I recently discovered that writing needs to be for me and the bonus is that others will want to read it.
I enjoy organizing. I like taking a room or in some cases a house and putting it in order. I have been working on an extensive project. My client was overwhelmed and had no idea where to start. Well, I start the same way I do ever project. One step at a time.
My client had moved 3800 square feet of stuff into a 2500 square foot house. But we have sorted through and pared down. He is finding that some things we started off with that he really needed now is not really needed. It was personal and emotional. Now we are in the home stretch to getting the house organized.
You may think that I just talk the talk and don’t actually put my tips in action. So not true. I work with clients and we work together until the client feels we are done.
I set timelines. We do not work for more the 5 hours a day and not every day. Once we have sorted through stuff it gives my clients time to see what they can do with it. In other words, if we unpack a box of pots and pans but the client already has pots and pans a decision has to be made. What to keep and what to let go of. If you are letting it go are you selling, donating or giving it away?
The moral of this story is baby steps, one step at a time. Plus if you are not sure, set it aside and revisit it later. You may just find that you are ready to let it go.
Other clients want me to come in and completely reorganize their pantry or kitchen without their help. I can do that but I have to know a little about the client. How do they use their kitchen? One cook or is the entire family in the kitchen at the same time? Do they not cook but order take out? If they cook what is their specialty? (Me, I am a cook but I don’t bake.) Maybe they are a real Betty Crocker. Are they tall or short?
What is this rambling post about? You can get organized. You can do it. You have to think about your needs and how you will use your space. Make your space work for you.
Sometimes I am helping a person who has had a death of a loved one. Those are very emotional. If you are dealing with emotions and you are not sure what to with stuff it’s OK to set it to the side and then revisit it later. We do what we can and I say there are no rules for dealing with your loved one’s stuff. I never want someone to force it and make a decision that causes them additional pain or emotional distress. When they are ready they will make the decisions they feel are right for them. I just try to guide the way.
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