Three things Thursday!
Whenever I work with a new client, I can pretty much guarantee you that I will hear one, if not all, of the following 3 statements. I'm sharing this with you today because when faced with clutter, or really, anything that seems insurmountable, you are not alone.
1) I'm overwhelmed
The most common statement I hear from clients is “I’m overwhelmed”. It’s EASY to feel overwhelmed. We have full-time jobs, full-time family, extra-curricular, home upkeep, cleaning, and endless to-do lists. Things start piling up and you don’t know what to do with it. Without a strategy or system OF COURSE you will feel overwhelmed!
But take a deep breath. It's just stuff. If you take it in small bites you can get it all done.
Which brings me to the second most heard comment...
2) I don’t know where to start
Because you are overwhelmed, it’s easy to not know to begin. There are 2 schools of thought here 1) start where the clutter is most affecting you 2) If you are too overwhelmed to start there, start somewhere small, an office supply drawer is an easy place to organize without feeling too overwhelmed with the task at hand, and the effects will inspire you to tackle larger areas.
3) I’m embarrassed
So many people with organization problems are embarrassed by their clutter. They’ve “let it go” and feel like they "should” have a tidier home or office. They "should" have more time. I think that’s silly. Until you learn the proper way to organize, your space will never be tidy. I don’t think there is any shame there. A good friend of mind used to work for Martha Stewart, and she told me that Martha would always say to her team “ a messy desk is a sign of a busy worker, just make sure you clean it up afterward”. I'm with Martha. ;)
It's just stuff y'all.
Peace, love, and labelmakers y'all!