Organized Kitchen for the Busy Family

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Hello,

Thank you for joining me today. I would like to share some quick tips with you on how to declutter and maintain organization in your kitchen while living a busy lifestyle.

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Kitchen Organization 101

First and foremost it is important to identify the needs and wants for your space. Here are just a few examples:

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Once you have identified your wants and needs for the space, you will begin to create and design your ideal organizational system that works best for your space. When you are creating your organizational system it is best to cover at least 85% of the “Needs” you have for the space. What I mean by this is making sure that you take into account the needs that will create a more functional and ease of flow for your daily routine. You also want to think about your ideal layout for the space. What layout is going to work for each member of the home.

The next step is to begin removing any items that do not belong in the kitchen now or moving forward. This will kick start the decluttering process. Once you have begun the decluttering process you will take one section at a time and sort the items into 3 separate sections: KEEP, DONATE, DISCARD. Items that remain in the keep pile are the items that are frequently used and serve an important purpose. Items that land in the donate pile are those that are no longer needed or have a use for that are still in excellent shape. The discard pile is for those items that are broken or in bad shape that are no longer being used.

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Layout

A functional layout is very important when reorganizing. If the space is not functional for your every day needs then all the hard work of decluttering will feel like a waste of time. When creating the layout you want to keep in mind the wants and needs that we discussed earlier. This will help you to prevent any unnecessary work or delay’s to your completion deadline. When organizing the layout you want to make sure you design it so that like items are with like items. For example you want to have storage next to your stove to be able to store your pots and pans keeping them easily accessible. Another example is to make sure that your glassware is easily accessible from the refrigerator as well as the sink. You want to make sure that any small appliances on the counter tops are located near an outlet without causing an obstruction in the flow of the kitchen. Having nice clean sight lines helps relieve stress about

 

Thank you for joining me today! I hope you learned some fun quick ways to tackle your kitchen clutter. Learn more about J. Flowers Organizing and what services we have to offer by following us on the following platforms:

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Struggles of Organization

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Hello and welcome to “Staying Organized with The Sanctuarian Blog”.

Today’s topic is about the struggles that organizing and decluttering can bring. Choosing to declutter or organize your life and space can become stressful. Knowing how to overcome that stress is what I would like to go over today.

One of the most common struggles of organizing is dealing with the upkeep of your space once you have decluttered. If you have a busy lifestyle it can become difficult to maintain the organizational system set in place. I know this is something that even I struggle with on a consistent basis especially after working a 60 hour work week between my organizing clients and my part time teaching job. The last thing I want to do when I get home is clean and reorganize my space. There are times I just want to plop down on the couch and binge watch one of my television shows. This plan only works for so long before I then begin to stress about the clutter that has accumulated in my space. So I have recognized that as long as I stay on top of the clutter in my space at least once or twice a week I can maintain the organization without feeling overwhelmed.

Another common struggle is that you grow out of the organizational system you created when you first organized your space. As your life begins to change and you begin to grow the original system you set up may no longer be beneficial for your current lifestyle. The key is to find an organizational system that works for the needs of your life now, not what worked best five, ten or fifteen years ago. Being able to adjust and rework your organizational system as you build your life allows you to reap all the benefits of a clutter free lifestyle for the rest of your life as you choose.

Organizing and decluttering doesn’t have to be this daunting challenge or task. The most important thing you need to remember is “What do I need?’ and “How can I make that happen?”. These two questions can help you when you are in the creating stages of decluttering and organizing.

For more information on our services offered at J. Flowers Organizing please visit our website at www.jflowersorganizing.com. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Alignable and Yelp.

Sincerely,

Jocelynn

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Do's & Don'ts of Organizing

Hello everyone!

I don’t know about you but I am definitely ready for some warm spring weather. Today I would like to share some do’s and don’ts when organizing for the first time. Now keep in mind not all of these may apply to you personally. The most important thing to keep in mind is that there is no “ONE WAY” to organize that works for every person because everyone’s situations are different. These are simply tips to make organizing and decluttering more efficient.

Visit www.jflowersorganizing.com for more tips and tricks on different areas of your home.

Let’s Get Started! :)

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Remember once you have made the decision to declutter and organize your space it is very important to take it at your own pace. Only YOU can know the time frame it will take to achieve the clutter free space you have always dreamed of on your own. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There is no shame in asking friends, family or an organizing professional for assistance or guidance during your decluttering process.

For information on J. Flowers Organizing and the services we offer please visit www.jflowersorganizing.com.

