Welcome to a New Year!

Here we go… again! It’s a new year with those pesky resolutions that we all hope to follow through with… this time! Can you feel the calm in the image below? That’s probably how you want your life to be at this very moment, right? Calm. Well… keep reading…

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During these winter days of ice and clouds and snow showers, looking ahead to possible projects is helpful to get through such cloudy days— both in weather and in physical or emotional clutter.

Create something to look forward to.

Really, when it comes down to it, we can all have goals for the entire year already planned. If the horrible 2020 taught me anything, it was that the “why wait?” question should be “why EVER wait?” As we are all still in this health-protocol-era-of-time, we absolutely have to figure out feasible ways to keep anxiety, depression and lingering isolation to a minimum without exposing ourselves to risky situations. While I am still working with a few clients in safe environments, like many people, I have also chosen to work on home or personal projects during the coldest winter days and outdoor labor, exercise and/or relaxation in nature on the warmer days.

I actually decided to get a jumpstart on my own goals and started one of them on Christmas Day, which was to start a venture on becoming a pescatarian. Already, I have had three successful weeks of enjoying new vegetable recipes with occasional seafood dishes. I then took a look around my house and for the bathroom and kitchen, I decided that we were in need of two new bath towels, a new shower curtain with new rings and two new bottle brushes— because sometimes, the simplest items can significantly increase the quality of life. I can easily state this as truth because ever since our new shower curtain on its new rings was hung, my frustration and anxiety of trying to open and close the curtain has slipped from a top ten down to an absolute zero— and my husband no longer has to hear me cursing. Speaking of husbands, my husband and I recently enjoyed going through all of our recipe binders, weeding out recipes we weren’t too fond of and replacing them with new, exciting ones to experiment with.

Create the calm… before the chaos tries to hit.

Meanwhile, I am currently organizing documents for tax filing and have studied my calendar for late January into early February to make appointments with myself to finish painting the other half of my office as soon as possible because I am already so pleased with how the first half worked out so nicely. (The main reasons that I didn’t finish the entire room was due to fatigue and a pinched nerve in my back from which I desperately needed to recover.) Might I now mention that making appointments with yourself can be the key for reaching certain goals. If you also study your calendar, you might also be able to carve out time to dedicate to yourself and take advantage of making improvements or adjusting to a new habit.

Speaking of calm and habit… get out in nature! Either just to feel the sense of calm that is naturally provided in a forest, a meadow or near a water site, it is scientifically proven that being out in nature can help lift spirits and improve heath, both physically and mentally. Also, for a lot of people, gardening projects are always a delight to look forward to. Personally, I planned ahead for these gloomy moments by signing up for multiple plant, seed and supply catalogs from various gardening companies back in late October. Sitting upstairs in my new arm chair now placed in our cozy snug, (another goal that I absolutely fought for before the new year actually hit,) I can enjoy page after page of colorful flowers, herbs and vegetables to plan out my spring and summer months under the sun. Humans need to have something to look forward to— always.

Create the fresh start.

A new year does mean a fresh start. It’s an appropriate time to not only start to work toward new ideas, but to also think deeply about what was learned in the past and how to improve for the future. There are some worksheet exercises that I like to use for clients, as well as for myself. For myself, I tend to shoot for using them every six months because situations and emotions can sometimes change significantly enough that you can see it on paper to know what has improved or deteriorated. Worksheets don’t always work for everyone, but they don’t hurt to try either. If you were to do a search, the first two worksheets below are also often referred to as the Balance Wheel of Life.

The first worksheet that I use is this one-page PDF: Wheel of Life Assessment Tool

Here is another PDF worksheet referred to as the Wheel of Life Inventory, which is three pages long.

Do you like Post-It Notes?

Here’s an exercise that is not actually a worksheet, but still uses paper. Since I first heard of and used this activity years ago, I have found that it can also be helpful and is particularly insightful with a group of people. Referred to as a Life Audit, this activity can be restructured to simply include one person, yourself, by using this three-page worksheet: Life Audit Worksheet –without sticky notes!

