Taking even Small Steps towards your Goals has its Rewards

Even the smallest of decisions can add up and make a big difference. Often the most difficult thing about feeling disorganized is that sense of being overwhelmed by our stuff, our space, our time. This is when it is important to realize that progress begins with one little step, one small decision.  And when you […]

Getting Motivated and Staying Motivated

The art of not just getting motivated, but staying motivated involves goals. These are not your average goals. They are rooted in your higher wants and needs.  This post will help you with an easy to follow process on how to discover what your higher wants and needs are.  It’s a process that will require some deep […]

Grieving Your Empty Nest, and Reclaiming Your Schedule

Grieving Your Empty Nest, and Reclaiming Your Schedule

Hello, fellow empty nesters!  Today I’d like to talk about the grieving process and how it relates to our current situation, and give you some suggestions as it relates to the organizing process.  Some of you may be familiar with the work of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book “On Death and Dying.”; she proposed […]

Staying Organized on Holiday Break – for the Empty Nesters

Staying Organized on Holiday Break – for the Empty Nesters

Perhaps your darling cherubs are returning home from school for the holiday break. We both know that they will expect to come and go as they please without checking in, just like at school, right?  That is a topic for another professional! As an organizing professional, I would like to focus on how you can […]

What is your new vision for your Empty Nest?

As you find your nest emptying, are you seeing new possibilities for your surroundings?  This post will discuss how to create a new vision for your home as it changes occupants.  I used to joke with my son in letters to him at summer camp that I had rented out his room in his absence […]

Refocusing Techniques and Grounding Methods

Before I enter a client’s house for an organizing session, I always take a moment to breath in and out slowly three times. Before every staff meeting at Living Peace, we close our eyes and take a few moments to meditate. Whenever I hunker down to write a blog post, I will set an alarm […]

Organizing for the Empty Nester

My name is Melissa Belliard, and I am one of the Professional Organizers at Living Peace.  I have one child (well, young adult of 20) who moved out of the house 2 years ago, and one child on his way to college this fall, so I now qualify as an Empty-Nester in Progress.  For those […]

Stressed? Remember to Blow Out the Birthday Candles

One of the best things to do when you are feeling stressed, anxious, or angry is to BREATHE. This is true for children as well as for adults. I teach the children in my preschool class to breathe deeply by pretending to “smell the flowers” and then to “blowout your birthday candles.” We even pretend […]

A Ceremony for My Shoes

A Ceremony for My Shoes

One technique we offer clients when parting with items is to have a ceremony or moment of silence in honor of the item.  This allows the person to acknowledge the item, then let it go.  I have seen this technique sucessfully implemented for clients but had never found a need to do it myself, until […]