I love my mom. And I'd do anything for her - except maybe help her get organized. Yes, it's what I do for a living, and yes, I help women get organized just about every day. But there's something about that mother-daughter relationship that can make it tough to help in such a personal, potentially stressful area.
It's not unusual for a daughter to call me and ask if I'd be willing to help her mom get organized - on the daughter's dime. Usually she's heard, repeated over many conversations, about how mom wants to get some certain room (or the whole house) organized, but she doesn't know where to start. Or she got started and got overwhelmed, so she gave up. It can be so hard to hear that, and of course we want to run right over and help out.
But sometimes we live too far away. And sometimes we've tried to help out, and ended up with a fight, and hurt feelings on both sides.
Sometimes, having an outside, impartial voice can take down the stress of an organizing project a notch or two.
Have you thought about giving your mom the gift of organization for Mother's Day? You know that the last thing she needs is more stuff - she says that every time you ask her what gift she'd like. And what else does she say? Have you heard the words:
Wouldn't it be amazing to hear her say:
Consider gifting your mom the experience of organization this Mother's Day. She'll thank you for helping to turn her chaos and overwhelm into calm and control. And you can enjoy just spending time together.