The end of the month means it’s June Challenge accountability time…
June Challenge accountability time is here!
Did you take the challenge?
(If you missed it, you can catch-up here. Otherwise, read on or tune in above and let’s wrap it up!)
The challenge was simple: to declutter one area of your home.
So, did you declutter some part of your home? Because if you did, I’d love to know and see your After photos. Tell me about it below, post your pics to my Facebook Page or send them to me via sms or Direct Message if you’d prefer. Let me know how you went!
I got into a few different areas of my house:
I decluttered my youngest daughter’s bedroom with her
Cleaned out my office, including emptying old paperwork from inside folders, cleaning out the drawers and rearranged the furniture a bit
I filed my son’s schoolwork that had been coming home in prolific amounts and was gathered in a little pile waiting for me to set-up a new folder
Sorted out the cleaning cupboard in my kitchen
Rearranged some storage in our garage
It sounds like a lot but really, besides the office that took a bit of time because I was going through paperwork, the rest of the areas were just little 5 or 10 minute jobs here and there. And I’m feeling like the house is much lighter because of it.
So, I’d love to know how you went with your challenge this month. Did you declutter any part of your home?
I know people were doing wardrobes and bedrooms and moving house and garages and all sorts of areas.
So make sure you show me or tell me about it… I’d love to know!
And if you’re having fun playing along at home with my tiny challenges, make sure you come back tomorrow because I’ll have a new one for July.
If things haven’t gone to plan, all is not lost. Read on for my decluttering challenge top tips that will have you back on track faster than you can find a donation bag.
You see, I was talking to someone yesterday and they were feeling really discouraged.
They’d decided to declutter their wardrobe as part of this month’s declutter challenge but their month just hadn’t gone to plan.
So I gave her some of my decluttering challenge top tips and I thought I’d share them here too. Because there could be a lot of us who are feeling the same way after the month we’ve just had!
Here in Victoria, we’ve just had another lockdown (#4!) and I think some people equate lockdowns with having all this extra time on your hands. But really, what many of us have is extra time with the children, extra responsibilities (part-time teacher anyone?) and a lot of shuffling around of our calendars, priorities and responsibilities.
So if things haven’t quite gone to plan, whether it’s because you’ve gone into a lockdown, been unwell or perhaps life’s just got busy, I want to encourage you.
It’s not too late to start your decluttering challenge.
My decluttering challenge top tips
“Just start. Start with one drawer in your wardrobe. Or one shelf.”
Perhaps you had an idea that you were going to declutter a whole room or a large area. And now you’re feeling the pressure of time running out.
How could you pare that goal down and just pick one little place to start?
Another tip is to grab your phone and set a timer.
Set it for eight minutes. Or seven. Or ten. However long you want.
Or, why not put a playlist on Spotify that runs for 20 minutes, if you want.
Listen to some tunes, get yourself in the space and work on one drawer, one area, or set yourself a do-able limit and see how you go. Because even if you just get the shoes organised, at least you’ve got organised shoes!
And you might find that once you start, you’ve got the stamina to do a bit more. And if you don’t, that’s totally fine. At least you’ve done some decluttering this month.
So if you haven’t started your decluttering challenge yet, it’s not too late. You can still organise plenty of things in the little snippets of time you have left before month’s end.
So today, I’m encouraging you. If you did have plans to do some decluttering and it’s gone a bit off track, all is not lost. Jump back in and think about how you can move the goal posts a little so you’re in a winning position, and then go for it.
I’ve woken up really excited because I’m looking forward to doing something new today! It’s actually something I try and do every month: to try something different and new. So I’m heading up the mountain today to do a workshop… I’m going to learn how to weave a basket!
Just as an aside, if you haven’t checked out Perfect Pear Workshops, and you’re in the Gippsland or Melbourne area you really must! Lil runs them from her gorgeous property in Packenham Upper. It’s a must see, must do.
Anyway, it got me thinking how incredibly grateful I am for that aspect of my life and being able to do those sorts of things. And I realised, it’s actually no accident. It’s something I’ve been deliberately working on for over 10 years. Probably closer to 15 years.
That is, trying to live more deliberately.
To do the things that are important to me and make me happy.
To ensure I’m making time for those things and not getting swept up into the world’s message of busy meaning important or productive. Rather, actually deciding for myself what I want my life to look like.
