Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Problems Clutter Causes

Clutter is not just objects in you space, it cause other issues and problems in your life.  The clutter that surrounds you not only invades your home, office, and other spaces, it can cause clutter in your thoughts, health problems, and relationship issues.  

When you look at all the clutter in your space, you become overwhelmed.  I hear it all the time from my clients.  They are stifled by their stuff.  The clutter surrounding you can cause so many thoughts in your mind which then affects your health.  You start eating to overcome depression.  Depression sets in because you believe you do not have the ability to make decisions about the clutter.  The depression eating causes weight gain which then causes you to go into a deeper depression.

You begin to feel as if you have failed in some way to eliminate the clutter and you become ashamed and embarrassed to have family and friends over.  Work productivity can also be affected by the clutter, even if the clutter is not in the office area.  Some clients have then made bad decisions about relationships and jobs due to the depression and feelings of inadequacy caused by their clutter. 

Eliminating the clutter in any of your spaces will improve not only the appearance of your space, but it will start to clear your mind and better decisions will be made.  The light will start to shine through as you begin your clutter reduction process.  

Making small changes and small decisions will help immensely.  Make a decision on 1 area at a time and start with short amounts of time so you do not become overwhelmed or feel you are not doing enough.  Any amount is enough.  I see a great saying at the gym all the time and think it applies especially to organizing.  "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can" by Arthur Ashe.  

Visit my website for more information and if you need help starting your clutter reduction.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Organizing and Divorce

Having been in the organizing business for over 13 years, I have had many newly divorced clients call me for help.  I have helped many of them during and after the divorce process.  

Those clients who call during the process of getting divorce need help finding and organizing all the paperwork required during the discovery process as the amount of paperwork needed is overwhelming.  Most are stuck because while trying to find all these paper, they are busy with work and taking care of their children.  It is a very difficult and emotional time. 

I work with the paper and most of the time sort by dates, types and really whatever is requested by the attorney.  I find and sort to make it easier on my client. My clients are relieved when what they need is in sight and obtainable.  

The clients that call after the divorce want to discuss how to get their living space back together.  Now that the divorce is final and the other party has left with what they want, my clients are usually left with a mess.   Boxes and bins are opened and shuffled through as the other party retrieves what they want and usually those boxes and bins are left open and unorganized.  My clients want to know what they have and what to do with it so they are able to find those items in the future.

We start by looking at each space and deciding what my client wants that space to look like now.  We tackle one space at a time.  During the process, my clients make decisions on what stays and what works for them.  This will be a new space made to fit their lifestyle now.  Sometimes children are involved so consideration must be given to what they will need and what will be transported back and forth each visit to the other parents home.
As we make each room a new space we make sure items that were left my the other are put aside and returned to them so as not to cause unneeded bickering.
One client I had wanted to start over with all new holiday decorations and make new traditions so all the holiday decorations left behind were donated.  Another client needed help finding ways to have a better space for his teens stuff.
Each divorce is different and always trying.  Organizing the new space eliminates many hard feelings and helps those involved move forward. 

If you are in the middle of a divorce, have just finished, or know someone needing some help, visit my website for more information on how Transformare can help.  Transformare Organizing Services

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Getting Off The Fast Moving Train to Get Organized

Are you often so busy that you feel as if you are on a train and the landscape and attractions are going by so fast that you can't get off?  You have so much to do that tasks keep coming in and there is no break.  
The feeling is described by many as overwhelmed, stressed, or defeated.  These descriptions are also used by my clients when it comes to organizing.  They feel so overwhelmed that they cannot get started and the train keeps putting the clutter into their space with no end in sight.  
So how do you get off the train or make it stop?  As you can imagine it does take some changing of behaviors and habits.  Learning to say no to additional tasks will help keep you on track to complete current tasks.  Many of my overwhelmed clients have a very hard time saying no to a new task or project. They feel guilty if they say no, so the projects just pile up and none of them get completed.  
Asking for help is another habit to change as we feel weak if we need to ask for help for a task that seems like anyone can do it, such as organizing.  As I tell my clients, we are gifted with a talent and organizing just happens to be mine, but art and singing are not talents I was gifted.  
When it comes to organizing, being overwhelmed is preventing you from moving forward so it continues to pile up.  To get off that fast moving train you must say no to new tasks, give yourself permission to ask for help, and remember that getting organized is a process not an event.  The train did not just start going fast, so it will take some time for it to stop.