A new year is a good time to think about yourself— partly, because we should all think about our own being from time to time, but also because the better we feel, the better we are able to interact with and help others. If you have any opportunities away from obligations to family members and/or are able to give yourself mental health days from work, have long weekends or even just a few hours per week, take advantage of those moments. Those moments are what I refer to as “cushions”. Cushions are soft, calm moments in which you can recharge your mind, your body and your surroundings.

Whatever the case may be for you in 2021, perhaps the key words and phrases that you might try to keep in mind are the following…

  • why EVER wait?
  • create the calm
  • yourself
  • making appointments with yourself
  • something to look forward to
  • balance wheels & life audits
  • cushions

Incidentally, if one of the 2021 goals you were hoping to reach happens to be about starting a healthier, greener lifestyle, I just happen to be giving a live presentation tonight (Wednesday, January 13th,) called “Greenganize” at the Boardman Road Branch of the Poughkeepsie Public Library at 7pm. You can go to their website to register as it is a limited seating event following strict health & safety restrictions. If you happen to miss this live event, email me at garrisoncierge@gmail.com for a PDF of the material that will be covered. GREENGANIZE!” (official GC term) : This program focuses on the growing interest in going green, or at least adopting a few healthy habits in helping out the environment with natural methods of cleaning and organizing.

Winter Update!

As a long winter now approaches, Garrison Concierge will work as long as allowed under any potential protocols. If the time comes when non-essential workers are not able to continue offering services in person, an update on how to continue having a great momentum of organizing with Garrison Concierge as your guide can be discussed.

In the meantime, we can all reflect on the image below as a peaceful idea of how to still get through the future months safely outdoors with others. There will still be ways to enjoy the winter.

As for an update on programs offered by Garrison Concierge, please scroll below the lovely campfire photo.

The “Greenganize!” program that was postponed from last April to October, due to Covid, was again postponed due to the venue being overwhelmed as an early voting location. So, as long as the venue does not get shut down due to possible Covid spikes in the future, we have set up a new date on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Stay tuned for more information on how to register in December and early January to attend.

The special Garrison Concierge “Greenganize!” program, which focuses on learning how to live a greener lifestyle with healthier cleaning and organizing habits is set for Wednesday 1/13/21 at 7pm at the Boardman Road branch of the Poughkeepsie Library.

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Stay tuned for more new announcements for 2021 as Garrison Concierge moves forward with the ideas from 2020 that were abruptly halted by the pandemic back in the spring, as well as even more new ideas and offerings that are to begin in January, including two new programs!

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Please stay safe, healthy and warm everyone!
Try to remain at home as much as possible! 

Updates for Autumn Have Arrived!

Garrison Concierge Announces Plans
for the Autumn and Holiday Months

I am so happy to welcome such a lovely season of vibrant color
and positive thinking. I hope the pumpkin on the chair photo adds
warmth to everyone as we now feel our crisp air returning
and our mountains bursting with the rich colors of autumn.

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After such rough and strange spring summer seasons of handling my own organizational tasks at home and spending countless hours gardening, Garrison Concierge has just begun to slowly and carefully return to client work sessions as of September. Of course, the months ahead rounding out the end of 2020 are to continue with sessions, but with an eagle eye focused tightly on any Covid updates, etc. 

Now, as the first week of October has arrived, Garrison Concierge will be on a vacation through October 12th to enjoy a family wedding and a visit with a new grandchild. Upon my return, it will be full steam ahead with clients who are booked through part of November in various locations. But, there is still flexibility from mid-October through December for more sessions to be added to the calendar.


Check Out the Next GC Speaking Presentation! 

The special Garrison Concierge “Greenganize!” program about learning how to live a greener lifestyle with healthier cleaning and organizing habits is set for Wednesday 10/28 at 7pm at the Boardman Road branch of the Poughkeepsie Library. Here is the link to register for this special program: REGISTER HERE You can find out more information on the GC Events Page. If you care to read through the entire newsletter from the Poughkeepsie Library System where the presentation is listed, here is the link where you can find it on page four: The Rotunda Also, if you click on the word “Greenganize!” above, the link will take you to my programs page were you can find a lot of other programs to read about.

