How long it will take to get my space organized?
First, think about how long it has taken to accumulate all of your treasures… I will let that sink in for a second…
- What spaces are we going to be working in?
- How much stuff is in those spaces? Is it big or small? Does each piece require a decision or can you make sweeping generalizations? (ex. All shopping bags can be recycled.)
- How attached are you to the stuff in those spaces?
- How often will we schedule sessions?
- How much time can you dedicate to homework?
Now to break down expectations.
Think about how much time it takes to complete tasks around the house. Laundry for instance: How long does it take to remove the clothes from the dryer, fold or put on hangers, and put into their homes? For some people, the answer may be under 15 minutes, yet for others it will take much, much longer. Why? If closets are overflowing and dresser drawers are busting open, it is not as easy as it sounds to "just put it away." In those homes, laundry may not get put away, or if it does there will be creative problem solving or necessity purging rather than mindful decision making.
In a chronically disorganized home, tasks will take much longer. For example, I have been able to purge, sort, and replace all the items from a closet in less than two hours in one home, and I have spent 10 hours in a similarly sized closet with a client who struggles to make decisions. Where each persons falls on the spectrum is unknown until we roll up our sleeves and get to work.
I can say that at each consecutive session, clients will begin to make decisions faster and faster. I will also get to know your personality and preferences and help you much better to make decisions that are in line with your values and beliefs. You will also begin to trust me, and eventually we can be working side by side on different projects. That process takes time, but when it happens, it is magic!
"Getting organized does not have to feel hopeless. You just have to be ready!" -Claire