No matter what size your home, you can streamline your items down until they fit beautifully in each designated area AND no matter how much you let go of, you will still have absolutely EVERY thing you need to love your home, embrace your life, and go after your next dream.
Anytime you start feeling torn in a million directions, life starts getting too hard, or you can’t concentrate to complete tasks quickly …chances are high that you need to purge, baby, purge!
Clutter can sneak up on you, zapping your energy, stealing your time, and make you feel out of sorts.
Personally, I TOTALLY lose my cool when “too much stuff” or “messy chaos” sends my senses into an overstimulated, overwhelmed frenzy. A simpler lifestyle allows me to be more genuinely optimistic, productive, and relaxed no matter what twist is happening in my life – the exciting OR the frightening.
That’s why there’s one main rule in my home and business:
If something isn’t super-easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy to enjoy and accomplish, I always, always, always start tossing, donating, purging.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I know that excess items in our spaces has a direct effect on our nervous systems. When your tolerance levels of the amount of stuff you can handle in your environment begins being compromised by too much stuff in one or more areas, then the excess starts sending pain signals to your nervous system like this:
- frazzles your mind – ever feel overwhelmed or ADD and can’t find what’s right in front of you???
- hurts your body – ever have anxiety, tension, exhaustion???
- affects your hormones – ever felt stressed, defeated, or sad???
- overstimulates your senses – ever wanted to run away or escape to a serene place???
- keeps you stuck in one place for way too long – even when you want to move forward to whatever is next for your business or life – it may seem too hard, like your stuck in muddy resistance???
Welcome to The Streamlined Lifestyle!©
Did you know that a streamlined lifestyle is great for your mental health? physical health? spiritual health? financial health? AND…your posture!?! That’s how powerful your environment is. The results are to die for.
You were designed to enjoy working, playing or relaxing from ANY room in the house. With so-MUCH-more ease.
I’m very considerate of my clients – creating spaces that are convenient & easy-peazy to use, which involves arranging items in a way that is aesthetically pleasing, easy to get to and easy to put away + it makes sense to them. I am also perceptive, or insightful when identifying how detailed to organize a specific area based on your patience levels to put things away properly.
I like incorpating pitfall solutions – like the “no time to deal with it at the moment” – that will prevent things from spinning out of control so your beautifully maintained areas stay neat until you can put things away properly. This is especially important with paper/office systems. I want to make sure your systems work when you are doing really well AND especially when you get super busy or super exhausted!
I am sensitive to helping you decide what stays or goes, and I will encourage you to make decisions based on your answers to a few questions I love asking to guide our direction to your goals. You make all final decisions and I respect all your decisions. My working style is not “tough love” or “making you let go”, so if you get the best results working with a more dominant personality, then you are definitely in the wrong place.
For the best results, major purging of excess stuff is highly recommended. But warning, it’s addicting once you experience the difference it makes on your lifestyle. Okay!?! Only if you’re ready for some massive relief and ability to move forward more easily in life should you get streamlined!
I truly believe we weren’t designed to bear the weight of so much physical stuff. It doesn’t make us “more”, it can actually make us less than our potential. It keeps us stuck in the mud, fumbling around, spinning our wheels, and it’s harder to get ahead.
But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Imagine your home and office being freshly cleaned, streamlined with open space that’s easy to maintain, and when you tidy up it is quick and fulfilling. Some days your tussled bed is sitting in the middle of a clean room…looking so inviting and cozy that you don’t even want to make the bed! I call those “endearing little messes” or “pretty little messes”. Want more examples of “pretty little messes”? Inside a primarily clean, streamlined home… you see everyones shoes kicked off by the sofa; or there’s a small amount of dishes in the sink… in a really clean kitchen. Or you dropped your bags on the living room recliner…and the rest of the home is pristine clean. They are my absolute favorite moments.
Too bad those “pretty little messes” turn into “oh crap, stuff is starting to land everywhere and I’m going to start feeling anxious in a little while!” Yep, I know how it works!
Have an office, piles of paper or workspace that needs some TLC? Imagine that you sit down to work on personal or business stuff…the surface of your desk is clear…the simple systems you genuinely use to manage all the moving pieces are in place…and you are able to concentrate, simply getting things done calmly and efficiently!
Key words: Calmly and efficiently. If you’re thinking…”YES! Yes! yassss!” I want THAT. Then let’s chat.
When you live The Streamlined Lifestyle© you gain more time, patience, and clarity when making decisions for earning more, playing more and relaxing more.
Being streamlined is a luxury that is really no different than how money gives you more freedom and opportunities to experience more in your life.