And so I was just reflecting on these opportunities that I’ve made for myself and I was thinking about how different my life was back then and all the little things I’ve done to change it for the better.
And along with the pilot program I’ve been doing this last month, (helping people align their actions with their goals and the outcomes they want for their life) I’ve realised the incredible importance of values.
The ONE thing you’ve got to get clear on in order to live a life you love.
I’ve come to realise that values are everything. They guide everything I do. They are the key to living a more rewarding life.
But values are not something you’re necessarily taught in school. And you may not know a lot about them unless you’ve done a course through work or you’re specifically interested in that sort of thing.
And so it’s something I’ve been thinking about doing… Helping people figure out what they want for their life. What is actually important to them. And how, once you know that, you can use it to guide all your decision-making and live a more enjoyable life.
So if that’s something you’re interested in getting more clarity around, then let me know. Either comment below or send me a direct message, because I’m thinking about putting together a very simple little workshop or challenge where I could take you through the process that I’ve done and help you get clear on questions like:
What do I actually want with my life?
What actually would make me happy?
What actually is important to me?
It won’t be anything onerous and it won’t take you a lot of time because, for one thing, I don’t have a lot of time to put it together! I haven’t even thought what it would be exactly, but I think that’s why I can’t sleep. I’m so excited with all the ideas that are starting to come to me because I just think this is so incredibly important…That people start to live with more intention and design the life they want and stop waiting.
Waiting for it to just happen
Waiting to have more time
Waiting for something else to happen until you make a change
Because you don’t have anything except now.
So, what are you looking forward to? Are you clear?
Because if you’re not, I could put something together that would help you figure out with more clarity, what it is you want for your life and what sort of things would make you happy.
Or maybe you already know.
But it’s one thing to know and it’s another thing to do something about it and start doing it now.
I’ll probably start to do it for the members that I’m already working with, so I could easily help a few more people too.
So if you’d like help to get clear on:
what you want for your life
what sort of things would make you happy
how to stop doing the things that aren’t bringing you joy anymore
and instead make time for the things that you know would bring you joy (or even just the things you think would) I want to hear from you.
I’m on a mission to help you get clear on what you want for your life, get clear on what your values are and show you how to use that as your compass to guide the decisions that you make from here on in.
Because I know what I’m doing today (heading up the mountain to do this workshop) ticks so many of my boxes in terms of what makes me happy, what I value and what’s important to me. And I think that’s what I’m so excited about.
Because doing this today is totally in alignment with what matters to me.
And I’m really excited about possibly being able to help more people do this process and live this way because it’s just so freeing.
It’s June Challenge Check-in time! So, how are you going with this month’s declutter challenge?
I know some of you have been doing it because I’ve been getting photos via DMs which I’ve been loving.
I’ve seen beautifully organised offices, people are clearing out their wardrobe and sending bags of clothes off to charity. Others are decluttering their garages and one person is decluttering and packing up to move house!
So I know many of you will be on track as we touch base for our June Challenge Check-in. But I just wanted to encourage those of you that haven’t started yet because we’re over the halfway point of the month, so time’s ticking!
Pick one area of your home to declutter and tell me below which area it’s going to be so I can help hold you accountable. Then, go for it!
Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas for you, especially if you’re short on time:
Clear out your medicine cabinet. In Australia, old medications (i.e. expired or not required) can be taken to any pharmacy for proper, safe disposal
Go through your underwear drawer and banish any uncomfortable, holey and worn out items. H&M have boxes in store to recycle clothing & fabric to keep them out of landfill
Tame your reusable shopping bags. Decide how many you actually need and pop them in the boot of your car or near your door ready for the next shopping trip. Excess “green” bags (woven polypropylene bags) can be recycled via any Woolworths or Coles store through the REDcycle program
Your mini challenge for June is here… and it’s not just getting out of your pyjamas by noon!
Wondering what your mini challenge for June is? Watch the video above or read on to find out!
We’re in lockdown here in Victoria at the moment so there’s nowhere to go. Although that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s not much to do. Afterall, it was about 3:30pm before I showered and got out of my pajamas today with all the remote learning and other stuff I had going on! So I appreciate that some of you may not need any more to do.
But if you’re at home and you would like to do another challenge (that’s not just to get out of your pajamas by midday) then your mini challenge for June is… to declutter one area of your home.
