The reason? As you go through different phases of your life, your priorities change—sometimes, your career is your primary focus, but when you get married and have kids, you might want to focus more on the home. “I think that when you’re single or with roommates, your
“A busy career woman may want to start by focusing on her
From there, the program is divided into four aspects of the organizing process: The science behind organizing, the closet, office efficiency, and final goal. “I think for people to really stay motivated when it comes to organizing, they need to know why it’s important—it can be frustrating spending a whole beautiful day inside organizing, but when you know it’ll save you time in the long run and lead to a calming, less stressed out environment, it’s much easier to stay motivated,” explains Stoller.
From there, the class goes more into the nuances of organizing, which is what Stoller thinks really differentiates her from other organizing experts out there. “There are so many myths out there when it comes to organizing—for instance, people don’t know when to declutter versus when to organize,” says Stoller. “The goal is always function, but people get caught up in the nuances, like which hanger to buy, instead of focusing on what those items really accomplish.”
Stoller therefore offers suggestions for which items to buy for each space from kitchen to bathroom to bedroom, and she even works with her clients to create a way to change their style depending on what future changes they’ll be experiencing—like say, moving homes, or adding members to the family. “I think organizing has to suit your lifestyle: You shouldn’t change your lifestyle to organize,” she says.
This could mean always having ready-made toiletry bags on hand if you travel a lot, or arranging clothes based on color if you like to mix and match. Those little touches take organizing from a chore to something that makes your life easier, which is all we really want in life. “I think people tend to stick with [their organizing] because they then see how much time it saves them in the day, which is necessary in your always busy lives,” says Stoller. “My course serves as that foundation.”
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