Globetrotting actress, singer, composer, teacher and spiritual seeker Bekka Fink brings a world of experience to her growing San Francisco Bay enterprise, Rockstar Organizer. Clutter is only half the challenge for Fink, who embraces ancient “space clearing” techniques and “green” coaching to help clients overcome internal barriers and make peace with their surroundings.
How did Rockstar Organizer come about?
It’s sort of a play on words. Besides organizing, I’m a professional performing artist and I had a band for about 10 years. I’d been a teacher before, and in about 2006, I started doing personal assistant work and being a personal chef. While working in people’s homes, I discovered that I have a natural gift for organizing, both on an intuitive level and just keeping things and people organized. I’ve been a producer in the film business and done events, so I have that side of me that entertains and likes to bring out joy and play in people, but I’m also really good at what I do.
No wonder you have a different take on “stuff.”
People’s things—whether they’re family things or things they’ve bought—all have importance to them; they’re not just things to them. So in situations where there’s maybe a hoarder involved or a family member who has died, you can be dealing with a lot of emotional bonds. In the space-clearing world, things possess what is called “predecessor energy,” so if somebody has owned it before you or a space has been lived in before you, that space is going to hold that. It shows up. It’s maybe less so in a neutral space like a storage unit, but even then …
Are your clients typically prepared for your “space clearing” techniques?
Yes. If I walk into a home with eagle feathers and sage, my clients aren’t surprised. They’ve seen the smoke from sage used to clean areas and they know that, in Native American ceremonies, feathers are used to do healing. It’s not such a weird thing. I have certain ceremonial things I’ve been doing for years and have a leadership position in some different spiritual communities. I don’t know how a Jewish girl from Berkeley [California] ended up doing that, but for me, they’ve been the best therapy and helped me so I can show up for somebody.
How do you approach a problem room that just never seems settled?
If you have the ability to do it, have a few friends over, ideally a few guys with muscles and that friend you think has the best style—who dresses the cutest and has the house you most admire—and clear out the room completely. Then identify the pieces from that room that you love, slowly bring them back into the room and build the room around those things. If there are things in the room that you don’t love anymore, that are maybe tied to past traumas, sometimes taking them out of the space helps you remember how they got into the mix in the first place.
A feng shui consultant holds a loupan, a Chinese magnetic compass.
Clutter often starts with keeping things that don’t function well. How to you counteract sentimental value?
One of the feng shui principles I acknowledge is that things that are broken have broken energy. You can fix them with glue, but they still have broken energy. If you plan on keeping it and using it for that purpose, it creates old energy and prevents you from moving forward and being surrounded by perfect things. That doesn’t mean you couldn’t crack it up and make a mosaic mirror out of it, but make something good of it if you want to keep it.
What tips would you give to someone who is moving stuff into a storage unit?
First, make sure you have help; don’t just set it up as something you do on your own. Have a big crew of people to help you, even if they’re just there to be a DJ. Get support in that process, especially if it was some kind of loaded event like a divorce or the loss of a house that caused you to rent the unit.
Next, unload everything out of the truck and put it outside of the storage space, then move it in by areas—this is household stuff, this is personal stuff, this is furniture and so forth. You want to leave a path if possible so you can walk through the storage space and see what’s in there. Then make a map to put up on the wall in the unit and keep one at home, just in case you need to send somebody to get something for you. If you’re using storage as a place from which you’re going to sell things or move things in and out, give yourself a little work area in the storage.
Should a beginner try clearing the storage space first?
Sure. Before you move your stuff in, if you’re spiritually inclined, it can’t hurt to burn a little sage and say an affirmation, something like, “OK, this is my storage space now, so whatever happened here before, it’s now cleared up and this is mine. This is a safe place for my things.”