I had the most fabulous experience the last few weeks. An Orange County Reporter, Theresa Walker, chose me to follow around! Theresa was interested not only in www.i-deal-lifestyle.com and www.southocwellness.com, two businesses I run and operate, but how I transitioned from a Social Worker/Therapist to a Professional Organizer, Lifestyle Coach, Decor and Feng Shui Specialist.
Her article here
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/stone-370146-says-carbone.html is really a great look at how I have been able to still continue helping people.
I can't tell you how important it is to remain productive and positive even when you think you are getting older, going through an illness, have lost a job, going through a divorce or loss of a loved one, transitioning in life etc.... Staying organized always helps any situation you are going through, and yet going through difficult life passages can make it very difficult to stay organized. It can be a vicious cycle. I use the analogy of a hamster in a cage....going, going, going... nowhere!
Getting organized for some people is like breaking down a steel wall. Some people just can't even open a box that has been staring at them for 6 months, much less organize a file or sock drawer. Usually that kind of a block can be from loss. It can be loss of a loved one, loss of physical and or cognitive function, loss of a job or career, loss of a stable mood, or just loss of a happier time.
Grieving well is the first step to allowing yourself to focus on the, let's face it, mundane aspects of our lives (organizing stuff).
Other reasons for not getting organized can be you are just too busy, pregnancy, overwhelmed with responsibilities, not enough time, impatience, lack of understanding methods of organizing, anger, substance abuse, not having the correct tools, mental and or physical challenges, over-perfectionistic tendancies, lack of motivation, stubborness, or just plain old lack of interest. Please let me know if you can think of other reasons!
Having a professional organizer to help get you through the hoarding and cluttering patterns in your life makes the process much simpler, easier and effective. Even having a clutter buddy and or a friend is quite helpful. Get help from someone with a lot of patience and who is non-judgmental. Reading books and articles on getting organized is really a great idea, but implementing what you learn is key.
A great visualization excercise is to visualize your space the way you would like it to look. Also you can visualize a wall as strong and big as you can possibly imagine and then visualize yourself breaking it down. I always build a wall that looks like the great wall of China and visualize a bulldozer going through it, but you come up with your own ideas on the materials of the wall and how you will break it down.
Marla Stone is a Professional Organizer, Lifestyle Coach, Mental Health Consultant, Decor and Feng Shui Specialist, Public Speaker. Marla is available for coaching anywhere in the US over Skype or Telephone and in person in Southern California.
Call Marla at 949-709-7000 for a free 15 minute phone consult and GET ORGANIZED NOW!
Marla earned her BA in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work and is the founder of I-Deal-Lifestyle, a Self and Space Organization Service.