Posted on: February 20, 2020
As a professional organizer, I work with clients to hold them accountable, get them in balance, and take back control of their stuff. Because I have a background in Early Childhood Special Education, I am particularly interested in working on play spaces and tweaking organizing systems to meet more complicated needs. A repeated theme when encountering clients living with mental health conditions is a negative mindset about why they cannot get and stay organized.
Instead of saying, “I’m damaged, I’m broken..say “I’m rediscovering myself, I’m starting over.” ~ Horacio Jones
Before we address what is not working, I help clients reframe the reasons why they feel they have failed by looking for what IS working. We can then move forward to reframe their negative mindset. As stated on nami.org, (National Alliance for Mental Health) Mental illness can slow us down, but we don’t need to let it stop us.
How do I help clients with these pessimistic thoughts stop seeing themselves as perpetual organizing failures? By helping them to 1.) Recognize, 2.) Reframe, and 3.) Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Following these three steps allows them to turn “I can’t” problems into “I can” solutions.