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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We met somebody fabulous today! updated…

Finding a favorite consigner is like finding your favorite electrician, handyman or something like it. A consignment shop you like can be like finding a new best friend. What a better way to make room for new things in your life then to get rid of old clothes. Some people confess to us that they just don’t know what to do with these unwanted items. They know they have good quality clothes but they may just be tired of them. Giving away responsibly is really their only challenge.

A consignment shop like “The Haute Spot” in Chicago is a great resource to put these clothes in a consignment arrangement.  In addition, if they don’t sell,  The Haute Spot will donate them for you and give you the tax sheet for your records. How cool is that? We find this service to be very helpful to our clients. As an organizer who wants to save our clients time and money, we are happy when they can earn some cash back in the process. Cha-Ching! Did you just get cash back for your next trip to the mall?

The Haute Spot has been nominated this month in the Time Out Chicago magazine. Check them out and vote for your favorite consignment shop.

UPDATE: Reviewing the Oct. 25th, 2012  issue of Time Out Chicago and discovered that our favorite Consignment Shoppe was selected in the Best of Chicago’s Consignment category. Congratulations Haute Spot!

Dinner is served!

I spoke at Dream Dinners on Damen In Chicago last week along with a friend who helps people organize and balance their financial life. The theme was creating a balanced budget. Some of the key points we discussed were the following: create a plan, avoid unnecessary spending, get organized, clear clutter, clear distractions, focus on your goal. Our tips and helpful perspective were hopefully beneficial to our guests. I think they left with some great ideas to take home to implement into their lives. When I was asked to be a guest speaker last week, how could I refuse? You put two of my favorite things together; food and organizing, and you have a happy person in me.

Dream Dinners

The real star of the evening, however, was Dream Dinners on Damen. They have a wonderful menu and offer and a whole new concept that helps an individual or family save time and money. Their concept is to provide you with an environment where you can prepare all fresh and healthy ingredients for a fabulous meal to take home. It’s as simple as that. You take home as many meals as you can handle. Once you get hungry and ready to eat, all you do is cook the tasty meal you prepared. You skip the shopping, the storing, the prepping and go directly to cook and eat. I really enjoyed this experience and having an option like this is so helpful in our crazy, busy lives. Did I mention how delicious our meal was? Dream Dinners is nationwide check out their website and see for yourself.

An interview with an Elfa Specialist

I met Sheryl Mooney several years ago at a networking event and whenever I see her we always end up chatting about organizing. I’m thinking she has my dream job working for a great company helping people get organized. So I asked her to tell me more. I recently interviewed her and asked her about her role at the container store. This is what she said,

“I’ve been working for the Container Store for five years, my official role is in Visual Sales which means I work to keep the store looking its best for our customers, although we all are called upon to work in several capacities from register to order processing to product demonstrations,I’m also trained as an Elfa Designer.”

Q. Is this your busiest season at the store?

A. “With the warm weather, it’s time for spring cleaning and starting March 26, the Container Store will be holding its annual Spring Organization Sale. Every Saturday and Sunday we have demonstrations where we’ll talk about “Storing Your Winter Woolies” at 2PM and “Clear Kitchen Clutter” at 4PM, our demonstrations offer all kinds of great organization tips.”

Q. Sheryl, knowing all of the products you have at the store which are you finding to be most useful for spring cleaning?

A. “I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Elfa, our best-selling modular shelving and drawer system -it was one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things” in 2010. From the closet to the garage, everything can be organized with Elfa, and it can be customized to suit your unique storage needs. The Container Store offers free design services and we also hold Elfa Introduction Tours every Saturday and Sunday at 1PM and 3PM. ”

Q. I really like to stop in the store to find new organizing solutions for my clients? but what if I don’t know what I need?

A. “As I mentioned earlier, I am an Elfa designer and would love to work with you to design the closet of your dreams. My hours vary so you can call the store to schedule an appointment or just leave a message and I’ll call you back. You can reach me at the store at (312) 654-8450″.
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Our interview ends and I’m still thinking that she may have my dream job to work with a great company helping people get organized, but realized that working with Mercury Organizing Professionals is just as fabulous. Helping people find a system and maintain organization in their homes or offices is our passion.

Thank you to Sheryl Mooney who provides a great service to us organizers. It’s always great to meet other organizers and chat about new organizing solutions, but especially with a knowledge of a certain product such as Elfa Shelving. I’m hoping to let everyone know about good sales and offers as they come up. Here’s one that can help make spring cleaning a little bit easier.

Ode to the mop!

Did you know? We love mops, we love the invention and its design. Did you know that the mop was patented by an African-American inventor; Thomas W. Steward in 1893. The history of the mop goes as far back as the Romans. What I enjoy mostly is finding an invention that can make life a little easier. The mop is something that is taken for granted. Its essential in every day life and vital to a clean living.

We really like our name (M.O.P.) but it has nothing to do with mops and cleaning as some people might think. As organizers we create systems and clear out clutter to improve the flow of living or working spaces and help you regain control of your life. The organization leads to a cleaner healthier life. I wouldn’t be offended, however,  if you asked me to sweep or mop your place. When we organize we generally make sure that we leave one’s space cleaner than how we found it.

