An open letter to the mothers of the homes I’ve helped organise, and who in turn have helped me. What I wish you knew…
My sincerest gratitude for opening your home to me, and allowing a new chapter to begin.
You were comfortable with the idea of hiring hairdressers, lawnmowers, mechanics… but a professional organiser was new. New things are hard. You were almost too busy to even think about trying a new service. But the sinking feeling you got every time you saw the piles of stuff ‘not going anywhere’ nagged at you for months. Sometimes family complained at you too.
To begin with you were worried that I’d think you were somehow lazy for not having a spotless ‘magazine style’ home.
I wished you knew that I don’t. I wish you knew you’re not alone and that without help, or spare time, chaos gets on top of Everyone. I wished you knew that you were doing a great job, and that I wanted to be your help.
I walked into your homes with my ‘Mary Poppins’ bag of organising bits and bobs, and a brief description you’d given me of the most chaotic areas in your house.
I shared with you my skill in decluttering, reorganising and introducing simpler systems and easier storage. Yeah, your housework time was cut. Yeah you, and everyone in the family, knew exactly what you had and where it was. No more buying the item again ‘cos you don’t know where the first one went. No more big messes from dragging things out of the back of cupboards toppling the piles in the front.
You took that but did even more with it. Heaps more!
As the mediocre clutter fell away we revealed the things in your life that are most important to you. You discovered that you have Enough. You actually Felt the abundance everybody wishes for.
Hiring someone to blitz the disorganisation was Effective Delegation – a skill so necessary in these busy times but quite hard to do, especially when you're expected to do everything!
From stripping back the layers of clutter you uncovered more time to spend with your families. More time to put out fires, support them through highs and lows and give them the time and attention that they needed but that busyness and clutter had been stealing.
You felt freer and your head was clearer, getting you off that hamster wheel, allowing you to pursue avenues that could make you feel happier and more fulfilled. Your family learned more about you as a ‘person’, as opposed to a ‘housekeeping service’. It was easier for them to help you out and see what made you happy. This gave you all a sense of ‘working together’. I can only imagine the amazing memories you’ve been able to create for your family with more clarity, organisation and direction… and less to clean!
With every new mum I help, when that chaotic fog of clutter lifts and those life-changing transformations brighten the home and energize the people who live there, I always hold a piece of that inspiration with me. Your family, and my own, are thriving because of it. Thank You