This morning I was with a client that I’ve been working with for the better part of a year. We are about the same age and both have grown children so we have a lot in common. We get along very well and I always enjoy our organizing sessions. All summer we’ve been getting her ready to do a local move and, as with all moves, it has been a lot of work. Today we were going to pack up a second tier of things to be moved in a few days. So, what kind of greeting did I get as I stepped out of my car?
“I’m just DREADING today!” she said with a loud sigh.
Thankfully, one of the benefits of being a mom of six is that I don’t get riled up easily. I just laughed it off and told her I would try to make the day as painless as possible.
The Love/Hate Relationship We Have With Organizing
I have found with organizing though, as is the case with many things, (like, perhaps, your feelings about Ohio State football?) there is no middle ground! People either LOVE to organize or they HATE it but not many people are just okay with it. For myself, I find that the bigger disaster a room is (barring a true hoarder situation) the more I love it.
I remember when my mom used to come over and help me clean when the kids were little. She always wanted to start with the biggest mess because her efforts made the greatest difference and I understand that as I organize someone’s home.
I’ve told people that spending time with me is a little like going to the dentist. It’s painful in the beginning, but in the end you are glad you did, and honestly, might have been in a bit of trouble if you kept putting it off.
How to Conquer an Overwhelming Organizing Project
But if you really hate to organize, can I help make it less painful? Well, yes, thanks for asking! Recently I heard a great little piece of advice that I’ve been trying out (with varying degrees of success) and that is to start the day with the hardest thing to do or the thing that you are…umm… “dreading” and then the rest of the day that awful little project won’t be hanging over your head.
For me, that means making phone calls in the morning. I don’t know why, but I’m very awkward on the phone and if I have to leave a message, it’s even worse. I think I have to explain every little detail and end up leaving two-minute voice mails that scream TMI!
So, to move that to the organizing world, if you clean out a dresser drawer or organize your purse the first thing in the morning, then you will start your day with one well-organized space. Build on it a little each day and before you know it that project that you’ve been dreading is over and done!
And for my fellow fans in the Midwest…. O…H…