“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.

We launched the Mercury Design Studio Gallery today

I love art so much and from time to time will come across an artist’s vision with whom I make a connection. Their work will move me in some way that turns me to a loyal promoter. I decided that I can’t sit still without letting others know about them.

This season Mercury Design Studio is featuring Atlanta Photographer Jerry Maschinot. His work is currently showing at the Ravenswood Art Walk in the Northcenter area. in Chicago. In the Ravenswood corridor at 4001 N. Ravenswood 3rd floor. Maschinot’s current work is from his Auto Series, 11 medium and large-scale prints of car ornaments, truck doors, and detailed auto parts. Each print is highly textural and highlights the rust, blue, green and gray patinas of a weathered junkyard.

“River of Rust”

Maschinot’s early work was as a ceramicist, working with Raku vessels and forms. His Auto Series prints make use of his ceramicist’s eye for three dimensions, and for variations in subtle colors.

He is based in Cave Springs, GA (near Atlanta) and has shown his work in Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City, Birmingham, Cincinnati and other cities across the U.S.

 

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!

MOP’s Networking Collaborative

Mercury Organizing Professionals has partnered with LSVDesign for the past two years to bring you local business to business networking events. This month, Neighborhood Networking is collaborating with BTSocial & Sound Bar Group for our March event!

Join us after work at Y Bar to meet and mingle with fellow businesses and sample appetizers from popular neighborhood restaurants.

Complimentary Absolut Wild Tea drinks from 6–8 pm. Stay for the raffle prizes—and more surprises!

The Featured Organization will be The UNICEF Tap Project.

Register in advance for $15 ($20 at the door).
Online ticket sales end at 3 pm. If you choose to pay at the door, please RSVP.
(cash/check accepted at the door)

Thursday, March 10, 2011
6–10 pm
Y Bar
224 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL

Close to the Brown Line Chicago stop. Metered street parking is available. Valet service $12

Forward this invite to friends and colleagues. Bring lots of business cards.

We hope to see you there!

and the Oscar goes to….What, you don’t have quickbooks or quicken either? oh dear.. now what?

Your CPA has requested all your information and receipts from 2010, and needs it fast. You have no idea where you have put your receipts,  or worse, they are scattered in drawers, wallets, office desk and envelopes. The bookkeeping isn’t done either.  Does this sound like you or somebody you know?

This is the time of year when some people wish they had organized their paperwork sooner. There is no going back now is there? You ‘ll have to pull it all together somehow and pronto.

This chore is like pulling teeth and takes many people hours if not days to finish. You feel paralyzed, you want to quit before you even get started so instead you kick into procrastination mode and decide to watch TV to simply escape.  You know you’re watching the OSCARS this Sunday evening,  aren’t you? You won’t miss it, you’ll have to watch the three hour or more affair from the twinkle in the eyes of actors to the rolling credits at the end. Does this sound like you or somebody you know?

Well,  here’s a painless idea to get you motivated and start preparing for your appointment with your accountant. First,  decide to get out of this rut. Then, call it Oscar Tax-time.  On Sunday evening, when they are rolling out the red carpet and gawking at the gorgeous gowns and actors, get moving.

Step one:  start gathering your paperwork: assemble a station on a kitchen table or counter for example. Grab all those receipts scattered to drawers and wallets. Lump them together. Next step, take inventory. Look to see what you have, and start categorizing according to your tax person’s directions. Monthly: Medical, home, business, auto, etc….

We are assuming you don’t have Quickbooks and this late in the game, do you really think you should try to master it for this purpose? that’s another topic.

Lastly, start entering your data. Preferable using excel file sheets  or get a ledger book that will help with columns and data entry.

Notice how three hours can pass by quickly. You’re able to get through what seems like a daunting task and now see how possible it is to not only save yourself some money but gain some control of your finances. All while hearing the latest news of your favorite Oscar contenders. did they win?

Getting a clear picture of what your next step should be is so important to finding financial health, wealth and happiness. Who’s the winner now?