self discovery...forget the book...I have a belly button... by lisaann3.

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I’m putting together a brand new workshop on the happiness that can ensue from approaching organizing as self-discovery. Not just looking at “time management” and “space management” as burdensome chores, but investigating what’s behind what you call clutter.

Have you ever thought of getting organized as embarking on a treasure hunt? When you assume the role of detective, you look for clues about the personality who lives and works in your house/office/studio and what’s important to that individual. And when you think in terms of your current priorities, it’s much easier to make decisions about what to keep and what to let go.

It’s also easier and more fun to think about  how to preserve what has the most meaning. What do you want to pass down to your family? What would you like your legacy to be?

In essence – What can you learn about yourself from your stuff? In the days to come I’ll be sharing some questions, answers, tips and suggestions on how to approach the “back-to-school” organizing season.

4 Responses to "Workshop: Organizing as Self-Discovery"

  1. Susan

    August 21, 2009

    Hmm, I don’t know. At this point, I’m just into “simpfly, simplfy” (per Thoreau). That means my financial records, personal records, my family’s financial and personal records & all those darn photos (digital and non-digital. And all our possessions.

    So I guess as I read through my mother’s diaries from 1932-2008 I did embark on a personal journey, and as I read through all my letters home in college (the first one where I said something like “it’s so easy to meet boys”) I guess this would be called a personal journey. And then a few months later, I read all my parents’ letters to me in college–what a revelation

    My parents traveled a lot, both with their children and after their children (my brother and I) were in college. I have all the trip books my mother wrote in all of her travels. I haven’t read them yet, but I consider them priceless. And I’m about to delve into whats in the basement–things I brought back from my parents’ house.

  2. sunny

    August 21, 2009

    Wow. I’m impressed (and envious)! It’s next to impossible for me to find anything these days that I haven’t already discovered from cleaning out my parents’ condo. Although I did see an old photo album of my brother’s when I visited him last weekend. I’d forgotten he had it and believe me, I pored over the details in those pictures. So now I’m into scrapbooking my findings and unearthing the stories behind them. Age definitely gives you more perspective and understanding.

    I’m so glad that you can appreciate the value of what you have while your parents are still around and you can still ask them questions about what you find. Those diaries, travel books, letters and other memorabilia truly are priceless. Thanks for sharing, Susan. 🙂

  3. Helene

    August 21, 2009

    I think this is very interesting. I’m taking a Law of Attraction course and reading the book Think and Grow Rich.
    There was a piece in the book that spoke about our clutter and why we have it, and it was scary. I have a bedroom full of wedding, research books, and personal papers. The book said we keep these things for our security. I never thought about that. I know I didn’t want to get rid of the wedding books until I’m sure I won’t be doing them. I never believed that collecting these books had anything to do with making me feel safe. I think your Organizing for Self-Discovery would be an eye-opener for people.

  4. sunny

    August 22, 2009

    Helene, thanks for the comment. And I think you’re right — needing to feel surrounded by the perceived “safety” of familiar things often keeps us from making the best personal decisions today.

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