"Jennifer, I'm frustrated because the (fill in the blank space) isn't organized."
.....yet. The space isn't organized yet. Time and again I am asked this question,
"What should I buy to organize the ____? I'll go ahead and buy it and then I'll call you so we can organize it together."
Organizing isn't about what product will magically keep everything organized.
It also isn't about how to use the space more efficiently.
Organizing is about answering the questions of what are we keeping and why? Then we can get to work on how to use the space more efficiently.
Organizing takes time as we need to peel back all that excess stuff that has been creeping in little by little over the years.
Why do I put so much emphasis on the decluttering process? Because it is this step that changes our relationship with our stuff.
Have you ever lost weight?
If so, then you will likely remember how much focus went into your workout routines, how you had to schedule them in, and how eating at home became your new default so you could monitor your caloric intake.
It took time and consistent focus to lose the weight and during the process you began to change how you looked at food.
The same can be said for organizing. It isn't about jumping ahead to buying the size 6 pants and spending a Saturday afternoon working off that extra weight. It is about changing your relationship with your stuff.
Quitting is a habit, but so is persistence. Stop leaving the race and then complaining that you aren't organized.
Ask yourself, "Am I interested in being organized, or am I committed?"
As Kenneth Blanchard has said, "There is a difference between interests and commitment. When you are interested in doing something, you only do it when it is convenient. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
The space will be organized, just give yourself the time and let go of the desire to want it done right now.
If you are in the process of organizing your home but find that you are met with obstacle after obstacle, then let's chat. You can't change a situation with the same level of thinking that created it.
There is value in working with someone who can see the hurdles that you are trying to jump and mud puddles that you find yourself stuck in. All great athletes work with coaches their entire career. They show up daily, they do the work, and the listen to their coach. And they also win.
Let me help you win the battle over disorganization.