Whenever I tell a new acquaintance that I am a professional organizer, the most common response is, “oh, you don’t want to come to my house!” That tells me that people feel disorganized, which is not surprising with our hectic lives. But, what many people don’t understand is that your home does not have to be extreme for you to seek help. A project could be as small as one home office closet, a paper management system, organizing your recipes, or reorganizing a newly-emptied bedroom for an empty nester.
It is oh-so-very easy to play mind games with yourself when you have a chronic illness. I know, because I have one. My conversations with myself would go like this: I should; I hate; and I can’t. Here are some examples:
I should straighten the kitchen. I hate the way I need help with a simple task. I can’t bend over to unload the dishwasher.
I should go to the pharmacy. I hate going out in public when I don’t feel good. I can’t drive today, because I am dizzy.
I should organize my bedroom. I hate that it’s depressing and not as comfortable as I want. I can’t move the furniture.
Where do you find inspiration for how you arrange your home? From friends, professionals, photographs, online, magazines or television, perhaps. I am very visually oriented, so I love glossy photos that offer ideas for improving my surroundings. If I am lucky, a photograph will provide a solution to a problem that I currently have.
Enter Pinterest. Have you heard of it yet? It is the newest social media website, which has hit the world by storm. Think of Pinterest as a digital bulletin board. Users create boards in categories to suit them, and post – or “pin” – photos from around the web.