Organizing Your Home and Life

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Last week I blogged about my dad who was painfully taken from us a few weeks ago.  I do get overcome sometimes with grief and I know that is a normal part of the process.  Yesterday a rep from a hospital where my dad was once a patient called my house to ask how to get in touch with my dad. She was planning a reunion and wanted to invite him to come. I had to share with her our painful news.  It stung to have to repeat it and sometimes I feel for the person on the other end of the phone who really doesn’t know what to say.  So I just talked soothingly and reassured her that I was ok and that things would be alright.

Over these past several days I have found myself migrating to my dad’s condo to clean up and clean it out.  To others it might seem like work but to me it doesn’t.  I find myself cleaning and dusting and boxing up things and it doesn’t make me sad.  It doesn’t make me tired.  In fact it does just the opposite.  It makes me feel like I am taking care of my mom and dad’s things in a respectful manner the way I feel they deserved to have their things treated. 

I love to organize and it is my passion and being able to organize and declutter my parent’s condo for the eventual sale is something I cherish.  It’s something I feel I am doing as my last bit of service to my parents who gave so much of themselves to get me to where I am today.

As I organize and clean up and clean out, I learn about myself and I talk to my dad because in my heart he hears me and I feel better for it.  This is all a process but one that I am glad to do for my dear ole’ dad.

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Well it has been a while since I have posted anything resembling my blog.

My dad passed away on October 12 and I just haven’t felt like doing any writing since then.  I know I will get back into the swing of things soon because I want to.  I have been going through my dad’s things and while they do make me reflect a lot and even sometimes make me cry, I feel a sense of peace in making sure his things are handled in an organized fashion.

I guess that’s how us organizers are.

But I have also learned a lot about how to pick up after the loss of a loved one, literally and figuratively, and intent to blog about in the near future.

In the meantime, hug your family close today and have a great and fulfilling weekend!

I am so grateful to this dear friend who asked me to help her organize some areas in her home that needed attention and organization.  The reason I am grateful to her is because she has faith in me that I can help her and I am. 

I have always been an organizer and declutterer.  Growing up I didn’t have a lot of material things so I always took pride in the little stuff that I did have.  I loved to see my stuff shine and sparkle.  I cleaned my room all the time.  I know that is very unusual for being a small kid but I suppose it was just something that was instilled in me at a young age..”take care of your stuff because we aren’t going to replace it if you don’t.”  I heard that all the time from my parents who were doing everything they could to keep a roof over my head and my three other brothers.  My mom was a stay at home mom and my dad was always working.  Sometimes we lived paycheck to paycheck.  I didn’t mind it because it was all I knew but I believe that having this kind of life gave me a good work ethic and it forced me to appreciate the things I had because I knew they were hard to come by.

So I was always dusting and vacuuming my room and making my bed.  I was always cleaning and organizing my drawers and closet and cleaning out under the bed.  I took care a lot.

I am the same way now in my adult life.  The financial struggles are not the same as when I was a kid but my organizing work ethic has remained.  The good feeling I get inside is the same when I organize or clean up an area of my own house that needs attention.

Which brings me to this dear friend who invited me to her home to help her organize.  I go into my clients homes with an open mind and no judgements.  I LOVE this and it makes me feel great to help people so this is where I feel so comfortable and helpful.  I hope that I can get this business off the ground because I feel that this is my comfort zone.

Right now my plan is to continue blogging and researching and finding people who will allow me to come into their homes to make their lives a little bit better and more organized.