What is clutter?
Clutter is anything that gets in your way or is in the wrong place. Sort of like weeds in your garden. Clutter can be last week’s newspaper, clothes you never wear, bits of random in information in your head, volunteer activities you feel compelled to do.
What does it mean to be organized?
You are organized if you can find everything you have when you need it and you are clear about what you’re doing and you’re not worried about what comes next because you know you’ll be prepared.
Why can’t I get organized?
There are many possible reasons. Here are some popular ones. You don’t make time regularly to get organized. Your stuff doesn’t have a regular place to live. You don’t put things in logical (to you) places. You think it’s too hard or too overwhelming so you don’t even try to organize and declutter. You put off small tasks until they become unmanageable.
Why can’t I stay organized?
The most common answer to this is that you don’t make time. A good organizing system should require little effort to keep going, but it does require some effort and regular effort. If you have a lovely mail sorting area but you only sort once a month, it’s going to get disorganized. The mail comes every day and piles up quickly.
What if I can’t organize and declutter by myself? Am I dumb?
No, of course not! Getting organized isn’t rocket science but it is a skill. It can be easier to learn a skill like this with the help of a professional organizer (like me!) than from a book.
I can’t afford to hire a professional organizer!
What are you comparing it to? If you’re comparing it to hiring a cleaning service or getting some local teenagers to haul stuff out of your garage, yes, it will cost more. But that’s not what you’re paying for. You’ll get hands on help dealing with the clutter and you’ll also learn how to avoid it in the future. I’m not just bringing you a basket of fish, I’m teaching you to fish. You’ll learn skills that will improve your quality of life every day, forever.