I’m typing this sitting in my newly put together home office, staring out at the trees while a soft Carolina breeze blows through the open window. I had imagined this scene many times before and after I moved into my new house. The house provided the perfect scenario for a home-based office situation. The upstairs is solely dedicated to a large bedroom and bathroom and a huge open loft area. The plan all along was for the loft area to be a workout room/home office area and I was excited to set down roots. Except the more time I spent in the loft, the more time I felt claustrophobic because of the lack of windows. I hesitated with getting new office furniture because I wasn’t sure how I would set it up and still be able to have the room be multi-use. I fretted and stressed about it thinking to myself “but this is why I wanted this house!! I’ve made a terrible mistake!”.
And then two weeks ago it finally hit me. “Put your desk by the window in your rom. Who cares that you never had any intention of doing that!”. It’s worked out perfectly. I still have lots of light and I choose a desk that didn’t overtake my room. The loft area remains an awesome space for workouts and tv watching with room for additional storage. I’ve been more productive over the last week and I don’t even notice the addition of the desk to my room.
This all led me to think about something I speak to clients about often: having patience. Having patience with yourself, having patience with your things and having patience with your space. When people are ready to get organized they are usually raring to go and WANT TO START RIGHT NOW. I applaud that drive and enthusiasm. I always encourage clients to train that energy on the purging portion of getting organized. Focus on only keeping what you love and need. And when you are done with that all important first step, it’s time to slow down and reassess.
This space that you’ve just worked on is like a brand new addition to your house. It’s now free of clutter and most clients are amazed at the amount of space that has suddenly appeared. This may mean that the room takes on a new purpose or it may stay exactly the same but without the downsides of clutter. The point is you may need to live in the space for a bit before finding its true intention. Have patience. You’ve done the absolute most important thing in this process with is purging and decluttering. And now that you are the next phase, the room or space may be different then you had thought it would be. By allowing yourself time you won’t be settling or jumping to conclusions. By allowing yourself time you’ll be able to actually see what the room can (and should!) be. By allowing yourself time you’ll be able to use the room to its full potential.
And just like life, organizing isn’t a race but a journey.