When people find out that I’m a Professional Organizer their response is “I need you!”. My response is always “I can help you!” However, somewhere between this initial conversation and actually starting the process to get organized a lot of people withdrawal. I’ve spoken to fellow organizers to see if this happens to them, and every single one of them say that it has. This made me stop and think of why this would be…is it too expensive? Certainly money is a deciding factor for a lot of things. Is it an issue of not having the time? People definitely are increasingly busy these days. Then it occurred to me…they just aren’t ready! I firmly believe that there isn’t a soul alive that couldn’t benefit from being more organized (myself included). Just like I believe everyone could benefit from therapy at some point in their life! However, both are huge, life-changing undertakings that need to be entered into with an open mind and willing spirit. And some people just aren’t ready to do that.
Some people think they’re ready, but their expectations are that and organizer will swoop in and wave a wand and make the years of clutter magically go away. As much as I would love to be the organizing fairy godmother, my wand seems to be in the shop. So, we (you and I) must roll up our sleeves and get in there and deal with it! We must deal with what to keep and what do let go of. We must distinguish between sentimental items and junk. We must deal with the clutter and the feelings about the clutter. And then we must deal with how to keep it clutter-free.
This means that you have to ask yourself…do you want it to be better or do you just want to keep trying to forget about it? Is the physical and mental pain caused by the clutter big and bad enough to go through the pain of going through that clutter? Are you ready to take on the burden of releasing your ‘stuff’ if it leads to relief after the stuff has been released? These are tough questions to ask yourself, but the answers will show if you’re ready or not. It’s ok if you’re not. But if you are, money won’t be an issue and neither will time. You don’t have to be a hoarder to be ready! No amount of clutter is too small if it causes you stress! There will undoubtedly come a time when you are ready to take action and rid your life of the clutter, and then you will know that in the end, it will all be worth it!
Are you ready?