The Surprising Similarities Between Professional Organisers and Acupuncture
I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with Sheena over the last few months after a chance meeting at a local networking group. As we chatted we discovered that our chosen professions have a number of surprising similarities. In a world that often feels chaotic and overwhelming, people are constantly seeking ways to bring balance and harmony into their lives, as well as closer personal connections. Who would have thought professional organising and decluttering could have so many cross overs with a style of medicine that involves tiny needles!
I’m Sarah Casbolt, a traditional acupuncturist working in Surrey who aims to help people to regain balance and take back control of their physical and emotional health. I work with people of all ages going through life’s transitions: puberty, menopause, parenting and retirement. In practice this means that I spend a lot of time talking to people, asking questions about their life and their health. The extra depth in my diagnosis comes from talking about a less well understood part of wellbeing, your emotional health. This is the key to the way I work. I need to find out how your inner mind works. What things make you feel cross, frustrated or plate breaking mad? Do you feel loved? How do you manage conflict? If you feel “stressed” what causes that feeling: an overwhelming jobs list, unrealistic expectations, family members, your health, etc. Are you still grieving for someone who was lost from your life many years ago? Is there emotional or physical trauma from your childhood that hasn’t been addressed? When Sheena works with you, I know she has a similar process, trying to understand what help and changes are needed to re-organise and de-clutter your home. Here are a few more similarities between the way we work.
1. The Importance of Balance
Both professional organising/decluttering and acupuncture emphasise the importance of balance. In professional organising, the goal is to create a harmonious living space by eliminating excess clutter and organising possessions in a way that promotes ease and efficiency. Similarly, during acupuncture treatment, balance is sought within the body’s energy systems, aiming to restore equilibrium and vitality. In my patients I may find the balance has been lost due to physical symptoms, putting others needs above our own, trying to bury uncomfortable emotions. I can imagine all of these having the similar impacts on our homes.
2. Clearing Blockages
In decluttering and organising, the focus is on removing physical obstacles that hinder the flow of energy within a space. This can involve letting go of items that no longer serve a purpose or organising possessions in a way that allows for better circulation. In acupuncture, practitioners work to identify and clear blockages in the body’s energy meridians to restore the natural flow of energy, which can help alleviate physical and emotional issues. Often patients can struggle to let go if they have grief or trauma in their past lives that is still impacting them. I may find patients with these issues also have bowel conditions as it is reflected in their bodies ability to let go of, or correctly process, waste products of our body. Our body finds it hard to know what it needs to keep and what it is safe to let pass through, which is exactly what can happen with our possessions.
3. Mind-Body Connection
Both practices recognise the profound connection between the mind and body. In professional organising, a cluttered and disorganised environment can contribute to stress, anxiety, and a sense of overwhelm. We often recognise when we have too much stuff but get stuck knowing what to keep and what to get rid of. As Sheena gets to know you she can help you work through the mental stages to allow you to make the right choices. By creating a clean and organised space, individuals often experience improved mental clarity and a sense of calm.
Acupuncture acknowledges the mind-body connection by understanding how emotional imbalances can manifest as physical symptoms. By addressing emotional blockages, acupuncture can promote overall well-being. It’s amazing how many times patients will arrive in physical pain but after working through their emotional and mental health challenges, the physical pain can gradually ease never to return. My favourite acupuncture treatments use the Five Element style of acupuncture. We find and address the most deeply rooted emotional imbalances. As I work with patients, I help them to understand their emotional response to the wider world (family, friends, work, etc) and how they can shift their perspective for better long term emotional wellbeing.
4. Holistic Approach
Both professional organising/decluttering and acupuncture take a holistic approach to well-being. They consider the whole person, including their environment, emotions, and physical health. In professional organising, it’s not just about tidying up; it’s about creating a space that supports one’s lifestyle and mental well-being. Sheena could just come into your home and clear your stuff for you but after a few days or weeks things would return to their original state. It’s only by working with you and understanding how you live in your home that she is able to make suggestions that work for you, your family and your lifestyle. Similarly, acupuncture doesn’t simply treat symptoms but looks at the individual, addressing the root causes of imbalance. To treat the symptom, we must look at where they came from. Without this deeper understanding the treatment would work more like a short-term painkiller than a longer-term solution to your physical or emotional discomfort.
5. Long-Term Benefits
Both practices emphasise the long-term benefits of their respective approaches. Professional organising/decluttering isn’t just about a one-time cleanup; it encourages the development of sustainable habits that promote ongoing organisation and balance. Similarly, acupuncture aims to address the underlying causes of health issues rather than merely providing temporary relief, leading to lasting improvements in physical and emotional well-being.
When I treat patients I often witness a mindset shift from the quick fix approach, that we’ve become used to in the modern world, towards longer term benefits for ourselves and others. They might choose to return for ongoing “top -up” treatments every month, or just a few times a year, to keep themselves feeling well. I’m impressed to see the same value in Sheena’s work. It’s never just a quick session followed by a trip to the local dump. Her work is carefully considered: the best solution for you today, the best solution for the environment, the best solution for you to be able to maintain for the future.
I also consider the environment when I’m working. Acupuncture needles are sterile and single use, as is necessary to keep everyone safe, but this generates a lot of package waste. Slowly more manufacturers are looking at the environmental footprint of their products. My favourite needles use bamboo “guide tubes” instead of plastic and are packaged in multipacks instead of individually. This massively reduces the total amount of packaging and most of it is recyclable too.
While professional organising/decluttering and acupuncture may appear to be unrelated practices at first glance, they share common principles and values. Together, these practices help you achieve a greater sense of harmony in your life, both externally in your living spaces and internally in your physical and emotional well-being.
If you have had a transformative experience in your home life working with Sheena, is it time to try something similar for your physical health and emotional well-being? The journey towards harmony begins with a single step and whether you choose to work with Sheena, me, or both of us, I know we are all working towards a happier, healthier, and more sustainable life for everyone.
If you’d like to know more about acupuncture and how I work, please visit my website and book a free 20-minute consultation. I’d love to meet you!