24 May Want to Make an Organizer Do the Eye Roll? Say This……
Let me set the scene:
I received an inquiry from a prospective client who stated that her apartment is causing her extreme anxiety. Piles are everywhere. She’s tripping over kids’ toys and clothing. She works full time in a high profile job and her kids have lots going on themselves so somehow it all just got out of control. Her message ended with HELP!
I work with overwhelmed women all the time and I know just how busy they are. They’re being pulled in so many directions that at some point something has got to give. And I’ve discovered over my years doing this that that “something” many times is their home.
From the outside looking in everything seems perfect in their life but an unexpected visit to their home may reveal something far different. Clutter is the great equalizer. It crosses all genders, races and socioeconomic backgrounds. So many people I know just can’t keep up with the stuff and no wonder….
There are 300,000 items in the average American home. (LA TIMES)
Think about that for a minute. What does that really mean? BTW, I think this estimate is low, especially for those families with kids. Any parent of an avid Lego collector can tell you that their kids must have close to 100k of those plastic beasts. Or at least it feels that when when they get embedded in your foot.
So what makes professional organizers like myself do the the eye roll?
My potential client admitted that her 2 bedroom apartment had enough stuff in it to fill a 3 bedroom home but she needed most of that stuff. Maybe a few items can go but what she’s really looking for are good organization systems and products.
Yup, full on Liz Lemon eye roll happening here.
This is not the first time I’ve heard this and I’m sure it won’t be the last. And maybe there are some organizers out there who will appease someone just to get their money and agree with them that yes, in fact, their problem can be solved with a good shelving system.
That’s not me. I’m going to tell you the truth so here goes:
No shelving unit or pretty bins are gong to solve your clutter issues. You have too much crap!
Crap you don’t use, need or maybe don’t even know you have. You have got to let go of some of your crap or you’ll never truly know the benefits of a simplified, decluttered life.
My goal is to teach my clients the true steps of the organizing process.
1. Sort It Out
2. Let It Go
3. Find A Home
Skip a step and guess what? You’ll still be drowning in clutter. And then you’ll complain that the organizer you hired was terrible and didn’t help you at all.
Let’s look at it this way: You’re trying to get healthy and lose weight and the steps to do that are exercise, portion control and eating more vegetables. If you only do one of those steps and skip the other two, you probably won’t get the results you desire.
Getting organized is no different. It’s a process and you must fully commit to it or don’t bother doing it at all.
There’s another key component to getting organized as well and it goes deeper than the 3 steps of the process. In fact, I think it’s the answer to truly staying clutter free.
You need to get to the root of your ‘too much crap’ issue.
Why is your home overloaded? Do you have a shopping problem? Do you have a problem saying no to others who try to dump their old belongings on you? Once you have something do you struggle to let it go even if it doesn’t fit or is broken? Do you suffer from “I might need this someday” syndrome?
If you’re an emotional eater and you don’t get to the root cause of that issue, nothing you do, even a lap band or gastric bypass, will cure you. It will only be a temporary fix. You’ll lose weight initially but eventually you’ll gain it back.
The same thing happens with clutter.
I help my clients figure out the root of their clutter problem so that they are aware and can stop the cycle. That’s where the gold is. That’s where true shifts happen.
If you’re truly ready to live a life without piles, overwhelm and excess than reach out to me. I’d love to help and support you through this journey. No fancy bins are required.