ABIKE ANOKA - DECLUTTER STRATEGIST
Although I would love to tell you that my curiosity turned obsession of organizing began in my childhood, but that would be so far from the truth.
In 2011 my life changed forever, I was inducted into motherhood. My curiosity for more structure began in 2011 after the birth of my first daughter. I was so excited about this new bundle of cuteness, but was growing increasingly frustrated and beyond overwhelmed as the bottles, laundry, work, grad school, and all things motherhood were caving in on me. I knew then there had to be a change, and quickly. That night, at 3am, the thought hit me “tackle one area at a time.” I started with the kitchen.
There was a shift that I really couldn’t explain, but I knew I wanted more of it. The more I organized, the less I needed to be perfect. I focused more on enjoying motherhood and returned to my first love: creativity. Fascinated by fun, efficient and cost-effective DIY projects, I designated a permanent home for everything that excited and inspired me. If I had double or could not decide the use for it right then, I tossed it.
Organizing is much more than putting things away. It is about cultivating a space that is a reflection of you from the inside out. By making small changes to my physical space, it became clear that “outer” order equals “inner” calm. If I can do it, so can you!