About the author - Mikaela Che'lean

Hi! I'm, Mikaela.

By day, I am a Professional Organizer and Online Coach with Optimal Life Space. I help people organizationally transform their homes, offices, and bodies. When I'm not removing clutter, you can find me here sharing stories of my life, training for a marathon, working in my flower beds, or spending time with my granddaughter.

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Shoes..don’t leave home without them.

Shoes, shoes, SHOES!! I mentioned in my last blog that I would give a few tips on organized traveling. I thought I would start with my favorite vice but also my arch nemesis to the organized pack. When I was growing up, our income was modest so typically, we got 2 pairs of shoes a…

On The Road Again..

On the road again…

My bedroom looks like a laundry hamper exploded…my bathroom counter has things strewn from one end to the other. This was the scene last night while I packed for a two week business trip. If someone didn’t know that I’ve been traveling for work for 19 years they’d think that not only was this my…

5 S

The 5 S’s!!

About 10 years ago, the company I worked for adopted the 5S system. As I’ve mentioned a time or two, I’m a little OCD. Immediately this system spoke to me! I embraced it, joined the team to implement it and have applied it to my life and the lives of my clients. Simple but effective!…

purging is a personal decision

You can’t force people to purge…

Often when I am talking to people about what I do, the first thing they say is “My (fill in a family member or coworker) needs you!” This always makes me laugh. It’s so easy for us to see the clutter in other people’s lives but over look/shut the door on our own stuff. The…

PDCA

PDCA

So you’ve implemented a plan..a great plan..you think. Sometimes we get so involved in choosing a process or plan and getting it implemented, that we get bogged down in MAKING/FORCING it to work. Often times it really is a great plan or process but we’ve not committed to it 100%. However, there are other situations…

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Your Past is NOT Your Potential

Today, at church, the Pastor was speaking about letting go of your past and trusting in God. He said, “Your Past is NOT your Potential.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve recounted the variety of mistakes I’ve made over the course of my life and beat myself up about them. “If only” and…

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My Sister researches stuff so I don’t have to….she has a Super Power!

My sister called the other day…”Did you read the article I sent you?” “Yes, I read it. Jeez, have you heard the expression, “Ignorance is Bliss?” why do you keep trying to make me smarter!?” My sister is one of those lovely people that has a deep passion to improve the environment by choosing sustainable…

Start with 10 minutes

Just 10 minutes….

One of many things I’ve learned from my experience with cancer was that by not putting myself first I actually had less to give to the people I loved. For me, when I finally figured it out, I turned to running. Running brought me a sense of peace and throughout the years since, I have…

I discuss a my thoughts on a great talk Marie Forleo gave on Oprah's Soul Sunday

Anything is “figureoutable” – Marie Forleo

I’m flying home from a business trip today. Thinking about all I have to do to juggle both my current day job and how I can work smarter, on my time, to drive my business, my passion forward. Is it easy?…No, is it worthwhile? YES!!! As I’m sitting in the airport, sorting through emails, I…