Family Grounds Cafe – A great place to have a networking series

Hope you can join us at The Family Grounds Cafe.  We’ve prepared a networking series with guest speakers for two dates in August and then in September.  Our organizer Lulu will be speaking on August 9th sharing best tips on how to achieve results using basic organizing methods. On August 16th we’ll feature Beth Grant. She is a speaker, spiritual mentor and Law of Attraction coach based in Chicago. She is one of the most effective coaches in the world at helping people let go of the struggle and usher in a life of ease and grace.  Click here to preview details for event

Family Grounds is a sophisticated Chicago cafe located in the Lakeview area. Moms, Dads, Singles, Students, Neighbors…everyone needs a break. Really. We have something for that. Sit down in our trendy Chicago cafe seating area and call the place yours with free WiFi and superb Intelligentsia coffee and Sugar & Spice pastries, as well as a light menu of sandwiches (adults and kids), salads and soups. Melt away your stress over a latte, tea, house blend coffee and a decadent pastry. Unlike many cafes we have a designated Family Room separated from the main cafe by soundproof glass, kids play in a mind-stimulating indoor playground while you take in the cafe ambiance of the Family Grounds Cafe experience.

We will be joining them in sponsoring this networking series. Did you already know Mercury Organizing Professionals’ purpose is to save you time, money, improve efficiency, and reduce anxiety and frustration levels. We can improve utilization and control of your space;  streamline filing, storage and scheduling systems, and help set sustainable organizational parameters.  Mercury Organizing Professionals provides a personalized plan for you. We put clutter in its right place and create efficient systems that eliminate obstacles, minimize distraction, and allow you to function at your best!

Needless to say a busy person needs an awesome calendar

The best way to accomplish your goals this new year is to make a plan. Look at your tasks realistically. Keep yourself accountable to getting things done, putting them down on your calendar . When you are a busy person with a household to run it is fun to incorporate the whole family on the calendar of events. Here’s a excellent way that Mrs.Darcy McGrath uses her calendar. She is a photographer, mother of two daughters and a wife. Needless to say she is a busy person who uses her calendar well.CalendarLongView

“A Chalk board — Genius!! As things come and go, ebb and flow,   fade and grow…the whole family enjoys adding to, crossing off and taking note of the things that are going on with the whole family. As we are heading up to bed to recharge for the next day — or coming down in the morning, ready for whatever comes our way, this calendar by the stairs works for us!”

Photo credits: DarcyMcGrath

Testimonials

“What I like most about Lulu is she is efficient and extremely capable of taking on any organizational task. I was a bit concerned that my computer was so overloaded with information that it was going to be very difficult, if not impossible to organize the information in a comprehensible way. Lulu helped me instantly with a plan and a strategy that seemed so effortless. The three biggest benefits with working with Lulu are: she is friendly, intelligent and creative. There isn’t a challenge she isn’t up to tackling. I would highly recommend her to any one looking to organize their life a little better – she is amazing! Thanks Lulu!”

Kelly Muldoon Connect to Patient : Contact@ConnectToPatients.com

 

I wanted to let you know  that my session with you was very helpful. Your clarity and your ability to decipher exactly what I needed was truly remarkable. The skills I learned from you have already made my business operate with more ease and flow. And finally the resources which you shared with me will enable me to see my business from a greater viewpoint , allow me to get more organized, and help me position myself towards expansion. Many thanks,”

Larry Cohn, Pre Paid Legal:www.prepaidlegal.com/hub/llcohn

“I would like to share with you the tremendous benefits I have enjoyed since working with Lulu Miranda of Mercury Organizing Professionals in organizing my home and home office. I thought I was decently organized. Talk about not knowing what you don’t know!! Ms. Miranda did such a nice, life-enhancing and business-enhancing reordering of office and home that it is fun to work from home and live there now. The best part is this: she works in such a nice, informative way that when she leaves it is easy to maintain the order Lulu has helped you create. Her method is not to impose her order on you, but to work with you to create your own highest and maintainable order. Clearly, I love what she does and wish I would have met Lulu years ago.”

Thank you,  Carey Szczesny

“It is with great pleasure that I recommend Elizabeth Miranda (Lulu) for her exceptional assistance in helping me rediscover my closet. My disorganization has undoubtedly been a major source of stress and lack of style in my life. Lulu really listens to me about my current needs and has given me many helpful suggestions. She clearly explains possibilities and helps one make them happen. If you would have seen my closet recently, you would have realized how patient Lulu is. She never judges based on how much “stuff” they have, although my family thinks I have a Carrie Bradshaw addiction! I have some fabulous shoes!!! My family was shocked when they came home and saw my floor. I am not hunting for things any more. I have known Lulu for many years and have seen her strong work ethic and spotless desk at work. Lulu is very professional, easy to work with, has a great attitude, is very patient, is confident in her abilities, and is self-motivated. In fact, I would not want to work with any one else. Thank you so much for your expertise and just being you.”

Elmhurst Resident