You look around your place and feel hopeless. There are piles everywhere. You spend hours each week looking for items. Sometimes you even buy duplicates by mistake. Friends and family have even offered to help you declutter your home. On one or more occasions, you have even reached out to a professional organizer for help.
Something is holding you back. You know that you need to make changes to live a better and more productive life.
Here are the five reasons that you are not ready to get organized.
1. You are grieving over the death of a loved one. A big part of your clutter issue is that you have brought your parents items into your home. You didn’t have the strength to sort them at the time.
* My advice- Take your time. Wait until you feel ready to go through them. I have had clients wait years before they are ready to deal with their relatives things.
2. Money- Getting organized costs money. Yes, you are right. The average professional organizer charges between $40 to 120 per hour. To declutter a big house could cost quite a bit of money.
* My advice- If money is any issue, hire a professional organizer for two hours. Have them set up a comprehensive game plan. After the professional organizer sets up a game plan, have your friends and family help you. Take one project or room at a time.
3. You don’t have time to get organized.
* My advice- Professional Organizers are very flexible and work around your schedule. It helps to have an organizer or friend to keep you on task. You will be amazed at how much you can get done.
4. You don’t think you have a problem. You have been living in the midst of chaos for years and are comfortable in your life.
* My advice- Let it be.
5. You think your friends, family, or an organizer are going to come in and throw all your stuff away! This gives you panic attacks.
* My advice- Carefully choose the people you allow to help you in this process. If there is someone in your life that you don’t feel will respect your stuff, don’t let them be part of the process. Organizers are kind and gentle. They aren’t going to “toss” all your stuff. They will consult you on every move they make.
6. You self sabatoge your organizing sessions. You don’t work with the organizer. Instead of putting items away, you toss them wherever, and a bigger mess is made.
* My advice- I have seen these happen many a time. I turn my head and the client dumps a bag on the floor or makes another mess. Items that should have been relocated and put away are thrown in a corner. Trust me, this chickie has seen it all. I am sure that I have been used as a scapegoat many a time. I can hear it now- That organizer left a mess. She didn’t help me.
I have been a professional organizer for nine years. I have had people call me for years before they hire me. One women I spoke to for six years before she let me see her space.
I also can tell when someone is not emotionally ready to make changes. It breaks my heart to see this happen. I have even told people to take a break and call me when they are ready.
Think about it! Are you ready?