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Kelly Kurtz, founder and owner of Simply Well Simply Organized, stands in front of her welcoming yellow door and is happy to help the us all find simple abundance in our homes during this pandemic. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Sometimes when we look at something too often, we really don’t see it anymore — not with gratitude anyways.

This is something that Kelly Kurtz believes in and has ultimately built her new business on.

Since Kelly was a young girl, she had a passion for decorating and organizing.

“Being organized has helped me throughout my life to stay focused, productive, and set and achieve various goals,” said Kurtz. “I am so passionate about assisting others in this area of their lives!”

Kurtz is founder and owner of Simply Well Simply Organized — a professional home organization and staging business — and is also a published author, creating her first self-help book titled “Fresh Paint.”

She has made her home in Leominster where she purchased and renovated a quaint farmhouse with her husband Jeff Turcotte.

“When I first saw this farmhouse up for sale, I just had to go see it,” Kurtz said. “It was truly a diamond in the rough. I felt it needed someone to bring it back to life and I felt it had a story to unfold.”

Like other things in Kelly’s life, she says she was drawn to it and could see beyond the peeling paint and tired walls.

“A full renovation while keeping its original character and charm but updating with a clean palate allowed me to be creative and transform it to what we imagined it could be,” Kurtz said happily.

With lots of us home for the next few weeks, I wanted to introduce Kurtz to the community with hopes that she can give us some helpful ideas on productive ways to spend our time at home; to bring our homes back to life, and if needed, to use this time to declutter, organize, and re-purpose what we currently love.

“Spending time in our homes right now either alone or with family is perhaps a gift,” Kurtz said. “A chance to really see how we manage our day to day lives without a lot of excess extracurricular activity.”

While we are all spending more time in our home, Kurtz believes she can help us identify what’s working and what’s not. Where your favorite spaces are, and which ones may not be working for you any longer.

“This is a great time to think outside the box, get creative with how you use your available space,” added Kurtz. “Maybe you are clearing off the sports gear and laundry from the dining room table to eat dinner as a family again, or you have turned a spare guest room into a makeshift homeschooling room or office. Basements have become home gyms, craft areas or music studios.”

She encourages everyone to take time to identify what is most important to you “and how you can carve out even a little corner for yourself to make a special spot to read, meditate, reflect and refresh,” she said. “And, don’t forget, children need a special space too.”

Take this quiet time to soul search and identify where you are in your life.

“Are you feeling you are listening to your authentic self?” Kurtz asked. “Are you using or developing your unique gifts? Journal writing is a great way to identify these. I have great resources for journal writing and do this personally.”

She also adds, that working from home can be difficult especially if you have never had to do it.

“Yes, there will be distractions, inconveniences and variations in productivity,” she said. “Setting up a space that has natural light if possible. Gather necessary supplies to keep them close by and add a little bit of comfort to your space like a nice lamp, colorful accents, a comfy chair or a special picture to your desk area. I know you all have special things in your home and sometimes just moving a few things around can freshen up your space and your mood.”

Amazingly just by making simple changes in color, and simply reorganizing your space this can promote a more functional and healthier lifestyle.

“Don’t over think this!” Kurtz said. “Simple abundance is a practice I truly try to live by and help my clients with as well. Less really is more — by keeping the things you love or passing on the things you don’t to someone who might need them.”

Kurtz believes that most of us will stumble upon a closet, drawer or even an entire room full of stuff we have no idea why we have it.

“Be gentle on yourself,” she said with a smile. “Clean, sort, donate, purge. Make it fun seeing your home and space in a new light. “Look through your cabinets and pantry — are you filling your body with chemical concoctions disguised as food?”

Turn off the television, engage in conversations, teach the kids important life lessons and simple life skills like cooking, meal prep or planning, doing laundry or engage them in simple household chores and make it fun.

“Paint a room, rearrange furnishings within your home to make spaces feel fresh and fun,” Kurtz adds. “Start planning your garden and get the kids involved. Pinterest is a great way to get ideas and start dreaming again. Vision boards are a great project to do for the whole family.”

Is your mind always three steps ahead that you are missing this true gift of spending time with your children, your spouse? “I hope these simple ideas will not only clear the clutter from your mind, but also from your body and your home,” Kurtz concludes.

For more information on Simply Well Simply Organized, please visit https://simplywellsimplyorganized.com/

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