How to Deal with Emotions as you De-Clutter your Stuff
Lisa Woodruff is a professional organizer, author and speaker. Over the past 15 years Lisa has created systems and encouraged hundreds of women as they have organized their time, home and businesses. Lisa’s latest book, 10 Steps to Organized Paper, is a step by step tutorial to help busy women organize EVERY paper in their homes. Lisa’s unique classifications of paper into: active, reference and daily paper is revolutionizing how women manage their paper. You can reach Lisa at www.organize365.com
She joined me on Amy’s Table to share insights to the emotions of clutter:
1) Excitement – Spring cleaning and organization bring an excited feeling of possibilities, a new start and empowerment. Your spirits are high, and you feel as if you could tackle every last project on your list before sundown.
The first day of school and January 1 bring similar feelings. THIS is the year you are going to get organized and have a plan!
2) Energetic Change - Sometimes your de-cluttering energy comes from a season of change. A pending move will light a fire under you to clean out the old and keep only what you love. Similarly, a new job, a new baby or a wedding will do the same thing. Life stages always involve de-cluttering.
3) The ADHD Mom - Frustration, shame and a constant feeling of being overwhelmed are what most of my ADHD clients feel when they call. Many women feel that they should just “know” how to be organized but for many they don’t. And there is good reason! Life would be SO boring with all “organized” moms. These moms often throw the best parties, host sleep overs and can craft until the cows come home. I LOVE coming alongside a mom and organizing her home to work for HER instead of teaching her MY system. These women have a hard time making a system for themselves, but are great at maintaining one that is custom designed for them.
4) Overwhelmed with NO time - This is the biggest growing segment we are seeing in Organize 365. Women whose plates are full with kids, career and marriages and there is just NO time left to organize their home. They aren’t moving. They haven’t had a loss… but the speed of their lives and passionate outlets have left their homes chaotic and stress filled. You know you’re here when EVERY drawer in your kitchen is a junk drawer. In an average of 2 to 3 days, our team can organize a whole house top to bottom and eliminate clutter stress.
5) Loss – After a loved one passes or after a divorce is finalized, there is a need to de-clutter and re organize. This organization is necessary yet painful. Many cannot do it alone. It takes time to be ready to go through your “stuff,” and this organization is slower and more deliberate. I would say 50% of my clients hire me to help them do this kind of de-cluttering and organization. It’s hard to believe, but many say they actually have FUN with us and ALL say they could not have tackled this kind of de-cluttering alone. Being able to share your loss and memories with someone as you de-clutter is cathartic.