The Personal Space Journal

The Personal Space Journal is the way I keep track of the progress I am making as I explore my ever expanding self-empowerment. I use two types currently; one letter size for deep thought sessions and a minim 5 x 7 one for my decorating notes. You might even want a different one for each of the four Personal Space sections; Soul Space, Body Space, Home Space and Life Space, it’s a completely personal choice. Journal Writing

Choose any style and size that appeals to you. I use the larger size for my thoughts, questions and any epiphanies I might have. There is something about hand-writing things down that exercises the brain and clears our mind. I am reminded of the Harry Potter books and the “pensive” that Professor Dumbledore used to unload his mind; that is exactly what writing in my journal does for me.

Often in my blog posts I will refer to “taking notes” or “carry a sample” when talking about a Home-Space energy reboot project. For this purpose you can get by with a small wire notebook where you can jot down short notes and information. I use a that fits in my purse. It even has pockets in it for paint colors and fabric samples. This mini-journal is a smaller version of the Project Book (a three-ring binder) I will teach you about in a later post and easy to carry with you all the time. You never know when an idea or even a color sample will turn up.

Journals in various sizes are a tool I have used for over 30 years and even though today I carry my iPhone with me, I can’t see it ever fully replacing my hand-written journals. The reason for this is that hand-writing stimulates the brain where we store our creativity. It’s very easy to go from writing a thought to drawing a picture, so I highly recommend you employ this tool at least some of the time.

A second reason the electronic notes won’t work is when doing a decorating project you must have actual color samples with you as you shop because a photograph on your phone won’t represent the color accurately for matching purposes.

So by all means use your phone for taking notes and pictures but you will want to transfer them for storage in one place eventually and the hand written Personal Space Journal is a good choice.

I have also discovered that hand writing brings to the surface a deeper view of what is going on inside of my heart. It’s just too easy to self-edit as I write on my computer but with hand writing noting gets filtered and my deepest feelings are revealed. We need this depth if we are going to access our True power and revitalize our Personal Space energy.

I’d love to see a picture of your Personal Space Journals (the one I use for decorating is pictured here) and let me know how it works for you as you proceed on your project.
’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©

Is This Your Final Answer?

When decorating a room you are met with dozens of choices that must be made all at once. Some choices even hinge on what other choices you are making, for instance; if you get the brown sofa then your chairs need to be something that coordinates with that shade of brown.

You can go crazy trying to make all the choices by memory and that is why I highly recommend the Project Book to keep your selections easily organized. see post on Project BookFurniture Shop

**remember your floor plan and furniture size requirements need to be completed before you concern yourself with style see post  Floor Plans Made Easy

Solve Decorating Overwhelm by Having a Virtual Shopping Day:

  1. Start by reviewing your local stores on-line to determine who is most likely to carry your style – for instance my area has IKEA and Layne Bryant furniture stores and they carry very different style choices.
  2. Once you find stores that carry the style that is “you” narrow your selection to no more than three store possibilities. You can do this by checking their prices and how far you have to drive to visit them.
  3. Grab your camera and your small notebook and head to the stores. Be sure to carry water and schedule breaks between shopping tours. As you look over items be sure to photograph the items that are possibilities as well as jot down the cost, the color, manufacturer etc.
  4. Make contact with a sales rep and if they treat you well get their business card for future reference.
  5. Once you see an item of furniture that catches your eye, you MUST “try it on” by using it as you would at home. Relax in a recliner or sofa, sit at a dining room table. Imagine your family or guests using these pieces as well. If it is a table it is important to sit at it in the chair you will use or one that is the same height.
  6. Check the tag on the furniture – it should have the size so be sure to write it down exactly as it is written. It is common for measurements in decorating to be listed as width x depth x height so always make a note of “W” “D” or “H” after your numbers for accuracy.
  7. If you are choosing accessories, be sure to measure them as well and jot down where you think they will fit best in your room.

You can’t take too many notes while on this investigative search so take your time and have fun!!

  1. Once you are home from your virtual shopping day you will want to upload your photos and narrow down your choices.
  2. Try to get down to no more than 4-5 choices per furniture item.
  3. Print up photos of your final choices in black and white unless the showroom sample is the color you want. Then on your photo post a paint chip or a swatch of color that is the one you want.
  4. Glue your pictures to poster board and hang them in the room. This is actually what a designer does for her clients and it’s called a “Color Board”
  5. Give it a few days, ask those that live in the home with you what is their favorite but remember to go with what feels best to YOU.
  6. Remove the extra posters or items you are eliminating and leave up your “final choice” – the board with your chosen selection on it
  7. “Live” with this for about a week to be sure you like your selection.

