While I agree with most everything they say, there is one paragraph, where they pooh-pooh organizers. They say organizers push people to buy more stuff to organize their clutter. I am guessing they mean all those pretty plastic bins.
Because professional organizing is a relatively new profession — how many of us had professional organizers come to our homes when we were young? — I want to correct the record. My motto on my business card says, “Clear the space to be in deeper relationships with yourself, your life and your loves.” Which means, I don’t just rearrange what you have.
I always stop clients from getting more “organizing materials” before we start. To be truly organized, you must get rid of your stuff. In other words, be a minimalist. Otherwise, you are just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
By getting rid of that clutter, you breath in different air. You think with a higher level of clarity. You work more efficiently, which means you have more to time to live and love.
I am not here to push more stuff on you. (Plus, most people have already tried the plastic-container route, and they still can’t breath, which is why they call me. So they already have tons of plastic containers when I arrive.)
I am here to help you create a happy, healthy home or office, so that you can live your best, most productive life.
Here are some things The Minimalists said in the Slate.com article that I liked: (Slightly edited for length. You can tell they were never newspaper reporters! Be a minimalist with your words!)
1. “Whether our homes are strewn with junk or we have an alphabetized methodology to camouflage our mess, we’re still not dealing with the real problem.
When we get rid of the stuff, we make room for life’s more important aspects—health, relationships, writing—instead of re-reorganizing my basement. Once the excess stuff is out of the way, staying organized is much easier.”
2. “When I got rid of the majority of my possessions, I was compelled to ask questions I wasn’t prepared for: When did I give so much meaning to material possessions? What is important in life? Why am I discontented? Who is the person I want to become? How will I define my own success?
These are tough questions with difficult answers. But they’ve proved to be much more important than just trashing my excess possessions. If we don’t answer them carefully, rigorously, then the closet we just decluttered will be brimming with new purchases in the not-too-distant future.”
3. “Over time, situations will change. So I’m forced to ask the same question: Does this add value to my life? I don’t just ask this question about material possessions. Stuff was the start. I ask it in regard to relationships, Internet consumption and food. I ask because circumstances change. Just because something adds value today, doesn’t mean it will tomorrow. So I keep asking and adjust.”