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Junk Mail Avalanche… How to stop the onslaught!

This past week I got to catch up with a client who I have met with about 2-3 times a year over the past several years.  Yes, that is correct… getting organized is not a one and done kind of thing.  Getting organized and staying on top of a dynamic life full of work, hobbies, home and family, as many of you know, is a lot of work.  Thankfully she and I have forged a sweet relationship and she proudly calls me in for back up!

She has a mail issue, can anyone relate.  She keeps a lovely home and you would never know when you enter her tidy main level that she has hidden away boxes and boxes of papers, mail, catalogs and cards (thankfully not bills.)  So a few times a year, when it has become too overwhelming, she give me a call and I come, and we sort and toss and file….

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Vacation Packing – Carry on, my wayward bag lady!

My previous two posts (lists & take 2) were touched on here during  my Fox 21 segment.

Bags of bags

 

The great stuff I didn’t get to talk about can only be found here!!!

Who doesn’t love bags!? Bigs bags, small bags, plastic bags, clutches, wristlets, slouches, ziplocks, baggallinis!

When it comes to travel, you have to do your best to minimize what you are packing, especially when it comes to your carry on.

I like the bag in bags approach.  Ladies, your purse counts as a carry on, so I say the bigger the better.  Make it something that can do double duty at your destination; shopping carry all, beach bag, quick overnight bag if your travels require.

Inside your carry on, break it down.  Think about a trendy crossbody bag, like a baggallini.  And inside that, a wristlet wallet clutch.  These options give you maximum flexibility on size, style and coordination.

Don’t stop there, bag your cords, chargers, players and earbuds into an easy access zipper pouch so you can wrangle them without a tangled mess at the bottom of your carry on.

Compartmentalize all those little necessities like sunglasses, mints, travel pillow, cell phone, tickets/itinerary, lip balm and the like in your bag of bags to organize yourself on the go.

Where are you headed are you next vacation?  Take some time to enjoy the process so you can better enjoy your destination. Travel like a pro, enjoy the journey!

 

 

 

Vacation Packing – take 2 – Double Up

Well, truth be told some unexpected travel has kept me from writing my follow up posts on packing.  And in all honesty, I didn’t double check my list and on one of my trips I forgot my swimsuit!!! A rookie mistake but as I said in my last post, not the end of the world.  I popped into a store, bought a new suit and was sipping cocktails poolside in no time!

So do what I say, not what I do :)

Once you have reviewed your list, schedule a time to pack your bags.  Take your time to think through outfits and events based on your travel plans (and the weather.) Minimize your bottoms and take multiple tops if space allows.  Roll your clothing to accommodate the best use of space. Remember when your choosing your clothing, choose what you love, what is comfortable and what you feel good in.  Don’t waste space on maybe…http://theberry.com/2014/01/30/packing-is-not-an-easy-task-18-photos/

There is also no space for maybes in that quart size ziplock bag. Do yourself a favor and splurge on travel size toiletries or purchase travel bottles to fill and refill.  If you do choose refillable bottles, label them well so future trips don’t find you putting lotion in your hair :)

Double up, duplicate frequently used items so you can get them packed without having to think twice on the day of your departure.  Consider creating a “travel bag” that is nearly ready for any trip at any time.  Stock your travel bag with an extra hair brush, toothbrush  and your travel size toiletries so you can jet set with ease.

Check out these other great blogs for unusual packing tips that will help you get organized and on your way.

More on toiletries…

Cosmo knows… 20 tips for traveling with ease

Lastly, a few I hadn’t even thought of… #s 8, 23 & 25

 

 

 

Reevaluating, refining & rediscovering

Well if you have been following MAS Movement LLC through the life of the business you know we have gone through some changes over the past year.  You might even notice that this is our first blog in over a year!  So for those of you who don’t know and might be interested, here is what happened….

Business was going extremely well at the beginning of 2014, I had 2 contractors working regularly for MAS Movement LLC.  We worked together to get jobs done more quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.   I wanted to promote these amazing ladies to begin seeing their own clients, working solo or with additional contract help as needed. But truth be told, I just didn’t know if there would be enough work for all of us.

That is when I went to coffee with another business provider and walked away with a new job!  I was looking for something new and different but still in the realm of organizing, something that would allow me to continue running MAS Movement LLC and raise up the wonderful new organizers I had trained to work with me over these past years.  Closet Factory (official website) offered me just what I was looking for.

It wasn’t the smoothest of transitions, a lot of business tending fell by the wayside, like blogs, facebook posts and classes.  But in return, I learned the new and exciting business of custom storage design, it was a natural addition to MAS Movement LLC.  And all the more exciting as several MAS Movement LLC clients have availed of the awesome storage Closet Factory (my facebook page) has to offer.

MAS Movement LLC has regained its footing as Myia Danley has stepped into the role of lead professional organizer.  She now has a handful of contractors that work with her on 90% of the leads that come into MAS Movement LLC via our website and facebook.

It has been a whirlwind of a year, sometimes uncomfortable but I think that is where growth lives.  I never imagined what was in store as I felt God tugging on my heart at the end of 2013.  Change was coming no matter how much I dug in my heels and here we are.

Thanks for hanging in there with us!

