Or-gan-ize: (verb)
To pull together in an orderly, functional, structured whole; to arrange systematically for harmonious, unified structure.

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Enjoying Hassle Free Holidays part 2

"Letting go of the eight-foot inflatable Grinch no longer appreciated by grown kids opened up four square feet of storage space."

Sue Marie Bowling

A few years ago I noticed there were “crumbs” of ornaments and other holiday items sitting in the bottom of my Christmas bins and decorations in my holiday storage space that I no longer found beautiful or even memorable. I realized my taste and decorating style had changed over the years and I had added things to my holiday collection but had not gotten rid of those things that no longer appealed to me. As I packed away my holiday decorations that year I resisted keeping many things I had not taken out and used.

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November 12, 2018 | Articles | 1 comment

Enjoying Hassle Free Holidays part 1

"Organize is what you do before you do something so that when you do it, it’s not all mixed up."

Christopher Robin (A. A. Milne)

The first Christmas commercial I saw this year was on October 17th. There are many people who are appalled at this declaring that it is far too early to begin considering, much less commercializing, the season.

I was delighted to see it.

How can it ever be too early to begin anticipating something good, the joy of family, fun and food of the season?  Continue reading “Reflections Of A Professional Organizer” »

November 5, 2018 | Articles | 0 comments

The first step in our pursuit of organized living:
The Sacred Art Of De-Accumulation

"I am learning…that man can live profoundly without masses of things."
 
Admiral Byrd, after months in the barren Arctic

I am learning…that man can live profoundly without masses of things.
Admiral Byrd, after months in the barren Arctic

Sitting next to me at my grandson’s concert recently was a self-professed, organizationally-challenged couple who were intrigued by my occupation. They both expressed a great desire to live organized but, with deep sighs, lamented that they were overwhelmed and simply did not know where to begin. Before the curtain went up the woman asked me if I could recommend one particular thing that would jumpstart them in their pursuit of order.

Without hesitation I replied, "Yes, live with less!"
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October 15, 2018 | Articles | 0 comments

Defining Moments: How It All Began

We are commonly defined by what we do rather than who we are. At a recent gathering of old friends we played the game, “write my epitaph”. A friend who has known me for over thirty years suggested mine would read, “Sue Marie Bowling, she went neatly and on time!”

Organizing has certainly somewhat defined my life for the last 24 years, but it is not the whole of it. My background also includes public relations, retail, performing in music ministry, studying communication and psychological services, eleven years in dentistry and more. But today I am usually identified as that organizer. Continue reading “Reflections Of A Professional Organizer” »

March 15, 2018 | Articles | 11 comments

On a sunny morning in May, Sue Marie Bowling sat at Café 906 in Baldwin Park and while indulging in her favorite sweet, a French Coconut Flan, she talked about getting organized.

"There’s nothing wrong with being disorganized," she said. "But ordered living contributes positively to the quality of life. And conversely, disorder, no matter how tolerant of it we are, costs us time and energy."

Read the article: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/signature-magazine/wellness/os-osig-organize-your-mindset-20170613-story.html

January 20, 2018 | Articles | 0 comments