In the summer of 2015, I found myself knee deep in too much stuff and I had become unaware of the decline to the condition of my home. I was so caught up in keeping up with work, kids, and this whole “adult life” no one seemed to prepare me for (excuse my dry humor) that I began to ignore the most ordinary and boring parts of life. I quit opening mail, left baskets of laundry everywhere, and my once organized basement was unrecognizable. We all have our long list of “life is just too hard sometimes” and our homes tend to take the biggest beating when that list gets too long. I even received a few "Shut off Notices" from utility companies, not because we couldn’t pay but because I lost the bill in one of my piles and simply forgot. If you had asked me in 2014 if this was a person I would ever become, I would have said it was impossible as would my husband and anyone else who knew me. Yet, on the morning of August 7th, 2015, I set on my back porch holding back tears, hoping my kids would sleep just a little bit longer so I could try to figure out how my home had fallen apart so fast. I couldn't stop thinking there had to be a better way and that I couldn’t be the only one. There had to be other people like me who were hardworking but who just had too much life thrown at them. People who now saw their home as place of stress instead comfort.
This then became my passion, to create a service for people who weren't just looking for organization or to become a minimalist but people like me who just needed some help to get their home back under control after too much life seemed to happen and they didn’t know where to start to put the pieces back together.
During the development of JLB Organizing method I wanted to understand why my brain, an organized, spreadsheet loving, and detailed orientated brain was now on the verge of a panic attack even at the thought of opening mail. What I learned through research, personal experience, and years of helping others get organized is there are always two things to blame; your brain and life. The JLB Organizing method may seem backwards to most mainstream organization rules. However, what I found was most organizing self-help books were long and covered so many topics that I was normally to overwhelmed to want to read them. I also found the fun Pinterest post demotivating because you had to declutter and make decisions to achieve the finish product. If you are to overcome with anxiety, sadness, anger, or any of the emotions that come up when even thinking about decluttering an area of your home then those images are just a reminder of the hole you have found yourself in.
What I have learned through my personal and work experience is that we all feel our homes should be better and that we must be failing by societies standards. I can assure you, you are not failing! My goal is to teach people how to deal with the feelings of being overwhelmed with the condition of their home. I don’t support the technique of making you feel guilty for struggling to let things go, we all have our reasons behind why we keep what we keep. I recommend learning to make decisions by baby steps and realizing you don’t have to do it all at once.
My hope with this blog is that it will help people realize that the pursuit or organization can seem endless because your life is endlessly changing but that you are not alone in your struggle and there are techniques and tips you can learn to better manage your home. We are all good at something and you can learn to be better at organizing and creating systems that work for your life and your family. It doesn’t have to happen overnight and, in most cases, like all aspects of your life, your organizing systems will be a constantly evolving process. I look forward to sharing what I have learned in over a decade of organizing others as well as myself with you!
Until Next Time,
JLB Simplify Organizing Blog
At JLB Simplify Home and Unpacking Organization we help people on a regular basis who are overwhelmed with the state of their home. It is a normal thing and even happens to professional organizers! This is because life tends to throw more at us than we can handle from time to time. We created the JLB Simplify Organizing Blog to help provide tips and advice for anyone trying to get more organized as well as to be honest about how hard getting organized can be. We hope that you find useful information as well as comfort in knowing we all struggle from the JLB Simplify Organizing Blogs.
Thank you for reading,
The JLB Simplify Team
The JLB Team