It’s not too late to make 2019 great

s-o-c-i-a-l-c-u-t-542907-unsplashI have a confession to make.

I have only just updated my 2019 vision board.

It’s February. I broke the unwritten organising commandment of “Thou shalt have it all planned and promised by 1st of January or do not bother until next year”.

And you know what? I’m not sorry. In fact, I am high-fiving myself. Because I have done it now and that’s all that matters.

And so I want to remind you that it is never too late to start your organising journey for 2019, or make a change in your life this year or put together a new plan for yourself.

I’ve been looking forward to 2019 for quite some time. My youngest started 3-year-old kinder in late January which meant I spent a significant portion of 2018 looking forward to some much-needed ALONE time (much as I love the little guy)! I’ve been dreaming about all the ways I can use these precious-but-rare kinder hours to best effect since mid last year at least. Needless to say, I was anxious to get started with the crisp promise of the new calendar page when January 1 rolled around.

But, you know… life happened.

January is still school holidays here in Australia. My son had his birthday party. My mum celebrated a significant birthday. Kinder didn’t start until the last day of January and even then, it was very short transition sessions until mid February… I could go on.

So I decided to wait. I decided I would enjoy my last few weeks with my littlest love and I’d make my Vision Board in February.

And I enjoyed my January days so much more than I would have if I’d continued to ride the guilt train about not doing everything by some arbitrary date that the universe says we must adhere to.

I gave myself the gift of time. Time to be with my kids, fully. To celebrate the people I love, fully. And then, time to devote to my business fully. And even a few slices of heavenly ME time thrown in for good measure. And all in all, things have turned out for the best because I did this.

My son is settled in kinder.

My Vision Board is done and I enjoyed the process.

I have two days a week now in which to drink my coffee hot.

And the world didn’t stop turning because I waited until I was ready. But it might have, if I’d tried to adhere to the January 1 ‘deadline’.

So, what To Do is nagging you? And have you already decided that it won’t happen this year because you haven’t started yet or made as much progress as you hoped? It’s not too late to make a new decision.

Let me know below and I’ll be happy to help keep you accountable and then celebrate with you when it gets done.

Because there’s no time like the present.

All we have is now

 

 

7 things organised people are doing NOW to save time in the morning

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Are your mornings rushed and stressful? See what organised people are doing as we speak to get out the door tomorrow with less stress. Because who among us couldn’t do with a little more sunshine to start the day?

1. They’re checking their calendar for tomorrow to remind themselves of what’s on & visualising how the day will run.

“What do I need to prepare, take, plan?”

And organised people include time-buffers in their schedule to allow for travel and the unforeseen. They don’t schedule their events back to back because let’s face it… Meetings! Children! Traffic!

2. Planning their meals & preparing them in advance if they’ll be away from home. I highly recommend doing a weekly meal plan, but at the very least, plan & prep the day before.

3. Packing their bag with all the things they need for the following day, ready to grab & go. This includes making sure their essentials have a home and are where they should be. Think: the bag itself, keys, wallet & phone (on charge if needed). The Uber-organised even make a note of anything that can’t be prepped in advance so nothing gets forgotten in the morning.

4. Checking the weather forecast. Knowing this allows organised folk to choose & prepare their outfit the night before, ready to put on. No one likes ironing in the morning. In fact, no one likes ironing full stop but definitely, not in the morning.

5. Updating their To Do list. A clear mind is conducive to better sleep. Get everything out of your head and onto paper or your favourite productivity app before you go to bed. Get clear on your priorities for tomorrow and revel in crossing off the things you’ve completed! The rest will be there waiting for you when you’re ready, I’m sorry to say.

6. They set an alarm and go to bed at a reasonable time. Enough said.

7. And because they did point 6 above, organised people get up without hitting snooze. Don’t you just hate ’em?

 

I want to hear from you!

  • How did you score out of 7?
  • What do you do to make your mornings more organised?
  • Are you one of those weird people that loves ironing?

Confessions of a Professional Organiser

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A capsicum as big as a tin of milo that I grew myself!

Don’t let the shiny red capsicum as big as a tin of milo deceive you. I am no gardener. As evidence of this, I must confess that I once killed an air plant, which as the name suggests, really only needs *air to live. I wish I was a gardener though. The gardeners I know seem so happy, relaxed and rightfully proud of the peaceful sanctuaries they’ve created. I want my garden to be like that too, I really do. I imagine it would be an inspiring and joyful place to spend time and who doesn’t need more of that in their life, am I right?

I have moments of inspiration when I really try to get my garden on track and sometimes my efforts pay off. But it never seems to last and more often than not, it doesn’t work at all. No matter how hard I try, the plants fail to thrive, or worse, die with no regard to the huge effort (I think) I put in. I find it hard to get motivated to garden at the best of times but when plants die despite my efforts, it’s nearly impossible to find and maintain the motivation required to grow an inspiring and joyful garden. And then my garden is trapped in a downward spiral of my own making (or lack of making much effort more likely). My garden gets neglected and it feels harder, more time-consuming and just too overwhelming to even contemplate how I will get it back in order, let alone try and do it.

