How to know when it is time to call in a professional

It is not easy to shell out money to let someone into our home and see our weakness, but remember a professional is a professional.  There is no judging and it is probably not the worst they’ve seen.  I get it, though, I mean most people who hire a cleaning person probably straighten up at the very least before they come to clean.  It is human nature.  Getting past that will greatly enhance your chance of success, though.

There is no benefit in beating yourself up or being ashamed.  The way that I look at it, if you’ve allowed me to help you with something that is incredibly difficult, I feel honored.  That is the truth.

So let’s get down to business.  There are four main things to consider.

How much time do you have?

Today, in my 40s, I think of things completely different than when I was in my teens or 20s.  Not just because of knowledge, but because of the time I have left here on earth.  My questions to myself have turned from “What do I want to do some day?” to “Is this how I want to live the rest of my life?”

I had been constantly downsizing and purging.  It basically lasted my entire adult life.  We all accumulate at a much greater rate than we get rid of. So even today as a minimalist, I have to be constantly purging and spot checking for clutter.  The difference now is that it take very little time in comparison to when I would dedicate large blocks of time to attack the mountains of things I was taking in.  I feel like I gave up more than half my life addressing just the things in my life.

We all accumulate at a much greater rate than we get rid of

Are you moving next month, next summer, in two years?   Perhaps your tipping point is when you feel the straw will break the camel’s back.

No matter what you think your timeline is or how old you are, one thing is certain.  Our time on this earth is limited.  Even if you have 100 years left, do you really want to spend any of it on going through your clothes, closets or boxes over and over and over again?  Time is precious, more so than money.

It wasn’t until I had to leave my home with just a trunk of clothes and personal belongings that I realized how poor of a job I was doing at keeping up with trying to get rid of stuff.

I feel like I gave up more than half my life addressing just the things in my life.

How likely are you able to see the real picture?

Most of us need someone to help us see the forest from the trees.  It takes me so long to get over a hump when I am trying to do it alone.  I have now figured out that I have to actually pretend that I am not me and let go of the emotions I am feeling and act like I am a client and what would I see as the professional rather than the owner and person responsible for the things I’ve piled up.

Do you have an hones idea of what happened?  How sure are you that you can address everything?

Making a simple adjustment in your mind can make all the difference in how you will successfully tackle a garage loaded from floor to ceiling with who knows what

Oftentimes people will feel that professional help is needed due to the vast amount of things that need to be pared down.  The reality is, the amount of items that need to be pared down is just a result of what you are thinking or feelings about life.  Making a simple adjustment in your mind can make all the difference in how you will successfully tackle a garage loaded from floor to ceiling with who knows what.

We think we have reached success when we have tossed 20%, but the truth is, we really need to up that to 80% to really make a difference.

Knowing how much and what stuff you should get rid of is something that took me a VERY long time to figure out.  I was always drawing lines in the sand and saying, okay, everything that _________ is going to get pitched.  Then two weeks later, there was still too much, so I would draw my line a little deeper.  This pointless exercise continued over and over and over again.  We think we have reached success when we have tossed 20%, but the truth is, we really need to up that to 80% to really make a difference.

As an example, if you count how many clothes you have and take away 20%, you will still have a TON of clothes.  20% of 400 articles of clothes is 80.  I would certainly say that 80 pieces of clothing is more than enough for anyone to live with.

Are you a leader or follower?

Unless you are just going through a very small area, I ALWAYS recommend getting help when it comes down to simplifying.  It is so worth it to have someone move and carry even small things.  It is very taxing on the mind and you will need all the energy you can muster to accomplish what you are setting out to accomplish.  Don’t use up that energy on something you can delegate out.  Someone can carry a box down to the garage while you tackle the next pile.

As a professional, I highly recommend clients getting people to help.  The more people, the more that gets done.  Personally, I can keep several people busy and I can guarantee you will get to a place that you didn’t even believe was possible in one day.

How much do you want a change?

If you are ready to rip that bandage off and really want to start Thriving on Simple, then without a doubt call.

If you are scared, call and we can talk about it.

If you want your life to run smoother and have less overwhelm, but you want to keep everything, then I don’t recommend calling in a professional.  You WILL be wasting your money.

The reality is, if you are willing to do the work, I can DEFINITELY get you there and quickly.

The Bottom Line

There is no harm or charge in shooting me an e-mail and asking me a question about your concerns.  Doing so may help so many others.  I can address it directly with you and then I can write about it and get it out there in the universe for others to find.

~Rita