This week I received a wonderful question from a client: She asked,
Is it possible for someone to change their behavior and learn to become organized when they’re not?” Is there any hope?”
I could sense her desire to feel better, right there in the question. It’s the only reason anyone calls me...they just want to feel better!
And, YES!!!! I always believe it is possible to change and grow and stretch so that you can come out on the other side of your chaos feeling amazingly wonderful.
Usually people who contact me are highly motivated. Sometimes they’re FRUSTRATED with the situation, EMBARRASSED with the condition of their space, PARALYZED about how to handle it or just plain STRESSED OUT. And...they want to feel better!
Each space arises from the individual. Even though I follow a general template, every person and situation is very different. It’s nearly impossible to impose a rigid method of organizing on ANYONE! I believe it has to come from each person’s particular needs and style.
Changing habits can be tricky. “It’s what you repeatedly do that ultimately forms the person you are and the life you live.” says author James Clear. Setting up systems that allow clients a new response is how a new habit can be created. Very specific, relevant systems and spaces can cue a change in behavior. Clear and simple changes are the most effective.
Lifting the energy of any space by clearing the chaos, refreshing the surfaces, creating function AND adding beauty/sparkle will make it a lot easier to maintain a good flow. Your revived space will practically take care of itself!
It often takes two or three rounds of editing to really get to the items that are the true keepers but the investment of the effort will definitely pay off. And then, all of a sudden, you will be walking around feeling lighter, more free and ready for anything! I’ve seen it happen many, many times!
As always, contact me if you want support. I would LOVE to be part of your transformation!
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