Decluttering and organizing are so great! You make room in your closets, drawers, and cabinets; you get rid of lots of junk; and you may even make money by selling items. You find things you forgot you had. And you feel so VIRTUOUS!
Do you hear a “but” coming? Well, you are perceptive because there is one, and it is this: You must keep on top of it. You will need to reorganize from time to time, otherwise things will snowball out of control. There is no such thing as a one-time fix.
I’ll bet that you think organizers’ homes are totally neat and organized, right? Not necessarily. Personally, there are times when I get lax about my organization, and there’s always room for improvement. I am regularly organizing and purging.
Just recently I panicked because I couldn’t find an important set of papers, all because my filing wasn’t up to date and these papers were not in a place where I’d ordinarily look for them. I found them, but not without tearing my hair out. And if you were to look in my kitchen at any given time, you might just find dishes in the sink when the dishwasher is right there!
When life is running smoothly and we are on top of things, it’s easy to keep stuff neat and in its proper place. It’s when we get busy and are running from task to task that organizing starts to fall behind. Sometimes we simply lose our motivation or run out of energy for a period of time. It happens!
And that’s OK! We all have times when we need to start again. But if you built a good system, things come back together rather quickly. The key is to not let it get too far out of control; don’t wait too long.
Here are some easy tips to help you keep on top of your organization:
In closing, don’t let a setback make you feel bad, but also don’t let your whole organizing system fall apart. Jump back on the horse as quickly as possible. And use the tips above to help you keep things under control, even in busy times.
“Being challenged in life is inevitable,
being defeated is optional.”
― Roger Crawford
I think you will agree that present times are challenging: we are over-stressed at work, at home, and out in the world. There are financial, family, and societal stressors. There are so many things, issues, and people poking at us, it can be too much to handle at times and can affect us physically as well as psychologically.
What can we do when life takes a turn for the worst? We can curl up in the fetal position and be nothing more than a victim of circumstance. Or we can try to remain positive and remind ourselves that there really is a light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t know about you, but I choose option #2.
Most of us want to be kept up to date on major news developments. However, you may decide you want to limit your exposure to the news and social media. Decide how much you can take in without having it make you feel stressed or sad. Then when you’ve had enough, do something that diverts your attention away from what is going on in the world.
Doing things that use a lot of energy and keep you busy help block outside stressors. Maybe it’s a good time to do your spring cleaning, declutter and organize, or tackle some big projects you have been putting off. Or you could go for a run or a fast walk. Not only will it allow you to focus on something else, but it will make you feel virtuous at the same time.
Let’s take a look at our home environment. Is it cluttered? Often clutter is a physical indicator of stress. Your current surroundings represent your level of consciousness at the time. You may think you can block it out, but overall it has a subconscious effect on how we’re living. Understanding this helps us start to make changes.
Let’s face it, clutter is distracting and can affect our ability to focus. Research has shown that looking at too many things at once interferes with your brain’s ability to process information. It’s been said that multi-tasking is non-productive for this reason. Clearing out clutter is freeing and makes a positive difference in how we interact with ourselves, others, and the rest of the world.
Decluttering your messy areas will benefit your life at home, but the benefits don’t stop there. When you’re organized, you’re more productive and efficient, which means you will have the time you need to exercise, prepare a healthy meal, relax, enjoy your family, and get more sleep. The whole point is to allow you to have more freedom, not less.
To be sure, it’s not easy to break the cycle of accumulating clutter. We need to experience the positivity of how letting “stuff” go makes us feel. It all comes down to focusing on what’s most important in your life. Ask yourself, “What’s most important in this moment?”
Being organized can help to give us a sense of control. Starting small
-- just a drawer or cabinet -- can spur us on to organizing other spaces, as well. Keep in mind, though, that if our organizational goals become overly ambitious, they can leave us feeling even more stressed and overwhelmed. If it becomes too difficult or emotionally heavy to make the necessary decisions, we must give ourselves permission to take a break until we are ready to start again. Remember: The goal is to reduce stress, not add to it.
There are many books and articles in magazines and on the internet on how to declutter and organize. Research to find a method that strikes a chord with you.
“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be, it’s the way it is. The way you cope is what makes the difference.” ―Virginia Satir
It’s been said that “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” People in business know very well the importance of contacts – and who is in their “Contacts.”
So why does every Realtor need a Professional Organizer in his arsenal? Think about it: What are his clients doing? While finding a new home, closing escrow, and taking the keys, they are making preparations. That means making a myriad of arrangements: getting important paperwork in order; hiring movers; purchasing moving supplies; filling out address changes; decluttering drawers, closets, rooms, offices, and garages; packing a ton of boxes. Then they are moving into their new home, unpacking, and organizing. It’s a daunting task for anyone!
There are numerous reasons people move. For instance: Couples move into their first home; new parents move into homes in which they will raise their children; people upgrade; empty nesters downsize; financial considerations, loss of a spouse, and retirement often demand changes to living situations; and elderly folks move in with their children or into retirement facilities. People move from an apartment into a condo or house; from one home to another; downsize from a house to a condo; and so forth. There are always people buying and selling property, and they all have to move.
Part of your job as their Realtor is ensuring they make their moves in a timely fashion as there is someone else waiting to move in or out of the property as the case may be.
Think about clients who have lived in their homes for, say, 20+ years. Imagine how much “stuff” they have acquired. They must do something with ALL of it! Many are totally overwhelmed and have no idea where to start. Let’s face it: Moving can be a very emotionally draining experience. Having help from someone who is sensitive to your feelings is a definite plus.
A Professional Organizer can help your clients with details from A-Z. Some people don’t know how or where to start. Others need another pair of hands to help with all that needs to be done – from making calls to decluttering to picking up packing supplies to helping pack to unpacking and organizing on the other end – and sometimes just to hold their hand and provide a shoulder to lean on. Whew!
Here’s where you can be a hero: Have a couple of Professional Organizers in your Contacts to recommend to such clients. Most are reasonably priced, very talented, and can help your clients “enjoy” an organized, less stressful move. And your client will thank you in the end.
I Luv Organizing is here to help make your clients comfortable and provide the help they need.
Call 310-237-8599 today!