Coming up in November / December!

Stay tuned for more new announcements for 2021 as Garrison Concierge moves forward with the ideas from 2020 that were abruptly halted by the pandemic back in the spring, as well as even more new ideas and offerings that are to begin in January, including two new programs!

I might also mention that through the summer months, people may have been missing the regular postings on social media pages of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Each page will soon resume with fresh new posts including photos, tips and news by mid-October. So, please follow and like using these links!

FACEBOOK    INSTAGRAM    TWITTER

Please stay safe, healthy and warm everyone!
Try to remain at home as much as possible! 


:: STUCK@HOME 2020 ::

Hey… I know that this is long… but youz gotz time…

Below the lovely, optimistic flower photo, you can…

  1. learn about what services Garrison Concierge can still offer during this time

  2. get updates on what Garrison Concierge is putting on hold until further notice

  3. read information about cleaning and disinfecting and disaster preparedness

  4. scroll through comprehensive lists of ideas for being #stuck@home2020

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In light of the latest national and local news updates and precautions, Garrison Concierge is concerned for the well-being of clients, particularly those who are 60 years of age or older.

As of this week, Garrison Concierge can begin to offer “virtual organizing sessions” through phone calls, and in future weeks, will try to have FaceTime re-worked for business purposes for those who have accounts. All “virtual phone and/or FaceTime sessions are able to be offered as prepaid through checks sent to POBox or through ChasePay or Zelle direct payments or can be billed accordingly by hourly basis. 

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Also, beginning next week, for current senior clients or clients with health issues, Garrison Concierge can offer specialized concierge services of delivering groceries to your doorstep. This is strictly a services rendered services to cover both the purchases and the time spent collecting and delivering them. Depending on the number of errands, the locations and the amount time spent, fee ranges begin at $20-$30 for simple and quick errands up to $60 for multiple or complex errands per delivery. Payments are expected at time of doorstep delivery by cash or check only. Please call or email ahead of time to check errand/delivery scheduling and give a detailed list of needed items, location(s) of where to find them and any other special instructions.

CONTACT =   garrisonconcierge@gmail.com   or   917.536.2033

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Here a couple of notations from my March posting that have been updating, due to the state of our emergency.

MARCH – the Frequent Sessions Card will have to be put on hold for the remainder of March and possibly all of April. No holes will be punched for the rest of March and possibly all of April or until further notice, depending on health news updates.

APRIL – The “Greenganize” presentation that is set for April 22nd might have to be rescheduled, due to the fact that libraries have all closed. I will check on this with the Boardman Branch to see what the status is on April 1st and post an update then.

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In the meantime, I have put together some references for everyone to take note of and hopefully benefit from with ease and maybe even pleasure.

As long as we do not become ill and can somehow stay afloat financially, this time that so many of us may have to spend at home may actually be a perfect chance to handle some tasks that we have procrastinated… such as organizing possessions, making repairs or improvements, or even things that are far more simple, such as making phone calls, writing letters, cleaning out computer files. You name it. If you have complained about not having enough time to handle certain special tasks, you may have just had that fall into your lap. Or, if you have found yourself complaining that you don’t have enough rest or leisure time, please seize this moment. It’s better that the time fell into your lap, rather than into your lungs, of course.

To find out more about information as to what to do with spare time spent at home, please click the stuck@home2020 link below for tips, ideas and serious considerations.

Here is the direct link to the :: STUCK@HOME 2020 :: PAGE 

 

 

Welcome to March!

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Because March is National Nutrition Month, Garrison Concierge will extend the February offer for a discount of 15% off of the hourly rate specifically for kitchen organization through March 30th! This is a great time to take advantage of improving the flow of your cooking and eating space. A kitchen is the area of a home where an abundance of time and energy is spent. The last thing anyone wishes for it for that space to be frustrating to cook meals and/or to have an undesirable area to eat what has been cooked. Be more kind to your body with proper food choices and fresher storage options and make improvements to your kitchen space, easing frustration to make the heart of your home more enjoyable. Email with this direct link: email 

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GREENGANIZE PROGRAM coming up on Earth Day!! Facebook event details HERE!