 

 

Always Time For Thanks

Always Time For Thanks

Once again we find ourselves asking where the year went as we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

No sooner was Halloween over when I spied Christmas decorations out in full swing at the local Mart.

WAIT!!! What happened to Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite holiday. No gifts, no decorations. Just time to break bread with loved ones, enjoy their company, and be grateful for the abundance we have.

Abundance: a relative degree of plentifulness; a large portion of something.

Do you have abundance in your life? What are you thankful for in this season of your life?

I am thankful for you! I am thankful that God gave me the talents He did to help others like you!  And to show that appreciation I would love to invite you to my Holiday Open House.

Saturday November 16 11-2pm
3138 Lange Terrace 80918

Brunch will be served, and mimosas will be free flowing. People often ask me if my house is super organized. Do I practice what I preach?  Well, come and see for yourself!

I will have a special gift for you to say thank you for another record breaking year in business for MAS Movement LLC.

Please RSVP if you can, by responding to this email or on the Facebook event.

Godspeed,

Jessica Bair – Manager
MAS Movement LLC
Professional Organizing
& Personal Assistants
719 352 1590
Contact us for a FREE consultation

Getting Ready

We set a record this year with Colorado’s largest fire in the state’s history before having the opportunity to commemorate last year’s fire of the same notoriety, at the time.

If being disorganized wasn’t headache enough, many Coloradans found themselves panicking to pack the most important documents and possessions in this evacuation emergency.

Are you a residence that has been displaced this year or last? Or were you  miles from the fire still caught wondering if you had to go, what would you take?

My family was fortunate in both instances, but that did not stop me from seeing the necessity of taking inventory and making a plan.

So what are some simple steps you can take now to prepare a plan and alleviate panic, at least to some extent?

1. Take pictures and/or video of your entire home, garage, and outbuildings. Go room by room, taking pictures of the rooms as a whole and up-close pictures of high-value items.  Try to get a close, still shot of the serial numbers. Burn digital pictures to a CD or download them to a USB drive.

2. Gather your important documents into one place along with your photo inventory. Important documents include: Social Security cards, passports, vehicle titles, birth, marriage,  and death certificates, high-value receipts, financial information, wills, deeds, and previous taxes.

Important Documents Binder

3. Create an evacuation list. Again going room by room, what would you grab? What is truly irreplaceable? Organize your list by priority. What would you grab if you only had 10 minutes to evacuate? What would you grab if you had up to 30 minutes?

Evacuation List 10&30 min  Note this template comes in the important documents binder.

A few hours of preparation when the stakes are low will greatly improve your ability to implement your plan. When a true emergency strikes emotions are running high and panic has set in.

MAS Movement LLC offers emergency evacuation planning as well as an Important Documents Bbinder for easy storage, general access, or to grab and go.

As always, MAS Movement LLC offers a free one hour consultation to assess your needs.

Better late than never….

No love for (schedule) clutter…

As we say farewell to February, we find another year racing by, with April hot on our heals. How is your 2013 so far? We had a great turn out for our January – Time Management class in Peregrine, here is a highlight…

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Happy New Year Kick Off Class

Well it was a whirl wind of a year end!  December brought new opportunities to grow my business, new clients and new products!  MAS Movement LLC finished its best year ever, doubling previous years’ gross revenues!!!

I have found it a bit daunting to pick up momentum in the new year 2013. But there is no time like the present to change perspective and start moving ahead.

My goal this year is to reach more people who hate clutter, people who are overwhelmed, people who want to take back their time and space, people who need a lot of help, people who need a little, people just considering doing something different.  Are any of these people you?

To kick off the new year, January 22 MAS Movement LLC will be hosting a FREE time management class at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Peregrine  off  Woodman Road.

( 7740 Deer Hill Grove  Colorado Springs, CO 80919 in the Woodman Room to the left of the entrance)
 

During the class we will discuss:

getting things done
overcoming procrastination
doing the right things
margin and goals

 

It’s a new year, time to step out on the right foot. Let the past lie behind, come for a fresh perspective and some renewing encouragement to make 2013 a pivotal year in your life.

Please RSVP to help us be prepared. 719 352 1590 or jessica@masmovement.com

 

As always MAS Movement LLC, offers a free one hour consultation – lots of potential ideas here!

Contact us today to find out more about our package pricing and maintenance plans.

Keep up with specials, discounts, upcoming appearances in episodes of TLC’s Hoarder’s Buried Alive, classes and events http://www.facebook.com/MAS.Movement

 

 

 

 

 

Just in time for the holidays!

2 Shopportunites! Is one right for you this season?

 

So many times, I have discussed with clients the value of their stuff.  I have offered eBay services on higher priced items but always wondered how I could help my clients turn their clutter into cash and/or offset the cost of my organizing services.  Well, about a month ago I found myself in the Willowstone Antique Marketplace (at Dublin/Academy next to Sprouts) and now find myself the owner of a consignment booth there…

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Fearless Perspective

What scares you, I mean REALLY scares you? Being in a car accident? Loss of a loved one? Your kids not going to college and struggling in life? Losing your job?  Why do I make such awful suggestions, PERSPECTIVE.

Psychology Today defines FEAR as a vital response to physical and emotional danger—if we didn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are far from life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason.

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