Tips on How to Keep Your 2020 Holidays Meaningful and Bright!

*sounds of Santa’s Sleigh bells ringing*

Ho! Ho! Holy smokes is it that time of year again?! Mrs. Claus and I haven’t had a concept of time since March! We’ve been planning our days between peppermint coffee time and frasier fir blitzen cocktail time. Staring at our little screens in bed with anticipation to stare at bigger screens later on. We were also the originals of the so called “quaranten” … it took us an afternoon.

Did the year that felt like a strange 10 finally get to the most magical and busiest of times? Since it’s started getting dark at 2 PM, Santas Outlook has maxed out its storage from all the Black Friday sales and my alarm clock has been set to Mele Kalikimaka I think … “Oh by gosh, by golly” it is! (try not to picture Santa in a Speedo)

I thought I would chime in for a seasonal eggnog cool yule chat to offer some tools to give you all the inspiration you need to stay positive and organized this holiday season amidst such a monumental year.

“You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is comin’ to town
Santa Claus is comin’ to town
Santa Claus is comin’ to town”

1. Pay It Forward

If this year has taught you anything it’s what you need versus what you want. You don’t need anything on Etsy Kelsey. So please for the love of schnitzel with noodles and all things gingerbread do not add to cart that electric scooter. Come January 1st you will solely regret it. You have everything you already need right in front of you; however, sadly there are still so many people that are in real need this Christmas — that have undergone profound loss, hardship and are struggling to stay jolly this time of year. So, Santa says, “Pay it forward when no one is watching.” Friends, a little kindness goes a long way. Buy the person in line behind you at Starbucks their grande mocha frappe wanna hippopotamus for Christmas with 17 pumps of caramel and an extra shot of sugar. It will make their day more than you know. Christmas, especially in 2020, is about giving than receiving.

“Pa rum pum pum pum”

2. Donate

Remember that warm winter coat or hand stitched sweater your Auntie made you that you know you will never wear? Santa says, “donate” it to a nearby coat drive at your neighborhood congregation. Or donate $1 to 10 different organizations that are truly making a difference in our world everyday. Ones that are the nearest and dearest to your hearts. Folks, those people and places are where real magic have occured. The real heroes of 2020 should be celebrated. Even better donate your time to a local homeless shelter or elderly community. We all need to be reminded of humanity this Christmas and give the gift of laughter, love, and community. The theme of 2020 was coming together, apart. We learned and experienced how powerful every little bit can count when we all act and do our part. It takes each of us to be the change we want to see.

“A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear”

3. Presence over Presents

Listen, Santa knows that this was going to be your year. 2020 was going to be the year you got everything you wanted — success in your job, your relationships, your emotions, health, finances, everything was going to align and be coming up roses, but this is the year you were given where you ended up knowing what you were truly grateful for. What really matters. Santa says, “Sometimes limitations can set you free.” 2020 taught us to do less than obsess. This Christmas, whether you are with family, friends, or your roommate remember that their presence their gifts of life that you so freely borrow are the best presents that don’t come with a gift receipt. Show how much you appreciate them by giving those gifts back and raising a glass in their honor.

“Love and joy come to you
And to you a Wassail too
And God bless you and send you
A Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year”

4. Sing

Wherever you are this holiday season whether in the snows of New England, up in the Pacific Northwest, or on the warm tropical beaches on the Florida Coast I really hope you get into the spirit of a festive Christmas sing this year. I don’t mean sitting back in your Lazyboy listening to Uncle Earl have all the fun, I mean throwing back your heads, opening up your hearts and singing as loud or as pretty as you know how. Gang, singing is a lot more fun than you’ll ever know unless you give it a go sometime. So, Santa says, “Knock back the Christmas punch and let that elf on the shelf fly baby!”

