Organized Treasure: Blog
Katie McAllister, Professional Organizer
I am all about transparency, and am a super open person. If you talk to me one-on- one, you know I am all about relating 100% to the difficulties of staying organized!! (The Struggles are REAL!) I would never want what I put on social media to be mistaken for anything other than encouragement that hits home to ME!! Because I need to hear it, and do it, and I spend a lot of time thinking about it! And now I love sharing the encouragement!
But, like I told my husband yesterday: Close the garage door behind us, because my organizing detritus (Donation bags, shred piles, moving boxes, Closet and Garage Samples, and other organizer supplies) is NOT "ON BRAND". 😊 My garage is suddenly doing quadruple duty at the same time my "free time" to run donation errands is reduced! Some weeks it is down right scary.
We are a growing family, so our routines, systems, and storage needs are constantly changing and need to update nearly every season. We have been through some difficult times, where rolling with the changes and making tweaks and improvements was just not possible, and we found ourselves just holding on, making it through and taking care of the basic necessities. Whether it is an extended period of health emergency, crazy schedules for work or sports, the need to travel to care for a loved one, there are periods where it is hard to keep up, much less CATCH up. (This is what started my journey to become a professional organizer - I totally relate to the feeling of overwhelm and difficulty of digging out when there is finally room to breath.)
So, my quotes and advice NEVER come from a place of having "achieved perfection", or a need to "preach it" to the rest of the world! I actually think the people who most love reading books about organization, and are most drawn to the inspiration quotes I love and share, tend to be VERY organized people! I love to hear from others about the ups and downs of organizing in their lives. I love when someone confides a "deep dark secret" of their disorganization and I can assure them how very NON-dark and totally NORMAL it is!
That title "professional organizer" makes perfection sound like a prerequisite, and can be very intimidating to others at first glance! Turns out, a big part of the job is personal cheerleader - cheering each "team" on as they pull together, achieve small victories, build their decluttering muscles, and practice, practice, practice!
I love to immerse in words and images that set an encouraging tone, that inspire us to take the next step and make our homes and lives more peaceful and intentional! But that NEVER means I have it all together - just that I trust in our ability to find solutions, tackle problems that come our way, make great progress one baby step at a time! The hardest part is often getting started, and that is often easier when you focus on the positive!
Embracing my love for organizing and the joy of encouraging others as we journey through the ups and downs together!
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