As I am starting to find my rhythm in my “new normal.” One of the first things I noticed once the dust settled and I began to reclaim my space, my house was how chaotic it felt and looked. I was never one for clutter and junk scattered about. I liked to think of my home as a sanctuary, a place where my family and friends could unwind, relax and enjoy ourselves. Even with two small children at home, everything had its place and order reigned supreme.
Fast forward to the divorce wars. The decline of my marriage directly coincided with the decline of my housekeeping standards. Don’t get me wrong, things were still clean but all the attention to details and all the extra stuff I was doing was distant memory. I was in pure survival mode, so if a stray Lego found its way into the kitchen floor or the laundry sat unflolded for a day or two I had to let that slide…
Now that I am once again starting to live on my own terms and fully inhabit my space, I was appalled at what I saw. I had a visceral urge to purge my space and make it new. Similar to what expecting mothers experience with the nesting syndrome prior to baby’s arrival. I wanted my house clean and back in order STAT! Claim it and you shall receive it!
Enter, Inga of Home-in-Balance a lovely young women who reached out to me via this very blog. Inga, is a professional organizer and after reading my blog thought that she might be able to help me. It wasn’t a good time for me and I told her I would get back in touch after the summer break. Of course, when I got back, I was overwhelmed with my new reality and didn’t get in touch…
However, I still had this nagging feeling that I needed to clear my space and get some balance back in my life. When your surroundings are chaotic, how can you possibly expect to be calm, peaceful, or at ease. So, I finally called Inga and we met for coffee and hit it off immediately. We scheduled a day for her to come and tackle my closets. I chose to start in my room because it is my favourite part of the house and I spend a great deal of time there. For the past two years, it has been my refuge. Now with Inga’s help I was able to turn it from my hideout, back into the calm oasis I always intended it to be.
We spent, five, yes five hours taking every single item out of my closets and only allowing the things that I truly loved to have space in my new life. It was so therapeutic. I had no idea just how much I really I needed to do this. With each piece that got thrown out (by thrown out, I mean donated to a local charity). I was breathing easier, I felt lighter. I felt pure unmitigated joy!
I wish I could have kept Inga with me for another five days to tackle all the rooms in my house. However, all good things must come to an end, but she definitely reignited my passion for order and simplicity in my life. Getting my HOME- IN- BALNCE has helped me declutter not only my personal space but it my mind as well.
If you are in Geneva, Switzerland or the surrounding area and you want to bring some balance into your home, call Inga. You can thank me later.
“The question of what you want to own is actually a question of how you want to live your life.” – Marie Kondo