Special Earth Day Program!! April 22, 2020 – 7:00pm
Poughkeepsie Public Library – Boardman Branch
141 Boardman Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

GREENGANIZE!” (official GC term) : This program deals with the growing interest in going green, or at least adopting a few healthy habits in helping out the environment with natural methods of cleaning and organizing.

*Note: This is a very simplified version of the four-part series of Garrison Concierge’s “NOT QUITE ZERO WASTE – HOME SUSTAINABILITY: STEPS TO A LEADING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE” workshop, found listed on the GC programs page: PROGRAMS

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IN CASE YOU MISSED THE FEBRUARY ANNOUNCEMENTS, HERE THEY ARE, AGAIN.

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New Senior Discount started in January!

The current hourly rate for regular organizing services is $40, but if you are age 60 years or older, you are eligible for the new Senior Discount of $30 per hour.

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Frequent Sessions Card!

Over 11 years ago, Garrison Concierge once had a reward program that ran similarly to an airline “frequent flier miles” program. The Frequent Sessions Card has been brought back to the life that it once had from 2003-2009. Now, the new program has just been offered to current client and already stirring quite a bit of momentum to have organizing sessions more frequently. Please read the fine print below.

Card Perks & Policies

The card has ten spots that reflect ten hours of organizing. The card is valid for earning points by setting up sessions that are for three or more hours. If a session is at least three hours, one spot is punched per hour. Once all ten spots are punched, the holder named on the card gets one free hour of organizing services. Holes are punched by special puncher from Garrison Concierge. Cards are non-transferrable. Cards expire on December 31, 2020.

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Speaking programs, did you know that Garrison Concierge now also offers 16 of the 31 programs on the Programs Page as one-on-one programs? Find details below on how this new idea works!

NEW as of 2020!! – Sole Focus Programs —- Sixteen of the 31 programs on the list are now being be offered as private sessions for clients or anyone who simply wants individual attention for specific subject matter. Held as one-on-one sessions within the comfort of one’s own home or other quiet, uninterrupted meeting space, each session is set at a flat fee of $30. Each Sole Focus Program runs for an hour with client having the full attention, rather than having to share time with attendees in a public setting. Please look for the special orange SFP code following each program description to determine whether or not it is available for a private session. Payments for Sole Focus Programs are either pre-paid or as services rendered.

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February Announcements!

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Since February is National Heart Month, Garrison Concierge will offer a discount of 15% off of the hourly rate specifically for kitchen organization through February 29th! This is a great time to take advantage of improving the flow of your cooking and eating space. A kitchen is the area of a home where an abundance of time and energy is spent. The last thing anyone wishes for it for that space to be frustrating to cook meals and/or to have an undesirable area to eat what has been cooked. Be more kind to your heart and make improvements to your kitchen space, easing frustration and making the heart of your home more heart friendly. Email with this direct link: email 

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New Senior Discount started in January!

The current hourly rate for regular organizing services is $40, but if you are age 60 years or older, you are eligible for the new Senior Discount of $30 per hour.

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Frequent Sessions Card!

Over 11 years ago, Garrison Concierge once had a reward program that ran similarly to an airline “frequent flier miles” program. The Frequent Sessions Card has been brought back to the life that it once had from 2003-2009. Now, the new program has just been offered to current client and already stirring quite a bit of momentum to have organizing sessions more frequently. Please read the fine print below.

Card Perks & Policies

The card has ten spots that reflect ten hours of organizing. The card is valid for earning points by setting up sessions that are for three or more hours. If a session is at least three hours, one spot is punched per hour. Once all ten spots are punched, the holder named on the card gets one free hour of organizing services. Holes are punched by special puncher from Garrison Concierge. Cards are non-transferrable. Cards expire on December 31, 2020.

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Stay tuned for new speaking program announcements coming soon in public venues!

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Speaking of speaking programs, did you know that Garrison Concierge now offers 16 of the 31 programs on the Programs Page as one-on-one programs? Find details below on how this new idea works!

