I don’t think it needs to be ‘Spring’ to spring clean, but it sure is a good opportunity to give yourself a kick in the butt and get on top of a few jobs.
I am joined today by Heather Alison from www.helpinghandtransitions.com She took a leap of faith a year ago, in order to follow her passion and start her own business assisting people and helping them to clear out, downsize and get their home and surroundings in good order.
Whilst Heather and I were chatting, we discovered in a way we do a very similar job. Me being a life coach, I work on clearing people’s minds, energies and emotions to bring them clarity around their life. Heather being a personal organizer clears people’s homes, rooms, and surroundings to provide clarity in where they live. Having an uncluttered home surprisingly plays a big part in the well-being of one’s mind.
A FEW QUESTIONS FOR HEATHER…
Q. Of all businesses why did you choose Organizing?
A. I’ve been organizing the space around me basically since birth. It has always brought me clarity and peace, both in mind and body. When the oil and gas company I worked for restructured themselves and let me go last year, I asked myself what I could do that I truly loved while also making a meaningful contribution to my community. After figuring out that not everyone has the “organizing knack”, and that some people even DISLIKE it, I knew it was the perfect fit.
Q. Are there more favourable rooms that people want your help with?
A. I’ve found most people have at least one room in their home that has turned into the “clutter” room. This is where stuff goes that they just don’t want to deal with right now. We all have this room at some point. For some it’s the office, others it’s the garage. I generally see a lot of clients wanting help with these areas first, as well as storage rooms and basements.
Q. Have you noticed the emotional benefits of your clients after using your services?
A. Definitely. While the process of getting organized can sometimes seem overwhelming to a lot of my clients, seeing the end result has always made it worth the temporary discomfort. Physical clutter is the first sign of mental clutter, which means they’ve got some sort of internal frustration or obstacle that’s occupying their mind. Through organizing the physical space around them, it provides clarity on some of those issues and allows them to move on.
Q. What is one quick tip you could offer the readers that would help them in their everyday world of chaos?
A. I’m a huge believer in starting small. I recognize that tackling the entire garage or basement can seem too daunting and that there may not be enough time in the day to get through it all. But if you work for 10 minutes every day on one area that frustrates you, you will see results. Sort your items into piles of ‘keep’, ‘donate’, ‘recycle’, and ‘garbage’. Remember, your home didn’t become cluttered overnight. Be patient with yourself, commit to those 10 minutes, and watch your space become manageable again.
Q. Is there one space or room you personally favour and love to get stuck into with people?
A. I’ve always viewed the kitchen as the center of the home. It also houses quite a bit of stuff that’s used on a regular basis. Personally, I love to cook and when I can find everything I’m looking for in the middle of preparing a meal, it makes my life so much easier and enjoyable. When I go to client’s homes and share my system for making the kitchen functional, I’ve seen the same result with them as well. They are spending less money on duplicates of lost kitchen utensils/tools, not to mention take out bills, and are spending more quality time with their families.
Q. What is the biggest reason you find or believe that people collect, buy or horde too much stuff?
A. Again, I’ve definitely seen a link between physical clutter and mental clutter. Not many people realize that the space around them reflects what’s going on in their mind. In general terms, we’ve come to rely on our stuff to make us feel better about underlying issues. Perhaps we are unhappy in our career, or with the way we look, or with a specific relationship. These issues occupy our thoughts and we dwell on them so much that we lose any motivation to deal with that overcrowded closet or the ever-growing pile of papers and bills in the office, or the garage full of well-intentioned yet forgotten items. At the same time, we’ll go out and buy MORE stuff in the hopes that maybe this one new item will bring me some joy. And the cycle continues. Confronting these underlying issues and coming to terms with them provides the clarity and freedom to move forward, and therefore the motivation and willingness to get organized for good.
Thanks, so much Heather! I am sure your answers will help people to understand just how important their space is. If you are someone that could maybe use or benefit from Heather’s help and expertise, then visit her website and get in touch: www.helpinghandtransitions.com
If you are someone that desires that feeling of clarity and calm in your mind instead of confusion and chaos? I am here for you too, so reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.