It’s a recurring theme. I go to meet a new client for the first time. She walks me through her house. Points out the space she wants me to declutter. Usually her wardrobe. She’s excited I’m here and wants us to get to work. Now. But at this point I pause and ask the killer question. “What is driving you nuts every time you enter your home?”
And you know what? The answer is never ‘how many pairs of jeans I have’ or ‘how badly my shirts are organised’. It’s always something more mainstream. It might be something like all the unopened mail. Or the piles of notes and newsletters from the children’s school. Usually all mixed up together. That exchange we have is a real lightbulb moment as it gives us both a vision of how my client’s life can be changed for the better. And it’s only then that we can roll up our sleeves and get to work. One pile of unsorted mess at a time.
Because, let’s be honest, it’s often about the piles. Either my client or often her trusted cleaner, have mastered the art of Tidying Every Single Thing into ridiculous possets of nonsense that can be dusted and shifted all over the house until the clutter is at this unmanageable stage. Trails of piles. In every room. Sapping the productivity of the client and organisation of the home.
Once we’ve moved away from the wardrobe area to focus on more pressing matters, I ask killer question number 2. “Where is your Home Office?” After all, if you’re expected to run the Home Office for your most valuable assets (children, property, finances) do you have a suitable CEO’s office? If not, why not?
Let’s look at it another way. If my client’s partner is CEO of another office which is based outside the home, let’s call this the Foreign Office, then why on earth are they trying to run that company from the Home Office? And prioritising it over the Home Office? Because this is what often happens – the person who has an office outside the home also gets the main office space inside the home. That doesn’t make much sense when it comes to the running of the household. It’s a question of boundaries. And priorities.
So, first thing is to find your space, organise it, let it work for you. From here all productivity and control will flow into the rest of the home.
Don’t make excuses about not having enough space. You don’t need a large study, all roll top desk, comfy chairs and library-style shelves. Just a space. A desk plus a filing cabinet will do. In your living room. Your kitchen. Even a space carved out of a roomy hallway would do. It just needs to be a place where you can keep all your paperwork and which you can make your centre of command for running the home.
It’s amazing. You’ll find that if you have your home business in order you’ll feel a whole lot better about life. Things will seem less frantic, more calm. Less out of control, more organised. Think about it, plan it, do it and you’ll see.
If you need help with home productivity and organisation, you can call Sarah on 07792298595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org