When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Appears
Wrapping up my work with Kirsten Awe (the professional organizer from Three Pea) left me feeling like I was living in someone else’s house. Watching Kirsten in action and tackling my hot spots of clutter (our laundry room, my kitchen and kitchen desk, my home office, the hall laundry closet and our family living areas) motivated me to come up with a plan to complete the remaining parts of my home on my own.
Kirsten and I sat down at the dining room table reviewing the excel spreadsheet of my typical weekly schedule she requested when we first met. She asked me what I wanted to do more if I were to have more time. With no hesitation, I answered “sleep” and “read” and “have more relaxed quality time with my spouse and kids”–casualties of a too busy schedule and inefficient home and work systems. She suggested several new things to try to keep the stress lower to better handle my busier times.
I built on Kirsten’s ideas and identified additional sanity-enhancing habits I wanted to create. I mapped out my decluttering strategy for the remaining areas: the bedrooms, garage, shed, books, photos, etc.
Kirsten said one of the things she enjoyed best about her job was the almost immediate gratification she and her clients get in seeing their environments transformed before their eyes. I concur, stunned how much better and different I feel with such a short investment of time.
And I have an inner confidence that the decades-long problem with the piles and clutter and unattended administrative projects are headed for the history books.
When the student is ready, the teacher appears.
Catholic Women’s Guide to Healthy Relationships Tip: How ready of a student are you and what kind of teacher do you need?