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Executive Function
Home Organization

The most important thing you will benefit from knowing is this:
 

Care tasks and tidiness are not moral attributes.

You are a whole and wonderful person, regardless of how organized your house is.

Did that make you feel uncomfortable? It did for me, for a long time.  I am self-taught, it took me 10 years to figure out not only how to manage a functional space, but also how to not beat myself up over setbacks and imperfections. In my journey, I have worked as a personal assistant, nanny, and house manager. Through this time, I saw similar themes and was able to create functional and beautiful organizational plans for different types of people who were leading very different types of lives. 

 

We are raised in a society that glorifies people who are able to live a life where everything looks perfect all the time. But, this is not realistic for most people. The 40-hour workweek was designed with the assumption that one person would be staying at home to take care of the house-related tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry. This is no longer the norm for the average person. This is not the norm for many neurodivergent folks who are often not able to work a traditional 40-hour schedule. And, if they do there is usually not enough energy after that time to manage the rest of the workload.

My approach to home organization is gentle and it's practical.
We look to answer the question: How can we make this space more functional?

  • We start by meeting to identify goals.

  • Generally, we meet once a week thereafter (can be more frequent if you have bigger projects and/or specific timelines). A weekly meeting is important, especially in the beginning, to create a routine and accountability.

  • We tackle one area (or sometimes even one box/bag) at a time. 

  • As we make plans, we discuss your executive functions and how they relate to your struggle with organization. We learn new strategies and mindsets to keep you on track.

  • We work to set realistic small goals that can be achieved even with a full-time work schedule, kids, or other commitments.  

Tackling the disorder in your home can reveal the turmoil in your mind, and that can be scary. This is why we approach the process slowly and intentionally, with structure and purpose. Taking care of your home is like medicine for the soul, but sometimes it doesn't taste very good.

 

Relieving the cluttered barriers that you created in your home gives you more space in your mind and in your life to be more open, positive, creative, and happy.

 

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