Don’t Let Opportunity Or A Movie Star Pass You By

As I was flying home last night after a long flight I looked over at the passenger sitting next to me with only 30 minutes to go. I am one of those people that always talks to the person sitting next to me. Not sure why I didn’t talk to him. Maybe it was his expensive duffle bag and shoes that intimidated me. Or his rugged good looks. But it didn’t hit me until he asked me to move so he could go to the bathroom that I was pretty sure that I saw him in a movie. And then it hit me who he was. And I didn’t say a word. Chatty Melissa didn’t say boo. Then we were off the plane and he breezed right through customs and I didn’t get a chance to discuss it with my husband to see if it was who I thought it was. I missed my chance.

When I was lamenting my missed opportunity I asked my husband what I should write about for my blog this week. He suggested the topic of missed opportunities. I am a girl who doesn’t let life slip by. My one {and only fault, ha} is that I say “yes” to quickly.

However, I see my clients missing out on opportunities that matter. I am fine not talking to a movie star because it is not a big deal. But having your kids being able to invite their friends over and not be embarrassed about their house is a big deal. So I got to thinking what my clients have said to me over the years about how clutter has hampered their lives, and if this resonates with you, it is time to take action.

“We haven’t been able to eat at the dinner table because it is full of stuff.” Studies have shown time and time again how important gathering around the table is for families. It is the time to share our days with each other. We share the good with the bad as a group. We plan how to overcome obstacles and we cheer our successes.

“I can now cook a meal as I no longer have papers stored on my stove.” I think we all know the health benefits of a home cooked meal vs takeout. But we also know the fire hazard of a stove with papers on it. The relief knowing that a meal can be prepared brought me to tears.

“I want to have my house ready to throw my son a birthday party.” Being able to have family celebrations in your home is important. Sure we can go to the local pizza place, but this is your home and you want to have people in it. The same is true for having your house be the house where children gather. My house was that house. I wanted to know where my kids were and knowing that they were in the basement gave me great peace of mind.

“Now I can host my son’s graduation party.” In our area graduation parties are a big celebration. Most are an open house where people come and go for hours. Knowing that my client could hold the party and not worry about her house being cluttered left me with a smile on my face.

“I now can use my workout equipment for more than a clothes drying rack.” Not being able to exercise is often a missed opportunity. The exercise equipment is either used for something else or buried where it can’t be found. You do not want to miss the chance to play a game of basketball in your driveway because you can’t find the needle for the air pump to fill the ball.

This is why I do the work I do. I give people back opportunities. I gain more from my clients than perhaps they do. I want them to not worry when the doorbell rings. I want them to know that they can invite people in or go for a bike ride. Don’t let opportunity pass you by. Just say yes.


To Joyful, Simplified Organizing,

MS. Simplicity


Melissa is a Productivity Consultant living in Fargo, North Dakota doing her best of living a life full of adventure. Filling a life of memories and not of things!