Your finger is poised over your phone dial, you really want/need an organizing intervention, but you keep hesitating. When you are finally honest with yourself, you realize you are embarrassed to have anyone, PARTICULARLY someone who specializes in neat and tidy spaces see your unneat and untidy spaces.
Let me reassure you.
NO, IT’S NOT THE WORST WE’VE SEEN
Believe me, we’ve Seen. It. All. For most organizers the sight of a “mess” is energizing – we want to get our hands on it and well, you know, ORGANIZE IT. We want to help you get your house in shape, we also are on a mission to help you understand and solve your clutter issues and find the FREEDOM that eliminating clutter can offer. So yeah, it may be a mess, but that’s what we are here for. We are also in the business of forgiveness. We’ll forgive you if you promise to forgive yourself.
WE DON’T EXPECT PERFECTION
We figure if you are calling an organizer it’s because you need one. So, don’t rush through the house in a panic the day before we come. Don’t scream at the kids to pull their rooms together and don’t run your hubby out of the house as you make a mad dash through the house with mop and bucket in hand. It is better for us to see the real you, the real way you live and the real challenges you face. Just be yourself, we’ll probably like you just fine that way.
WE STRUGGLE TOO
Many organizers are doing what they are doing because they were once where you are. But we slip, too. Today I am working on my shed office or my “shoffice”. Over the last few months we have moved most of the items out into our new house and I’ve been too busy being out and about to spend too much time there. Now – it’s a mess! It’s not just cluttered, but it’s dirty, it is stacked with junk, unorganized and in need of a COMPLETE overhaul. As an organizer, I know better than to let it get in that shape, but life happens…and boy did it happen here. Would I have been embarrassed to have anyone see it that way? Sure. Would it have been worth a little ego bruise to call in help? Absolutely! Unfortunately, since much of this stuff needs purging decisions, I can’t delegate it, but I wish I could. So I soldier on.
IT'S OK TO HATE THIS KIND OF THING - IT'S NOT FOR EVERYONE
Don’t worry, we got this. The expectation that you have to work along-side your organizer is fantasy. A garage is a garage, a kitchen is a kitchen, kids rooms have many of the same organizing tasks. Your organizer can wrestle many of your items into place without you. BUT if your home is sorely in need of purging and significant decluttering, you and your organizer will have to work out a plan for that. Maybe you do an initial purge and save questionable items for review during the last 20 minutes of your organizing session. Maybe you are available for text communication during the day. Find what works, remember, you can just let your organizer organize so you don’t have to. Blessed relief.
IT'S OK TO ADMIT YOU DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS
Some folks are better at this than others. I’ll be blunt. Having you work alongside can either help or hinder a project. This usually depends on your ability to make decisions and your emotional attachment to the items under review. Of course, having you working with us gives an extra set of hands and easy access for decision making. We can crank on some music and knock this out together. You’ll probably feel empowered and exuberant as you see the project take shape. We are happy to teach you what we know, BUT a word of warning – we work HARD. So buckle up.
MAYBE YOU HATE YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU THINK YOU'VE MESSED UP?
If you have clothes with tags on that you’ve never worn, or they don’t fit, or way too many toys, books, clothes, cosmetics, kid’s toys (stuffed animals!), items that you have no idea where they came from…it’s OK. Forgive yourself and let’s move on. Your organizer can help you take items to a consignment store, donate things to a good cause, and may be able to help you understand how you got here in the first place. And yep, I'll say it again. we hope she will be able to help you realize it’s OK to forgive yourself. (But I promise, they will try to help you stop from doing it again.)
WE CAN HELP YOU MAKE THE DECISIONS NECESSARY
Your organizer will offer you tough love. She will help you work through your clutter decision making processes and will probably push you toward eliminating clutter through those decisions. She’ll be your cheerleader and will celebrate with you as you learn how easy it can become to let it go.
YOU ARE PROBABLY NOT A HOARDER
Some days you might look around and wonder if you are heading down that path, but truly most folks are not hoarders, they are just overwhelmed and maybe not making the best choices about “stuff”. You'll be amazed at how much easier it becomes to purge and declutter with a little bit of direction and a seasoned teammate. BUT If your organizer suspects you are a hoarder, they might realize they are not a match for you. If that is the case, they usually can refer you to someone who has the proper training. For you, the first step to getting past this issue is calling for help. We can help you evaluate your options. If we decline you as a client, please do not be offended, it is because we want you to get the RIGHT help.
So, what are you waiting for? Reach for that phone, change your life.