In a world filled with gadgets, programs, containers, organizers, and cleaning products designed to help us keep our space all perfect and shiny, many of us continue to be covered up in chaos. Years ago, when I worked as a professional organizer, I saw over and over again how absolutely ineffective it is to search for an organizing solution when what you have is too much stuff.
Yes, I said it. We have too much stuff. Not all of us but most of us, and I’ve never met a person who needed a better way to organize their six worldly goods. Everybody is trying to organize their 30 books on a shelf that holds 18 or even 24, and it’s not going to work. But, we keep searching for the special trick, or the right amount of time, or the perfect physics-defying organizing product to make it work. There just isn’t one. It’s either going to take more space or less stuff, and most people aren’t prepared to relocate.
In the Sick of Being Stuck program, the organizing process is second. First, we release, release, release. And in the spirit of full disclosure, this isn’t super-secret, crafty-Christy, organizing magic I discovered. The laws of physics have been in motion since the beginning of time, and having more stuff that you have room to effectively store it is a problem.
For most of the people I work with, there sincerely isn’t room enough in their space for both the stuff and the life they wish to be living.
They want to be able to really live in their space, not just sleep there or sit there. What about having a dinner party? Is there room for family game night? Do you have the space to create your art or prepare food that nourishes your body? And most importantly, for me at least, is there room to dance? Just being able to fit in a space doesn’t mean you can actually live there.