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I Ain’t Skeered!

October 18, 2009

The day before I was to begin organizing for a new client last week, she called to tell me that her street was being worked on so much to the point I may have to drive through a yard or two to get to her home. My reply was quick, “I have a Jeep; I Ain’t Skeered!” As I hung up the phone, I reflected on a conversation that my subcontractor, Julia, and I have had on more that one occasion when she told me that she hasn’t worked with anyone as fearless as me. “You’re not afraid of any situation and you’re not afraid to try something that I may think is impossible!” is what she told me.

Perhaps that’s part of why I love my job–I’m not afraid to do it. After all, you can’t know that something does or doesn’t work if you don’t try it first.

This doesn’t mean that there haven’t been times that I was afraid during my job. Once, while working in a closet, I moved some paper and 2″-long cockroach scurried across the shelf. I dropped the paper and screamed of course. And while my fear of the roach did not dissipate; I was NOT afraid to deal with the situation. I put a ziploc bag on my hand wrongside out and caught that fiesty creature, pulled the bag up around it, sealed it and delivered the package to my client so that she could show her exterminator.

I try to help instill the “I can do this” trait in my clients. For some, change is very difficult. I remind them that they can do it, and revisit how getting organized will help them free themselves from the bondage of clutter. I’ve been through enough transformations to know that it does work out, and that anything is possible…especially if You Ain’t Skeered!

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