Have a great week! :)

Jocelynn

Being a Female business owner in world of Men.

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Good morning!

Today I would like to talk about a topic that really hits home, being a female business owner in a male dominated world. Now don’t worry I am not going to start bashing the men, but I would like to talk about the struggles I have had with networking and growing my professional organizing business J. Flowers Organizing in today’s society. First off, I would like to say that I feel extremely proud to be a Women Owned Business here in New York City. If you’ve ever visited or lived in New York City you know that it is a rat race. Everyone is always on the go without any time to spare. Now this can be great for meeting new people every chance you leave your house but as a business owner it can be quite daunting.

When I first started my business as a professional organizer I was terrified to go out and market my business to total strangers because I feared their rejection or judgment. I had this fear that I wasn’t educated enough, or old enough for people to take me serious as a business owner. It wasn’t until this past summer I attended the Bigger Game Live conference in June 2018. At this conference I knew maybe 6 people total from previous conferences out of 150 or so that were in attendance. It wasn’t until the second day of this conference that I realized I am educated enough to speak with other business owners no matter my age or number of degrees. I have a business that I am completely passionate about and with that fire I can achieve anything, even speaking to total strangers in complete confidence about my business and what I can offer my clientele.

Once I decided to jump out of my comfort zone I was able to make so many exhilarating and profound connections with people who were just as excited about learning about my business as they were sharing theirs. So by the end of this conference I decided that once I returned back to the city I would try and attend at least 2 networking events a week. Now this wasn’t an easy task at first. I learned very quickly that I had to be very selective when choosing what types of events to attend. I learned that attending co-ed networking events was very intimidating and sometimes hurtful. I attended this one networking event that was co-ed and I was sharing what I do for a living and his response was “That’s cool but what is your real job?”. Instantly this made my heart sink, I began questioning myself and my business. The sad thing is this wasn’t the first time a man has made a comment like this.

So I decided after that moment that I would search more for women’s based networking events that are full of empowered and successful women. I am so happy that I did! In the last 6 months I have made over 350 new connections with amazing women who are kicking ass in their own businesses and still supportive of other women in business. With these connections I know that I always have a support system their to help me grow and cheer me on along the way. They have also given me the courage to begin attending co-ed events again by inviting me to one that they are hosting. I truly believe that the atmosphere of a networking event is about what kind of energy the host brings to it.

In conclusion, the most important thing I would like to share with you is to find your allies. These are the individuals who are there to support you, give you guidance, and most importantly without judgement. I know that I will be successful in my business because I have a group of allies that will be with me the whole way. So if you are looking to start your own business or already have your own business and trying to find out what to do next? Find your allies.

Have a wonderful week! :)

Warm regards,

Jocelynn

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Snow Day Organization

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Hello!

Here we are halfway through winter becoming stir crazy and tired of the cold winter weather. Well what better way to prepare for spring then by decluttering your home? I know I tend to do a major overhaul on my home once a year generally during the winter because I become bored being stuck inside with nothing to do. Today I would like to share with you the process I go through each winter during my decluttering spree.

  1. The first thing I do is make a list of every area of my home that I would like to tackle in the next week. I always make sure that my bedroom is the first area on that list and here is why.

    My bedroom is my sanctuary, the place where I can escape the stresses of work, family, friends and home life. If my bedroom is cluttered I have no where to go. I start with sorting through all of my clothes into 3 different categories KEEP, DONATE, TRASH. Items that end up in the trash category are generally stained or have holes in them and are in to poor of condition to donate. Items in the donate pile are usually items that just don’t fit anymore or never worn. That leaves me with only the items that I wear most often and truly love.

  2. Secondly I add one of the 3 common areas of my apartment living room, kitchen or bathroom. When tackling either of these items I have to keep in mind the needs of my two roommates as well. When you are thinking about decluttering your home when living with others you must find a common ground that works for everyone. There will always be some growing pains when deciding to change the flow of things but in the end everyone is able to adjust.

  3. When I am decluttering each of the areas above I make sure to take my time and thoroughly go through and throw out any expired items, add items I no longer use to the donate pile and organize the remaining items allowing them to be easily accessible but neatly in their designated space.

The most important thing to remember when you decide to declutter your space is to allow yourself enough time to do it efficiently and timely to your lifestyle. Not every space you decide to declutter is going to transform in one day. Trying to make that happen is only going to make you more frustrated when it doesn’t happen. Also, make sure you keep an open mind to the possibilities that will derive from the decluttering process. By removing clutter from your space you are creating a calmer, productive and beneficial space that will help you grow to new heights.

