Organizing is a moving target. Click To TweetI’ve been a professional organizer for almost a decade. I’ve worked with clients in their homes, offices and virtually. I have truly seen it all. Nothing can surprise me. Upon reflection of my time as an organizer, I wanted to share with you some things I have learned personally. I’m learning every day and my home, philosophy and organizing methods change, just like you.
1. Organized is a moving target. What seems organized today might seem messy tomorrow. An organizing system that works perfectly for you now, may change tomorrow. For example, if you have a newborn and have their clothes put into adorable baskets and everything is labels, you’re feeling really good about your system. In just a year however, their clothes will be sized differently and you will need to rework the system. This isn’t bad, it’s just important to anticipate making these changes.
2. We all have a little bit of hoarder in us. Everyone has a hot button item they like to keep and don’t want to let go of. I am an organize so I should be able to let everything go right? Nope. I love my old running sneakers and I have a collection of elephant figurines that serves no other purpose than to make me happy.
3. We really need so much less than we have. We live in such a disposable and consumable society it really takes away our perspective on what’s necessary. I like traveling and when I do I usually can find that I survive just fine with a small suitcase full of my favorite and most comfortable clothes. So why do we have all of the rest? Donate it and simplify your life.
4. Everyone struggles and everyone is a hero. I have worked with a lot of people over the years. I speak with the attendees at my speaking engagements after my presentation. I am always amazed at the struggles that people face, no matter how perfect their lives seem from the outside. It’s also amazing the strength we each have inside of us.
5. Everyone thinks it’s worse than it really is. If I had a dime for every time someone said to me “It’s the worst you’ll ever see.” I’d be Donald Trump rich. It’s never as bad as you think it is. Often, you just don’t have a system in place that works for you. Adjusting things, purging a bit and sticking to a plan are all simple steps that anyone can implement. It’s easier than you think.
I am honored to have been invited into so many people’s homes over the years. I consider it a privilege to work with clients and help them solve their organizational troubles. I always say that the lessons I learn are far greater than what I teach.