Now that you have “your final answer” you are ready to make your purchases. The color board and photos will help you to be patient while you wait for the orders you place to arrive. Remember custom tends to take 6 – 8 weeks from order date to delivery. You can use this time and your color board to choose accessories if you want.

I hope this helps you take the overwhelm out of choosing new decor for your home. Enjoy the process as much as you can and this energy will transfer over into your home energy as well.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

Floor Plans Made Easy

Decorating an entire home or even just one room involves coordinating way too many details to keep in your head. A good plan is crucial to the success of your project. Planning as much as you can on paper will save time and trouble, and floor plans are the best way to plot your strategy. They don’t have to be complex, even a simple floor plan on graph paper will help you greatly, and the time involved will save you overall. Floor plan graph paper

How a Floor Plan Works:

  • Having a floor plan is like having a map. Once you have your map you can take all the time you need to complete your project.
  • A floor plan “map” will tell you where you are now: the size of the room, the size of any pieces you already own, and what sizes you need to find to make it all work together.
  • Your floor plan will tell you how much space you have for walking around, what size of table will work and where your outlets and windows are so that you don’t make the mistake of putting things where they won’t function correctly.

Case in point: I have a tiny townhouse and my living room window which is covered in shutters takes up one whole wall of my space and I only have two walls! So I made a “mistake” on purpose with the help of my floor plan which showed me that the chairs and table I wanted would keep me from being able to open my shutter slats and window. So I made a Personal Space judgement call and went with the plan I loved anyway and choose to add the accessory of a lovely 18” acrylic wand I keep on the table to prop open my shutter slats. Instead of opening the window for fresh air I open the screened front door which is on the same wall.  But I must tell you I really puzzled over this a while before I purchased my new pieces. Luckily I had the floor plan to do this with before I invested thousands of dollars in new furniture.

Super Simple Floor Plan Creation:

  • Graph paper is your best friend. That plus a clip board, pencil with a good eraser and of course a steel tape measure is all you need. Each square of the paper can equal what you want but generally it is a 1 foot measure. If you want a larger sketch you can make it a 2 foot measure. Just jot down at the top of your floor plan “map” what measurement you went with.
  • When you use the graph paper to outline the space of your room (only one room per page unless they are connected like a Great Room) and you count the squares to equal the feet, you can guess as to the inches. Half a square is 6” and so on but be sure to write along the margins what the exact measurements are.
  • Decorating the wall space with items like book cases or wall units requires a few more details; you need to consider the door molding and window opening and the outlets location because each inch counts with these items of furniture.
  • Leave 3’ (36 inches) of space for the main traffic path. Draw a line to show where you expect your traffic flow to occur such as moving from room to room. Usually you can tell what this will be by connecting the entrances to your rooms with a traffic line you draw on your map.
  • Leave 15-18” of space between the sofa or chairs and the coffee table in front of them so you can get in and sit down.
  • The dining room chairs need 3′ (36”) behind them so you can scoot in and out. Measure your selected table and add the 3′ all around your table size and you will know if you have the best size.
  • Remember the amount of space you leave between your furniture is just as vital to the whole room working correctly as the items you fill your room with.

I hope these little tips help. If you want more check out this link to my website.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

Energetic Design Tips: Getting Organized

A room can be a big project to decorate and a whole house a major ordeal to complete which is why designers and architects are masters at organization. We are also skilled at creating a miniature version of our vision. It’s impossible to cart around all the items we want for the space we are decorating so the use of notebooks, samples, file folders and a camera are essential tools if you want the job to be successful.

Tips for Organizing Your Decorating Project

Create a Color Board: you might have seen an example of a Color Board (one of many organization tools we use) on display at a corporate office or resort that is undergoing remodeling. The purpose is to show the board of directors or the public what changes are coming and what the general design theme will be. For custom homes, color boards are often done to coordinate all the colors and textures going into the project to ensure that they work well together – and to give a record of what you have ordered to compare with the items when they are delivered. For my personal home I made a mini Color Board which fit perfectly in my 3-ring binder project book. Work in Progress

Create a Project Book: For a home or room project a mini color board will do the trick. I will create a project book with pages of samples on boards instead of one cumbersome large board. I use 8 ½ by 11 sheets of poster board (or you can use any kind of thick cardboard) and glue mini samples of paint chips, carpet, wallpaper, counter laminate. It isn’t easy to make the entire background of the board in the color of your walls but if you can that is awesome for your walls are usually the largest example of color in a room. Do not glue anything down until you are certain they are the exact selection you are choosing. You can add plastic sleeve pockets to your binder which will hold the loose samples until you are ready to glue them down.

