While looking for the things I actually needed, all I could see was everything I didn't.
I stumbled upon this organized lifestyle through necessity. I had identified my disorganized ways in University. I admired those who carried the structured, disciplined, and organized gene with the acceptance that I just was not ever going to be that way. I decided that my situation did not need to be definite and final. I wanted to turn my weakness into a strength. When I was disorganized I felt like I lacked control. When I felt like I lacked control I felt a lack of power. No one wants to feel powerless. I didn't expect being more organized to be a major contributor to making me feel more in control, but it helped it more ways than I could have imagined.
I grew up in a loving family, but one with its dark times. Without going into too much detail; mental illness, addiction, and violence consumed aspects of our past. One could describe my early upbringing as lacking control. Before organizing I gravitated towards the social work field - it made the most sense to me at the time. I went to University, received my Bachelor's of Social Work - changed my mind about the field, then went to Art School to gain credits to become an Art Therapist - changed my mind again, and eventually ended up deciding on Professional Organizing. To paraphrase, Oprah Winfrey, my super power is my emotional intelligence and ability to empathize with others. I truly believe that this is also my own "super power". Given my life experience, I have always been fascinated with people. Why people act or behave the way they do. What motivates people and brings them joy or inspiration. Social work and the field provided valuable experience and insight. I do not regret working in any of my past environments because it has brought me where I am today. My get sorted journey has changed the way I look at people and things, for the better. I no longer have a strong (and, unhealthy, in my opinion) attachment to people and material items. By letting go of my fear of losing people and any of material possessions I became free. I do not let my attachments control my happiness. My growth and discoveries have become invaluable. Initially, getting my bedroom sorted, my clothes sorted, and my home sorted began with the simple intention to have a more organized space. A small change of habit and lifestyle turned into an unexpected life-changing feat. I embodied the shift and decision to take control of my life. Transforming my space turned into transforming my life: more than picking up stuff off the floor, but taking control back of my life.
My enthusiasm for decluttered spaces and organized living not only transformed my life, but I birthed my passion and expertise into a business service called, Get Sorted. A Toronto based decluttering and organizing service. My approach as a professional organizer is practical. I consider myself a practical individual - I adapt to my client's current situation in order to best meet their needs. I do not apply a "cookie-cutter" approach or one-approach-fits-all style. Each of us are unique and our homes conceptually the same, but still different. I developed the Get Sorted Program to not only help folks transform their space, but I also developed a guide to aid in each participant's get sorted journey. It's all about tackling the inner and outer clutter to make a lasting change. As a former Social Worker, I understand how to manage stress, fast paced environments, coordinating with different service providers, and the value in actively listening. My approach in Get Sorted is similar to how I approached clients in my past career. I believe in a strength-based approach. I will guide you through the process of letting go of what is no longer serving you and embracing the items that are necessary and serve a purpose. I know firsthand the many benefits of living a more organized lifestyle and I want to share the joy with you!
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Do you ever feel like life is happening so fast and the moment you stop to look at your home you wonder, “how did I let it get to this point?” What about your calendar: Is it filled with appointments stretching indefinitely into the future? Have you gotten to the point where there is too much stuff?
Physical and mental clutter can interrupt your flow — both your ability to move and your ability to think – or what I like to refer to as, the inner and outer clutter. It turns out that your well-being could also become victim to what we might call the “clutter effect.” A collection of recent studies on stress, life satisfaction, physical health, and cognition all speak to the value of streamlining. Furthermore, Psychology Today stated recent study on perceptions of the environment and well-being examined the set of relationships among clutter in the home and subjective well-being…The underlying premise of the study was that because many people identify so closely with their home environments, the extent to which it’s cluttered can interfere with the pleasure they experience when being in that environment. Clutter can impact your ability to focus on daily tasks and diminish your productivity levels.
Cluttered homes often contain more dust, understandably, which can cause breathing issues. As the clutter builds, more dust is generated. The harder it gets to access different areas of the home to clean, the more serious these respiratory issues become. This creates the ideal living environment for pests like dust mites. Decluttering is truly important for your health long term!
Living in clutter impedes your identification with your home, which should be a retreat from the outside world and a place to feel pride. If you can’t feel relaxed in your home, then something isn’t right. Interestingly, “Mental clutter” is a state of mind in which you can't inhibit irrelevant information. University of Toronto's Lynn Hasher proposed that mental clutter is one of the prime suspects in the cause of age-related memory losses. As a result, you’ll be incapacitated when it comes to short-term memory tasks, and even in longer-range mental exercises when you have to come up with information you should know, such as names of people, that you can no longer find within your disorganized repository of knowledge.
Fortunately, there are solutions and resources available. Whether you want help with decluttering, organizing, and/or making a major shift in your own clutter and disorganized habits, Get Sorted, a professional decluttering and organizing service has the tools and expertise to make it happen!
Get Sorted offers services in the Toronto, ON area and Ottawa, ON. Let's transform your home, mind, and lifestyle through decluttering and organizing!
Amer, T., Campbell, K. L., & Hasher, L. (2016). Cognitive control as a double-edged sword. Trends In Cognitive Sciences, 20(12), 905-915. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2016.10.002
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As an enthusiastic professional organizing expert, Kelsey aims to help people release their limiting beliefs and emotions surrounding clutter. With a degree in Social Work and a background in visual arts, Get Sorted is the perfect blend of Kelsey’s strengths, and she is thrilled to bring the joy of uncluttered living to Toronto.
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