The metal element governs the Autumn. It’s about turning inward and organization. The lungs are also associated with the metal element, and the lungs are where we hold the emotion of grief. So naturally, this is a time to sort through nostalgia.
One of the biggest misconceptions about my job is that people think they need to go through their stuff before I come over to help them organize it. The bulk of the work I do with clients is in that initial sorting stage. It’s helping people go through their stuff. When I first get introduced to a new client, they almost always tell me that they need to go through their stuff and get rid of things before I come over to help them organize it. For most people, the hardest part of the whole organizing process is usually this first step- sorting. That’s where all the baggage is. It’s usually where the holdup is, and the place where people need the most help.
The difference between clutter and storage is whether it’s sorted or not. Neatly piled boxes of assorted miscellaneous unmarked items are really just clutter that looks nice. Clutter is a bunch of unsorted memories. Storage is when items are clearly sorted and can easily be identified and accessed. If you have boxes of assorted books, photos, paperwork, and memorabilia, you aren’t alone! But you’ve probably gone through a lifetime of being shamed for having so much stuff, and so inviting a Professional Organizer over to help can seem intimidating. But here’s the thing, I work for you. I’ll never make you get rid of anything, nor will I shame you for having too much stuff. My job is to help you turn your clutter into storage, if that’s what you want. My goal is to help you create system for accessing your memorabilia in a way that feels good to you.
As a Certified Professional Organizer, I have spent thousands of hours helping hundreds of clients get organized. I love it. It’s so much fun. I feel extremely lucky to have the job I have! Even if you don’t hire me to help you transform your clutter into storage, I want to share some of my top tips with you.
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