Take Good Notes: keeping a record of all the samples you love can be overwhelming so this is what I recommend. Choose your own style for organizing your work; you might like just keeping everything in one of those accordion file folders with the Velcro tabs ready to go in your car. Or you might like the 3-ring binder with pockets that I use. Whatever plan you use be sure to make notes on everything you collect: write down where you saw the item, where you can buy it, color, style name, sizes, bar code, cost anything at all that you might need to know if you decide to return and purchase this item.

Take Pictures: use your handy cell phone when you see what you like take a snap of it and make a note in your phone of where you saw it etc. (see step above) Then once a week print up the pictures, transfer your notes and place them in your file under the correct room.

Review and Compare: Once a day or week depending on how fast you are moving through this process, open up your folder and review what you’ve collected. If you still like the item then decide which room you would like it in and if this is all for one room then skip this step and go to the next. If you are sure you want this item for your current decorating project then either three hold punch it to fit in your three ring binder or add it to your accordion file under the correct room.

Before you know it you will have your entire room or home completely “decorated” miniature style and all you have to do is begin purchasing when you are ready to proceed.

I hope you found these tips helpful. Drop me a note and let me know how your decorating project is going.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

Energetic Design Tips – Color

Color is a quick and powerful way to add energy to your Home Space and is best done with a plan in mind – here are a few tips that will get your plan off to a great start.

Tips for Choosing Color:

  • Starting out fresh? – begin with 3 of your favorite colors first and see what items you can find that use these shades. Three is a good start and won’t overwhelm your space with conflicting energy. Remember color is actually a vibration so keep it simple.
  • iphone-pics-6-109.jpgIf you already have your home established and need to update with some new fresh colors, then you will want to first gather samples of the colors you currently have and are keeping. This way you can easily incorporate a new shade that is harmonious with the rest of your décor. Paint chips, fabric samples and washcloths are a great way to create samples of the colors you already are using and are easy to carry with you when you shop.
  • Colors change according to the lighting used. Fluorescent lighting will add a blue hue to your colors and incandescent will add a yellow hue. So it’s important to view all your possibilities from your own home and in the very room you will be adding the item to if possible.
  • Paint Color: You might be out one day and see the perfect color you were looking to paint your walls in but it’s in a child’s toy or on some old book cover. Buy it if you can and hang on to it. Most hardware stores can now match paint color to any sample you can give them. If it catches your eye then find a way to make a record of it.
  • Once you have decided on the color palate you want to use for your home, gather your samples and head to the paint department. Choose paint swatches that match your fabric, carpet, accessory colors and take them home.
  • Get some cardboard (I use the back of used legal pads) cover the board with white paper and then begin arranging your color swatches on the board. Group the colors you will use together and organize them by room if you are doing more than one.
  • Once you like your color arrangement and you can see that the colors work together – glue them down and write what items will be in those shades (carpet, wall paint, sofa fabric, pillow, candles etc)
  • Remember when choosing your color pallet to consider the “view” your room presents. Ask yourself what other rooms are visible from this space? Example: Recently I did a “three-in-one” room section of my home which included the entertainment area, eating nook and kitchen. Since the décor for all three were visible to each other I displayed all 3 spaces on my Mini Color Board together and labeled them. This helped me to keep the color scheme the same (or at least compatible) in all three rooms. The entertainment area was mostly green, eating nook was blue and the kitchen was blue and red. I made sure my accessories for all three created a blend. Blue throw and pillows in the green space, red in the blue nook and green plants in the kitchen created a harmonious flow of the “great room” space.

Now that you have your color theme chosen it will be much easier to shop because you have a plan already in mind and simply want to find what fits your plan. The Mini Color Board will be easy to carry with you as well and if the colors look great in your home when you match them in the store they will work in your home as well.

I hope you found these tips helpful!

