While many of us think of ourselves as “disorganized,” “messy,” or “not a tidy person,” the truth is, order is a universal human need. “Messy” is not a personality trait or a personal failing; it is a consequence of societal structures that do not allow us time or space to privilege domestic bliss, internalized tenants of consumer culture, and sneaky voices in our minds/hearts that tell us we are unworthy. It is not at all an exaggeration to say that tidying is a radical spiritual practice.
When we get our home in order, we get to know ourselves and what we value, fostering deeper self knowledge and self acceptance. We subvert dominant cultural narratives that tell us to “hustle” but somehow leave us feeling like we are always failing and always “behind.” We reclaim our right to enjoy our life.
My ethos is strongly rooted in the knowledge that mess is morally neutral, and I offer clients a nonjudgemental space to learn how to extend compassion and care to themselves. Our external environment reflects our internal environment. It is not a coincidence that we often embark on a big purge during major life transitions. When we contend with our relationship to things, we contend with how we relate to the world around us, the people in our lives, and our own self image. We create a new “set point” for ourselves to build from.
I combine principles of minimalism, the KonMari method, and house magic to make spaces function and flow. How we order is unique to us. What works for one person, will not work for another. I help clients hone in on organization that functions well for their distinct needs and natural inclinations. My ultimate goal is to bear witness to people as they move through the emotions that are entangled with STUFF, to clear out space for more joy, ease, and alignment to come into their lives.