Here are 6 basic steps to help you with this month’s challenge:
1. Decide what area you will declutter
So, the first step is to decide what to declutter. And remember, it doesn’t have to be a whole room, although it might be. It certainly doesn’t have to be the whole house. But pick a room or pick a shelf, a drawer or a cupboard. Any area that you know you want to work on.
And often, you know.
What’s that one place in your house that really annoys you?
It might be your own bedroom, a kid’s bedroom, a wardrobe or, like me the other day, I was de-cluttering my son’s drawers, because every top he put on looked like a three-quarter length sleeve. And every pair of pants looked like pedal-pushers! So all of a sudden I was decluttering his drawers and pulling out the next size up hand-me-downs from the top of the cupboard and organising them into his drawers. Nothing like an impromptu organising session!
Some other common clutter corners in your home might be your pantry, the fridge, a cupboard or your junk drawer. It could even be your garage. The key is to pick an area you want to do, that will make a difference and that feels manageable to you.
Truly, if you just declutter and organise one drawer this month, that’s better than nothing.
2. Ask yourself these questions…
When you’re ready to start, really think about what’s not working for you in the space. What’s the problem with the space as it is. What do you find frustrating about it? What’s difficult about it? And then conversely, what would you like the space to be? How could it function better? What’s your vision for the space? How would you like to use the space? How do you want to feel when you’re in that space?
Once you’ve decluttered, it’s time to put things away. Group like things together. Put things you use regularly in the easiest to reach places. And make sure everything has a home.
So, are you ready for your June Challenge?
If your answer is “YES!”, great! Now you need to make time to do it.
5. Schedule time
Grab your diary or your calendar. Yes, right now!
Have a look and see where you can allocate some time this month to either do the project if it’s a smaller area or at least start the project, if you’re going to need to do it over a number of sessions.
Making an appointment with yourself in your diary and sticking to it is key!
And just remember, starting is often the hardest thing. Often once you’re on a roll, you’ll find that you can go longer than you think you can.
6. Photograph it
Finally, I want to encourage you to take photos before you start and again when you’ve finished. Even if it’s just for yourself. (Although I’d love you to post them in the challenge post on my Facebook Page so we can all cheer you on and see the fruit of your hard work by the end of the month)! It’s really cool to see the transformation and it’s especially good because sometimes it gets worse before it gets better.
So, now you know what your mini challenge for June is, are you in?
I really hope you’ll join me.
“Where to from here?” I hear you ask.
Mid-month I’ll be checking in to see how you’re going. I might even do a live session on Facebook where you can ask me any questions you might have.
And at the end of the month, I’ll be asking how you went and how you feel about your newly decluttered space. Plus, I’ll be asking to see your after photos!
The end of the month means it’s May challenge accountability time…
May challenge accountability time is here!
Did you take the challenge?
[If you missed it, you can catch-up here. Otherwise, read on or tune in above and let’s wrap it up!]
The challenge was pretty simple. I asked you to:
think about what health appointments you need to prioritise in your own life
make a list of them and
do your best to either make the appointments to get them done or at least get the ball rolling
So how did you go? Did you take the challenge? Did you write your list? If you did, tell me in the comments below. How many things did you have on your list and how many did you actually make progress on?
And to all my challenge takers, I want to say that I’m really proud of you! And you should be proud of yourself! Your family, your health, everything will benefit because of this. Because we have nothing without our health. So well done to you for making it a priority.
And what I hope you take away from all this is that it actually isn’t that hard.
It’s simply deciding it’s important enough to warrant your attention and taking aligned action that supportes that decision.
And so often the things we want to do are not as hard as we think they are. It’s just a matter of prioritising and starting.
So kudos to you if you decided it was important AND took action.
“So Sophie, what’s next?” I hear you ask!
Tomorrow’s the 1st of June. We’re heading into winter and I thought it might be fun to do another little challenge to help keep you organised. So…
What do you want help with?
What’s taking up your headspace?
What nagging task could you finally face if you had some support and accountability?
Because rather than thinking about it all the time, let’s just deal with it.
June here in Australia means Winter, turning indoors and bunkering down.
It also means the end of the financial year so maybe financial tasks are on your mind? Things like catching up with receipts for your personal budgeting, income tax or business bookkeeping for example.
