September has begun. The neighborhood kids are heading back to school and with that comes the natural urge to organize and implement a bit more structure into our daily routines. Even those without children to pack lunches for and load onto the school bus often find fall a good time to shrug off the long days of summer and embrace new routines and habits.
Professional organizer, Karen Bitterle recommends beginning with small, manageable tasks that make a meaningful impact. She suggests choosing projects based on priority and dedicating time each week to organize, clean and maintain progress. “Trying to tackle everything at once almost always results in nothing being accomplished,” advises Bitterle, who instead, proposes focusing efforts on individually selected goals and projects.
If you don’t know where to start, or simply feel overwhelmed by the prospect of organizing and cleaning, consider enlisting the help of family, friends or a professional to assist. Camelia Noble, owner and founder of Hands That Can Help You, Inc. offers a multitude of services designed to cater to the individual and ever-changing needs of her clients.
In addition to the basic cleaning and organizing services, Noble’s business has grown into a holistic coaching business. Not only will she help you clean out and organize your pantry, she’ll offer personal guidance and instruction on the types of things to stock the pantry back up with. This is the newest aspect to her business, which has developed organically out of her own experiences using natural foods and holistic health techniques to conquer illness and improve her overall quality of life. “After you know the rules and regulations of the game, you came play them well,” Noble says, referring to the rules of holistic health and wellness, which she now shares with others through classes, workshops and one-one-one coaching sessions.
By making the effort to keep a clean and organized home, we can also carve out the time to tend to issues affecting our health and wellness. Creating an organized home goes hand in hand with supporting a healthy body. Just as our body should be a place of health to house our spirits, our physical homes should be an environment of peace and calmness.
Sidebar: Interview with Camelia Noble
Q: How did you first get started in the cleaning and organizing business?
A: While working at Home Depot part time on the weekends, I was asked by a customer if I would clean their home. I cleaned the house like it never been cleaned and treated it like it was my home. Within one month, I had five clients, and Hands That Help You Clean started a year later. As the years went by we added more and more services. By 2008 we had full time employees and contracts with commercial and residential accounts
Q: What prompted you to adopt healthier habits for yourself?
A: I woke up in March of 2008 and couldn’t move my right shoulder. I was also dealing with other health problems, but no matter what kind of problem it was I kept learning that with diet and healthy supplements I could heal. I didn’t want the side effects of medicine so I began to learn everything I could about the other options.
Q: When and how did you realize that your own path towards wellness could be incorporated into your Helping Hands business and bring benefits to your clients?
A: When I gave up gluten and dairy I realized this type of eating was not supported by our restaurants and stores. I have studied and am now a certified raw foods chef and holistic nutritionist. I want to help people turn their kitchens into healthy body supporting systems.
Source: Natural Awakenings Magazine of Wayne County