“The moon is right
The spirits up
We’re here tonight
And that’s enough
Simply havin’ a wonderful Christmastime
Simply havin’ a wonderful Christmastime”

5. Make A List and Check It Twice

I have said it once and I will say it again. One of the best tried and true ways to start succeeding in your organizing needs in all aspects of your life is to make a list. Santa’s got it down pat, I am a very organized man dealing with many little rugrats across the globe. Santa says, “Make a list (that you won’t lose) of everything to get accomplished that week.” The name of the game is attainable goals. Not reaching for the stars Brendan, nothing outside the realm of possibility Angela, but tangible, attainable goals. Groceries, gifts, appointments, reminders, etc. If you throw it all into one singular sensation of a list, you’ll be able to essentially prioritize more successfully your outsourced to-do’s instead of feeling so overwhelmed to accomplish it all in one day that you run for cover and the Chardonnay. So, be your own Santa this year (including the quaranten), make your list and check it twice. Who knows, maybe you’ll do so well, someone special will leave you a plateful of milk and cookies.

6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

This is a year this has been a year that will go down in infamy. Do yourself the biggest blessing you can and end it on a good note. I know we all have every fatigue in the book (you try keeping a mask on Rudolph), but there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. We are in a new age of healing, empathy, forgiveness and faith.

Can I ask you a question? At some point this year did you ever lay in bed wide awake? Did your thoughts take you in every corner of anxiety and helplessness wondering what the next day was going to look like? How you and your family will make it to next month? Yes? Me too. I’ve received so many letters asking for guidance, hope, a better situation and to that end I’d like to share with you that whenever Santa is laying in bed wide awake thinking of all of you, I like to hum that classic Bing Crosby tune,

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessings”

From the bottom of my heart I wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and hearty holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Oh! And I almost forgot, please don’t forget to wear a mask this holidays season. Be smart — don’t try to pull a fast one over Santa … I know when you’re sleeping I know when you’re awake I know when you’re not wearing your PPE so be safe for goodness sake! Santa out!

*sound of Santa dropping the candy cane mic*

Jonathan Cobrda
Life Management Consultant
@jonathancobrda

Jonathan Cobrda is a Life Management and Social Media Consultant at In Order To Succeed 

 

Before and After Binging: Bringing The Home Edit to You

As the new year approaches, we can all agree we are over 2020 and definitely over our clutter! This year we’ve seen just about everything you can imagine besides a plague of locusts *knocks on wood* *shakes salt over shoulders*, plus we’ve memorized every book title our boss has on their bookshelf because we’ve zoned out of our 20th Zoom meeting of the day.

If this year has been the best of times and the worst of times for you and you need a little perspective, our latest blog post How to Simplify and Make Space for Positive Change In Your Life is a great lesson and reminder that going in can also be a way of going out. Give it a read and let us know what you think.

Now if you’re like me and finished watching ALL of Netflix months ago and refuse to rewatch Riverdale for the 3rd time, you can also relate to my desperate need for escapism from the dreary horrors of the real world. Thankfully, the binging Gods opened the sky and blessed us with “Get Organized with The Home Edit”. If you have yet to watch this viral sensation on Netflix I don’t know what you are doing with your time! It is exactly what we need right now. The world is on fire, our country is more divided than ever, Crocs are back in fashion, we need something that makes sense. Something that gives us that effervescent thrill of watching something go from a post-apocalyptic dumpster fire of a mess to a flowing, decedent, deliciously organized bliss wherein everything has a home and maybe even a label or two.

Intended solely as an instrument of inspiration and hope, what makes these professional organizers and spearheads of this movement, Joanna Teplin, and Clea Shearer, such successes is their capacity for decluttering of both space and mind. Their spirit and energy are next level infectious and it doesn’t hurt that they’re brilliant at what they do. Their wave began on Instagram and they’ve never looked back. From cracking jokes in their separate beds in the same hotel room to sipping wine on IG Live and showcasing their rainbow method of organizing and designing. They make the business of organizing personal. They’re our new fab 5 and, here at In Order To Succeed, we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the same industry.