Or maybe it’s the perfect time to finally sort out your email inbox. Especially if, like me, you’re stuck inside more than normal because of lockdown.
Or perhaps you’re thinking about turning your hobby into a business? Or rethinking how you currently work?
Because I know, especially here in Melbourne, we continually have to think about how we navigate these situations whenever life gets turned upside down and comes to a grinding halt. I’m certainly in that boat at the moment, not being allowed to go into people’s houses to help them declutter and organise.
In fact, I actually ended up de-cluttering my daughter’s room on the weekend! So that might be another thing you want help with? We could all pick a space in our house and declutter it together this month.
Anyway, let me know what you want support with below and I’ll make it happen.
Because often, you already know what to do. It’s really just about being accountable to do it. And I’d love to be your accountability buddy, if you’ll let me.
Are you taking my free Challenge in May? It’s all about getting your health organised.
Tune in below for a quick 2 minute check-in plus simple steps to get started if you’re late to the party.
(P.S. It’s never too late and neither are you. You are right on time)!
In the previous episode of AlignMe TV back at the start of May, I was talking about how as women, especially, we often neglect our health and I challenged you to use this month to catch up on your health appointments. So to help keep you accountable, I wanted to check in and see how you are going.
So how ARE you going?
I was actually just doing some filing and came across my Ambulance Victoria membership. If you don’t already have an Ambulance Victoria membership, I highly recommend you get one. I’ve just paid for a full year for my family of six and it was under $100 for the whole lot of us. Touch wood we never have to use it, but it’s a very good peace of mind in case we do and really you can’t afford not to have it when you’ve got kids.
So Ambulance Victoria membership… if you haven’t got one already, jump on and do that this month. Make it Number One on your list!
Something I need to do this month is make an appointment to get my moles checked as I haven’t done that for a while and it slipped my mind during COVID.
What do you need to do? Because this is how we start. Grab a pen & paper and jot down all the things that you can think of that need your attention.
Are you overdue for the dentist?
Do you need to get your prescription and your glasses checked and updated?
Make an appointment with the podiatrist?
Are you up for a massage?
Have you got a niggling pain or injury that you need to go and see someone about?
Are you not sleeping well?
What could you do this month to at least take the very next step to making sure you get your health back on track?
Because that’s what this is really all about. It’s about breaking down the things you know you need to and want to do to keep making progress and stay in momentum.
So if you’re serious about taking care of yourself, at the very least you could make a list of the things that you need to do and pick one thing to start taking action on. Pick up the phone and make that first appointment. Start to get the ball rolling and before you know it, you’ll be getting all of your medical appointments up to date and your body and your family will thank you for it.
So, now’s the time for action. Grab that pen and paper and write your list!
Tune in to see what I’ve been up to lately, and also take a free little challenge I’ve set for you. If you’re a busy mum, you need to watch this!
Recently I was at an event with some fabulous people and something that came up was our health and how we don’t always put ourselves, particularly as women, first in our lives.
And it’s so true! Like one of the mums there was saying, if it was our kids and there was anything wrong, we would drop everything and go and make an appointment straight away. But as mums, we often don’t make the time to do that for ourselves and just keep putting it off.
We think we’ll get round to it.
We put up with it.
We delay it.
And at the end of the day, it can come back to haunt us and create a really big problem where there didn’t need to be one.
Perhaps you’re putting off a dental appointment or other female appointments that you know you need to have. Maybe it’s just getting a niggling little injury fixed or taking time out to go and have a massage or whatever it is that’s going to keep you healthy.
[Insert YOUR achilles heel here]… pun entirely intended!
It’s crazy because we’re too busy keeping our family together to look after ourselves. But if we don’t look after ourselves, we’re not going to be there for our family. It’s a vicious circle and we need to act TODAY to break it.
So this month, I want to challenge you to stop and think about what you need to do in terms of your health to catch up and get back on track. Specifically in relation to any medical-type appointments that perhaps we put off, especially in the wake of COVID-19.
Make a list!
Grab a pen, grab a piece of paper and I just want you to think… when’s the last time you went to the dentist and had your teeth checked and cleaned?
When’s the last time you went and saw your GP and had your blood pressure and your cholesterol checked?
Or perhaps it’s a breast screen or pap smear you’ve been delaying?
And guys, you’re not off the hook either.
