Why is it so hard to let go?

The two words LETTING GO hold so much emotion in so many different ways. My job as an organizer is to help people let go of clutter which sometimes can be a difficult task. Many clients tell me when we are working together this is really hard and my response is “it’s not easy while you are doing it but when we are done you are going to be so happy you let go of the things you no longer need, use or love.”

How many times have you feared…

Letting go of things you no longer need or use

Letting go of past relationships

Letting go of places you have lived whether it’s a home or a town

Letting go of your grown children to make their own decisions or mistakes

Letting go of control over the things you can’t control

Letting go of what use to be

These are all related to change and change can be scary especially when you are going through it, but after you have reached the other side you can appreciate how important it is to just let go and see that the result has its rewards.

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Get Motivated To Live Clutter Free


One part of my job that I absolutely love is speaking to groups small or large. I love to motivate and inspire people to simplify their lives by clearing the clutter.

I had the privilege of speaking to a group of women a couple of weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised to receive this photo and sweet note.

“I was SOOO inspired! I have purchased all new slim hangers, clear storage bins, a garment rack and clear drawer organizers. I have cleaned out every room in the house. I have yet to conquer the garage, but I love how nice it feels to get rid of all the extra STUFF!”

I know what clearing the clutter will do for ones self esteem, self confidence, personal life and work life but when I hear first hand from people how they have reaped the benefits from clearing the clutter it just brings a smile to my face.

If you are looking to inspire and motivate your employees or organization and you want to see and hear the positive results of getting organized and clearing the clutter contact Neatly Designed to book your speaking engagement.

How Can A Chair Stir So Much Emotion?


My clients will sometimes say to me when we are clearing the clutter “you could not possibly understand the emotional attachment to things because of what you do for a living”.

Whenever I hear that I often think about this chair. It was an original Knoll chair from the late 60’s that use to be covered in purple velvet fabric.

It was the dining room chair of my childhood. There were many Thanksgivings, Christmas dinners and birthday celebrations shared on these chairs.

In the early 70’s, the era of house parties, the purple velvet chairs were always a topic of conversation.

There were originally eight of them that were put in storage sometime in the 80’s, unfortunately all but one was stolen.

The surviving chair went from place to place until it ended up at my house in the late 90’s.

I had it recovered in black, had the metal cleaned and used it as my office chair for a couple of years. When we moved I changed the fabric to orange hoping I could make it work in my new home.

When I realized it was not really the look I was going for in my new house and no one in my family wanted it I put it on eBay and sold it to someone who was thrilled.

I knew it had value because I had done my homework which is important when you own things of value that you want to sell.

The funny thing about the chair, every time I looked at it my mind would immediately go to the past. When emotions are attached to an item it’s so hard to let it go.

I have never regretted selling the chair because my decorating taste has changed and I realized at one point I was trying to make something work out of guilt and the reluctance to give up the past.

How could I sell a family heirloom? What if I regret it? What if it’s worth more 10 years from now? Do these all sound familiar?

You have to live in the present with the things in your home that you absolutely need and love.

If you love your grandmothers dresser keep it but if you look at it everyday and think “how did I get stuck with this” then it is time to let it go and live in the present.