<![CDATA[Chapin and Daughter - Junk Drawer]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:09:58 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Sometimes a shortcut is not a shortcut]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:16:23 GMThttp://chapinanddaughter.com/junk-drawer/sometimes-a-shortcut-is-not-a-shortcutI just love my clients.  The following text came to me this afternoon.  With my client’s permission I am sending it out just as it was received.

“Channeled my inner Gayle this afternoon.  I broke a raw egg and it went into my open drawer where I keep all the baggies, foil, etc.  I quickly took a paper towel and tried to mop it up, cleaning around each item . . . I swear I heard your voice telling me to take out EVERYTHING out of the drawer.  Funny, huh?”

Organizing thought for the day.  Sometimes a shortcut is not a shortcut.
<![CDATA[Summer musings]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:09:25 GMThttp://chapinanddaughter.com/junk-drawer/summer-musingsI had a WONDERFUL 2 week vacation at the end of May-beginning of June.  I was with a friend in Israel with her family.  How lucky was I to be able to experience living history, be with warm and welcoming people, eat great food, and have total freedom from the usual responsibilities of “everyday life”.
Then I returned home.  I was down for a week in spite of being back with people I love.  There is such a big difference between properly responding to and handling “everyday life” and a vacation where your biggest problem is what to wear each day.

The following week I came back to a balance between wishing I was on vacation and accepting the fact that I was at home needing to deal with things that came my way each day.  As the time has gone by, I have become more comfortable with “everyday life” and have also remembered to honor the fact that it is summer.  I went on a picnic with friends, to a concert in the park, and to the ocean.

I hosted a great fundraiser for Water Underground, a 501c3 that has built 11 wells in Mozambique and will be building the next one starting this summer.  We earned about $1000.00.  This charity is run by a 35 year-old man who had previously  volunteered in Darfur and experienced some difficult and heart wrenching times while fulfilling his passion of helping people less fortunate than himself.  Justin has had numerous cases of malaria, yet he continues to work passionately helping people by providing them with water, teaching them about hygiene, and helping girls go to school.  In each village where a well is built there is also a garden project making food available for the families that live there.  Prior to the wells being built, women had to walk miles to bring polluted water home to use.These villages are very poor and do not have electricity.

Because I am a professional organizer I feel the need each time I share to say something about how to be and stay organized.  And what I’m learning is that for all of us, the very organized like myself and the less organized like so many of the people that I work with, it is a process.  There are baby steps involved.  There is the need to balance.  Life is not on a smooth path.  There are ups and downs; there are successes and failures.  And there are vacations and “everyday life”.

I hope anyone reading this is enjoying the summer months and also finding a little time to put the groceries away when you bring them in and to put that piece of paper back in the file cabinet.  And remember summer can be a time to put a little less stress on yourself. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sometimes all it takes is a dollar........]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:17:28 GMThttp://chapinanddaughter.com/junk-drawer/sometimes-all-it-takes-is-a-dollar Picture
It’s Tax Time and you might be happy to be getting a refund, or not if you owe.  After going to the accountant last week I found out that I owed some money.  To make myself feel better I bought a very inexpensive windmill that looks great in my garden.  You have to get the happy where you can, and sometimes all it takes is a dollar windmill, or a smile or a hug.

<![CDATA[Just take a moment.....]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:09:10 GMThttp://chapinanddaughter.com/junk-drawer/just-take-a-momentHi all!  Sometimes we need to take a moment and realize why we do what we do.  I recently received a review from a client that I would like to share with you.

I have been in a 12 step recovery program for many years.  Because I try to abstain from all addictive behaviors, I am much more aware of other problems in my life.  The level of my clutter and disorganization had been so severe that I began using Gayle twelve years ago.

I have ADD and struggle so much with things that others find much more manageable.  My ADD has become more manageable as Gayle and I reduced clutter and instituted systems to help me daily.  I have so much more peace and serenity because Gayle helps me with everything.  I am able to find important documents when I need them, and am no longer embarrassed to have people in my home.  I can open closets and cupboards without everything falling out.

Using Gayle had been one of the most positive things I do for myself.

The Serenity Prayer says, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

With Gayle’s help I now have the courage to face obstacles that previously seemed insurmountable.

<![CDATA[January 29th, 2017]]>Sun, 29 Jan 2017 20:43:53 GMThttp://chapinanddaughter.com/junk-drawer/january-29th-2017Picture
Happy New Years a little late.  

Here’s a picture of Cathy and me at the Women’s March.  It is a picture of friendship and community....and a moment of hope if you are suffering from post election blues.  This picture reminds me that it is our friends, and family if we are lucky, that bring meaning to our lives.  At the start of each new year, we look to our friends and family for support, understanding, and love.  Each of us is capable of giving this and each of us should, while sometimes harder, be capable of reaching out and accepting it.  We are in this together!

