It wasn’t hard to sympathize with Julie when she called us to say that her home is in great shape-–tidy, uncluttered, clean–EXCEPT for Missy’s bedroom. Her teenage daughter’s bedroom was a disaster area. Clothes, paper, make-up, and things you don’t even want to know are strewn everywhere. And underneath the clutter are dust, dirt, and more you-don’t-even-want-to-know.
Julie’s approach throughout the years had been to tidy and clean Missy’s room herself but she’s so over that now. She told Missy that she would be hiring a professional organizer and taking money from Missy’s account to pay for the organizer. Julie called Unjumbled looking for someone to come in for a day and remove the clutter and clean Missy’s room.
A Different Approach
We let Julie know that we approach things differently at Unjumbled. We work with clients virtually over time so they are involved every step of the way. We set goals together, break jobs down into bite-sized pieces, provide accountability, teach organizing techniques, and act as our clients’ biggest cheerleader so that rooms and areas get and stay organized.
But, Julie wasn’t sold. She said, “But if I have someone come in and get everything de-cluttered, organized, and cleaned all at one time, won’t Missy maintain it? It will be ‘once and done.’” We had to respond truthfully–it doesn’t work that way for most of us and certainly not for teens.