I never realized that in a couple of (Skype) sessions with Melody, I could have my office completely organized and functional for me! I accomplished more in several hours than I ever did in months trying to tackle things on my own. Anyone who works with Melody, listens to her ideas, and implements them, will have much better peace of mind in their life. She’s not only amazing at what she does, but a wonderful, kind, caring person.Cassie Winterhalter
Hi, I’m Melody Granger.
(Looking for an official bio? Scroll to the bottom of this page.)
Childhood: As a child I was always, always, always cleaning. There were 6 kids in the house. The dirty clothes piles were gigantic. Finding stuff was impossible. I would lock everyone out of the house just so I could sweep everything into a big pile, pull out the good stuff and toss the rest. Oh, sweet relief to have a clean floor, clear surfaces and folded clothes. Completing homework, space to “play”, and a lot more laughter appeared in clutter’s place.
Young Adulthood: You can probably imagine that once I had my own living space that it was pretty darn clean, streamlined and orderly most of the time. But, between work, getting married, having children and just the activities and phases of life…including stressful moments, fatigue, and trying to “do it all”, I had my moments of wanting to scream. And, I did. Anger is a great fuel for letting go when you’ve simply hit the “enough is enough” phase.
Careers: I bring a lot of understanding to the table! I’ve always enjoyed working. I kind of miss it sometimes now that I’m home alone working. But, my clients are such a source of inspiration and I value my flexibility to work as much or as little as I want. It’s a trade off, but totally worth it.
Fine Dining Establishment – Accounts Receivables; PayRoll; Cashiering; Hostessing; Bartending. My boss was a chinese solo-entrepreneur millionaire. Let’s just say…I learned a lot about customer service, working as a team, business systems, and I received my first Feng Shui lessons.
Managed Assets Department of National Bank – this is the department that comes after you if you don’t pay your loan notes. And, yes, they will pull up with a moving van and take any asset they can remove. We were located on the upper floors of the tower and sat behind floor to ceiling bullet proof glass. A person has to be really behind and/or not communicating with the loan officer in order for this to happen. Pay your loan notes!
Medical Clinic – I have a knack for selecting my employers because this lady was another solo-entrepreneur who was making waves in the community. She is also Chinese – which means, more Feng Shui!!! This is where I was cross-trained to run every aspect of the business, except the actual examinations and prescriptions. This is where I really began learning my best scheduling tricks, along with different filing systems, the importance of daily sales records/monthly bookkeeping, ordering supplies, patient workup/pre-exam testing, etc.
Home Decorating Storefronts (Pier 1 and Kirkland’s) – be still my heart! Retail is a ton of work!!! The systems it takes to keep management on track with employees and increase sales is incredible. But, my favorite part was mark-downs (definitely shop the clearance sections!) and of course, helping clientele bring their vision to life for whatever decorating endeavor they were focused on.
National Relocation Company for Corporate Transfers – I currently provide services to help their clientele!
Achievements I’m MOST Proud Of:
Selling my first home in ONE day, in my mid 20s. My home was lovingly prepared to sell fast. Then, several years later, selling my 2nd home within 2 weeks, PLUS getting moved out with only 2 days of warning because the buyer needing to close immediately before something hit their credit report!
Strengths: Strong visual-spatial skills; selecting perfect containers for your personal style, organizing style and making sure they are functional (this is actually an art form for me!); and finally, arranging things for ultimate ease of use because convenience is of the utmost importance for a system to work well for you. Other strengths are patience, endurance. Netflix binging. Detaching. Storage designing. House plan designing.
Weaknesses? Yep, I’ve got one MAJOR weakness! Cooking. You better eat out. And, I can’t stand when someone drips something on the floor and doesn’t clean it up! REALLY? It doesn’t bother them. I just clean it up.
My loves? Sleeping until I wake naturally… Being kissed by the sun… Power washing anything… Sparkling clean vehicle…. Pristine clean home with cute little endearing messes…. Swoop acloves…. Old wooden houses…. Beautiful old neighborhoods with tree canopy covered streets…. Melt in my mouth delicious foods…. Pristine clean home, with cute little endearing messes (oh wait, did I say that?)…my clients awe-breath-taking-excitement. Being with my girls (2 young adults and one little later in life surprise-angel-faced baby.) Windows down on the open road on a warm day… Ahhhhh….it’s a good, good day.
I was the person that friends and family called when they needed serious help to clean the house. They were exceptionally confident I could transform it. And, so was I, if they’d follow my lead. It’s part of how I decided what I’d do for my own business.
I didn’t just clean for them… I emptied cabinets, closets, and gathered papers.
I left my traditional J.O.B. because I didn’t like how much time my children were spending in childcare – even though I LOVED the place. It was more than what they spent with their parents! Plus, I felt like I should be able to hit the road to travel whenever I wanted, instead of having to “request days off”. I had a deep desire for flexibility and freedom to live life like I wanted.
