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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