When’s the last time that you’ve had a massage to fix that niggling pain that you’ve got?
Or seen the physio to address a problem that keeps coming up for you?
I want you to make a list and then this month, your challenge is to do what you can that’s due and to make appointments for the rest so that by the end of May, you’ve either caught up on those medical appointments or you’ve got appointments in the diary for a time that’s going to suit you and that works for your schedule.
So if you’ve been to the dentist in the last three months, fantastic! Your job now is to either ring up and make the appointment for another three months time so you’re going every six months. Or make a note in your calendar to ring up say, six weeks before and make that appointment because then you get to pick a time and day that suits you.
So who’s up for the challenge? Will you put your hand up and say, yep, Sophie, I’m in, I’m going to do this?
I’d love you to post what appointments you come up with as being due because it might prompt somebody else to realise they need to do the same.
Have an awesome May and let me know how you go with your medical appointments.
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In-home decluttering and home organising services resume in Melbourne.
If you’ve been waiting for in-home decluttering and home organising services to resume in Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula, or West Gippsland, the wait is over!
Victoria, we did it… we defeated the second wave! I for one am loving my new COVID-normal life and I trust you are too.
I really missed the sand between my toes, precious time with friends and family and of course, helping my amazing clients get more organised. So, it’s with great excitement that this week I re-open for hands-on in-home organising help and decluttering appointments in Melbourne.
And of course, I’ve created a COVIDSafe Plan, completed COVID infection training, and introduced new policies and procedures to help keep us COVID-safe when working together as required by the DHHS.
My first priority is to rebook existing clients from my wait-list (I’ve missed you!). I’m also taking enquiries and bookings for in-home appointments for NEW clients for later this month and into December. For more details, be sure to check-out my new and simplified service & pricing information on the website.
The new half-day service is a perfect way to ease back into in-home organising.
At this stage, I am not taking on any new plan-managed NDIS clients but watch this space for a new and exciting direction for little miss sorted in 2021!
Find out if little miss sorted is the right organiser for you. Send me (Sophie) a message or call 0402 678 675 today. I offer a 30 minute phone consultation that’s all about helping you find the right way forward. It’s no cost and no pressure. Get to know me and start getting helpful ideas right away. And if i’m not the organiser for you, no problem. I can point you towards some other great Organisers who might be.
So you’ve decided to get organised during the Corona Virus pandemic.
You’re not alone!
Lots of people who are practicing social distancing or self-isolation are using this time to finally tackle those nagging tasks like clearing their wardrobe, organising the pantry or decluttering the garage. And as a Professional Organiser, I’m excited for you! I really am.
But here’s the thing.
If you want my help to get organised at the moment, I need to make sure it’s not to the detriment of your health, or mine.
But don’t panic.
You can still get organised with my help during the Corona Virus pandemic. Here’s how…
If you’ve never worked with me before, let’s have a casual phone call for up to 30 minutes to chat about your organising goals. There’s absolutely no outlay or obligation. Suss me out, tell me your idea of organised bliss and if you’re comfortable, let’s make it happen! Simply call me or sms your name and your preferred time for a call back.
0402 678 675
You can also book a Virtual Consultation and together we will declutter and organise your space through the magic of technology. And YES! Expect the same expert advice and support that you get in person, I promise.
Wondering how it works?
Well, just like a normal consultation except I help you from my place, not yours. Consultations are via video conferencing (Zoom) or phone. And don’t worry… you don’t have to be good with technology or download anything to do it. I’ll simply call you at our agreed appointment time or send you a link to click on for a video call. Easy!
For the time being,I’m not taking any in-person appointments.
I’ve also suspended my free clutter collection service until further notice.
As a solo-business owner with a young family, I’m sure you can appreciate how huge this decision was for me. In-person consultations are the core part of my business so I don’t make the decision to suspend them lightly. And it goes without saying how grateful I and other small businesses are for your ongoing support and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times.
So, yes. If you want my help to get organised at the moment, it is possible. Even if you’re practicing social distancing or self-isolating at the moment, I can help. So if you’re finally ready to get organised once and for all and you’re feeling well enough to do so, I can support you. Just reach out and let’s make it happen.
And please, continue to support small business during this crazy time. Together, we can try to make it as productive and positive as possible as we wait for the Corona Virus to pass with hopefully minimal devastation in all areas of life.