Monday, October 31, 2011

A Great Solution to a Messy Situation!!

Admit it. You love watching “Hoarders,” “Enough Already!” and all the other organizing shows that take people’s massive amounts of clutter, drop kicks it to the curb and creates a wonderfully organized home. 
Who doesn’t? We all love a good makeover and sometimes these shows present homes that are the train wreck that we just can’t look away from.
Did you know that we have someone in our area that can help you accomplish the same makeover feeling – minus the train wreck – in your own home? 7th Street Business Association member Melinda Massie and her business, Organizing with a Side of Fabulous can do just that without putting everything out on your front lawn for the world to see. After years in the ballroom dance and event planning industries, Melinda is putting her style and meticulous organizational skills to work in client homes all over North Texas and was recently named Best Personal Organizer 2011 by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine. If your home is, as she puts it, a “hot mess” then she will help you take control over your clutter, organize your home and teach you new habits so that it will stay organized.

We recently spoke with Melinda to ask her how becoming organized benefits everyone.
“My clients’ homes range from a couple of neglected problem areas to whole house clutter issues,” Melinda says. “They are all also across the board when it comes to budget. I may be working with Payless Shoes one day and Prada the next. Organizational issues don’t discriminate.”
Among all of the individual benefits that comes with getting organized, she gave us five major benefits that are universal to everyone – space, time, money, energy and mental health.
  • Space – When you keep what you need, discard what you don’t and consciously organize what you’re keeping in a way that works well, you will find that you gain useful space in your home. Melinda sees a lot of homes that have poorly or awkwardly designed storage. With a little tweaking and creative vision, she makes these awkward spaces work.
  • Time - When everything in your home has a place where it belongs, you save much time because you aren’t continually hunting for what you need.
  • Money – Melinda tells us that money is lost in a disorganized home in a number of different ways. “You may lose money because you can’t find the bills, pay them late and end up paying late fees that could have been avoided. Same goes for parking tickets. I’ve found many uncashed checks, unused gift cards and cash hidden in drawers and other areas,” she says. There can also be a problem of purchasing items you already own because you can’t find them when you need them. “If you can’t find something, you purchase it again only to find what you needed later after you have already spent that money. I see this all the time as I work through pantries. A client recently told me that after our work together, cleaning out her pantry coupled with my tips saved her over $150 on her next grocery trip.”
  • Energy - You don’t waste energy looking for what you need when you know where it is. Every little bit of saved energy can then be put to better use where you want or need it – socializing, relaxing, time with family and friends, and focus at work.
  • Mental health – Melinda tells us that being disorganized drags us down emotionally in so many ways. “Most disorganized and cluttered people have nonstop mental chatter about it. The nagging every time they walk into a home that doesn’t welcome them. The guilt. ‘Why am I having a good time, going out, watching this movie or any other activity when I should be cleaning my clutter?’ The overwhelm of not knowing where to start. The ‘doorbell dread.’ Fear of someone coming over unexpectedly and seeing everything in such disarray. This also ties in with the energy we lose from clutter. All that mental chatter sucks at your energy. Most clients find they’ve spent way more time telling themselves to do it than it actually took to do it.” She also said that clutter can exasperate mental conditions such as depression. “Depression can be a cause in clutter and clutter contributes to the depression. It can be a vicious circle. However, when you’re ready to deal with the clutter, it becomes easier with help.”
Do these benefits sound good to you? If you and your home need some clutter control then let Melinda Massie and Organizing with a Side of Fabulous help you take charge of your clutter and reclaim your house!
Melinda Massie
Organizing with a Side of Fabulous

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