Sometimes, when things get desperate, I spend a whole weekend ‘blitzing’ the garden just to get it back to some kind of starting point. But then I am so burnt-out I don’t want to garden again for a month (or six) and I end up back at square one.

I have had to admit to myself that gardening just doesn’t come naturally to me. I have trouble visualising what I really want and how best to use the space. Even if I did know clearly what my ideal outcome was, I wouldn’t have the first clue where to start in order to make it happen.

The funny thing is, knowing this doesn’t stop me wishing I was a better gardener and hoping that I will be one day. It doesn’t stop me reading the books and articles, or pinning the photos of all the beautiful gardens I aspire to have even just a slice of in my own backyard. Occasionally I get a bit green-eyed at the people who seem to have it all together in the garden department but more often than not, it just confirms to me that this is something I really want for myself because I know how much better my life would be if I could just conquer this struggle once and for all. But I know deep down that wishing, hoping and feeling inspired isn’t the same as GETTING IT DONE!

When I think about it, the only time I have any real success in the garden is when I have help. My mum is an excellent (and very patient) gardener and I love gardening when I am doing it with her. It’s just more fun with someone else there encouraging me and showing me how easy it can be. Plus, she has the vision and I like it. She knows what tools I need and what plants would be best. I mean, she knows about plants I’ve never even heard of! It’s just fun to garden with her and I always make progress with her help.

So I guess I will continue to garden in the best way I know how… with mum (or any other willing participants) by my side. And, I’ve recently had a professional gardener and landscaper come in to help me clarify my vision and give me ideas I never would have come up with on my own. I know it is going to take a combination of strategies to get my garden growing but I also know the effort will be worth it. And where I can’t do it myself, I am ready to call in the experts!

And so it is with organising. My struggles as a gardener have given me invaluable insight into the struggles of those who find it difficult to get organised. I realise that all the feelings I have about gardening, they have about organising. And so I feel blessed to be asked to help every single courageous client that chooses me to guide them in finding their organised sweet spot. I say courageous even though there is no shame in asking for help. Just as there is no shame in hiring a gardener, a personal trainer or a caterer. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. To me, it demonstrates their true dedication and determination despite the challenges. And so, it is my privilege to witness their life-changing transformations and these everyday heroes are my daily inspiration.

So to all my clients, past, present and still to come, I thank you for trusting me and I salute you with my gardening brown thumb. I can hand on heart say, I understand your struggles and I promise, we can do this together.

 

*I know that air plants also require water and I suspect I may have actually over-watered mine, much to my dismay considering my problem is usually not watering enough. So no need to email me with your gardening tips for air plants… I feel so bad about it I promise to never take one into my custody again. At least not until I have a full time gardener on staff 😉

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Actual size of the one and only capsicum I grew this summer. Credit: Coles for the mini tin of milo that my son lent to me to help me feel accomplished.

 

Where to get rid of your joyless stuff

dog blanketAre you, like everyone else in my news feed, doing the Marie Kondo? If so, what are you planning to do with all the items you have that no longer spark joy? Hopefully you’re utilising landfill only as an absolute last resort. But where else can you send your unwanted stuff?

Check out the Resources Page on the little miss sorted website for lots of ideas on how to declutter with a conscience. We are adding to it all the time, like today, with this great find:

ANIMAL SHELTERS

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Each one will vary so check before you attend, however we do love this list taken from a local animal protection society website that demonstrates the wide range of items they are looking for including:

  • pet food and feeding items
  • newspapers
  • empty egg cartons
  • outdoor mats (for cats to scratch)
  • rubber outdoor mats (with holes in them to make snuffle mats)
  • new fleece fabric off cuts
  • blankets
  • towels
  • muffin trays
  • balls
  • pipe cleaners
  • chicken/beef stock or stock cubes
  • ice cube trays
  • bubble blowers

I’m wondering what they do with the stock… Do you know? Or do you have another nifty resource that we’ve missed in our library? Please tell us!

Special New Year Offer for Family & Friends

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This time of year can be hard on the family and friends of someone who hoards. If you want to help your loved one start fresh in the New Year, this limited time offer from the amazing ladies at Hoarding Home Solutions is for you.

Hoarding Home Solutions for Family & Friends online training allows you to learn in the privacy and comfort of your own home.

The education includes:

  • how to engage your loved one, even if they’re resistant to help
  • strategies to keep them safe
  • decluttering techniques that protect your relationship and actually work

Until January 8, the usual price of $495 for Hoarding Home Solutions for Family & Friends is reduced to only $99.

