It’s been tough not being able to see our wonderful reSPACEd clients for the past 6 weeks. Everyday, I think about a different client — or maybe something I see will remind me of them — and I’ll think to myself, “I wonder how ** is doing?”
“Did *** ever get her Bullet journal set up and working for her?”
“Did *** ever find her kid’s walkie-talkies that we couldn’t find at her last appointment?”
“Is the mail management system we set up for *** still working or has a changed routine thrown it all off?”
At the same time, my organizing bag is gathering dust in my front entry way. It’s partially empty, since I raided it for the Clorox gloves, hand sanitizer and gloves I always keep in there. My poor office has become the homeschool room for my 8th grade son, and surprise-surprise, he is not as tidy as I am! Ha! It doesn’t help that the office was already stuffed to the gills with the bags of art, office and craft supplies I had collected from clients over the last few months. I didn’t have a chance to drop off those donations at the charity Schoolhouse Supplies before they closed down for the pandemic, so now they take up a corner of my office.
So I am in a weird, waiting period of checking The Oregonian three times a day for word from the governor of when I can reopen and sitting tight, trying to find other things to do (now that I’ve organized absolutely every last thing in my own house!)
All of us organizers are going to be SO GLAD to get back to work and see YOU all again! You honor us with your trust in us as you let us into your homes and lives, so we are eager to step back into your lives to help you clear the clutter and get your spaces back under control.
Meanwhile, we have all been staying busy.
Christy Charnquist works a weekday job at a retirement center, and has been super busy converting all of the residents’ usual activities and outings into a daily TV show for the residents to watch, since they aren’t allowed to leave their rooms out of Covid concerns right now.
Aimee Doze has been learning the ukelele, doing home improvement projects with her husband, and taking some continuing education classes in the area of mental health and organizing. Oh, and she says she surprised herself by taking up jogging!
I decided to use this time to go through some coach training I have always wanted to do, called The Coach Approach for Professional Organizers. It will give me an entirely new and different set of tools to use with clients who really want to make organizing changes in their lives, but struggle with accountability.
And Maia has been down in her Eugene with her husband and family, preparing for the arrival of their first child, a baby girl, due at the end of May!
We are hoping we can start seeing clients again by next month (fingers-crossed!) We will first reach out to everyone who had appointments on the books that were cancelled, before we open our schedule up to new clients. And we are talking about what kinds of safety and health measures we can put into action when we are in your homes and businesses (probably face masks and gloves for a while, plus staying 6 feet apart from you as much as possible).
Until then, I’ll keep posting organizing ideas and communicating with you via social media, on this blog and via our newsletter. If you have a specific question or topic you’d like me to cover, just let me know! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post your question on my Facebook or Instagram pages. Happy Organizing, everyone!
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