A lot of people know instinctively that they need to declutter and get organized - but they’re not sure what that might look like for them. I asked one of the most organized people I know - my mentor and friend, professional coach Katherine Golub - to share what this looks like for her, why she recommends it to her clients, and insight into habit building. Thank you Katherine! ~Anna
When people find out that I help people declutter and get organized for a living, many will share with me that they love getting rid of stuff, and they are also stuck in the cycle of declutter and re-fill: “I’m always shopping to make up for it.” It can be easy to think that the only challenge in decluttering is letting go. The cycle of declutter and re-fill illustrates the other side of the coin. While it’s important to learn how to let go, and your freedom is worth fighting for - people often find themselves stuck in this pattern because they haven’t yet changed their shopping habits.
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’ve struggled with feelings of lack in certain areas of my life. For example, I used to have a giant bin full of beauty products and would keep buying more. I also regularly struggled to get dressed from a closet stuffed with random clothes. These situations were frustrating and disruptive to my day - and made me cringe when I thought about the money that was spent only to receive little value in return. Many of us have at least one category of items that’s really difficult for us…
Getting "out from under" small tasks is an important part of organizing and it can be really hard for people to make time for that. Often, people are caught in a pattern of reacting to tasks, projects, and engagements as they enter their orbit. In this paradigm, they have a hard time discriminating important from non-important, urgent from non-urgent; and they rarely have time or energy left for themselves….