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

 

Tips for Having Workmen In Your Home

Last week I wrote about having service providers and guests in your Home Space. For today’s Tuesday’s Tips I share some steps I have taken to help me preserve my Home Space Energy during these visits. These simple steps will take about 15- 20 minutes and will not only give you peace of mind, but will secure your energetic vibration as well. The goal here is to limit what areFullSizeRenderas they will be allowed into and what they may see and observe about how you live your life.

  • Grab a notebook or your phone to record your notes. While pretending you are the stranger-acquaintance who is visiting your home soon, leave your house and re-enter using the entrance they will use to enter your home. Jot down what Home Space changes you make in your notebook or recording device so you will remember where you put these treasured items after the visit.
  • Stop and look around at your home using the eyes and ears of this imagined person as you visit all the rooms they will need to see. Notice what you have lying around your house and ask “do I want to share this with a stranger?” If not ether protect this item right away or make a note to come back and take care of it.
  • Vision boards can be covered up with blank paper or fabric or taken down temporarily.
  • Affirmations can be gathered and place in a box or envelope and re-hung after they have left. This gives them a fresh energy as well. You may hang them differently so you notice them more often.
  • You may find you want to gather up some knick-nicks to store in a box or out of way closet while the workmen/women are in your home. Perhaps you want to be sure they are not accidently broken.
  • Valuable small items should be gathered up and hidden.
  • Family photos or plans for a big trip you might have posted on the refrigerator or bulletin board should be removed or covered. You don’t want a stranger to know your business.
  • Just keep asking yourself as you move about your home; “would I share this information with the people I stand in line with at the grocery store?” If not, then hide, remove or protect this while they are visiting.
  • When you visualize your home though the eyes of the service provider you are having over you are also noticing where they need to be while doing the work you are hiring them to do and you can set this space up for easy access.
  • Close doors to the rooms they don’t need to have access to, and by all means stay nearby; not to watch over their shoulder but to be fully aware of them while they are in your Home Space.

And last but not least; if someone is sent that does not feel good to you, make an excuse right away and don’t let them in. Tell them you have a sudden family issue and have a sick child at home and must reschedule. Don’t let them in to call their supervisor; they can do that from their truck. Once your door is locked then you call and say you want someone else to come to your home. There are many reasons why you might do this from poor manners such as smelling of cigarettes, or they give you an odd feeling, or they are extremely late without calling. Just trust your instincts always!

I hope these tips prove helpful to you the next time you need a repair done in your Home Space.

‘till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

Energetic Design Tips – Carpet

With the holidays coming many of us like to give our homes a bit of a face lift and one way to do this quickly is to change out our carpet. Now this can be the wall-to-wall kind or a decorative area rug. Basically “carpet” refers to fabric covering on our floors vs hard surfaces alone such as tile, wood, or vinyl. Carpet Color

When visiting a clients home to determine the best selection of carpet for their floors I would ask a series of questions that usually met with the response “oh, I never thought of that.” I tend to think in terms of the energy of things and so my questions reflect this as well.

I always start any decorating project with a notebook to keep track of my selections and to collect my thoughts in.

  • To start your search for a new carpet or rug you will want to begin at home with what you are now living with and list what you love about what you currently have and what you really dislike. Love is great energy and dislike is a message to steer clear of that choice. It might give good energy to someone else but it is not your match.
  • Note the color – love or hate? What would you rather have?
  • Note the style – shag, wall to wall, area rug, sculpted, etc – love it or hate it? What would you rather have?
  • Note the texture and how it feels when you walk on what you have now. Then when you get to the carpet showroom practice walking on different textures in the store and note how you feel. If you tend to go barefoot or in stocking feet in your home; ask the sales rep if you could walk on the samples that way as well. Make sure they add a sample of the padding as well so you get the best effect.
  • Bring home a few of the large swatches of what you like in the store. Lay them down on your floor at home and as you come and go from the room envision how it will look in the room. Make a log in your notebook of the samples you are considering listing the manufacturer, style,  name, color, lot number and cost per yard. Place a star next to the one you are selecting to buy. Be sure to give yourself 3 good choices in case the one you like is out of stock.
  • Next move the samples to another spot with different lighting. Check it out at night. Keep your note pad handy and rate them. I work with three samples at a time, sometimes 5. As soon as you can limit your possible choices to three you are then able to move on. Usually price or availability will help you make the final selection.
  • Also be sure to place the carpet up against the various other surfaces it will be installed next to such as furniture, cabinets, other flooring like wood, ceramic tile, vinyl etc. You want to make sure the color works in your homes lighting and with all the other surfaces you are still using in your decor.
  • Once you have made your selection and placed your order, ask the sales rep to order you a sample piece. You will add this to your Home Space color board to take with you when you shop for other items to coordinate the carpet colors with the rest of your decor.