Before and After Binging: Bringing The Home Edit to You - Feature 4 - Organized ClosetJust as Marie Kondo captured our attention last year with her magical “Tidying Up,” so too are the ladies from The Home Edit capitalizing on our collective desire to be more intentional with our space. We’re spending more time than ever at home these days, and find ourselves craving a surrounding that is orderly, easy, and functional. As professional organizers, we’re delighted to see our work and our mission becoming more mainstream and gathering massive attention. At In Order To Succeed, we’ve known for years that our work helping clients pare down, build the muscles of discernment and decision-making, and setting up effective systems in their home is transformational; watching it catch on in such a massive way is validating and much appreciated. As a professional organizer, I watch The Home Edit episodes craving behind-the-scenes moments, because I know from years of experience that the polished half hour they air doesn’t begin to reflect all of the time, expertise, and problem-solving that’s really involved in these before and afters. Even so, I watch their process and grand reveals with the same awe and sense of wonder I experience every time I walk into the Container Store, thinking “these are my people!”

Something that also bears witness to this fantastic ecosystem of a profession that the cameras don’t show is just what goes on behind the curtain — Like actors rehearsing a show to present to an audience, we professional organizers are preparing for our debut. Measuring each space, cabinet, drawer, desk, every nook, and cranny down to the last dimension to find just the right supplies — items that are not only functional, but beautiful as well. We undergo massive decluttering protocols whether it be purging, donating, repurposing, etc. We are ordering all products down to the last post-it note making sure everything is color-coded to perfection. We also implement lifestyle management strategies and maintenance systems that help clients implement in their daily lives and routines for maximum success. There is so much time, energy, research, and passion that goes into the prep work before the real fun begins.

So as 2020 comes to a very welcomed close, take a break from your screens and to-do lists — go out and LIVE! Then come back inside and color-code your sock drawer… or even better, let In Order To Succeed handle it all for you.

Peace, love, and respect.

Jonathan Cobrda is a Life Management and Social Media Consultant at In Order To Succeed 

HOLIDAY 2020 NEWSLETTER!

HOLIDAY 2020 NEWSLETTER!

Hello to you! As 2020 winds down and we look ahead with hope to a fresh, safe and sane start in 2021, we can’t help but reflect on this year with deep gratitude. While the direct effects of COVID-19 are never far from our minds, we at In Order to Succeed are focusing on all we all have gained such as enhanced time with family, an appreciation for things once overlooked, and a better understanding of what is truly important in our lives.

After a slow spring and early summer, we had a busy and productive fall! We’re back to reorganizing homes and offices and our moving concierge teams have been safely relocating a record number of clients into new spaces. Now more than ever people are prioritizing home as their sanctuary. We love helping clients redefine how their home functions. We’re experts at helping clients solve the puzzle of “Is it best to move for more space or rework what you already have?” In what could be named the “Year of the Home Office”, we have helped establish professional spaces to get work done effectively. Let’s not forget the need for creating realistic solutions for remote learning. Our little learners have been through the ups and downs of schooling during a pandemic, and we couldn’t be more proud of all they have accomplished this year.

We wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday and look forward to a bright 2021 together!

 

TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR 2020 HOLIDAYS MEANINGFUL AND BRIGHT

In need of some holiday cheer? ❤️ Then you’ll want to read our most recent blog post written by NY actor and IOTS team member Jonathan Cobrda. He offers a delightfully witty take on how to keep your 2020 holidays festive, centered, and sane. READ MORE HERE

 

IOTS SPOTLIGHTS…

We are excited to announce two new additions to the IOTS team!

Sarah Grace, who’s been part of In Order To Succeed since 2011, and many of you know, has stepped out of the on-site organizing role and into an operations role as our Chief Operations Officer. She’s helping to streamline our systems, support our organizers, and button up operations. As a Certified Professional Organizer with a background in education, Sarah is enjoying putting her skills to use in a new way, and being a resource for our team members and clients.

Lisa Moreland has joined as Office & Operations Manager. Lisa comes to us from a design firm in nearby Fairfield, and brings her calm, can-do demeanor, organized design-oriented eye, and operations-minded savvy to the team. She’s helping to support us as we continue to expand our services and help even more people realize their dreams of organization!

