Home organization is more of a mental exercise than a physical one. Decision making is the key to organization success no matter what area of your home or life you are looking to de-clutter.
Deciding past the guilt and fear
More often than not, we work with clients who are holding onto items because of guilt or fear, rather than the thought that they actually need these items in their life. Countless times I have heard, “My mother-in-law gave that to me as a gift, I have to keep that,” or some other expression of guilt. The truth is, YOU control what comes in and stays in your home. If you don’t want or don’t have the space to keep something long term, you have the complete right to get rid of something. It doesn’t mean it wasn’t a lovely gift or that it wasn’t once treasured, it means that your life has changed and matured and you can’t hold onto everything.
Do I really have room for this?
Available storage space greatly dictates how an Expert Organizer approaches each client. We ask questions such as, “What is your intended use for this room/space?” in order to guide the client in making decisions about what can stay and what can go. If you want a spare bedroom to serve as a guest room, you should not fill the entire closet with old kids clothes and memorabilia. The closet needs to serve its intended purpose.
Is getting a storage locker really the solution?
If your home has limited to no storage, you must determine if the overflow items are worth keeping, even if that means getting a storage unit. One should always consider the commitment of a storage unit and should be very careful when deciding what will be stored. Will you really ever take something out of storage and use it? Will your children ever want to utilize the decade-old games or baby clothes that live there locked away in the dark? A storage unit can seem like a quick-fix in dire times when space is tight, but in most cases, evaluating the items in storage may be liberating and can save you money in the end.
Getting help to make tough decisions
Home organization is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. Some areas are easier to sort through than others, and we as Expert Organizers are here to help you through the tough decisions. We care about our clients and want to make their homes function as best as possible in order to ensure their peace of mind. Some items are more delicate than others and may take longer to make decisions on. We are not here to rush you. We want you to be happy with your decisions and also be happy with the end result. When considering hiring a home organization professional, it is extremely important to make sure you are ready and willing to be asked tough questions and that you are in the right mindset to commit to these decisions. We are there to help, and want all of our clients to be successful in achieving peace of mind. No matter what the circumstance may be, we at Me In Order, are dedicated to helping in any way possible. Your success is our success!
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When she is not organizing or working in real estate, Erin can be found going for a run along A1A, trying new recipes from Pinterest, or hanging out with her dog, Hank.