Unless you've been hiding under a rock or living totally off the grid, I'm going to assume you have heard of Marie Kondo or the KonMarie Method. Marie's got the world talking about organising and decluttering using introspection and asking people if an item "sparks joy". I have to insert a disclaimer here. I've never see Marie's television show, or read her whole book, however I have read many articles about what she does and do have many friends, family members and colleagues who absolutely love this method of organising. Plus, it's impossible not to notice the effect she's having on social media.
As a professional organiser I think it's fantastic that people are trying to become more organised and talking about ways to do that. Marie has bought a lot of attention to this industry - and that's a great thing! That said, there's never one system or process that will work for everyone. Becoming organised looks and feels different to every single person I work with. Decluttering isn't based purely around the level of "joy" something sparks. For some of my clients, if faced with having to make a decision about what to keep, or pass on, everything would suddenly "spark joy". If I'm working with a client who has a hoarding disorder there is no way I'd even mention this method as it'd be far too overwhelming. I think I could have minimalistic tendencies, but that doesn't mean everyone I work with has to feel, or organise, the same way.
When you decide to declutter a room, you open yourself up to having to make many, many decisions.
Decisions about what to keep.
Decisions about what to let go.
Decisions about storage of items you've decided to keep.
Decision after decision.
And if you're a tad adverse to making decisions, sometimes it's just easier to churn.
If you haven't heard of churning, let me explain to you the difference in these two processes. Decluttering is when you remove things you do not need from a place, in order to make it more pleasant and more useful. The number of items in a specific area is usually reduced. Churning on the other hand, does little to reduce the number of possessions in a space as it's simply moving things around to different areas. Decision making avoidance at its best.
Many people have difficulty making decisions around what needs to leave their homes. When I'm working with clients I recommend we set up some "rules" before starting work to help with the letting go process. These rules are individual to each client and specific to their circumstances. Some possible rules for disposal could be:
What is the difference between a Professional Organiser and a Cleaner? Our friends at Wikipedia offer the following answers:
"Professional Organisers offer a wide variety of services, from designing a functional closet to organising a cross-country move. For homeowners, a Professional Organiser might plan and reorganise the space of a room, improve paper management, or coach in time management , or goal setting"
Whereas the Cleaning definition is:
"The action of making something clean, especially the inside of a house. e.g. 'the housekeeper will help with the cleaning'"
Basically, cleaning involves using physical things like a mop, broom, bucket, vacuum cleaner etc. I don't pretend to be an expert cleaner, but I do have knowledge and ability in the Professional Organisation arena. Professional Organisers each have different areas of interest and expertise. The below list will give you a good idea of the kinds of assistance you can expect from a Professional Organiser:
Help with decision making. Overwhelm can mean people get stuck and need assistance with knowing where to start and how to make good decisions.
Setting up systems that work. Fads come and go, but really good systems are developed taking into consideration your specific situations. We're all individuals so it just makes sense that no one system will suit everyone.