Design Tip: As a design feature rugs for the floor need to balance and harmonize a room. Just as in nature most ground surfaces are darker in color than the sky. This gives the energetic effect of being grounded and stabilized. Even a white sand beach can give you the feeling of floating on air so try to make your carpet color a darker shade than your walls and ceiling. If you do chose a light color carpet then be sure to place dark furniture pieces on it to anchor the room as I did in this living room. Think of the shape of a pyramid and how the base is larger than the pointed top; that is the balance of energy you are looking for.

Many years ago there was a large luxury department store in the Phoenix area that chose to decorate the whole store in chrome and white, with white flooring as well. I remember the first time I walked into the place I felt my equilibrium go wacky. I couldn’t get my balance and think and I for sure couldn’t shop and concentrate. I left fairly quickly and the relief I felt when I stepped into the mall with its dark flooring was shocking. So I looked back into the store and took it apart from a design viewpoint and wha-la there it was…they were missing their anchor. It was all sky and no earth for grounding this space.

I hope these Energetic Design tips are helpful to you on your next project. Drop me a note and I will answer any questions you might have.

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

 

 

 

Consumer Tips

When purchasing a new item for your home whether it be décor or appliance in nature you will often find that the company selling the item will list all the features and benefits of their product. What they never tell you is what you “won’t get” or what you will need to “give up.” This type of sales is all about distraction. It’s a “look here, see this, isn’t’ this great” and don’t ask questions and don’t notice what is missing.

Steel Tape MeasurerAs a designer I often spell out for my customers what the pros AND cons of a choice are because there is nothing worse than getting that new item home only to discover the down side to the selection. Life is full of give-and-take and for most of my life I rebelled at this. I wanted to have it ALL! But maturity has shown me that a space can only hold so much before the overload ruins what is in that space. So I have learned to weigh the value of a decision and remind myself I can choose again if what I got wasn’t all that I wanted. Sometimes we just don’t know how valuable something is to us until it is gone. Life is a process, never ending and always evolving so relax and do your best and choose again if needed. Meanwhile here are some tips I have used to help my customers make the best selection in the moment.

Trouble Preventing Tips

Flexible Tape Measure – you will want one of these handy both at home and when you shop. Measure what you have in your home and write it down. Ask yourself if you want that new chair or sofa or table to be the same size – smaller or larger? Write down the size you would like. Take this with you as you shop. Just like chopping down a Christmas tree in the forest, furniture will look to be a different size in the large showroom then in your home. Always measure!!

Take Color With You: This is extremely important if you are not working with a Shop-at-Home decorator who will bring the samples to your house. Find color swatches that match the fabric of your new item. If they don’t give you a sample, find color samples that match from the paint store, fabric store or any other source you have handy – like a wash cloth. Be sure to carry it whenever you shop for other items to coordinate the colors.

Good-Bad-Ugly – with this tip you will want to look at what you are letting go of and first list all the benefits it provided that you want to keep such as “this sofa seated 4 people.” Then when you shop make sure the new item seats 4 people. Write down all the Bad things about what you own now and next to this the solution you want to find such as “this sofa shows too much lint and has too much static electricity.” This way when you shop you can tell the sales rep you need a non-static fabric. And last you want to list the Ugly which you may not be able to solve. These are the sacrifices you are willing to put up with in order to get most of what you want. For instance when I was redecorating my living room I couldn’t find a black fabric anywhere because the current style was brown in the stores at this time so I had to make a concession to this one thing while I was able to get 95% of what I did like achieved.

We will never get everything perfect- there is no such thing. Achieve all your “must haves” or “deal breaker” items and you will be happy overall with the results.

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

Home Away From Home

Having our Home Space decorated, organized and maintained in the manner that serves us best is vital to our happiness and well being; not only in our home but in our day-to-day life as well. I tend to travel a great deal as I often take contract temp jobs to supplement my income. Some weeks I travel to a different office every day. I also love taking short day trips or close to home “stay-cations.” No matter where I go whether it is for a single day or an Home Officeovernight stay, I need to feel empowered and comfortable so this means I need to have a solid hold on what it takes to make me feel “at home” away from home.

