I’m an organizer. I don’t care much for organizing.

I’m an organizer. I don’t care much for organizing.

 

I’m an organizer by trade, at least that is the title I use most often to explain what I do. Mostly because people will have an idea of what I do with the influx of famous organizers like Marie Kondo. An industry that was once relatively unknown is now on the rise and a bit more recognized.

 

My approach is slightly unique in the sense that I don’t look, act, or work like most in my field. I’m a bit high on the loud-laughter scale, have tattoos, and don’t care for organizing.

 

Let me explain my obvious click bait statement here: my mission is to increase time and space freedom for overwhelmed women. I see far too many women being held back by their home and sacrificing their time and well-being for others. It’s making us sick and keeping us from being in our zone of genius. When it comes to your household, the top two ways we (from my perspective) can get you out of that chaotic and overwhelmed state is to:

 

  • Declutter as much as possible. Remove anything from your life that is not adding value.
  • Create systems and habits to automate how things run in your household.

 

Somewhere in there, I will focus on the step of functional organizing. I’m a functional organizer because I’m not skilled nor interested in design or putting your chaos in pretty containers, because that chaos is going to breed and seep out of those pretty containers like some ominous cloud in a bad horror flick and take over your space again. So I focus on helping you define the point of use, simple containment, and labeling. We don’t START with functional organizing, it’s the cherry on top step AFTER you declutter.

 

My school of thought is that if you only have what you need, love, and consistently use, you don’t need to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on racks, bins, shelving units, and other space maximizing systems. My mission is to make your life simpler not encourage you to buy more stuff to store your stuff.

 

An additional issue I have with the organizing step is that it is a fast fix or band-aid to the root cause issue. We run out and buy a beautiful bin to put our stuff in, because it feels good when we buy that item (thanks dopamine hit) and we feel a quick boost that we just solved all our problems. What we need to do first is PAUSE; do some work around your mindset and clutter blocks. If we skip this important step, I fear the ominous clutter cloud will be coming for you soon.

 

Now there are exceptions! If you have multiple children or are living in a small home, you may need organizational systems. I’m not anti-organization, I’m just not in love with it as a stand-alone practice.

 

If you have found yourself in the “buy the bin and solve all the problems” camp, don’t despair or feel shame. It’s crazy normal! Almost everyone I work with ends up with a “container graveyard” that they donate after we work together. My advice to you is to do some mental work around WHY you have too much and also do some work around WHAT is holding you back from releasing it. THEN start letting go. Just focus on letting go and until you can’t let go anymore. Then evaluate how to organize.

 

May your ominous cloud disappear!