Here are some frequently asked questions:
Are you going to throw everything away?
Egads, no! Organizing is a process by which I help you decide what is meaningful and useful and how to let go of the rest. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to make those decisions.
Someone recently suggested the question should be: “What do you want to keep?” Putting a positive spin on the process may make it easier to start the project as well as delineate what can go away. Let me know if this helps you.
What if I want to use those extra ice cream scoops (or name another item) some day instead of giving it away right now?
(from Bottom Line, July 2014)
It is helpful to remind yourself that you are not really giving it away. Instead, you’re trading them for something better – an uncluttered kitchen (or other room) where you feel at peace.
Or you can use the Minimalist rule of 20-20-20:
#1: Have you used it in 20 days?
#2: Did it cost less than $20?
#3: Can you buy a new one in less than 20 minutes?
If the answers are No, Yes, Yes, than it’s time to release it to the universe!
How can I make all my t-shirts fit in the drawer?
When I read the “Magical Art of Tidying Up”, I discovered the KonMari method of organizing. Put all of one item in a pile and individually decide if it sparks joy. If it does, it goes in the keep pile and the rest get donated. We then fold the “keeps” into “packets” – this allows you to see each one and they take up much less space in the drawer. Folding them also gives you a few minutes to be meditative.
Is your house perfectly organized?
Nope! I often have small piles of papers/stuff that accumulate in spots around the house. Every couple of months (or earlier if I can’t stand them anymore), I go thru and find homes for each one (often the recycling bin).
Do you love The Container Store?
Yes, yes I do. However, I mostly go there to browse to see what’s new. I believe in re-using containers that you already have and separating the “to go” into donations/recycles/hazardous waste/etc. Then I can take them away so you are no longer weighed down by those items!
Why should I hire a professional organizer?
A professional organizer can provide clarity and an objective view of your items. Also, having someone else to help make tough decisions is easier and can keep you focused on the goal. Plus, it’s more fun!
Do you have a question?
Please contact me and I will be happy to answer it!