I have a little practice I do before I go on a trip or to work at a temp job. I learned the hard way that if I don’t prepare I will miss something that I need because I have taken it presence for granted. This happens  because I am so used to having whatever it  is handy in my home or home office space. Live and learn. These tips work for going on vacation or for any other time you are taking up space in a temporary environment.

Tips to Being  “At Home” on Location-

  • Grab a notebook and pen
  • Get quiet in a room by yourself where you can concentrate
  • Sit in a comfortable chair and visualize your time away from home in your mind
  • Using the notebook I will go through my days activities, listing what I may encounter such as…”cold office, casual jean dress code” or  if it is a vacation I will list the days and events like “afternoon tea, amusement park rides etc.” This activity list will start the process of prompting my mind to know what I might need to be comfortable in each kind of environment
  • Next I begin to list the items I’d like to have handy that are usually found in my home (like the chair pillow, tissues, hand cream etc)
  • I will break up my time in three parts  – Morning, Day and Evening for vacation or for a job I call it Snacks, Lunch, Misc needs

This actually takes more than one session to get correctly because we really do tend to just assume what we need will be “there” for us because we make sure it is in our homes. I have found that once I am focused on the away-time list I will think of things as I go through my day and jot them down.

For my temp jobs I have a notebook and a section for each of the companies I do repeat work for and the list of what I need for each job. I also have a general list of needs. Having done this once and updated it when needed I don’t have to do the visualization tip anymore. I have it covered. It’s only when a new element is introduced that I have to readjust. Then the day or night before I am to leave for a job or vacation I gather everything up even pre-pack it if I can. I will also leave myself a list of last minute items to add on my refrigerator just in case I have to leave in a rush.

I know a few frequent travelers who actually purchase duplicates of what they need so their traveling suitcase stays partially packed and ready for the next trip. This reminds me of William Wrigley Jr. of the Wrigley gum fortune. We have a Wrigley mansion in Phoenix , AZ where I live and once when I was on a tour of the mansion I learned he had about 5 of these homes all over the world, designed and decorated the same so he and his family would feel at home no matter what location in the world they were visiting.

I hope this helps you the next time you need to make a satellite location your “home away from home.”

till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach

Moving Can Be Fun!

No, I haven’t lost my mind, well not completely that is-ha! Yes, moving CAN be fun but in order for this to happen you must keep your sense of humor and your mind open. So I have gathered a few of the best tips I have used over the years to make moving fun. Moving Day

Tips for Moving Fun!

  1. Take excellent care of yourself during the process-do what it takes to keep your mood even and uplifted. Listen to fun happy music if that works for you. Keeping your energy in top form is the first tip to having a fun moving experience.
  2. Don’t skimp on sleep or over work yourself.
  3. Keep yourself well hydrated by drinking a glass of water every hour. Keep the caffeine and sugar to a minimum and never use it to “burn the midnight oil” or you will regret it later.
  4. Before you begin the process of packing and sorting- stock your refrigerator with great food you love. If stocking your refrigerator is not a possibility (due to the move) then make a list of all your favorite take-out foods. Gather all their phone numbers and and menus and post them on or near the refrigerator for easy use when hunger strikes.
  5. Keep easy to grab fruit handy for long lasting energy – apples, bananas and almonds are a good choice.
  6. Also be sure to treat yourself to regular sit down meals. Pause and take a breath and restore your energy and clear you mind.

Now that you have quality self care taken care of, its time to pre-organize the move itself (as much as you can)

Tips for Creating A Moving Plan

  • Get a calendar you can write on and begin listing any deadlines you must meet.
  • Take a large legal size notepad and begin by listing all the things you know you have to do. I like to start at the end and work back. For instance I will put “Last Day – movers drive boxes to the new space and unload.” Then I ask myself what has to happen in order for this day to be a success and I create a total list from packing to cleaning to painting the new space first if possible.
  • Once you have your list of items all flushed out, begin to prioritize them and when you can, go ahead and on your calendar assign a day for each one to be accomplished – doing this gets that item off of you mind and you will sleep better and have much less stress -which is fun. 🙂
  • When you assign each detail to be done on a given day you then free up your mind to enjoy each day’s task without having overwhelm.

All of the tips I have listed will empower you for when the inevitable surprises and glitches (life is full of them) occur. Even though your plan won’t happen exactly “as planned” it will allow you to compartmentalize all the details and have greater success and peace of mind overall.

I wish you all the best in your next move!!

’till next time,
Ginger-Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©