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The Fall season has blossomed

Dear Friends,

The morning air is crisp; the leaves have changed into beautiful arrays of gold, burnt orange and bright purple colors. Now is the time to bring out those candles that you have been storing in your linen closet for all those months. Light them up and feel the warmth that they bring, the way they make your house smell and the feeling that you have when you have just created an environment that is tranquil, warm and inviting. Many of us tend to store things in our homes to only bring out for when guests come over. Think about the nice china you have, the cloth napkins with fancy, matching napkin holders, your Grandma’s serving ware and those candles that you have just stored away to only bring out for those special moments. I challenge you, just like I did with myself tonight to bring it out…Bring it all out! Make a chili dinner for just you, a few or a slew and use that fancy china, add those cute cloth napkins that you got at Pier One Imports on a deal, light those candles and enjoy these items to their fullest! Basque in how good it feels to actually burn those candles, smell the sweet aroma of sandalwood vanilla, pumpkin spice or any other sweet smell you prefer! Even if there is nobody around, just say to yourself, “I deserve this. I deserve to bring out all of my fancy stuff, eat off of the china, use those cloth napkins and maybe even enjoy some flowers in that vase that has been sitting in your armoire.” Many of us don’t take the time to use the stuff that we have or enjoy it because we are always saving it for those special occasions. We then go out and buy more “stuff” to use for when we have guests; creating a stockpile of things labeled: “GUESTS ONLY.” Pull it out, dust it off and set the mood. Sit down & relax and just look around you. Life is so much sweeter when we don’t wait, use the things that we have and actually spoil OURSELVES with it!

Cheers to a peace of mind and an organized life,

Courtney

 
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Creating order out of chaos

Dear Friends,

This has always been my jam and probably my peanut-butter too. I think that it has been an innate part of me. Sounds silly, I know but I can fondly remember many times sitting on the school bus on my way home from elementary school listening to my friends making plans to meet up on their bikes or planning to get together to play a game of tag in the court across the street. I on the other hand would completely dork out and stare out the window creating a "to do" list of all the things that I can clean and organize at my childhood home. I would hop off the bus eagerly anticipating the smell of Lemon Pledge and sparkling counters! My cleaning consisted of clearing everything and I mean everything off of the kitchen counters and placing them all neatly in the proclaimed junk drawer. I would grab my Mom's grocery list, her nail polish, my Dad's paperwork, his spare change and God knows what else and place it in the said drawer. I would Lysol the counter tops, oil the wood furniture, vacuum the floors, and then re-organize all of my Mom's picture frames, statues, cookie jars, kitchen knives into new areas that I thought would be more functional and make the room look more presentable. Gosh, looking back at it, I was a free live-in cleaning lady for goodness sake!

I usually did all of my work in secrecy because I knew that my cleaning was a little too strong for my Mom's taste. So, when she was talking on the phone in her office, running my sisters or brother to their after-school activities or at the grocery store, I'd begin. I couldn't' wait for my Mom to walk in the door with excitement from having a clean home! Although always patient and sweet, she'd walk in the kitchen and say: "Wow Courtney, you did it again!" Then it would usually be preceded by: "Courtney, where did you put the grocery list?" or "Courtney, your Dad had some paperwork sitting right there and now it's gone." I'd just look at her and just state the obvious…."it's in the junk drawer." Everything that wasn't in the proper spot was labeled in my mind as clutter and it needs to be removed a.s.a.p! Then she and I would go digging through the one labeled "junk drawer" that consisted of six individuals' stuff and seek the items that she was looking for. Gosh if only she knew how badly I just wanted to tear through that drawer. But knowing better and knowing that I wouldn't see the end of day if I ever did, I left it alone and would just throw stuff in there and call it clutter. Bless her heart . Almost on a daily basis, we'd go through this same process of me "cleaning," her praising me and then us going on a scavenger hunt to find what was missing!

I would say that I've really honed in on my cleaning and organization skills since that tender age. I thrive on the simple notion of that there is a place for everything and then there's the trash can. Keeping things simple is the way I go about my work. I love working with clients who are open to really digging deep and getting to the root of the disorganized chaos that surrounds them on a daily basis. The foundation in which Pretty Little Closets builds itself on is not just temporarily solving the problem and throwing things in the "junk drawer" but working together to create a more simple life. I promise you, once you de-clutter and get organized, you will never look back and you'll wonder how you ever lived before!!

Cheers to a peace of mind and an organized life,

Courtney