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Organization Guru Peter Walsh

09/21/2011
You know him as the king of de-clutter and the host of Enough Already! on the OWN network. Organization expert Peter Walsh stopped by WCL to discuss an office make-over he performed on the winner of U.S. Cellular's Multi-tasking Mom Make-over contest.

One of the winner's of the contest, Michelle Hemminger, joined peter to talk about the transformation.

Peter Walsh official site: http://peterwalshdesign.com

Peter Walsh's Tips for Busy Moms:

1) To get organized, start by picturing the life you want.
The single biggest problem with organization is that people think it's all about 'the stuff' when, in fact, it's almost never about 'the stuff'. the very first step in getting organized is to ask: "what is the life i want to be living?" and from there, "what does that life look like?", "what does my house look like?", and "what do i want from my home  what mood, what experience?" after you have answered these questions, you can start looking at your stuff and ask of each item: "does this thing move me closer to or farther away from the life and the home i want?" that's the criteria for what stays and what goes.

2) Stop making excuses, make changes.
Someone once said that clutter is 'decisions delayed'  it's a great observation! it's easier to leave things as they are rather than to change and it's easy to create excuses for inaction. i've heard them all: not enough time, not enough space, too expensive to let go, i'll fit into it one day, we'll need that sometime. excuses are just a way of side stepping responsibility and result in a build-up of unwanted clutter in the home. if you're not careful, what you own ends up owning you. that's a place no one wants to be.

3) Eliminate clutter to focus on what matters.
For many of the people i work with, their primary relationship is with their stuff. think about that. they look to what they own to provide something it simply cannot --support, comfort, love, respect, communication, warmth, care and so on. if you're investing too much time in the acquiring and retention of stuff i can guarantee that your relationships with family, friends and yourself are suffering.

4) Use your wireless device to be more in control of your daily life.
There are literally hundreds of apps which can help you be more organized, focused and effective during your day: maps, to-do lists, reminders, coupons, and simple search engines are things that i rely on every single day. get your mobile calendar system set up to handle all of your appointments, kids' events and family obligations and you'll feel really on top of things.

5) Embrace new technology and tools.
Technology is a scary word to many people, but it shouldn't be. the people who make technology are doing everything in their power to make their products as easy to use as possible. so, understanding that these new technologies were invented to help you accomplish the daily chores of life should give you confidence that you can handle it. just remember, there many people who are in the same boat that you are. and the great news is that there are so many resources out there ready, willing, and able to give you a hand!

6) Create balance in your daily routine.
Most moms are modern-day domestic firefighters - they're constantly attending to whatever problem needs to be immediately solved. the moms i know who are happiest are those who allocate time to different parts of their lives. i often talk about 'zones' when organizing a room  in each room you have to designate where like items will live. the same is true for a busy mom's day. there is a time for work, a time for play, a time to check emails, etc. balance means less stress and more harmony in every day.

7) Share tasks and make time for yourself.
Finding time for yourself is not easy, but it's crucial to happiness. You give time to what you believe is important. If you're feeling overburdened, then you're not delegating enough. as soon as the kids are old enough, everyone needs to chip in with the daily chores of life. I like to think of moms as the conductors of the orchestra, not playing every instrument themselves.

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