Patty Unleashed: 11.1.23

They came. They saw. They conquered —and not an expletive was uttered or tear shed. The team at Sacred Space Organizing managed to take my overstuffed closet and dresser drawers and turn them into usable, beautiful space. All in six hours!

I am not a hoarder, but I do love watching the TV show Hoarders. I also love Home Edit, a different show all about organizing. I understand how quickly things can get away from you when with a click of a button, you can have an Amazon package by noon. It is just too easy to buy even though there is no reason to do it. It seems we are hard-wired to accumulate. Sacred Space Organizing challenges that assumption. Their motto is ‘Live Lighter. Live Better,’ and that is what this woman-owned business does. Erin Neumann, a West Point graduate, created her company in 2014 with the idea of helping people lighten their load after reading the Marie Kondo bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

The two organizers assigned to me, Rachel Riemann and co-owner Charlotte Slankard, came to my house ready to guide me through a five-step process to help me keep the stuff that mattered and donate the stuff that did not. I thought I had a reasonable amount of stuff, but once you see everything out of your closet in piles, you come to realize you might have a little bit of a problem when it comes to buying t-shirts and jeans. Just how many do you need? I went into this experience thinking I loved a lot of things, but I was not in love at all—just dazzled by the color! By the end of the day, I had looked at each piece of clothing, and it either ended up back in my closet or in Charlotte’s trunk to be carted away to donate.

So, what did I learn? I do not need so much stuff to be happy. I also found clothing that I forgot about and shunned to the deep recesses of my closet but do actually love. I also learned that I really want to look good in brown based on the amount of stuff I had. But I do not!

I spent the six hours quizzing my super organizers about their lives. What did I learn? No surprise, all three women were neat as children. They liked the feeling it gave them to have everything in its place. The hardest place for people to organize is their kid’s play rooms or basements, which become the de facto place for stuff you know you should part with but somehow just cannot. Where do they shop? Erin really does not shop—oh to be that disciplined. Rachel is a big fan of Stitch Fix, and Charlotte loves the basics you get at Banana Republic. They all admit to watching HGTV and like shows like No Demo Reno and Fixer Upper.

Trust me when I say the day flew by as I purged myself of bad buys, unflattering clothing and things I no longer wear. I now have my clothing organized so I can quickly pull together an outfit and do not have to sift through any kind of piles. Do you feel the need to live a little lighter? Then check them out at It will make you happy! Peace my peeps.

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