Excuses, excuses! As a Professional Organizer I hear them all! Well, in my mind excuses are just that…excuses. These are the top 10 excuses I heard from actual clients last week regarding why they can’t get organized and clear out the clutter, can you relate? I am including my responses to these excuses to inspire you to conquer your inner organizing demons and get to work! If you need an extra push please send me an email!
Excuse: I don’t have time!
Answer: Yes you do, you just have to make the time!
Excuse: I don’t know where to start?
Answer: I always tell my clients to start in the room that needs the least amount of work so you have a “staging area” for the rest of the rooms. From that starting point, move counter clockwise or clockwise throughout the house so you aren’t bouncing from room to room.
Excuse: I wasn’t feeling well.
Answer: Getting organized gives some people anxiety, once we get started that uncomfortable feeling will go away. If it is something more serious, take some time get healthy and set an appointment on your calendar to get started another day.
Excuse: It’s depressing to go through my old stuff.
Answer: Why let the things that give you bad memories hog valuable storage space in your home?
Excuse: I get frustrated when I see all of the money I have wasted…
Answer: It is important to learn from your mistakes! Don’t dwell on what you have wasted money on, get excited about getting control of your home and knowing what you have so you don’t make the same mistakes.
Excuse: My dog died.
Answer: Wow, I am so sorry for your loss! Take a few days off and get back into your routine. Staying busy and getting organized is a productive way to grieve and stay positive.
Excuse: I can’t afford it, the shelving options and tools are too expensive.
Answer: Working with a Professional Organizer is 3 to 4 times as effective as getting organizing on your own. There is so much value in having someone keep you on task, give you professional advice on what to keep, and suggest storage solutions that you already have (FREE) or that are affordable.
Excuse: My parents were unorganized, it’s genetic!
Answer: Being organized is a habit, not genetic. Once you clear out the clutter it is important to set a maintenance schedule to keep you on track. Practice makes perfect!
Excuse: I can’t get rid of it, someone gave it to me.
Answer: I don’t care if it was a gift from the Pope, if you don’t love it or need it right now give it away!
Excuse: It was on sale.
Answer: I don’t care if it was free, if you don’t love it or need it right now give it away!