One day, I finally said “I’m doing my own thing.”
The kicker to my story is that I had NO IDEA that I had honed “organizing” skills throughout my life. Yet, I knew what I did was way more transformative than just “cleaning house”. I literally had to look up the word “organizing” in the dictionary to understand what it truly meant. And boy, did I connect the dots of how it affects our lives. My first business name was “All Organized for Success”. Years later I switched focus and became “The Well-Organized Entrepreneur”, and now I know that most high achievers need more than organization…they need to be living “The Streamlined Lifestyle”. It’s not a minimalist lifestyle, but it is definitely living more minimalistic.
Let me back up to the beginning again: I joined the National Association of Professional Organizers and it was then that I took my first flight EVER to attend the annual conference for Professional Organizers and Productivity Experts. My 2 favorite workshops were Money, Marketing and Soul, and Wardrobe Organization. All I could think when I was looking out of the plane window below me was…wow, there are a lot of people in the world, down there in the neighborhoods, inside their homes…who need my help.
I became my first official client, applying things I learned for the first time, working privately with my clients and making my own judgment calls on what works and what doesn’t work. I’ve learned so much about different personalities, thinking styles and personal aspirations that have shaped how I guide people to get the results they want. It’s an honor to be privvy to people’s personal or professional aspirations. I’m so impressed by the people I work with – and they are essentially just like you and me. So kind! And humble! And thankful!
So from a very young age, I intuitively knew that a clean, tidy home was a happier, healthier home. Add a business to the life mix, and words like organization, systems and productivity take on a whole new meaning.
Running a home and business has often been a juggling act, and a demanding journey. To say the least. Plus, for all the cheerful, optimistic traits in me, and experiencing really exciting and happy times, I’ve also experienced some really tough moments to come thru. Basically, twists in life happen. And it can throw a person for a loop.
My home is my number 1 priority. It impacts everything that I am – personally and professionally.
When I’m feeling excited, I can’t help to be hopeful and motivated to purge. And, when I’m feeling pressure, I purge, because I know my ability to adapt and succeed is based on how I show up to handle daily decisions and life. It’s extremely valuable to your well-being.
During my 10+ years as a professional organizer: I have observed that it doesn’t matter what size house you have, how much money you have access to, or what your age is… we all have similar things behind our cabinet doors, in our closets, stashed under the bed, stored out of sight, or pushed out of the way.
I’ve also observed that when a person is going through MAJOR transitions and changes, they purge over and over again in a short space of time. It’s incredible to experience this myself (I know what’s happening on the inside of me when I go through these #PurgingParties), and I celebrate when I observe it in my children. I get super scary-excited when I observe it in my client’s lives.
You just never know what will happen next… so sit on the edge of your chair if you see someone doing major purging.
The hanger queen: She never threw away hangers! We scopped up BAGS of them. Many were from dry cleaners. 🙂
The cleaning product enthusiast: She had so many BRAND NEW cleaning products that she could have supplied the entire neighborhood. Cabinets full, plus more!
She gave me “the look over” when she opened the front door: She took inventory of me from head to toe – ruffled blue blouse, worn out stylish jeans, and my favorite high heels. I stuck out my hand and said “Hi! I’m Melody! Give me the tour and then I’ll change my shoes.” After completing one area, she was hooked… and bravely took me to a few more out of sight areas in her gorgeous home to see the “real” mess. And, then another area. A guest would have NEVER known she had these little nooks of “it needs organizing!” Her amazing home had recently been remodeled and some stuff still needed sorting and a home. We purged a lot of the less important things. 🙂 That was easy!
She couldn’t “see” the closet design: I remember designing a closet system for a lady’s new home and drawing out the details on paper for her, but it wasn’t translating enough to “show her” what the closet system would look like. So, I grabbed a piece of paper and literally cut out each shelf (including different depths) the drawers, the rods and taped it all together, so she’d have a 3-D visual of what the closet would look like. The paper design wasn’t beautiful, but our mind’s eyes met (and danced!) The final results were such a hit, that her friends wanted their closets custom designed, too.
The lady that went crazy tossing things. She didn’t start off that way, but once she started feeling the sweet relief and freedom from letting go it sparked her spirits to tackle more. This lady went on to do things she swears she would have never done if she hadn’t purged so deeply – like traveling and exploring in other cities, yoga, and revisiting creative ideas she had put on the back burner.