 

SUSTAINABILITY SEGMENT…

Since we are all working to discern what is essential and what we want to surround ourselves with, we hear you loud and clear that sustainable, nontoxic, renewable products are a must. Are you simply looking to incorporate better cleaning supplies into your home or do you feel a complete overhaul is needed? No matter where you are in your journey, In Order to Succeed is ready to help you you set and achieve your earth-friendly goals. From our Best-in-Class product recommendations, to new safer ways to tackle home cleaning and maintenance and personal care we look forward in assisting you transition to a healthier, greener environment.

Follow along for tips and tricks to live healthier in the new year. EarthHero is one of our favorite sites for all things sustainable. Click HERE to check them out!

We’re ready to get to work. If you are too, please get in touch.

 

RECOMMENDED VIEWING…

Looking for some inspiration to start 2021 on a strong note? Head to Netflix for a master class in LESS

The dynamic duo of Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus have helped tens of millions find freedom through minimalism. Grab your popcorn and get ready to be inspired!

SUMMER – NEWSLETTER 2020

SUMMER- NEWSLETTER 2020!

Here at In Order to Succeed, we are best known for offering services that help our clients create and maintain order such as home and office organizing, concierge moving services, support for seniors and students. By working in partnership to create and maintain systems, reframe challenges, and develop creative solutions, we endeavor to help people to take a deep breath, enjoy what surrounds them, and appreciate the luxury of time. We recognize how different this work looks now than it did three months, or even three weeks, ago—and how the services we offer must adapt to best serve the needs of our clients.

In addition to the services listed on our website, we can offer our assistance to those who:

  • suddenly find themselves with family members who have moved back home and are in need of help refiguring, redesigning, or reorganizing interior spaces (bedrooms, basements, and the like)
  • need someone to run errands for them or for relatives who must stay quarantined or at home
  • are looking for advice about what to do over the summer with their children, tweens, and teens who are suddenly stuck at home
  • are considering individual or family moves or renovations and need assistance finding local area realtors, architects, designer and builders
  • and we are always willing to work with you to find solutions to new situations that we’ve not previously encountered! 

Events of the past few weeks and months have reminded all of us that “order” is, for so many Americans, an unattainable goal. We stand in appreciation of all the essential workers who have sacrificed so much, we are sorrowful for the lives lost and forever changed during the pandemic and we stand in solidarity with those Americans whose lives have been impacted by racial violence and discrimination.

We are grateful, within the context of our current moment, to be fortunate enough to continue to do the work that we love and hope to hear from you so we may support your needs.

 

TOP TIPS FOR MOVING SAFELY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

There’s no doubt about it: moving is one of life’s most stressful undertakings. And while a move has always been an anxiety-producing event, it has never been more so than in the era of COVID-19. Here are some of our top tips for moving during COVID-19 do in as safe and efficient a way as possible. READ MORE HERE

SUMMER OF 2020—THE “SUMMER OF THE UNKNOWN”

This month we posted on our blog an insightful article by educational specialist Ben Gott. In it he speaks of ways to engage in meaningful family rituals during a summer filled with uncertainties. READ MORE HERE

FIVE PRODUCTIVITY TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME

A major problem is how to remain productive when there are so many distractions at home that can get in the way of your work. Stay on target with these five productivity tips and give yourself grace if you can’t manage them all. They’ll help you stay focused and get the job done. READ MORE HERE

THE 7 BEST PRACTICES OF THE FACIAL MASK GUIDELINES FOR COVID-19 PUBLIC SAFETY

As a former Critical Care and Operating Room Registered Nurse, our founder, Denise Caron-Quinn, is keenly aware of how important it is to put on and take off face masks properly. Here are 7 key points that highlight key dos, don’ts and best practices to ensure our safety. READ MORE HERE

 

We wish to reassure our community that our consultants are adhering to a series of best practices and health precautions designed to promote everyone’s safety. Here are some steps we’ve taken in response to the pandemic. LEARN MORE HERE