NEW as of 2020!! – Sole Focus Programs —- Sixteen of the 31 programs on the list are now being be offered as private sessions for clients or anyone who simply wants individual attention for specific subject matter. Held as one-on-one sessions within the comfort of one’s own home or other quiet, uninterrupted meeting space, each session is set at a flat fee of $30. Each Sole Focus Program runs for an hour with client having the full attention, rather than having to share time with attendees in a public setting. Please look for the special orange SFP code following each program description to determine whether or not it is available for a private session. Payments for Sole Focus Programs are either pre-paid or as services rendered.

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:: NEW YORK :: NEW YEAR! ::

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Clients want to start of the new year and new decade FRESH and so does Garrison Concierge! 

2020 announcements, thus far…

Garrison Concierge has tweaked the Policies & Procedures, with a few minor changes. One of the changes is that a new Senior Discount has been added. If you are 60 years of age or older, you qualify for this new discounted hourly rate.

The “Frequent Session Card” that was offered to clients years ago has been revived as of January 2020. For more information on how to be eligible to use the card, please review the Policies & Procedures link above.

January is National GO Month! (GO= Get Organized) Please visit the Cheerful Strength site to learn about the Collect, Cling & Covet: The Emotions of Clutter program set for Monday, January 27th at 7:00pm. If you click on this Programs link, scroll down to program number GC023 to find a description for this in-depth workshop. You can register on the site or call Hilary Oak at 845-723-1314

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Speaking of programs, though there are already 31 programs already available on the  Programs Page, there are new programs currently being developed that will be added to the list by early Spring 2020.

There is also a new service called Sole Focus Programs, which is now being offered as of January 2020. Certain programs found on the Programs Page list can now be presented as one-on-one sessions in the comfort of one’s own home or other quiet, uninterrupted meeting space. This type of private program request is set at a flat fee of $30. Each Soul Focus Program runs for an hour with client having the full attention, rather than having to share time with attendees in a public setting. On the Programs Page, please look for the special orange SFP code at the end of the description of the program to determine whether or not it is available for a private session.

2020

A new year and a new decade to start fresh down a new road, working toward new goals!

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Help Me Celebrate 20 Years of Helping Clients!

This year marks the 20th Anniversary!

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Help me celebrate twenty years as a professional organizer! I have been very fortunate to have such a rewarding business doing exactly what I love— helping people. If you continue reading below, you can find out ways to join in on the celebration.

HOURLY RATE DISCOUNT

From September 1st through December 31st, Garrison Concierge is lowering the hourly rate by $20 in honor of twenty years! This is a great time to take advantage of such a special discount without any fine print. Call or e-mail in advance to hold dates to lock in rate. Once January 1st hits, the discount will expire.

OCTOBER SPEAKING PRESENTATION

Garrison Concierge will offer a program called New Parent Basics on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 1pm at the Howland Public Library in Beacon. This program is great for expectant parents and/or parents of pre-schoolers. Here is the program description.

NEW PARENT BASICS: When becoming a new parent, it’s vital to be as organized as possible. With so much to learn and experience while caring for infants through pre-schoolers, keeping a balance in all daily routines is key. This program focuses on what items to have on hand at all times, what situations to avoid and how to take care of both the child and the parent in order to keep stress levels down to a minimum. There will be full discussions about preparations for expecting a baby all the way through preparing for a child’s first day of pre-school. There will be a lot of information covered about the importance of being well organized for medical reasons, school preparations and various types of emergencies.

SPEAKING OF SPEAKING

Did you know that Garrison Concierge offers over 30 speaking programs? If you have an organization, club, school or other venue or group where you would like to have a special program offered, please look through the programs listed with this link.

PROGRAMS

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20th Anniversary!

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Help me CELEBRATE twenty years!

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It’s all about LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT.

Do you long to spend more time with family and friends for the remaining days of summer, but the indoor condition of your home brings on frustration that you don’t feel that you the have time to spare for leisure activities? As Garrison Concierge professional organizer, Madeleine DeNitto celebrates her 20th anniversary in the organizing industry, you can benefit from her experience and advice.

You can follow GC on Instagram now, too!

More to come in the coming weeks! Stay tuned!