Why You Need An Organizer

What my clients and experience have to say.

 

“I looked at you and knew there was no way to justify keeping those lights I bought to hang in the garage 10 years ago…”brina-blum-612693-unsplash

I’m struggling to write an introduction to this post, because the title is so self-explanatory. In short, sometimes it seems hard for people to try to justify hiring an organizer because some think they should be able to do it for themselves. However, the piles of “stuff” sitting around us usually indicate the contrary. And while it may be possible to do it yourself, sometimes people just need some help. Read on!

  1. Getting started. “I feel so overwhelmed.” Often my client feels paralyzed and doesn’t know where to begin. This is the biggest obstacle we overcome together. After entering a space, an organizer will be able to immediately hone in on a definite starting point and direction for your project.
  2. Community. Why do so many join weight loss programs, health clubs, exercise classes etc? Because there’s accountability, community and support there. Because it’s easier with someone standing by your side. Because you’re not alone. A friend and I were talking about organizing and she said this, “I’m single and sometimes I invite a friend over while I’m cleaning and doing dishes just to have someone to talk to.” There is certainly more joy in feeling that you’re not alone.
  3. Accountability. Piggybacking off of the above, hiring an organizer keeps you on task. This helps you even if you’d like to do some of the work yourself. I often work together with a client and then assign “homework” if they are willing for tasks that are better of done oneself such as paperwork. Knowing that I’ll be coming back is motivating. In fact, just by making the appointment, one client started on much of the work herself before I got there! Having an organizer is essential if you (or your child) struggle with ADHD. We can keep redirecting your focus back to the project on hand.
  4. Experience. Which saves you time and money. I can’t tell you how many clients have previously wasted money on expensive systems that weren’t practical for them. On the other hand, one client asked me, “do you spend all of your free time looking up organizing information?” I smiled 🙂
  5. Impartial decisions. The quote at the top of this article was from a client’s husband. He was on board with her decision to organize the house but didn’t feel he needed me personally. After much of the house had been finished, he was so excited about the results and said, “Ok, I want you to schedule Sarah to come work with me.” We cleaned out the garage and as he mentioned, just having someone there helped him to get real about whether he’d use an item or not.
  6. Resources. Organizers are typically knowledgeable about the best place to obtain or dispose of items. Paper shredding events, paint disposal, places to get the best organizing equipment, new organizing books, apps to help you out–all continuously on our radars.

If you can think of any other great reasons to bring an organizer on board please chime in below!

 

 

A Clean Slate

“It’s hard to reach out to grab something new when your hands are already full…”

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When I was a teenager, I was chatting with a guy at a party that I totally had a crush on. He was older, taller, and so handsome. Standing there looking up at him, I felt horribly nervous and intimidated by the staring contest we seemed to be having as we talked. Wanting a way to break this spell which seemed to put butterflies into my stomach, I reached out my hand to grab a few chips from a bag on a nearby table. There was just one problem: I had forgotten that I was already holding a full cup of sugary Mountain Dew in that hand. It splashed all over to the floor resulting in an everlasting stickiness that seemingly couldn’t be cleaned. No matter how many times I wiped, every person that entered the kitchen found their feet sticking to the floor and called out in a loud voice, wondering who had done it. Embarrassing to say the least! I learned a lesson that day: you can’t reach out to grab something new if your hands are already full.

So, here we’ve started on this new year that’s full of possibilities. There may be some of the old chalk dust flying around, but you’re presented with a fresh, clean, slate– you can fill it with anything you want. How well will your space accommodate these new beginnings. A better question is:  what are you holding on to that’s holding you back? Maybe it’s time to declutter and put better systems in place so there’s room and time for the things you really want to do. Like spend more time with your family, or invite friends over more. Maybe you need to do it simply because you need peace, and your home can’t be the haven you need in it’s current condition. Maybe your heart is connected to some items that you need to let go in order to move on to the next chapter in your life.

Whatever the reason, if you’d like to get a start on it, consider taking my decluttering challenge, beginning with day one. If you need help–give me a call!

Happy New Year to you!