Oh hey, it’s September again! Did that sneak all the way up on anyone else?
Ok, so apparently the year took us on another run through summer like sugar-pumped eight year olds at a carnival, then abruptly woke us from that dream to the restart of school schedules, extra curriculars and bed-time restructuring. Rude.
We always feel a little punch drunk around the beginning of September, a little swirly from the abrupt change of responsibility structure, despite the actual change of season not arriving for another month or so. It’s a healthy time to reflect, look how far we’ve come, how much we’ve evolved and start planning for the wind down of the year in a few short months.
This year so far, we’ve had not one, but TWO “Full House” Projects both welcoming Zen Method’s comprehensive help and coaching in cleaning out, paring down and organizing their ENTIRE homes from top to bottom, every closet and drawer in-between. We also had some fantastic individual projects, a pack and move, a five day long storage shed clean-out and a bit of creative DIY solution finding. My clients really embraced the mission and spent hours upon hours (and I’m sure some extreme moments of processing anxiety) committed to giving their homes a Zen Method, a structure and order that simplified the chaos of daily life.
A “Full House” Project is not one taken lightly, this type of project requires a lot of self reflection and an absolute need for upfront communication between all household members and Zen Method, as the facilitator. Clients had to make hard decisions, collectively and individually, acknowledging that their things and the space they take up massively affects the other members of their living space. It took patience, consideration and careful emotional processing of the contents of some boxes, bins or bags and then sometimes five, ten or even twenty more of those boxes, bins or bags.
It can be overwhelming and easy to give-up, but no one did! In fact, one client and I even extended her session out an extra five hours to finish sorting and filing their shared office before their partner returned from a business trip at 10pm that evening! The amount of time and effort put in by my clients constantly makes me proud to see that with help, we can improve and expand our existing spaces to serve as both work and home, socially entertaining and intimately comforting, accommodating to our life needs while still pleasant to relax in. Watching my clients naturally relax into a feeling of hopefulness instead of overwhelm, confidence instead of embarrassment and future planning instead of feeling stuck is worth every minute.
I’ll be adding short blogs recapping Zen Method 2019 project sessions in the coming weeks to accompany the newly added before and afters on our portfolio page, so stop back soon!
Happy September and Be well!
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