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Happy Birthday, reSPACEd!

by respaced on May 8, 2017

It’s my birthday today (hence the photo of my cute family up above). May is also the anniversary of reSPACEd. I have learned SO MUCH over the years about people, their homes, their behaviors and organizing in general. I’m a different organizer today than I was that May nine years ago. Here are some of the biggest things I have learned over the years as an organizer:

  1. No messy room is hopelessly disorganized so long as the client is willing to put in the time to get it organized and keep it organized. THERE ARE NO HOPELESS CASES.
  2. We all tend to struggle with organization in the same 3 areas: paper organizing, memorabilia organizing, and making ourselves put things away when we are done with them. If I could solve these three problem areas permanently, the whole organizing industry would collapse.
  3. Getting/staying organized is really, really hard when you are stressed out. Making smart decisions is nearly impossible when you are in this state, but that’s what decluttering is all about — making smart decisions about what items stay or go in your life. So don’t beat yourself up when your house gets messier the more stressful your life becomes.
  4. There is no gold standard for what organization looks like. What looks messy to your mother (or your spouse or another organizer) could be perfectly organized to you. So know what organization looks like FOR YOU and make that your goal. Your house doesn’t have to look like a Pinterest board to work for ou.

I could go on and on about what I’ve learned from working in clients’ homes over the years, but I think these are the main takeaways.

Happy Organizing, everyone. Now it’s time to eat cake!

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