Getting Organized: “Tidying Up” Trend Hits Suburbs
The popular Netflix series “Tidying Up” has inspired people to clean up their spaces and live with less. In part one of this series, Robbinsdale professional organizer Emily Carroll helps people in the Twin Cities get a handle on their clutter.
Professional Organizer knows how to cut clutter
On professional organizer from Robbinsdale has been helping people in the Twin Cities for 6 years. Even the décor in her home is very strategically placed.
“The things that I try to keep around are really meaningful,” says Emily Carrol, the owner of Sorted Stones Home Organization. “I keep it minimal so each item here has its space and can be seen it’s not hidden behind a lot of other things. “
Have a Plan
Getting a handle on the clutter in your home can be difficult. Before getting organized, Emily says you have to have a plan.
“Before we start doing hands-on organizing, we’ve had an initial meeting where we take a tour of the house,” added Emily. “We have a conversation about what’s working and what’s not working. What their goals are, what are their needs are, and we put together a project plan from there.”
Paper, children’s toys, and clothing are few things she says most people have way too much of.
“My goal when I go in is to really empower my client,” says Emily. “Some people that I work with, they work in professions where they are constantly thinking of other people. They are out of practice when it comes to thinking about themselves.”
Emily’s clients come from all types of different backgrounds. She helps newlyweds or people who have young kids. Emily also helps older people who are downsizing and cleaning out. Emily says no matter the reason, focusing only on items that can make you happy can help you get organized.
“We ask a series of questions. Of course, one is do you like it,” says Emily. “What kind of utility does it serve is another question we ask. However, if you have one of something that serves a very important purpose like for instance a dining room table you need a place to eat. If that table doesn’t bring you joy it still serves a utility that is necessary so we are not going to go donate that because you need to have it.”
The job can sometimes be emotional.
“When I am with a client and they are handling an item that maybe was from a loved one that passed away it can be really tough,” added Emily. “I cry right alongside some of my clients.”
Most importantly, Emily says don’t get hung up on tough decisions.
“Sometimes we get in a state of mind where we have memories flowing in and we aren’t sure if we should get rid of something or not,” stated Emily. “My advice would be if you are having a hard time put those items aside and just keep going and come back to those later.”