“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.

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.

 

Today is Earth Day!

Its Earth day! This time year we dedicate a conscious effort to help the planet. We are borrowing this earth from the next generation and we should leave it better than we found it. Consider your carbon foot print not just in the larger scale but in the simple things we do at home.

Here are the top 10 things you can do.

  1. Save energy at home. Choose energy-saving appliances if they’re available. Look for Energy Star!
  2. Buy locally, or grow your own! Reduce air pollution caused by food and goods transport.
  3. Dispose of solid and liquid wastes and medications safely. (Are there paint cans sitting around?)
  4. Reduce. Cut back on the amount of ‘stuff’ that could later end up as waste.
  5. Reuse. Upcycle! Take something that is disposable and transform it into something of greater use and value.
  6. Recycle metals, plastics and paper.
  7. E-cycle. Recycle and/or properly dispose of electronic waste such as computers and other gadgets.
  8. Don’t litter! Properly dispose of trash and waste.
  9. When purchasing goods, opt for sustainable, recycled or reused resources. Choose items in less packaging.
  10. Pass on gas! Take public transportation, carpool, plan your day to reduce trips and vehicle emissions.

Where can you go to shop local? Try a garage sale, Second hand stores, Estate sales, Antique shops, Community Resale Events, Shop at Etsy.

Don’t think that our efforts won’t go unnoticed. Its important to know that every little bit helps.The more planning in your home or office you take to process through your paperwork and “stuff” you own, you’ll discover that you’ll have less to sort through on a daily basis. Why not dedicate Earth day to an effort that benefits you and your family. This will save you time and money as well. We can’t just think that it is a corporation’s obligation to find a solution for a better environment, we can take it seriously and do what we can as well.

“I Don’t Know How She Does It” – A Movie Review

The latest movie with Sarah Jessica Parker Called ”I Don’t Know How She Does It”  had mixed reviews but on the whole I thought it was funny and charming. I like this movie because even though it may have depicted the extremes, in many ways it was true to life. It’s about a busy mom who is working on life balance. She is creating priorities in her daily life for herself and her family.

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Life happens! and it is how you handle all those hiccups, without too much turmoil that  proves you can live with less stress and can have some fun along the way. In some cases its not about bad things happening, but about opportunities that you are presented with. How will you choose?  How do you manage to do everything you want?

So how does she do it?  From an organizer’s point of view, it really comes down to having one’s priorities in order, and making the kind of choices daily that takes you closer to your goals; for yourself and your family.

She does it by being organized, having a support system, asking for help when she needs it, and going for good enough.

BEFORE & AFTER Family Spaces

Before Family RoomBefore Family RoomAfter Living room ShelvesAfter -LivingAfter-Room to PlayAfter - Shelves
After -Family Room

BEFORE & AFTER Family Spaces, a set on Flickr.

Here are some Before & After for a Family Room. We downsized the toys and books and rearranged the furniture to create better flow in the room and stored toys in bins. The toys are no longer the first thing you see as you walk in.
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This is a warning! your cell phone provider will be updating your software!

Have you ever read this alert sent to you by your mobile telephone company and then went into a panic because your smartphone with internet service will then be wiped out to its factory settings? Meaning you would loose all of your pictures, contacts, text messages and more. Oh no! what are you going to do? This has happened to several people we know and what they discovered was that they did not have a good system in place to prevent the panic. Let’s say you dropped your phone in a toilet or something and getting it to work again is no longer an option.

To avoid such feelings of catastrophe one would have to be in the habit of backing up their phone. Depending on your chosen provider you may already be using a routine that you won’t be loosing anything if you have to do a factory reboot. But its better to find out sooner than later. If you don’t know how to determine for yourself how your phone is saving these elements then, Its best to ask your service provider to look into your phone and let you know what and how you are saving things. We suggest to use these following steps.

Top 3 steps to preventing cell phone “memory loss”

1. Treat you cell phone like a real computer. Back it up, or, at least the parts that you want to keep as many times and ways as possible. For example, make sure that when you save a picture, see that it automatically goes to your memory card and not saved to your device. Not only will you want to save the photo to your memory card but you can also upload your pictures to an online photo gallery like Flickr, Google Picassa, Photobucket or simply email the photo to yourself.

2. Find an APP (application) for a universal calendar, most phones give you options. Enter in your tasks and appointments into a google calendar, for instance. These dates can be seen from any computer when you log into your account.  Again, make sure it isn’t being saved to your cell phone device’s calendar.

3. When sending or receiving texts that you find important and want to save immediately, copy the pertinent text into an note taking app. It will be saved there for future access. If the text contains pictures, immediately download and save to your memory card. Later, send it directly to your photobucket.

Once these steps are put in place and go about your daily life of chatting on the phone, taking pictures and texting away your plans you can confidently live your life as usual. You won’t notice anything different until something happens to your cell.  When/if a mishap happens is the only time you would thank yourself for taking the time to set things up. This is what being organized is all about. You can’t control everything in life but you can reduce the stress caused by what life can sometimes throw your way.

We’re getting Cozi with a web-based family calendar.

“There are so many things to do in a day and so many occasions to remember. How does one keep up?”. This is one of the most common complaints we hear. Having a calendar is not the only solution it is how you use it that makes the difference. The paper calendar is a common one I see with people we work with, but, some families are feeling confident and using their smart phones. If you are comfortable using technology and own a smart phone or iPad then you have additional options.

Cozi is a web-based FREE online organizer and mobile app that helps you manage the family schedule, organize shopping lists and to do lists, and capture favorite memories—all in one place. It’s designed for busy families in mind. Cozi is accessible from any computer, mobile phone or tablet. What’s is great about it is that your entire family can see the same calendar and be downloaded to sync with your current calendar. I suggest to give this one a try. Knowing how you spend your time gives you more freedom to enjoy your family instead of stressing over what you have to do next.

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.

Hot fun in the city!

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I was walking my dog in Lincoln Square early in the morning and came across this Mural painted on an outdoor patio. Its awesome! Reminds me of the hot muggy days we’re about to have here this June. The weather man says it will be up to the 90′s and humid. Ugh! I love warm weather but not so much when its this muggy. Hope you all have a great Memorial Holiday!

MOP’s First Annual Shredding Day

Once a year Mercury Organizing Professionals will gather their clients shredding material and have a company shred on site. This year we will be ready to shred all your old taxes and any kind of paperwork with sensitive information. A good way to avoid identity theft. Call us to make arrangements. Elizabeth 312-804-2111