Organizing, Redesign & Staging

Saturday, January 31, 2009

An Expert on Dealing with Clutter

In my latest industry newsletter, I read a quote from Peter Walsh that I found very impactful:

I believe homes are metaphors for our
lives. I believe it’s impossible to make
your best choices, your most enlightened,
spiritually rich, emotionally stable choices
in a cluttered and disorganized home. It
just can’t happen. Time and time again, I
have seen that when you open the space
you create the opportunity for amazing
things to flow into that space.
The exercise of helping people focus
on what they want to create in their open
space opens them up to new possibilities.
Instead of relying on their stuff to define
their lives, they look to themselves to do so.
And once people start down that path, it
totally redefines themselves and the image
they project to the world.
For example, if you decide to visit a
spa for the day, as soon as you step inside
that space, you hear soft music, see clean
lines, and sense the peaceful atmosphere.
Everything in that space exists to create a
calm, comfortable environment for you.
Your home and your workplace should
do the same for you, and if it doesn’t, then
you need do something about it. You need
to ask yourself if you own the space or if
the space owns you. It’s that simple.