Clients call, ready to make some changes in their home and excited about the process – “Let’s get started!” Before diving right in, it can be helpful to spend some time making a plan of attack. To create lasting solutions, you have to know what problems you’re trying to solve and why they are happening in the first place.
- Identify what’s not working. One person’s idea of chaos is another’s idea of serenity.
- What are we aiming for? What is the vision you have for your space? Understanding a person’s goal for how the space would ideally look and function helps define the work to be done.
- What’s most urgent? Understanding how the problem areas relate to each other (or don’t), and how each affects daily living helps set priorities for the hands-on work.
- What is causing the clutter? Understanding the cause helps guide the appropriate solution.
Often, clutter begins because one of the following concepts isn’t being used:
Friends with Friends. Keep “like” items together.
Real Estate Value. Don’t let low-use items clog up prime real estate; make conscious choices about where things live.
Container As Limiter. Consciously limiting a collection to its container prevents overflow.
Habits vs. Systems. Sometimes items that are sitting out and creating clutter actually do have homes. An assessment will identify the routines that need to be implemented.
Function & Feel. How does the space function? Can the furniture be arranged to allow for more flow? Is there enough light in the space? Is the space conducive to focused work or free form play? Can décor provide a draw to a certain area?
- You get a sense of the scope of your project … and help setting priorities
- You get an objective perspective of your space…seeing it through another’s eyes
- You get trained in the basic organizing principles
- You get creative options that you may not have thought of on your own
- You’ll find out that you’re not alone in the struggle to get and stay organized…and you’ll get the benefits of other clients who have come before
Because everything changes over time, organizing is a life-long process. For the most part, your project will have a beginning and an end but don’t forget you’ll need to occasionally re-assess in order to keep your systems current with your life. Give your self the gift of an assessment. It could change your perspective for life!