Also, don’t forget that Cathy and I would love to have your referrals! 

P.S.  If you are freaking out getting ready for taxes, that is a perfect reason to give me a call!!

<![CDATA[Random thoughts]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:33:57 GMThttp://chapinanddaughter.com/junk-drawer/random-thoughts
This is a picture of me trying to sell my client's jewelry at Warehouse 1333.

On another note, I lost my planner last week.  That's not at all like me and it is driving me crazy.  I am reconstructing my schedule and have to accept the fact that I am human.  Maybe it's the tense times.  I can't wait for this election to be over.

Also looking forward to Thanksgiving.  This year we may buy some of the dinner to share at home.  All in the effort to simplify.

The best to you all.
<![CDATA[Life of an organizer]]>Fri, 02 Sep 2016 23:41:08 GMThttp://chapinanddaughter.com/junk-drawer/life-of-an-organizerIn case anyone was thinking the life of a professional organizer is boring, mine is not.  Yesterday I accompanied one of my clients to the coroner's office.

How does this apply to organizing?  “When you need help ask for it!”

<![CDATA[New Subject]]>Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:58:55 GMThttp://chapinanddaughter.com/junk-drawer/new-subjectOn a totally different subject, I have been putting a lot of thought into what makes me happy...I love bringing people together who can connect, provide each other with services, or just would benefit  from knowing each other.  Cathy Ford, referred to in a previous blog , is someone who I am so happy to have in my life.

She introduced me to someone else I am very happy to have in my world, my wonderful hairdresser, Jeannie Marie, who works in Seal Beach (714-323-2070). Cathy and I have hair with a mind of its own and Jeannie Marie knows how to make us look good (or our hair at least).  She's not a miracle worker, but close. Cathy is sitting with me as I write this and we're having a great time.  We all need to remember our positive connections with the people in our world and to enjoy them!

<![CDATA[SIMPLE MOMENT OF RECOGNITION]]>Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:56:09 GMThttp://chapinanddaughter.com/junk-drawer/simple-moment-of-recognition“I haven’t gotten very much done since we last met.”  No, that’s not me talking.  It is the words I frequently hear when I arrive at a client’s home.  So here is the thing.  Most, if not all, of us focus on what we haven’t done instead of what we have accomplished.  Every person that I work with accomplishes a great deal between our meetings.  But somehow they don’t think their accomplishments count.  Because there is still much to do.  Because there is still clutter.  Or a project undone, or more bills to pay, or more to go through, or sell or move or unpack or or or.....you get the picture.

Every one of my clients do accomplish a lot, moving forward in some, if not many areas.  They make a difference in their life and in the lives of others.  What they don’t DO is realistically view their strengths and progress.  Instead all they can see is their failings.

I suggest that when we are running ourselves down for what we didn’t do, we take a moment to celebrate what we did do AND GIVE OURSELVES A PAT ON THE BACK before returning to the grindstone.  Just a simple moment of recognition of our progress can make a difference.  Thanks.

<![CDATA[EXERCISES AND JEWELRY]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:33:39 GMThttp://chapinanddaughter.com/junk-drawer/exercises-and-jewelryOkay, there are two subjects in today’s Blog.  The first one is that my shoulder is seventy percent better and how great is that.  However, you know we’re never satisfied.  I wish it was, at this moment, one hundred percent better because I’m tired of it being less than one hundred percent. Plus, and here’s the part that ties into organizing, if I want to be all recovered, it is imperative that I continue with my exercises which are so boring.  So I have a choice.  I’m going to have to choose to continue with my exercises so I can get one hundred percent.   Organizing is also never a one-time situation.  You have to do it and then you have to do it again and sometimes it feels overwhelming.  So sorry kids, but we just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other to get better and to reach our goal.

Second topic.  I am helping a client sell jewelry.  What this has to do with organizing is a little far-fetched.  The client called me to help her pack to move and she is someone who made jewelry.  She is not able to sell it herself so, in a moment of weakness, I said I would sell it for her.  Well, first we had to untangle the jewelry and, seriously, it took 12 hours to untangle it all.  That got done and then I started selling it individually to people and it became a little more fun than I thought it would be.  Then a miracle happened!  I started seeing how the jewelry matched outfits that I have and different outfits other people have and it started being super fun, super creative, and brought out a talent in me that I didn’t know I had.  When I worked at a picture frame shop in the past with my colleague Cathy Ford, who owned it, I loved to pick out mats for people’s paintings, photographs, and pictures.  It was the most creative thing I ever got to do and you could change the entire look of a picture by how you matted and framed it.  Believe it or not, it is the same feeling matching jewelry with outfits.  I have been delighted going through the jewelry and finding ways to help people match pieces to their clothes.  We’ve had more fun and what might have been considered a chore has become a gift.  I hope you all can find gifts in your “chores” with a slight change of mindset and the ability to recognize them.