Follow the above link, select the Family and Friends course and use Coupon Code: NewYear99

A note from Sophie: This is an affiliate link and I will receive a small payment if you decide to buy this course via the above link. I only recommend products that I know will benefit you or that I have used myself. I have personally completed the Service Provider version of this training to help my own clients and I know this training will be valuable to anyone who wants to help a loved one who hoards.

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release

COFC013_HHS-Course-Graduate-badge-x-3_IND-PROVIDERS_April18_FAHoarding is a complex community problem, requiring skilled practitioners to employ a fresh perspective for effective long-term results. Hoarding Home Solutions is a practical approach to this complex problem. It was developed to bridge the gap between hoarding research and practical application with clients.

Sophie Bland, founder of little miss sorted has demonstrated a commitment to her professional development and business by completing the Hoarding Home Solutions for Independent Service Providers training program. Graduates of Hoarding Home Solutions have gained the knowledge, skills and practical strategies to bring about change in a hoarded home with confidence and compassion, and in an industry where lack of training and self-regulation can often have negative consequences, especially in complex cases, this is much needed.

“I have over 10 years’ experience as a Professional Organiser however it is from that experience that I know time alone is not enough to tackle the complexity of Hoarding Disorder. Completing the Hoarding Home Solutions course has given me the practical tools and resources to compliment my experience, knowledge and years of practice to work for better outcomes in these complicated situations.”

Sophie from little miss sorted is dedicated to meeting people where they are at and providing services in a non-judgmental way.

“We are proud to offer the highest level of service to all our clients, regardless of their situation or need.”

If you, or someone you know needs organisational help, contact little miss sorted via their website www.littlemisssorted.com or call Sophie directly on 0402 678 675.

Happy New Financial Year!

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If you’re in Australia, it’s time to dust off your calculator, pull out the shoe box full of receipts and get organised for submitting your tax return. FUN! Urghhh…

If you dread this time of year and want to know if there is a better way, the answer is yes! Imagine life where tax time was easy, receipts were organised, and you were ready to submit and claim your return this month, not October, or February next year or years and years later. It is possible and easy if you’ve got the right system set-up. And with a fresh new Financial Year unfurling before you, there’s never been a better time than today to start new habits and never experience tax time headaches again.

Call or message little miss sorted today or submit your details below and take advantage of our free 30 minute no obligation phone consultation to see how we can help you tackle tax time. After that, phone and in-person tax time organising packages can be tailored to suit your budget, starting from $60 for 30 minutes.

Got your taxes sorted? Awesome! Perhaps you know someone else who could use a hand so please help us help them by sharing this offer with your contacts and supporting a small business!

With gratitude,

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Good morning sunshine!

This is not an April Fools’ joke. This really is the most confusing day of the year (if you’re a resident of NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS or SA). The clocks went back one hour at 3am as Daylight Saving came to an end, so it’s actually only 7:15am on the East coast (6:45am in Adelaide) not 8:15am. But, most of you can’t just roll over and enjoy your extra hour of sleep… there’s a certain Easter Bunny 🐇 situation that requires your attention!

And while you’re at it, please remember to change the battery in your smoke alarms, and perhaps replace your toothbrush, dish cloth, vacuum cleaner bag, water filter, mascara and any other similarly neglected items in your home. Then, you can have a sleep-in. No joke.

Unless you’re a parent of young children. Then you get nothing… sorry. (Don’t worry, you’re certainly not alone)!

From my family to yours, Happy Easter.

We have NOT gone fishin’!

melissa-walker-horn-605716-unsplashEaster and the school holidays is often a busy time for most people. Lots of family get-togethers, an opportunity to finish that lingering DIY job around the house or perhaps to go camping and get away from it all. But for some, it’s an opportunity to get organised whilst you have a few days off work and perhaps some kids around to help or some help to mind the kids!

little miss sorted is open and taking appointments for the whole of Easter & throughout the school holidays to support you in getting organised when it suits you, but get in fast as spaces are filling up quick!

I’ve already got bookings for one Saturday night, Easter Monday and throughout the holidays. Not many other Professional Organisers offer an out-of-hours service like this and even less if any offer an out-of-hours service without a surcharge, so this really is a fantastic time to get help if it’s something you’ve been considering.

However you choose to spend your Easter, may it be a very happy, peaceful and safe time.

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Community Announcement

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little miss sorted aims to provide a decluttering service that is as environmentally sustainable as possible, supports our local community and provides a high level of service to our valued customers.

As part of our desire to continuously improve in these areas, we have recently reviewed our clutter disposal policy and are pleased to announce that going forward we will be a mobile collection point for items that you wish to donate to Mums Supporting Families in Need. What this means is we will happily deliver to the MSFIN warehouse on behalf of our clients, any items earmarked as suitable for donation. We are also willing to collect donations from our followers and supporters when we are next in your area. Simply email sophie@littlemisssorted.com to arrange a pick-up or check the Service page on our website for further details.

We hope this changes makes you feel better about letting go of quality items that no longer serve you, knowing they will live on in the hands of someone in need whilst giving you the space you crave.