have a place for everything and add time to your daily routines so that you can put things a away when life is too busy and gets messy.

10-15 minutes added to each task will assist you in not only completing your task but allows you to go the extra time to put things away immediately. Cooking is a good example; you make time for your meal, eat and then return to clean up your kitchen.

Once you apply these new perspectives, it won’t matter what amount or space or design you prefer, your home will have a flow and ease and can support you in your endeavors.

Take the path of least resistance

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When it comes to organizing, taking the path of least resistance vs making an effort through the struggle is the best way to start. Start with an easy project. De-clutter and get rid of the things you know for sure. Struggling to decide if you keep something or not can waste time and motivation. Once you tackle those kinds of things that are easy to donate or toss, you will be able to build up momentum and eventually clear enough space to organize.

Its easy to donate when you admit you don’t like something or have use for them anymore. Getting rid of old magazines or catalogues should be easy enough when you know you’ll be receiving next months subscription. Getting rid of clothes that don’t fit means you accept yourself as you are, shoes that are worn out just allows you to make room for new.

Eventually, you will have examined all the spaces in your home and create enough momentum to keep going.

 

BYOB, Bring your own bag.

There is a new $.07 cent bag tax being implemented in 12 major US cities. We Chicagoans will have to adjust to bringing our own bags to any retail store, especially to the local grocery market where we’ll need them the most. “The Checkout Bag Tax is imposed on the retail sale or use of checkout bags in Chicago” (see link).

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/01/31/chicago-s-7-cent-bag-tax-start-feb-1

We may have a difficult time remembering to bring reusable shopping bags or get frustrated with the added cost, however, this new policy will force us to find new sources for our bags. It will be time to make use of the trusted reusable shopping bag. I recommend having them accessible by leaving them in your car or keep a small folded type bag in your purse.The benefit will be that those piles of plastic bags we own will finally be significantly reduced. There will no longer be piles of plastic bags that fill an entire kitchen cabinet. The opportunity to get rid of this bag hoarding habit will now make way for something practical or essential like pots and pans. We’ll have extra space on a shelf or in the pantry.

If you still find yourself overwhelmed by the overflow of bags in your kitchen, consider reducing them to only a handful and put them in a bin of their own. Get creative and make a dispenser, placing them in your pantry, a shelf or cabinet to store them in.

When you finish putting away your groceries, don’t just ball them up, instead, roll them up neatly so you have more room. I do this and it only takes me 5 seconds, tops. Consolidate all your paper and plastic bags, and put a lid on the mess.

I like most IKEA products for the kitchen. Their stylish and unique designs are practical and function well for containing anything.

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Are walk-in closets overrated?

Walk-in closets are wide open spaces with shelves, extra hanging rods for clothes and lots of drawers. They can be customized to your specific needs.  For the most part walk-in closets are a must have in any new development and condo. People seek out the closet and they can even be a deal-breaker when purchasing a new home. Having a walk-in closet in your home makes you feel great. It feels luxurious. Its a sign of social status and means you have “it” together. Yes! You made it baby!

If you enjoy spending a LOT of time in your closet and use it as a luxurious fashionista’s dressing room it will function for you just great. You will benefit for having it in your home. But for most people I meet and work with, I find walk-in closets overrated.

I have come to learn from my experience as a professional organizer helping many individuals to de-clutter and organize their closet, that this kind of space doesn’t necessarily mean they gain extra square footage. I’ve discovered that in many homes, one can actually lose sight of how to use the master closet properly. The open space in the middle of the closet is mostly unused.  In fact, if not used correctly, it can even be detrimental to your closet organization. People will use this middle space to dump everything and create an avalanche of clothes or shoes. They find themselves buried under their piles and become so overwhelmed that they need help straightening it all out.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like the fact that these closets are open and spacious and created with the lifestyle of the modern man and women in mind. Having a walk-in closet is an obvious solution to can keep your clothes in order and tucked away from sight. Its a place to access what you need and the place to dress for success. However, it takes effort, will power and discipline to keep that open space free and clear of clutter. What should you do if you have such a room?

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  • First, make sure you are keeping only those clothes you love and use often
  • Keep clothes that fit and donate clothes that don’t fit properly.
  • Limit the kind of clothes you are holding on to for special occasions, like the tuxedo or evening gown for a formal event.
  • Use the best hangers to make clothes look uniform and tidy.
  • Designate a spot for the hamper and don’t let it overflow.
  • Do your laundry. fold, hang up and put clothes back in their place.
  • Remind yourself just because you see an open space it doesn’t mean you have to fill it up with more.
  • Stick to the boundaries of this room. If you need more space then consider adding a piece of storage to accommodate everything else
  • Hire a professional organizer to help you.

In the end, ask yourself. “How much do you need to own to make you happy?” Realize you have chosen to live in a home with this kind of closet. Its a closet filled with clothes, keepsakes and other wanted items. How cool is that? Yes, that’s cool!  Why not be thankful for that. Then ask yourself how much do you own that makes you feel overwhelmed?

Meet a “closet whisperer” and have your untamed closet transformed.

