Big question. Many answers. Here’s my take…
On New Years Day, I decided it was a good idea to attempt 6 loads of laundry while taking down all my holiday decorations! What on Earth was I thinking?!?!
As you can imagine this did not end well. In fact, three days later there were still a few holiday boxes waiting to go into the storage/crawl space area (because we all love going in there). Oy! I know better than to bite off that much chaos in one day, especially with little humans running amuck and the daily dose of general crazy that comes with being mom. So, I spiraled and by the end of the night, I didn’t know whether to fold clothes or bubble-wrap the nutcracker (legit, first world problems, right), so I did neither and fell asleep watching Netflix on a pile of socks – don’t judge!
Why did my brain short-circuit? For many reasons. I was tired from holiday activities, having the kids home full-time, hosting, wrapping, unwrapping, packing, unpacking and all of that jazz. But the true kicker was that my brain kept thinking of more things…writing thank yous, exchanging a few items, the grocery list, this little to do and that little to do. All my attachments and thoughts around my things led me to more and frankly my vacation-pajama-wearing-brain just didn’t have enough gas in the tank.
So the next day I literally had to hire myself – WWPOD – what would a professional organizer do? First of all, I would have suggested doing only one of those activities. Get the laundry done and put away because clean underwear is a non-negotiable. Holiday décor can stay up another day (even-though I was dying for it to come down) – it will be ok.
BUT, because the mess was already there, how should I approach it? By category – just get the clothes done – focus everything on getting the clothes done, then take a deep breath. Then attack the next thing. It seems so simple, it’s laughable, but when we get stuck it is oh so real. It’s incredibly easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to start and therefore not start at all. In my case, it was only two small-ish projects, fairly doable, really. When it’s most of your house in chaos, it can be unbelievably paralyzing.
If you can relate to any of this, that is why you hire some help. As a professional organizer not only can I come in and see a clear direction for getting the project done, but I also have no personal attachment to any of your things, so I’m able to be a support to you through the process. For example, filing your office paperwork does not remind me of other work objectives, because it’s not my stuff. It’s just paper that needs a place and I can find that place. Plus I’m so excited for the outcome and positive changes that we move fast and I will help you stay focused. Staying on task (not multi-tasking) and seeing things logically are some of the top reasons a professional organizer can coach you through the overwhelming feelings of your space.
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Happy New Year from Shape Space!
Maegan is a professional organizer, move manager, & space specialist. When not decluttering, sorting, and organizing space, she can be found chasing her two kids, enjoying a 1000+ piece puzzle, or "Jancing" (jogging and dancing)!