One of the biggest “mistakes” I see in working with disorganized people is that there was never a purpose or intent set for each area of the house. This is the very basic step that absolutely must be addressed if there’s going to be any semblance of order in your home. What activities go on in this area? What activities do you want to go on in this area? When the room is given a purpose, it’s much easier to know what stuff should or shouldn’t go in that room. As Peter Walsh says, if an item doesn’t support the purpose of the room, it’s got to go!
I’ve been doing a lot of reading about feng shui these past few months. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is that picking everything around you with INTENTION is absolutely necessary. Another one of my favorite sayings in the professional organizing biz is “If it’s not useful or your don’t love it, get rid of it.” Now, this doesn’t mean you have to get rid of all your stuff, but it should cause you to become acutely aware of each and every thing in your home. Is it useful? Do you love it? If not, why do you have it and what purpose is it serving?
A big part of the work I do with clients not only has to do with teaching them how putting these organizational systems in place can help them continue forward with less stress, but also about how to keep the system flexible, so it can easily change as the need arrises. You didn’t think your organizer was just going to come in, sweep all the mess away and BAM you would magically be organized for the rest of your life did you?
Change will always happen, whether you want it to or not. It’s your choice as to whether you embrace it and go with the flow, or whether to go kicking and screaming, unhappy and longing for the past the whole way. Time marches are, HOW you go with it is up to you. Learning the skills it takes to to STAY organized after we leave is just as important as the organizing process itself. I believe that living your life with intention – every single part of your life – is one of the skills it takes. If you’re letting into your life whatever comes your way, that’s not living life with intention – you are sure to end up with a house full of random stuff that way! When YOU decide what’s important and decide to follow that road, that’s when life becomes full of what you want.
What experiences do you have with living with intention?
Holistic Professional Organizer and Coach at Synergy Organizing, LLC
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