When Brianna told me she was launching a professional organizational business, I knew my world was about to change. Patrick and I have moved seven times since we have been married and added four little ones to our pack in the last 10 years. We have a lot of stuff. Actually, we have a lot of piled-up junk that adds nothing to our life.
She came over for an initial assessment and we decided to start small, with the laundry room. Y’all, it took us all day to organize a space you can barely turn around in. I think we filled two of those giant black trash bags full of things I had no idea I had and certainly did not need. I can’t tell you how many times I said, “I have been looking for that!”
After the small laundry room was complete and fully functioning as intended, I knew I wanted to enlist Brianna to help organize every room, every closet, every inch of house I have.
Next we went into my closet. I don’t even know if I want to talk about this one… Again, it took us all day and I won’t disclose the amount of trash bags we filled and “to donate” piles we created. Now that everything has its proper place, I like to hang out in my closet. I invite my friends in there.It’s a magical wonderland with perfectly organized clothing and shoes. It may even have a portal into another world, oh wait, that’s for my other blog. Sometimes I just stand in the closet and stare at it.
Let me pause here and tell you about Brianna. She is full of love for others. Not one time did she look at my crazy and tell me how I needed to change. She looked at the disorganized mess as if it was nothing, then turned to me and said, “Let’s make this work for you.”
Brianna will not come into you house and judge your stuff; she will figure out how to make it line up and function for your personal circumstances. She knows that your home doesn’t have to look like other people’s spaces. Your organizational system doesn’t have to perfect for other people. It just has to function for you, so you can move on to your own personal purpose. You see, I don’t want to focus all my time in keeping a perfect place to inhabit. I want to tell people about the most perfect and life-changing habitat there is: The kingdom of the living God.
On to the garage… It rained the day we kicked the garage into its proper place. Again, Brianna helped me stop worring about how many trash bags there were and instead just concentrate on the bikes hanging on the wall, the reconfiguration of the necessary fix-it things we have but don’t really know how to use and all the kid stuff that was residing in the place meant for cars.
Now, our garage fits our two cars, all the riding contraptions we have with four kids, a fridge and a deep freezer we need to keep the things that feed all the kids. Basically, it works now.
The attic is one of my favorite rooms now. (I know, it’s becoming a little odd when I like to hang out in the closet and attic.) For years, the attic had been too cluttered to get into. The pile right behind the door just grew and grew. Every time I opened the door to put more in, the room seemed to give me an ugly stare that told me to leave immediately. I would just drop the stuff and run.
Brianna and I waded in. The junk seemed to go on forever. I found things I thought I burned in college. You know what I mean. We didn’t give up though. And in the end, the attic sparkled with joy. The newly visible floor seemed to thank us over and over. Bri and I couldn’t stop smiling at the finished product.
The office is a big one. We are kicking ourselves for not getting a “before” picture. It basically had become a second attic. Now, it is a functional, eclectic, inspiring space for creating (for me) and bill paying (for Patrick). We share an office and we love it. It fits us both perfectly and we can talk sappy to each other while we work.
The kitchen, oh the kitchen. It is now the most functional work space I have. Everything is exactly where it is supposed to be. Brianna is a genius, y’all. It’s easy to lose track of kitchen wares. You think you know where every thing should go and then you get tired of putting it all away so you end up winging it. You really shouldn’t have just shoved that potato peeler in that random side drawer. You should have called Brianna. I can find things now. I don’t have to go buy more cooking utensils. It takes me less time to get out the door with the kids, because all their stuff has a proper place. They love it too! They are all constantly organizing now. It has become a family joke—a really good family joke.
Brianna’s vision for organization has only increased my vision and capacity for telling stories and hopefully touching a few lives as I go And now I have time to tell you on a more regular basis. It’s a win-win.
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