The role of a Home Organizer Consultant is to provide advice and guidance. We can help you to make choices about whether to keep items or let go of them but, ultimately, the final decision is yours to make.

Although you are the one who is in control, it is important to understand that parting with some of the things that you own is often an essential part of the organization process. The reality is that most of us simply have too much stuff and not enough space in which to store it.

If the thought of parting with some of your belongings causes you to feel stressed, here’s a strategy for getting the leverage to take action in spite of your feelings. Write down all the things that you stand to lose (including the negative feelings that you’ll continue to have) if you maintain the status quo. Your list may include some or all of the following:

  • Clutter related stress and anxiety.
  • Embarassment over the appearance of your home.
  • Risk of injury.
  • Disempowerment and loss of control.
  • Frustation at not being able to find things when you need them.
  • Disharmony within your family.

Next, write down all the things that you stand to gain by conquering clutter and getting organized, which may include some or all of the following:

  • Becoming empowered and in control.
  • Saving time as you’ll be able to find things faster and easier.
  • Enhancing the comfort of your space.
  • Taking pride in your home.
  • Enjoying the company of others without fear of criticism.

Your answers to these these questions will help you to associate decluttering with moving away from pain and moving towards pleasure. In order to become successfully organized, you must be prepared to make objective decisions about what to do with the belongings that add no real value.