A good deal of what we discuss in the CRUD blog has its roots in the past. Sentimental attachment holds enormous sway and is the biggest obstacle to letting go. Even when there is little or no emotional connection to possessions, our clients still resist parting with them. This stems from a sense guilt or loyalty to the people in their past with whom they associate the objects, But, every now and then we run into a more a-typical brand of client, one whose habits of accumulation have more to do with the future, than recapturing personal history.
These clients are not the victims of chronic organization. Quite the contrary. Their homes and offices are pristine chapels devoted to tidiness, efficiency and order. Everything is clean and put away. These are the folks who never live in fear of an impromptu visit from a friend or family. Even the litter pan is “company ready” at all times.
By now you are questioning why such a person would require the services of an organizer. This is why. In their zeal for perfection and preparedness, they buy so much that they are just as space challenged as their messy, incapable- of- parting- with- anything counterparts. It just looks a lot better. We often wonder whether they know something that the rest of us don’t. Do they have a secret connection to the Almighty? Are we in for a nuclear holocaust or environmental disaster of epic proportions? How else could you explain the presence of 72 boxes of tissues in a studio apartment occupied by a single tenant? What about an entire chest of drawers dedicated to nothing but light bulbs or a pantry that rivals a Safeway? The paper goods don’t end with the Kleenex. Paper towel towers and city blocks of napkins line the stairs to the basement. If you venture into the home office, you will find it better stocked than the local Staples. Legions of cleaning supplies can be found in every bathroom as well as the kitchen and storage areas. Their biggest complaint is lack of space.
If this describes you, you need to recognize how your consumption patterns contribute to your predicament. Reduction is the only way. Many of the products you are saving for a rainy day are likely to expire before you might actually need to use them. You will have to go into a semi-austerity mode as well, at least while you are working through backlog of paper goods, emergency water supplies and microwave popcorn. When you are sorting, consider sharing the wealth a bit, and contribute a portion of the excess to those who need these things today. Keep only what you really believe you need.