Life Lessons

Job loss is unfortunately part of life. I sensed this event was forthcoming but now it’s reality. Gam zu la tova (this too is for the good). I know a window will open somewhere. Just help me find the Windex so I can locate the window.

If there is one thing to be learned from my first office non-teaching experience it is OK to be a non-coffee drinker in a world of coffee drinkers. Others may think me odd for not participating in coffee culture, but what’s a girl to do? I will unapologetically drink a green smoothie with spirulina and non-dairy milk while others enjoy their caffeinated concoctions. We will never see eye to eye on this subject, but mutual respect makes me a ‘team player’, right? Isn’t that what every employer wants these days?

Since my daytime hours are now freed up, the Universe arranged the timing of this job loss so I could attend a local annual conference for business women. As an introvert who prefers to observe rather than participate, it was a challenge to be pounced upon by extroverts thrusting business cards at me and asking who I was and what I do. I don’t know the etymology of the phrase ‘elevator pitch’ but the feeling of having to produce and execute one for me was like being trapped in an elevator and wanting an oxygen mask.

Instead of “Hi. I’m Karen. I’m a home organizer” the proper introduction is “I’m Karen. I help people leave the house on time because they will always know where to find their keys, their phone charger, their kids’ shoes, and their coffee cup.” (See how coffee knowledge comes in handy).

Another life lesson I learned this week is there are multiple perspectives on viewing the same situation. For example, I learned not everyone finds organizing as exciting as I do. In fact, many dread the task or even think it is impossible to be organized with children afoot. Add some sugar to coffee it becomes less bitter. Add some fun to organizing it becomes enjoyable. My mission is now to be a dispeller of myths and hopefully organize my entire community in the process.

Thanks for reading.

Karen, your home organizing solutions specialist. Where everything has a place and a place for everything (including coffee cups and house keys)

June 10, 2018

Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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