Organizing is emotional too
Whenever I work with clients to help organize or de-clutter their spaces, I always take into account the emotional energy as well as the physical.
Dealing with your belongings, especially if they are sentimental, can be exhausting. Overwhelm can set in when you realize that you have way more 'stuff' than you realized and that can bring up feelings of shame, guilt, and regret for not dealing with them sooner.
My job is to help guide you through this process as well. While I'm absolutely not a medical professional, I have found that having a caring, empathic, non-judgmental person next to you during the process can bring you much needed support to keep going and stay focused, help with making decisions you wouldn't get to on your own, and some fun! Yes, fun!
So, whether you book a session with me or go for it on your own, here are some simple steps to prep for your next big de-cluttering and organizing project:
1. Make a plan. Depending on the size of the undertaking and how quickly it needs to be finished, I suggest starting small and regular. For instance, 2 or 3 hour blocks once or twice a week.
2. Be well rested and fed. Make sure you aren't overly tired or your attitude will tank quickly. Have a light to moderate meal an hour or so before you begin the task. Don't overeat or you'll feel sluggish.
3. Delete distractions. Pets, children, partners, neighbors, contractors, and phone calls/texts/emails all pull your focus. Be realistic and honest - If any elements will sidetrack you, make the proper plans before you start.
4. Accept your feelings and pat yourself on the back. Many people put off organizing and de-cluttering projects because the emotions they know might come up will be powerful. I often encourage people to take a moment if need be, and allow the sensations to wash over you. They will pass, and having felt them can be a big relief. Moving through these moments is empowering and shows you how strong you really are.
May your time and space be intentional and free!
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