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The Tidier, The Healthier: Your Spaces Impact Your New Year Resolution

2017 is set to be an amazing year! We are going to get back in the gym, start eating better, and begin living a healthier lifestyle. As you all know, this is a common goal or resolution. In fact, it is one that I have set for myself this year. Well, did you know that our spaces could have a direct correlation to how physically active we are? Being a professional organizer, I am constantly reminded of the benefits of getting and staying organized, but there is actual scientific research proving the physiological benefits. In a study conducted by associate professor, NiCole R. Keith, Ph.D., from Indiana University, she found that people with organized homes are physically more active than those with messier ones. In Dr. Keith’s study, she used a population sample of 998 African-Americans between the ages of 49 and 65; a demographic known to be at higher risk for heart disease. Her research, much to her surprise, discovered that the interior condition of a person’s home seemed to be the only consistent factor to one’s physical activity. Thus proving, the tidier, the healthier. You have heard the expression, “we are all products of our environment”. The opposite holds true as well, that the environment we create reflects and affects our physical, mental, and emotional health. It is no wonder why this research supports that the tidiness of one’s home reflects the physical activity of the individual or family. This impact on physical health is just one of the many benefits of getting and staying organized. As we go along on our journey together in 2017, we...

Expect the Unexpected

We all love organization. Some of you may read that sentence and cringe. Bear with me for just a second as I shed light onto what I mean when I say we all love organization. As mentioned in a previous post, we discussed exactly what organization is; in short, “a system of functionality”. This does not mean we have cubbies and baskets all around our house covered in labels. All I am saying is we love a functional lifestyle. When our car keys are not in our pocket, we greatly appreciate not having to waste time searching under couch cushions and any other number of odd-ball places they may be (unless, of course, the couch is where we like to keep our keys). Tidy Techs has a good number of clients who purchase a new cord, wire, tool, etc. when they are not able to find the one they know they have. Organization saves us time and money. Two very valuable things. Recently, Tidy Techs was working with a client with a large house, large family, and could use all of the help they could get. Of course, with a large house, family, and not a lot of time, they had a cleaning service that would clean their house three times a week. This makes sense to many of us. Most cleaning services are fairly affordable and reduce the stress that a dirty house creates. When this client called us, their objective was not to reduce their need for a cleaning service, but rather to create a functional system for themselves and their family. To their surprise, they went...

What Came first, the Chicken or the Egg?

What came first, the chicken or the egg? This is a conundrum that most everyone has contemplated or joked about at some point. But what does this have to do with organizing?! Glad you asked. This deep philosophical question is one that actually correlates, almost directly, with us and our disorganized spaces. Instead of chicken, we substitute disorganized thinking and instead of egg we substitute disorganized spaces. So what came first, disorganized thinking or disorganized spaces? The answer to this question does not matter. What does matter is the underlying theory in the question. The idea that our spaces and our thinking are contingent upon one another. From our experience as professional organizers, we see time and time again that disorganized spaces come with disorganized thinking. As explained in a previous blog post (if you haven’t read it, go read it after this), it is often hard to see how to organize your own spaces because our thinking has become cluttered as well. So, how do we de-clutter our thinking and spaces?! Often times our clients go shopping for cure-alls at an organizing store or section of a store, long before they hire us to come in. Though their intentions are good, these organizing tools do not help with de-cluttering their thinking, and often times leave their spaces even more cluttered. This is a big part of the reason why Tidy Techs does not come in and suggest purchasing anything from the beginning; most of the time our clients already have really great organizational tools. From our experience from years in this field, we have found that the best...

Disorganized Thinking

Why would you ever hire a professional organizer to do something that you know, if you set aside the time and had the right tools, you could do yourself? That is an excellent question, and many of our clients have asked that very same question. Before I go into answering the question though, I need to first go over what exactly organizing is. To organize, according to Webster, is: “to arrange or order things so that they can be found or used easily and quickly: to put things into a particular arrangement or order.” This often times gets confused with cleaning up. I want to assure you that though a space may be cleaned, it does not necessarily mean that it is organized. Organization, even according to Webster, is not a process of cleaning, but a process of creating function. Tidy Techs, for example, does not come in and organize a client’s space the way it would function for Tidy Techs. That’s not very sustainable. What we do is, find out how the client uses the space, what the client wants the space to be, and who all uses that space. From there, Tidy Techs is able to create an organizational system that works for the client and family. This creates organization in a space that is functional, maintainable, and sustainable. Ok. Now that we have that broken down, it is time to return to the question many people have from the beginning. Why hire a professional organizer to do something we feel like, and possibly know, we all can do? The answer to this is, because we suffer...

Hello World!

This is the beginning of the Tidy Techs blog. We are excited about the direction Tidy Techs is growing and moving and want you all to be able to keep up with, and be a part of this journey! Tidy Techs is revolutionizing the field of de-clutterning and organizing, and we look forward to sharing experience, strength, and hope with you all. No client information will be disclosed, as client confidentiality is top priority to us, but with the permission of certain clients, we will share their anonymous stories. We will also have Tidy Tips and other fun stuff to read. We look forward to continuing this adventure with you!   Andrew and Holly Owners of Tidy Techs Professional...