Julie Andrews once sang, “Let’s start at the very beginning.” She continues, “A very good place to start. When you read you begin with ABC. When you sing you begin with Do, Re, Mi”.
I often think of this song when working with a client for the first time. As we survey their space or their systems, we are beginning anew or starting from scratch, breaking old habits, and cultivating new successful habits. Often times my clients want to start in the middle which does not lead to success.
Instead it leads to unnecessarily purchased organizing supplies aka the “if you buy it the organizing habits will come” method. And of course it leads to feeling like something is wrong with the person. Nope. Just the systems & habits that are in place. I clearly state to my clients that we will dig in, and purchase the appropriate items, if, and only if they’re needed. I strive to repurpose as many items as possible, and when downsizing is involved, sometimes we don’t even need to buy any new supplies.
In that first session, I’m often breaking the stigma that if you’re not organized that must mean you’re lazy. I obviously do not agree that disorganization equals lazy. In fact, my review/discussion of a book that says just that can be found here. There is so much shame in disorganization in both a residential & business setting. But to break that disorganization cycle you need to start at the beginning, with asking for help. There is strength in asking for help and CRUX is right here to leverage your time, energy and money to conquer your organizing & productivity roadblocks.