We’re excited to share our second interview in a series of conversations with people we believe practice inspired everyday living! If you don’t know her already, we’d like to introduce you to Lorie Marrero. She’s a professional organizer, author of the Clutter Diet, Goodwill’s national spokesperson and ambassador of the Donate Movement, and founder of ClutterDiet.com.
Lorie shares our belief that our homes are a reflection of ourselves and therefore how we decorate, arrange, clean and organize our homes is in many ways a reflection of how we feel about ourselves. Her business, ClutterDiet.com, is a wonderful resource—like having a professional organizer at your fingertips.
Lorie, what inspired you to start your business ClutterDiet.com?
I have been a practicing Professional Organizer for eleven years, but I started ClutterDiet.com in 2006, which is when things really shifted for us. I was inspired to create Clutter Diet because there were so many people who needed our help but could not afford to hire us in person. Others don’t have organizers in their areas, or they want to do a lot of the work themselves but need only just a bit of advice to get unstuck. So I created a way to help anyone from anywhere in an affordable way.
What is the meaning of home for you?
Home is where you can be your full and complete self, where you can relax, feel safe, and enjoy being with those you love. I also believe home is the ideal crucible for personal growth, if you pay attention to how your closest relationships shape you. And your home is a reflection of who you are on a deeper level than many people realize.
Do you have any favorite everyday rituals?
Every day I do many things to build my health. I drink two big cups of green tea, I take my vitamins, and I like drinking green drinks, either as vegetable juices or drink powders. I also focus on happiness as soon as I get up and make a practice of doing things that foster it, like happy music, gratitude, and being productive.
What inspires you about your home? How does it make you feel?
I am inspired by the beautiful trees we have on our property. I also love the colors we’ve chosen to paint the rooms. My office has turquoise walls and it makes me very happy. Since I work here as well as live here, my home and I have a complicated dance. I often need to get away from home to relax and have a break from work!
If you were moving, what three things would you take with you?
If I were moving and I could take them with me, I would take my trees. I would also take my proximity to downtown, if that were possible, since that’s one of my favorite things about my house. I also would take my beehives! I have two hives this year in my backyard. I blog about my bees at www.mindingyourownbeeswax.com.
How would you describe your home?
My home is my muse. Its peacefulness allows me to work and to rest, and its occupants and contents inspire me in my career with the challenges they bring. Being a home organization expert, I appreciate my home as a laboratory as well as a haven!
How does your home reflect who you are?
I believe the condition of your home is like a mirror held up to your inner self. For example, when you’re depressed, you tend to let your home go a little (and sometimes a lot). Your personality is expressed through your home’s decor, and your activity level and interests and every little thing you do shows up with evidence of itself in your home. Also I think people in many cases take care of their homes in a similar way that they take care of their bodies. It’s interesting.
Please name one change you have made in your home that has transformed your life in some way.
Having my beehives has been transformative for me. It was a full circle moment to decide to keep hives of my own, and I cannot describe the joy of tending them and the incredible feeling of eating my own bees’ honey! I had some experience beekeeping when I was a young girl, during a very difficult time in my life, and working with bees represents conquering fear, something I have had to do over and over again in my life, especially now as an entrepreneur. Beehives are the original “women-owned business,” and I see so many parallels there. Looking out my back window and seeing the hives out there makes my home feel very complete and very much an expression of my true self.
How do you feel about your day-to-day living? If you could change one thing about how spend your time, or bring one new quality into your home and life, what would it be?
One of my favorite books is The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks. He suggests this as a daily meditation: “I expand in abundance, success, and love every day, as I inspire those around me to do the same.” I would like to increase the amount of time that I am mindful of this intention and live it every day.
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