"ALY IS BRAVE ENOUGH AND KIND"
I hired Bright Organizing because I had hit a wall. I tried many online methods and recommendations. I am a reader so I also tried a lot of ideas from books and magazines that addressed cleaning and organizing. My reality was that I had become beyond stuck--to the point where it was difficult, if not dangerous, to move around my small house. I had many offers from several close friends to help me with the clutter but I didn't want to endure the shame and embarrassment of having them in my home to sort out a few years of neglect. I was overwhelmed on so many levels. Looking at the Bright Organizing website showed me that Aly understood the many common denominators that lead to messy spaces. I sensed she would understand how I got to where I was but more importantly how to get me unstuck.
My experience started off virtually since Covid was still a concern. I took Aly on a video tour of what I could bear to show her. We talked about my concerns and goals. She made recommendations and I implemented many of them. She would Zoom with me as I did so and she'd communicate via text or a call to address concerns that were revealed as I unraveled several years of clutter in problem areas of my house e.g. the kitchen. One of Aly's strengths is her ability to look at your situation and give suggestions and identify potential solutions. We re-organized a lot of kitchen clutter and overflow at the start. The good stuff happened when she was able to come over to assess my progress and review my trouble spots. In retrospect, I had a lot of things that needed to be sorted and categorized so I could go through them and make solid decisions.
Aly is helpful and non-judgemental in the process. Once I advanced in my decision making abilities, we went to the bedrooms on my second floor. She dug right in with me and sorted an enormous amount of clothing clutter that gathered to the point that I was walking on it! She helped me to determine what I could give away and how. She helped me to know when to "say when". I learned that there really is a time to throw some stuff out. You might think a charitable organization, a friend, or family member could use something you have, but sometimes it's time to say "goodbye". Aly is brave enough and kind to say this, but ultimately it's up to you. All of it is up to you, in reality. Aly provides expert guidance, a "hand" to hold, and a lot of wisdom when you're overwhelmed by what you're surrounded with. You do the work of deciding and choosing because you're going to live with. Aly has a great ability to think ahead when you're brainstorming how to handle a clutter sore spot. She makes connections as to how various decisions will impact your living space and shares her thoughts so you can make the best decision.
The impact that Bright Organizing brought to me was subtle at first. Soft changes in my way of thinking about my space and what's in. A wake up call to myself--my need to respect what I have created and to make it work for me. As I worked with Aly, her way of thinking about what I own and how to use it has seeped into how I am living. I have become more conscious of maintaining the work that we have done together.