STYLE Savvy: The First Step is Admitting There's a Problem

"STYLE SAVVY" by Lisa Hess (

Photo by Miles Storey (2017) via Unsplash, CC0 Public Domain.


I love my car, but I certainly don’t show it. I take care of its basic (and I mean very basic) needs. Gas. Oil changes. Investigating that strange noise. But when it comes to taking care of its aesthetic and organizational needs, I’m a serious slacker. In fact, when it comes to keeping up with the interior, my car is my organizational Achilles’ heel.

We all have one — that place we don’t want anyone else to look. A deep drawer. A closet in a room that’s off limits. Multiple junk drawers.

Mine is my car. My primary styles are I need to see it/drop and run, but I also find myself drifting into I love to be busy on a fairly regular basis.

This is not a good combination for a small space.

While I have a system for keeping things together in my car, it’s easily overwhelmed because the primary function of a vehicle is not to store stuff. When my daughter was small, I rationalized that my car was the Mommy-mobile, needing to be thoroughly outfitted for every possible eventuality but, these days, my daughter’s car interior looks better than mine.


If admitting there’s a problem is the first step, I’m there, but even the problem is multi-faceted. I not only need to rethink what goes in my car in the first place (and what has needed to come out for quite some time), I also need to think about taking care of the aesthetics of the vehicle in the first place. When a surface or a room in my house needs de-cluttering or re-vamping, I’m quick to come up with a plan, but except for the momentary groan I utter when I toss my school bag into the back seat, I don’t give my car’s interior more than a moment’s consideration.

So there you have it. I’ve identified the problem. I know why it exists and what I need to do. Join me next week for 3 keys to making it happen.

How about you? What’s your organizational Achilles’ heel? Maybe we can apply the 3 keys together.

Copyright 2018 Lisa Hess


About Author

Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.

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