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Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Jennifer Mikus from Chillicothe, Ohio is my next AWESOME ORGANIZER IN OCTOBER.  She's a fabulous organizer with great tips below...

We have a locked fireproof safe in our home where we store very important documents including our passports and birth certificates.  As an adult, I rarely need my birth certificate.  Children, however, lacking a state issued photo ID, need theirs regularly.

This was the case when my son wanted to sign up for tackle football.  (I’ll let the very witty mothers blog on the woes of tackle football.  I don’t care how old he gets, that’s still my baby out there that some other bigger, meaner kid is going to jump on!)   I needed to provide a copy of his birth certificate at sign up.

Well sign-up day was going to be a busy one for us.  I planned to spend the day an hour out of town at the Ohio-Chapter Meeting of the National Association of Professional Organizers.  A friend was collecting my children from school, and another was taking my daughter to gymnastics.  The evening before, I started collecting and packing everything we would need the following day. 

Book bags packed, check.  Meeting tote packed, check.  Changes of clothes - check.  Sign-up sheet with address on it - check.  Birth Certificate - Ch-? Where is it?  Okay, neither of my children’s birth certificates are in the Important ID folder in our locked fireproof box.  I didn’t quite freak out.  I have a couple of other spots that I stash things while they are “in-use”.  Perhaps I had forgotten to put them away the last time I used them.

When was the last time I used them?  I can’t quite remember and the certificates are NOT in any of my spots.  Now I am really freaking out.  How in the world had I lost something so important?  I have at this point convinced myself that I must have thrown them away on accident.  And I have five minutes before I need to leave the house to deliver one of my children to the YMCA. 

DEEP Breath, Jennifer, I tell myself.  I have decided these birth certificates MUST be in the safe.  I pulled it out into the middle of the room, which was no easy feat as that sucker is heavy!  I look in EVERY folder in the safe.  NOTHING.  AAAgh – now I’m very agitated. 

Finally, I start looking in each envelop inside the ID folder and get to my passport.  I open it up and THERE ARE THE BIRTH CERTIFICATES!  Goose bumps!  Now I remember, the last time I had the birth certificates out of the safe was when we went to Niagara Falls.  I had kept them tucked into my passport for safe keeping, and just put the passports away, where they were supposed to be. 


Jennifer believes that organization is about gaining control of your environment. It is a simple concept.  Mantras such as “A place for everything, and everything in its place” wrap it up nicely.  As with many things, it’s much easier said than done.  My role as a professional organizer is to coach my clients through the process by teaching organizing principals, lending a neutral perspective, and making suggestions based on how my client lives or works.:

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  1. I am really enjoying this series! They are truly awesome organizers!

  2. Thanks Melanie! It has been so much fun meeting organizers from all over, and getting to know some of the members of our group a little better. Glad you've enjoyed it!