Whenever I schedule with a client, she usually asks if she should go buy bins, baskets and containers before I come.
The answer is always NO. I even caught one client in a store shopping before my visit. I sent her right out the door.
First, the client has already tried organizing herself with bins. I always say, if you take all your stuff and put it in bins, you are just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. (Apologies to every editor I’ve ever had for using a cliche, but it’s so perfect here.)
Second, if you are looking to organize, you don’t want to bring more stuff in. You want to focus on sending lots of stuff out. (As my barre3 teacher always says while doing squats: focus on going down more, not up. Better work out this way.)
We all desperately want organizing to be about buying those pretty things so beautifully displayed at our favorite big-box store. Our stuff will be so pretty in them, right?
Organizing is really about purging. You must have less stuff to get organized.
That’s when the client usually calls me. She has put all her stuff in cute bins and baskets, but the room, closet or attic still does not feel good.
If you need more proof: this client had dozens of bins for her attic storage. But it was not pretty.
When we finished, she had dozens of empty bins left over because we donated a lot stuff. And it looked like this:
To be organized, you must purge. That’s the only way.