Long before I became a “professional”, organizing was part of my blood. It always brought me joy, and I still love the challenge of digging into a mess and creating something efficient and attractive. I know many people would rather stick needles in their eyes that clean out a closet, but organizing has a plethora of benefits. Here are a few:
It’s free! If you are organizing by yourself or with a friend, the labor cost is simply your time. In terms of supplies, you may think you need to go to the Container Store and buy expensive systems, but you don’t. Most projects are primarily involved with sorting and culling our “stuff”, and I find people often have boxes/bins/binders/etc. lying around. Even if you need a few things, the most helpful items (e.g. clear plastic boxes) are very affordable.
It adds zero calories! In fact, cleaning out a big space may even burn a few.
It doesn’t depend on the weather! You can clean a nice air conditioned space on a hot day, or a warm room in the middle of a blizzard.
It makes you feel good! Almost every project I work on results in at least one bag of items “to donate”. Knowing that you are equipping someone else in need is a great feeling, and helps alleviate the guilt you may be feeling about having purchased too much stuff.
You get quick results! I often tell clients “You work out with a trainer it takes 3 months to see results. You work out with me it takes 3 hours!” You can make a huge amount of progress in a short period of time, especially if you are able to carve out a chunk of time with no interruptions.
It can be done with whatever time you have! Even if you can’t set aside a whole weekend to clean out the garage, you can still make progress. I often encourage clients to clean out a kitchen drawer or a medicine chest when they have ½ hour. The smallest bit of progress makes is very rewarding.
It is empowering! So often in today’s world, the clutter pours in faster than we can manage it. This make us feel out of control. When we sort and cull our belongings, and set them up in a way that makes them easy to find and use, we reverse those feelings. We restore a healthy balance of owner-to-possession.
I know that organizing a space may never seem as appealing as sitting on a beach, playing a round of golf, or sitting down to read a book. But if you want to experience a great sense of freedom, improve the quality of your life, and do so without spending a lot of money, it really can’t be beat. For more information on how to get started, contact The Seana Method on the Contact page.