Thank you for reading! Stay tuned for next weeks post “Being a Female Business Owner in a Man’s World”.

Sincerely,

Jocelynn

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From a small town to the big city.

Lifestyle transition Small Town to the Big City..

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Hello everyone!

Today I would like to share with you a major lifestyle change that I made just a few short years ago. On July 31, 2015 I made the decision to move from my hometown of Sturgis Michigan to New York City. Coming from a town of only 10,000 people to a city of millions was quite daunting. Thankfully I had landed a job before moving and was able to meet people quickly through work. The two biggest adjustments I had to make when moving here were learning public transportation and a smaller living space.

My first apartment in New York was quaint 400 square foot 1 bedroom with ample closet space. I had to learn quickly that I had to be creative with how to set up my space that created flow and functionality. I started off by storing items in rolling storage bins under my bed as well as seasonal items in totes on the shelves of my closets. I learned very quickly that I owned more items then I had space for. I then did a large downsizing of my items including clothes, shoes, accessories that I hardly ever wore. This not only created more space but also a calmer atmosphere.

Lets fast forward to the present. I now live in a very spacious 3 bedroom apartment in Harlem with 2 roommates. After living alone for 4 years it was a major adjustment moving into an apartment with 2 other individuals who both live different lifestyles. This next stage taught me how to make organizational systems that not only worked for myself but also the rest of the household. Now I had already started my professional organizing business J. Flowers Organizing a couple years ago which had given me the knowledge to take on this next part of my life.

If you ever feel like you need a change in life but not quite sure what that is, declutter your space. This will give you a whole new outlook on an organized way of living and the endless possibilities out there for you. By relieving the stress and clutter in your home or work space can lead to new opportunities you may have never thought before.

Have a wonderful week! :)

Jocelynn

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Organizing with Anxiety

Hello!

Today I would like to share with you a little more about how I overcome my anxiety and stay organized in my day to day lifestyle. My lifestyle is very hectic and I am always on the go whether its running to a meeting with a client, teaching swim lessons, coaching a swim team, or making time to spend with friends or family. Struggling with anxiety can make this kind of lifestyle extremely challenging if you don’t know how to manage the triggers of your anxiety.

Struggling from anxiety is a life long battle, one way I have learned to cope and manage my anxiety is by learning what my triggers are. Through time I have found that my biggest trigger is stress from having clutter, whether the clutter is in my personal space or the communal space in my home. I live with two other roommates, a dog and a cat. Having this number of occupants with different lifestyles and ways of viewing clutter can be challenging to keep a space clutter free. When my space is disorganized it can turn me into an erratic mess of emotions. By learning how to identify my triggers and set a system in place of how to manage them I can reduce the amount of clutter, there for reducing the occurrence of anxiety attacks.

Here are a few tricks I use to stay organized with my anxiety.

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“Just because you have anxiety doesn’t mean you can’t be organized, it just means you have to prepare for it and learn how to manage it.”
— The Sanctuarian
 
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Introduction to "The Sanctuarian"

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog. Today I would like to introduce myself and what led me to becoming “The Sanctuarian.”

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My name is Jocelynn Flowers, I am the founder and owner of J. Flowers Organizing. I strive to provide my clients with solace and tranquility through the art of organization and decluttering. My passion for organizing started at a very young age watching my mother and grandmother around the house. They were always cleaning and rearranging different rooms of our house to make them function better. As I began to grow up I started to learn the benefits of having a space that is clean, organized and free of clutter. Being a small town girl from Michigan moving to the big city I had to learn that space is very limited in these New York City apartments. So I had to get creative, I had to learn how to store my belongings without creating clutter. I went through different stages of drawer systems, bins, baskets you name it until I finally found a system that worked for me. Going through this process personally sparked the interest of wanting to help others achieve a clutter free space as well.

Throughout the years I have studied different methods as well as received different certifications to allow myself to help my clients in the way that best suits their needs. I enjoy being able to transform a space for my clients into their very own sanctuary. I have begun learning about DoTerra Essential oils and there benefits for not only my clients but myself as well. I originally started using DoTerra Essential Oils personally to help with my anxiety and sleep issues. In using them for myself, seeing drastic results I wanted to learn more about them and how I could begin to share them with my clients so they can not only achieve a clutter free space but their very own sanctuary.

Thank you for joining me today and allowing me to introduce myself. For more information on J. Flowers Organizing and our services please visit www.jflowersorganizing.com.

SIncerely,

The Sanctuarian

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