I was not an organized child. My room was always a mess, and I was the kid who lost my homework between home and school. I often caught myself day-dreaming, wondering if I had missed anything important. Because I so often didn’t know what was going on, I thought I was not as smart as the other kids.
As an adult, I would plan a party or invite company over to force myself to clean my house and tame the chaos. Every year for six years, I would get a dumpster and fill it. By the next year, I needed to do it again. I often bought duplicates of things I couldn’t find or didn’t know I already had, which was how I ended up with 6 bottles of vanilla extract! I could never find the permission slips for school, and I would sometimes miss paying a bill or two because I couldn’t find it in the paper storm that was my house.
One day when my son was in middle school, everything changed. He was experiencing working memory issues, and I took him to a specialist to be tested for ADD/ADHD. While going through the paperwork, I realized they were talking about me, and I decided to get tested, too. While my son is fine, I was diagnosed with inattentive ADD and I was put on medication. Suddenly, I could pay attention, and with my newfound mental clarity, I decided to change my life.
I started researching systems and read anything about organizing that I could get my hands on. I took parts of other peoples’ systems and melded them into systems that work for me. I created systems for paper management, for housework, and for clutter control. The paper systems are the most satisfying to me, and I take great pride in being able to produce the receipt for the plumber that I saved from two years ago. And my bills are always paid on time, often early.
Once I was more organized, I was thinking more clearly, and it was easier to focus on my health because my mind wasn’t always spinning with the chaos. After several years of keeping my home organized, paying attention to my diet, and exercising and sleeping enough, I was able to come off of the ADD medication with my doctor’s approval. I felt tremendous satisfaction in those accomplishments.
I am dedicated to helping other people who are struggling now like I was before I changed my life, and I am passionate about helping people organize their homes, take good care of their bodies in ways that feels simple and doable, and lead more fulfilling lives. For so long, I felt so inadequate, and I want people to know that they don’t have to live life feeling inadequate and overwhelmed. Everyone deserves to know that they are good enough, and to know that they are living life to the fullest!
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