As a professional organizer, when I tell a client to “let it go”, most would assume that phrase to mean: throw out that article of clothing that hasn’t fit your child in 3 years or an old book that appears to only collect dust on the living room shelf. But, for me “let it go” refers to freeing yourself of your own hyper-critical judgement and “I can’t believe I haven’ts…”. I find this tiny (Frozen) phrase to be the most powerful tool to successfully organize a drawer… a closet… a house….
I can’t count how many unopened “baby books” I have found when beginning to help a busy mom “get organized” and almost as if there was a script and soundtrack – as soon as we come across this baby book in the stack- she shakes her head (cue sad music) and says- “can you believe I haven’t even opened the plastic cover….my son/daughter is xxx years old”.
For that I shake my head right back at her and say “but LOOK and THINK at what you HAVE done for your child, family, friends. You are a busy mom and some projects may need to wait and that is okay… It is okay to not be a fictional superhero (or the Princess of Pinterest). You are one person, with limited hours, limited energy and likely limited sleep…” It is okay to not have literally and proverbially opened the baby book.
With that conscious (and sometimes unconscious) self -imposed and often harsh judgement imbedded into each pile of clutter or “junk drawer”, it should be no surprise that these piles are left untouched for days or years… Who would willingly want to put their hand into a snake pit? My point… these self- imposed harsh judgments can be paralyzing and poisonous.
Let’s remove this judgement and instead of keeping these “guilt laden projects” on the floor so you have to literally trip over the guilt on a regular bases, let’s place these types of “to-do projects” in labeled (clear) bins knowing that these bins can now easily be accessed in due time (ie- you don’t have a screaming infant and an outspoken four year old to tend to).
And if the background noise of a child whining distracts you from remembering how to start “getting organized”- maybe just turn on Frozen (during their nap time) and remind yourself to Let. It. Go.
About Joanna Teplin: Joanna is a professional organizer who began her business (“joanna and company- saving time for busy people”) in San Francisco. And, after her husband’s job opportunity moved them to Franklin, Tennessee (in December 2013), she closed her SF branch and reopened it here… the land of biscuits and gravy. With 2 young children (Miles and Marlowe) and an eye for design, she knows first hand that although organization is about presentation it is nothing without function.
For more information, please visit: www.thehomeedit.com or 615.594.4765