Does your closet look something like this? You have piles of off season clothes everywhere. Tags are still on the clothes you just bought. You can’t find the cute little black dress you love to wear. Bottles and jars of hair products are mixed in with purses and bags. You’re just overwhelmed and stressed out looking at your closet. You don’t know where to start nor what to do, but know that there must be a better way.

WestLoop Closet BEFORE Rediscover some peace and order so you can get ready for the day in an easy and stress free environment. Get energized and feel good about yourself in the morning when you dress up to look your most fabulous self.

Meet a “closet whisperer” and have your untamed closet transformed. Elizabeth “Lulu” Miranda; owner of Mercury Organizing Professionals has been putting the wow factor in people’s homes for over 10 years. Call today for an assessment and see if you qualify for the last 4 spots in November.

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Fall Organizing Special – 2016 *

Small closet = $215 (3ft up to 5ft)
Medium closet = $265 (6ft up to 8ft)
Large closet = $325 (9ft up to 12ft)

*Restrictions apply. An assessment is required to qualify.

Call Elizabeth “Lulu” Mercury Organizing Professionals / www.mop-ds.com / 312-804-2111

 

How can getting organized help you go with the flow?

“Getting organized” is not the opposite of “Going with the Flow”. Its NOT an oxymoron. It is because you are organized that you can take the leap of faith and accept the “Flow” more easily.

The saying “I’m going with the flow” is something you may say when you are unsure of the right actions to take.

“No matter how much structure we create in our lives, no matter how many good habits we build, there will always be things that we cannot control — and if we let them, these things can be a huge source of anger, frustration and stress. What is going with the flow? It’s rolling with the punches. It’s accepting change without getting angry or frustrated. It’s taking what life gives you, rather than trying to mold life to be exactly as you want it to be”.ZenHabits

But what if you have obstacles or can’t think clearly? How do you know what you feel or think? How does one go with the flow when you don’t like the way things a “flowing”?

Did you know…?

  • Reports created by the National Soap and Detergent Association state that getting rid of clutter eliminates 40 percent of housework.
  • 1 in 11 American households rent a self-storage space and spend over $1,000 a year in rent.
  • It is reported by the U.S. Department of Energy that 25% of people with two-car garages fill it with too much stuff that they can’t park a car inside.
  • According to Harris research firm, 23% of adults pay bills late and incur fees because they can’t find their bills.
  • The average individual gets 49,060 pieces of mail in a lifetime, one third of it is junk mail.
  • Dealing with paperwork is the biggest burden for small businesses.

These are only a few obstacles that block the “Flow” in your life  and create in you an overwhelming feeling. These obstructions will clutter your mind with worry or disappointment.

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Try an organizing perspective. Take the time to assess your situation. Identify the problem areas. Clearing out your clutter in your home or office will create the right frame of mind for better decision making.

What’s the top motivator to get organized?

While stress and suffering consequences are major motivators they’re surprisingly NOT the top reason people start organizing. Instead, its the decision to host a special event at one’s home motivates a person to take charge of their clutter.  We recommend to take charge sooner then later. Don’t wait to be pressed to do it. Doing something everyday is empowering and helps you feel more confident to go with the “Flow” for the right reasons.

 

 

 

Press the RESET Button on your life! Get organized in 31 Days

What does your environment say about where you are in your life? Look around and be aware. Does it match who you are or who you want to be?
This is the time you can press the RESET button on your life. Adjust anything that needs alignment to your goals and vision.
Don’t judge yourself or others in this process. Aim not for perfection, but rather improvement of any space or situation in your life.
I invite you to start now and take the Organizing Challenge. This is where you will tackle a part of your home or office. You will clear out clutter, donate unwanted items and start to put in place anything you honor or value.
Go to my Facebook Page: Like and join our group.  or follow on Twitter:  #31DayChallenge, #31DayOrganizingChallenge
Need more specific help? Call Lulu 312-804-2111 Mercury Organizing Professionals

Getting organized is helpful for people with ADHD.

ADHD or Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurobiological condition. The in-ability to focus and to complete tasks is one of the ways it manifests. As a professional organizer, I help individuals de-clutter their homes and offices and organize their spaces with new systems.

In addition, I am co-hosting a support group for parents with children with ADHD. Each month, for the past two years, we bring professionals to the group who can speak on ADHD and provide useful information to help their children manage ADHD challenges. Parents learn form each other, gain useful knowledge and find new resources from visiting professionals.

Some common symptoms and problems of living with ADHD include:

  • Poor attention; excessive distractibility
  • Physical restlessness or hyperactivity
  • Excessive impulsivity; saying or doing things without thinking
  • Excessive and chronic procrastination
  • Difficulty getting started on tasks
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Frequently losing things
  • Poor organization, planning, and time management skills
  • Excessive forgetfulness

If you think you have ADHD seek out a qualified mental health care professional to diagnose you properly. They will correctly guide you to resources and provide helpful strategies to help you manage your symptoms. Psychologist suggest these helpful strategies for people ADHD.

#1. Create solid daily routines.

#2. Don’t overwork yourself and create downtime.

#3. Create a calm and harmonious living or working space.

#4. De-clutter and organize you environment.

#5. – Participate in a support group

Click on these links for the CHAAD  website:

ADHD Support

ADHD Resource Link