What’s your New Year’s resolution? Starting fresh and getting organized? Skills like sorting, making decisions and follow through are necessary to declutter your living space—Yes, I know…creating livable spaces is easier said then done. At a recent conference I attended, Michael Tomkins, Phd, author and authority on clutter and hoarding behavior, challenged the audience to think about the word “need” when sorting stuff. Try this rule: Ask yourself these three powerful questions when you are sorting your stuff to determine whether it’s something that should be tossed, donated or kept:
is my SAFETY at risk?
is my HEALTH at risk?
is my FINANCIAL WELFARE at risk?
Other rules that you need to consider when sorting:
If it’s broken…can you let it go?
How many of the same or similar thing do you have? Find balance.
If it’s not repaired or used in a “reasonable” amount of time (less then 6 months), can you let it go?
Dig deep and ask yourself: Will your life be negatively effected if you get rid of “it”? Have you felt anxiety or depression because you’ve been without “it”. What void is “it” filling? Have you spent hours, days, or weeks looking for “it”? I can help with with all these questions, and together we can make a difference! Call/text/email Cazares Organizing today!
For big jobs, where time is of the essence, you can get a lot more done in half the time—with TWO organizers! This client asked for two organizers so he could access his window to open it, reach his desk, and open his closet. He had gone far too long without being able to safely maneuver in his bedroom/office.
In a matter of four hours, with twoorganizers, we could see the floor! We categorized his stuff, recycled the mountain of paper, and sorted out paper to be shredded…AND, we were able to open the window and let the fresh air in!
My featured image is of a client’s dining room table. Look really hard…Do you see the table in the room in the above picture? Probably not, but the light hanging over her dining room table will give you a hint. “Hoarding Disorder” is now recognized in the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as a mental disorder. This is a serious disorder and one that I learn more about every time I have a session with any of my clients who have hoarding behavior, and from my studies through the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). Recently, I administered the ICD Clutter Quality of Life Scale (CQLS) to my client. The CQLS is designed to measure inward, or subjective, consequences of clutter from the individual’s perspective. The CQLS highlights the various dimensions of clutter impact on quality of life like: Livability of Space, Emotional, Social, Financial. Although my client clearly has hoarding behavior, interestingly enough, she did not consider herself as a person who hoards. However, after taking the CQLS, she now understands the impact her hoarding behavior has on various aspects of her life, especially the livability of space, emotional and social aspects. We have spent many, many hours together over the past year. Though she is making progress, she admits she is very vulnerable to backsliding.