Have you ever thought, “I used to be so organized, what happened to make me end up here?” I hear people say something similar when they first show me their areas. I confess, years ago, before I was an organizer, I was a bit judgmental of the people who would tell me that. When they would say they used to be organized and I would think “That’s not true. You’ve probably always been messy.” It didn’t seem possible for an organized person to suddenly become a cluttered disaster… until it happened to me.
I battled depression and anxiety after Momma’s death. On days I couldn’t cope, I climbed into my bed and told my boys that momma was taking a “happy nap.” Sometimes the circumstances of our life can turn even the most organized person into a cluttered mess. I realized the source of my mess was not a lack of organizational skills but due to mothers death.
I say this because I know this has happened to many of you. Maybe not be a death; it may be a divorce, a sickness, cancer, or any kind of traumatic event that knocked you off your feet.
A few months after mom’s death, a friend came by to take my two sons out for the day. This gave me enough relief and motivation to clear the large mountain of paperwork that had amassed on top of table in my guest room, which had been growing along with my anxiety.
What are the things in your life that a friend can take on to give you some relief? If the clutter and disorganization are overwhelming you, call me and I can help you.
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Speaker, Author
Excerpt of this blog come from my book Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life