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Looks Are Deceiving

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This picture may look innocuous for most people, but for some of my clients, this represents frustration and avoidance.

It’s the harmless actions that we do on a daily basis, those mundane tasks, that when not maintained properly, cause so much heartache.

“What’s wrong with a bunch of envelopes opened?” You may ask. Nothing, I reply.

Nothing harmful here, until you step back from your desk and realize there are dozens of envelopes in the same, partially-opened condition.

Maybe there’s dozens of envelopes. There could possibly be hundreds, thousands perhaps. Some are shoved deep in the recesses of your second desk drawer. Many are bundled together with rubber bands, stacked a foot high on the side of your trash can.

I’ve seen this situation before with some of my clients. Some are entrepreneurs who work at home. Others are those who are behind on bills, not because they can’t afford to pay, but because that bill in stuck somewhere in one of many piles.

The avoidance hits you, and the tinge of guilt creeps in each time you sit at your desk.

Take a deep breath. Exhale.

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Imagine these papers on top of your desk.

Yes, you may have hundreds of papers, but they are in their correct group and bundled together, via a paper clip. You’ve decided to take charge of your paperwork. You’re halfway there.

Take another deep breath. Exhale.

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What’s this?

This is the part of your desk where the paperwork lay. Your bills, statements, and other documents have now been filed, shredded, or placed in your Inbox.

If you can’t imagine this happening, may I suggest a helping hand? If you live in the Central Texas area and are having difficulties organizing paperwork, let me know. You can also visit my Thumbtack account here to see my other work and reviews.

Thank you.

 

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Ode to My Oreck

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If cleanliness is next to godliness

But the road to hell is paved with good intentions

Then my path is littered thus so

Discarded scrub brushes

Unlabeled, half-full spray bottles

A Brillo pad, forgotten on the side of a bathtub

 

But you, my loyal electric broom

Triumphant in the utility room

I hear your mighty roar

And my heart doth quiver and soar

You truly, wonderfully, faithfully,

Suck.

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Pics of My Clutter Project

Several years ago, I was given the opportunity to help an older couple clear out their 2,400 square foot home in Austin, Texas. This house was constructed in the late 1960’s, and was at the end of a cul-de-sac in a quiet suburban neighborhood.

From the outside, there were no apparent issues with the home.

But every single room in the house, including the garage, was filled with items. Three bedrooms, two baths, a living room, kitchen, kitchen dining area, formal dining area, and den had clutter. Clothes, toys, books, mementos, photo albums, and other household items filled the home, including the hallway (photos edited and adjusted for privacy)

The project took several months. All items were either donated, placed in storage, recycled, or disposed of. Very few items were disposed of – the house was air conditioned and there were no perishable items.

Slowly but surely, I made progress daily. There was some gentle persuasion to let go of most of the items, since the new home was smaller.

Eventually, the project was finished, and a complete remodel began. The couple is now in a less cluttered home.

If you are overwhelmed with clutter, contact me for a free estimate in the Austin area. I’m here to help.