Are you suffering from CHAOS?
by Louise D'Allura on November 4th, 2010

That is - Can't have anyone over syndrome! I don’t remember where I first heard that saying, but I love it! As we approach Christmas this Syndrome raises its head and causes a huge amount of anxiety. One family I worked with decided the best way to get their home organised was to host Christmas. It was going to be the first time in five years they had people over. For a whole host of reasons, life got busy and the year slipped away. Before they knew it, it was December and PANIC hit just before Santa started to Ho Ho Ho.

So what can you do if you’re feeling like you’re suffering from the Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome? It might be in one room or all your rooms. Either way, take a look at the gift in these lessons from Our Christmas Client:

1) Set yourself a goal.
Our Christmas Client got this part absolutely perfect - they set a date by inviting family and friends over for Christmas lunch. They identified they needed to get the kitchen, family room, toy room, entrance, dining room and spare rooms sorted so they could offer guests a beautiful space to be entertained in, a place to eat and a bed for the night if they had a little too much cheer!

2) Break down the project into small pieces and book it into your and your family member’s daily/ weekly schedule.
This is where Our Christmas Client got stuck – not having that plan meant they didn’t know WHAT they needed to do, HOW or WHEN. If your estimations of how long it will take have you completing it in 6 months time, give us a call. Our clients always tell the difference between working on your own vs working with a Professional Organiser is incredible - it dramatically improves your productivity and you actually feel like you’ve made progress!

3) Declutter.
Our Christmas Client felt they had decluttered all they could, but there was STILL NO ROOM for family and friends to be entertained in. If you have a lot of stuff, you need to evaluate each item if YOU are going to live the same space as IT. We asked the tough questions, and taught Our Christmas Client how to practice Mindful Organising instead of YoYo Organising. YoYo is where you start organising one area, then find something that belongs elsewhere (e.g. tea towel), and before you know it your organising the WHOLE linen press instead of DROPPING OFF THE TEA TOWEL!?! Funny creatures aren’t we!

4) Everything needs a home
A place for everything and everything in its place – wise words from Benjamin Franklin! This is how childcare centres are set up – the children know where things go, because the items live in the SAME spot. Our Christmas Client loved it!

As always it is rarely about the stuff – it is all the feelings, emotions, or busyness of a crazy schedule that led to its accumulation or what the items mean in the bigger picture of life.

Get that kickstart!
Address your CHAOS with our R-E-V-A-M-P Plan! We’ll visit you (in person or virtually), clarify your vision and immediately start creating your Step by Step R-E-V-A-M-P Plan.

We’ll work with you to understand your frustrations, and find organising solutions that suit YOU! Within a week you’ll receive your R-E-V-A-M-P Plan packed with decluttering and organising advice on the priority areas of your home. Find out exactly what to do, how to do it and where to go for supplies.

You’ll also get three follow up calls included with your R-E-V-A-M-P Plan. So, what do you have to lose? ONLY YOUR CLUTTER!! Call us on 0408 723 559 or drop us a line.


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