The Four Hour Fix

I am SO excited to introduce my new consultation service, The Four Hour Fix!

The idea originated when a client mentioned that she just wanted someone to come and help her purge her bedroom/closet and then suggest how to organize the remainder of her stuff. 

"It's like how someone need a personal trainer to help them exercise and motivate them, or a nutritionist. I need an organizing coach." 

Thusly, the four hour fix was born!

I have found that within four hours you can get a significant amount done if you concentrate on one area or category. That day I coached her, and her husband, through the process of letting go. It's not necessarily easy.

As I have mentioned before, the attachment we feel to objects often outweighs our own personal well being. The obligation we feel to each thing is imaginary but powerful. It makes your environment totally claustrophobic. Your home shouldn't feel that way.  

By the end of the four hours we had filled countless boxes with clothes, shoes and accessories. I would estimate that they purged about 70% of their things. After that, I was able to consult on a new organizing system and products that would help them achieve their organizing goals, and sustain them. Personally, I find nothing more thrilling that getting rid of stuff, and to see my clients excited by it as well is just the cherry on top!

Each Client who books a four hour fix gets a personalized list of guidelines that are specific to them. People purge differently: Some hoard based on memories, some are going through a major life change, etc.

So, in short: this service is not the Full Fix Treatment. But it IS an affordable version that really is productive and enlightening. 

 

One of these days, I'm going to get organized

I believe there are different types of clutter and disorganization- but absolutely all of them affect you emotionally. This article puts it best:

"Technical: Clutter that causes space restrictions and an overall lack of storage space.

Life changes: Clutter caused by a new baby, a death in the family, a move or anything that has thrown a life out of balance.

Behavioral/psychological: Clutter caused by depression, attention deficit disorder, low self-esteem or lack of personal boundaries.

Time/life management: Clutter caused by the need for better planning."

Read more: The psychology of clutter - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/room/ci_8060057#ixzz2yQmGrevY

I would have to agree with these and I used to be guilty of almost ALL of them. In my bio I call myself "a reformed slob", and it's not an exaggeration. 

I went through a very difficult time in my life and my home was a direct representation of that. Did I have the time to keep my place clean and organized? Yes.

Did I do it? No, I didn't care, and every time I walked into my house, it was like the world was crashing in.

The cycle continued, until, at some point I felt the insatiable desire to FIX my surroundings. I most definitely could not control certain negative things that happened to me, but I could throw out the bill that I paid off from 2009. Once I did that, I felt a sense of empowerment and pretty soon I had a filing system for bills, records, etc. and suddenly my life was 1/5 more manageable.

My love of organizing spread from there. The more I organized, the more space in my brain was free. I now had the energy to tackle situations that I couldn't before.

This job is my way of giving some of that solace to others. I needed help and finally I'm able to give that to other people!

Do not underestimate the power of order. A simplified space can to a world of good for you.