Her anxiety was off the charts: she’d just returned home from 6 weeks of a therapy retreat and the first thing she did was hire help to dig into and transform every closet, nook and cranny of her very large house. We did a full house purge and OMG…everything changed. She had BIG (really BIG) things coming up in her business life, now she could embrace them with more concentration, confidence and ease. Her results were so transformative, especially her office that you couldn’t even move around inside.
Honestly, a lot of my clients end up tossing so much that it scares the crap out of me!!! Okay, so most of my clients end up becoming addicting to tossing. You will too if you stick around. 😉
I used to not share this part of the “after” story with others, because I didn’t want you to think you had to get rid of everything to have exquisite life stories to follow. Another lady hired a team of people in her business. And, yet another lady, went on to start a business, meet her future husband and have a baby.
She didn’t tell her husband she hired me. They were remodeling one last time before retiring. The stuff that came out of the cabinets, closets and bedroom was so massive…well, she knew who to call to make sense of it and help get everything streamlined. She tossed loads of “crap”, placed items on the road, and/or donated 7 chock-full SUV hauls of belongings. It was hard for her to resist tossing years of items her husband hadn’t touched or didn’t want to stop to decide what can stay or go – but these items were stored for that day he would dig in. One major thing she no longer wanted to do was throw lavish Christmas parties for her cardiologist collegues and their friends. We whisked major decorations and event ware away. What she did was absolutely incredible. She’s ready for traveling to their vacation homes, visiting adult child and grandchild, and just enjoying retirement in her redesigned home. It’s stunning.
The common theme clients have is that they were working so hard on their own, became overwhelmed, tired, stuck, didn’t know where to start, or felt like they were going in circles to figure everything out. It was faster and more fun to get expert help.
I mean, who else is going to tell you… we all have some areas that need more organization than others – like your panties don’t have to all be precisely folded, but your paperwork may need a bit more detailed organization.
You know what I mean???
And, if you own a business, and it’s part of your livelihood, then you’re in great company. I love making money and helping you make money, so we can take care of ourselves and do better things for others.
No business? That’s okay! Not all my clients have a business. Many are women entering later phases of life – empty nesters; or retirement is coming! Btw, I learn SO MUCH from you guys. And the other type of woman I work with is the incredible independent single woman. Love you guys too!!!
I enjoy working with good-spirited ladies who simply need support, guidance, or plain old fashion help!
Be prepared to have some laughs – and we’ll get all choked up together when you’re done.
The most rewarding moment is when we complete an area and you can’t stop walking past it to soak up the good feelings and look at it again, then ONE more time!
Yes, it’s your space and it’s a work of streamlining beauty.
Now go do something incredible in your life!
Once your space is beautifully streamlined, I wish I could declare a law that you MUST have a house cleaning person pop in to help you keep it pristine clean. A housekeeper is a blessing – and it’s motivation for you to put things away properly. You may already have someone helping you, like many of my clients do. If so, good for you!
AND, I’d enforce a law to pick up after yourself daily and at the very least every other day — definitely daily if there’s more than one person in the house — if you don’t want things to spin too far out of control.
When I read Melody’s blog, I just felt that she would get me and that she wouldn’t judge me and I KNEW someone with that much passion for organizing could definitely whip me into shape. My sessions with Melody were so easy. I can’t say enough good things about her, but be prepared to put in some work and meet her halfway. While I was sad to be ending my private coaching sessions with Melody, I was so grateful to have had her in my life! She taught me so much more than just de-cluttering and organizing.Nancy Urena
MELODY’S OFFICIAL BIO:
Melody Granger is a Professional Organizer, Streamlining Specialist, Spatial Expert and the founder of The Well-Organized Entrepreneur™ and The Streamlined Lifestyle. Melody is the eator of the “Get More Done in ONE Week Than You Have ALL Month: JumpStarting Your Productivity… Immediately!™” 8 Day Intensive – her signature productivity program for women and women entrepreneurs who want to strengthen their prioritization, focusing, and non-procrastination skills; and she’s the hostess of “Closet LOVE™: Clear Your Closets, Energize Your Life” – a unique 6 week program that blends a motivational group program with a private VIP session, so you can live an easier and more clutter-free life now.
Melody has had the opportunity and pleasure of impacting the lives of thousands of ladies (and a few gents) during her career. Using her extensive organizing experience, natural skills, plus step-by-step guidance systems, her clients get well-organized in their homes, streamline their lives, build business systems, and are enjoying the “seemingly magical” results – personally and professionally – without working so dang hard.
Overall Melody is passionate about helping women + home based entrepreneurs create pleasant environments and streamlined systems that allow them to keep up with more ease, and stay inspired to do their best work, while realizing even more dreams through profitable entrepreneurship.
Often it’s not really the time, money, or energy that holds you back… ...you may just need someone to HELLLPPP!!!