Hoarder!!! And I am officially organized in one week!
To get there took one week with a live in professional organizer. She also has a major in psychology. I need to save my marriage.
I came to a few conclusions. I learned much along the way. I have been moving clutter for many years. I may have temporarily been able to make a couple rooms in my home look decent but stuff never had a designated place.
Bins and labels!!! What a concept! Yes, I had purchased some over the years but never enough. I also never labeled them. Kid toys now have a bin with labels (with no lid on a high shelf). My son has adapted very quickly. (And the house is safer for him!)My crafting supplies now all have bins and labels. The bathrooms and closets now have bins with labels. Everything now has a place! That makes putting things where they belong much easier.
Laundry. I have officially given up sorting by color! I now sort by person. My hubby, son and I each have our own laundry baskets. Plus towel and sheet baskets. Now, I can easily wash a load, and know that I only need to put away one persons clothes. We as a family have way too many clothes. We don't have room for them all in drawers. I finally came to the conclusion that large bins are the way to go. Each of us now have bins in out of the way areas for shirts, pants/shorts, underwear and socks.
Baby stuff. I had to let it go. I have come to the conclusion that I will likely not have another child. Yes. I could have made more money off of it if I had time, but it needed to get out of the house. If I do have another child I will have to buy everything again. But I know what I would need so there would be much less waste.
Sending stuff to charity/goodwill type places. Do not hesitate. Get them out immediately before the bags and boxes clutter your home. It took 6 trips.
I still have a few kid items to sell/consign but they are in my car until they are gone. Not allowed inside!
Laundry again - if it is built up to out of control, make a couple trips to a laundry mat. You can get a ton done in three hours, keeping the momentum vs trying to do constant loads day in and out where you end up give up and it stacks so fast. Once it is in control it is much easier to keep it there.
You can keep memories. It is ok! Just limit it to items of significance. A bin or two for memories. A bin for children's art work.
Even with a professional you must be a major part of the process. I had to trust the process. I had to essentially strip and let her see the real me. It is very humbling. I obviously do not know how to get there on my own. I had to trust her process and do what she said. My job was to follow direction. Usually sort between keep and don't keep. I decided to listen to my organizer fully. I can always change things later if they are not working. But she knows more than me.
My husband kept saying "I want THAT room done. It was a few days in before THAT room was started. We had to do the rooms he did not care about in order to take care of the room he wanted to be nice. (My crafting business had taken over the breakfast room. It was disorganized and full of clutter. It now has its own room)
I still have work to do. There are three drawers I skipped due to time restraints with her. They are unseen and I can take one a day once school starts back again. I have a few projects in my craft room for organization. But they can each be done in a morning when time permits.
You have to be motivated to get it done. What is your reason? For me it is an attempt to save my marriage. Even better is the feeling that this is helping our son. He is happier with everything having a place. I am happier and more organized in my day and with him.
The main completion has been all of four days. The hard part will now be maintaining. I feel great and scared at the same time. I now have to maintain.
I also came to the conclusion that the show Hoarders is horrible for people that are average hoarders. I was nowhere near what I would bee on that show so I was ok. I don't collect old newspapers or food! You can be a hoarder even if your house is not stacked to the ceiling.
Be prepared to spend a lot of money on bins of various sizes. Anyone else feel pain when spending $$ on something to hide in a closet? I did. Thankfully I just reimbursed and never saw that part. (I figured out that I had an issue with spending money on storage).
Before I buy something I must ask myself where I will store it! Otherwise I can't buy it.
This was an extreme makeover. It does have a huge impact emotionally and physically. It really helps to have help if you are so overwhelmed you don't know where to start. If you can ask someone for help do so. I was feeling trapped and alone. There is so much more to it than a messy house.
I am not finished! Garage and a kitchen cabinets remain. (I can do the kitchen now!)