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The New Normal

If I have heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times.

“So, since you’re a professional organizer, your house is always perfect right?”

Ehht! Wrong.

The way to keep up a functional living space isn’t for things to be PERFECT all the time. That is just impossible and will constantly leave you feeling like a failure. #bigtime

Let me get a pair of bolt cutters and cut you loose from that ball and chain you’ve been dragging around for years. Yes – that one. The one you call perfection. If you keep trying to chase that illusive “thing”, you will forever stay in bondage.

Now that that is out of the way, let’s talk practical.

The way to keep a space is by maintaining the space. And learning to give yourself grace throughout the process.

Schedules are a must (to be followed, but loosely until you find your groove). Calendars are a must. And BALANCE is a huge must.

Sweeping and self-care are both VERY important. One cannot function well without the other.

Here is what I do, in my own personal life. It has brought me peace in a place that has been CROWDED with attempts at perfection. #NOMORE

  1. Make a list of the things you need to get done in a month. (household chores, tasks, misc.)
  2. Create a calendar/schedule that contains all of the things in your life – giving yourself plenty of time to BREATHE. (Breathing is important. 😉)
  3. Follow the “living” schedule for a week to determine if there are any areas that just don’t feel right. You can change and swap and personalize until it fits your personality type.
  4. Remember to give yourself grace. If you miss something on your schedule, go to the next thing. Do not attempt to make up lost time and do ALL the things in the next time bracket. If you do that, you are back to square one.
  5. Watch the function HAPPEN and start living in a healthy maintained environment.

I know overloaded schedules exist and sometimes your time doesn’t match your task list. But always remember, busy does not mean productive.

If there is CONSTANTLY too much to do, my advice is to start eliminating things from your life. Just trim some of the fat. 😊

As a bonus, if you’re not taking a moment in the morning (ALONE) to spend some time with God or take a breather before you start your day, you’re missing out on a vital part of being “well”.

I believe in you and see positive things in your future! Keep pushing towards that better you. She’s in there!

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Sweet Sandy Wiggins, a resident of Oneonta, grew up with a love of organizing and rearranging spaces in her own home. Her friends and family lovingly refer to her as the “girl scout” of the group because of her knack for keeping things organized and beautified. Her passion for decluttered space and eye catching order landed her a spot on the OWL team. She is married to her best friend, Dwight, of 27 years and has three wonderful grandchildren to dote on. Sandy loves meeting new people, creating happy spaces for our clients and caring for those closest to her. We are blessed to have her on the team!

Stacie is a coveted member of our OWL team. She has an eye for organization and design that will make you wonder why she didn’t pursue this passion full time! A project manager by day, her life revolves around order and keeping everyone on track. As a weekend warrior, she assists in Saturday projects and makes our clients wish they could hire her for weeks at a time! She lives in Trussville with her husband, daughter and two dogs and enjoys spending time with friends and family, yard sale hopping and Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

Margaret Hale, the beautiful southern belle from Birmingham, is our newest addition to OWL.

She is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and a professional chef. Margaret has worked for Southern living, owns a catering company and co-owned a restaurant in Huntsville, AL. Since cooking wasn’t her only passion, she decided to join our team and expand on her love of organizing and home décor. Her eye for flare and spirit of excellence makes her the perfect addition to our team.


In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being in ministry, and creating the best new recipes around.

For many years Susan has been the go-to organizer and stager for her friends and family. Having a long-time passion and naturally inclined skill set for making spaces purposeful, she decided to pursue a career in the industry. She has an endearing and meaningful memory of decorating her bedroom as a child. This included transforming bar stools into multi-story Barbie Doll townhouses. In her past lives, Susan was a Restaurateur, Executive Sales Manager, and a Cosmeceutical Sales Rep. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, she’ll gush about her gratitude for the blessing of having raised a good and decent human being. Her son is currently a grad student at the University of Florida’s MBA program.

Susan resides in Birmingham with her husband of twenty-six years and their pack of fur babies. This includes four cats and a “little” 110 lb. dog. Her lifelong platform is animal rescue and advocation.

“No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat others ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.”

Meet Miranda! The one that keeps our wheels turning and always answers the phone with a smile on her face.

She loves fishing, family, and all things nerd – which is 1000% why we love her so much!

Miranda lives in Odenville with her husband, precious baby boy, and a sassy cat.