You Can Have It All…

by Tina ~ August 14th, 2012.

but you don’t have to do it all by yourself.

clutterWithin the next 6 months, almost 40 pounds of mail is going to come through your front door. Add to that greeting and business cards, notes on scrap paper, phone messages, instruction manuals, magazines, children’s artwork, school forms, and newspapers, and you’ve got a insurmountable pile of pulp you’d rather use as kindling than spend hours sifting and sorting.

You’re not alone. Every person I know has difficulty staying atop the mountain of chores, expectations and responsibilities thrown at them. Canadians today are overwhelmed by more things to manage, and less time to do them in. Without a system to deal with “stuff” it’s no surprise that 42% of Canadian adults report they feel life is a treadmill they can’t get off of.

Luckily, professional organizers can offer hope and a whole lot more. Our skills provide busy people with the tools to tackle and manage clutter over the long term. We can help you make better use of space and set goals to achieve balance and control in everyday life. And, those who prioritize organizing their households systematically reap a surprising array of benefits.

Take your kitchen for example. Often referred to as the central nervous system of a home, this busy room supports mealtime, entertaining and homework. It’s also the room with the most gadgets and the most piles of “stuff”. A professional organizer can develop customized ways for your kitchen to function properly. Picture not having to shuffle papers, piles and backpacks just to clear a surface to chop the veggies. Saving just 10 minutes a meal would give you back 1.75 hours per week to do something relaxing. Like… nothing. Imagine having that choice. A professional organizer can move you toward that goal.

My clients most often say that getting organized made them feel as if a huge weight had been lifted. Sometimes it actually has, with literally hundreds of pounds of stuff being removed from their space.

Some find positive energy in a once dreaded room. After I worked with Tracy, a client from Toronto, she said,

“As a fairly organized person, I didn’t expect that cleaning out that back room and sorting supplies which were behind closed doors would have such an impact on my enjoyment and attitude towards that area of the house. Now when I walk by, I don’t hear that nagging voice reminding me to do the work and making me feel bad. The room seems lighter and I feel a great sense of accomplishment.”

In short, Tracy stopped chipping away at her self-esteem and gained some peace.

Seeking the guidance of a professional organizer is not a sign you’re out of control. We often hire people to do jobs we dislike or don’t want to, like accounting, landscaping and renovating. These skilled professionals make our lives a lot easier. Bringing in an organizer to help is a statement about how much you value your family’s, and your own, time, quality of life and emotional well-being. Remember: You can have it all, but you don’t have to do it all by yourself.

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