Because I am an organizer many people think I hate stuff, that I despise things and belongings. When working with a client one-on-one I am able to dismiss this assumption pretty fast. I don’t hate stuff and I do not disregard other people’s precious items. What I try to help people see is that relationships and quality of life are so much more important than anything we own. Organizing is often not about the physical stuff so much as it is about our perception of those things.
If disorganization, clutter or a lack of systems negatively affects you and those around you, you are being held captive by what you own and allowing it to control you. This will cause stress in your life and ultimately your relationships. Sometimes people have simply acquired more than their space can comfortably contain, but the belongings are relatively current. Other times clients are drowning in an avalanche of memorabilia or things associated with memories. This habit will hold you in the past, keep your present from being enjoyable and even your future from moving forward.