Whenever I tell a new acquaintance that I am a professional organizer, the most common response is, “oh, you don’t want to come to my house!” That tells me that people feel disorganized, which is not surprising with our hectic lives. But, what many people don’t understand is that your home does not have to be extreme for you to seek help. A project could be as small as one home office closet, a paper management system, organizing your recipes, or reorganizing a newly-emptied bedroom for an empty nester.
Therefore, I would like to present you with a range of organizing levels, and the resources to find that level of assistance.
This tool might help when: you have the time and physical ability to organize by yourself, and have a specific area of your home that you have targeted. You are probably visually oriented, but just need some ideas to get you started.
- Getting Organizing Magazine:
- Real Simple Magazine
- Neat Freak’s Blog
- The Container Store’s Blog
2. Remote Guidance a.k.a. Virtual Organizing (that’s me!)
This tool might help when: either you need some guidance but want to save money by doing the physical work yourself, or you prefer to work in shorter blocks of time (possibly due to health reasons), or you like what I have to say and believe that we would be a good fit.
I was chatting with a family member recently (I’ll call her Leah), telling her about my current project, which is organizing my husband’s office. I told her, “He hates it, but I just hand him small piles. After he is finished, he changes his tune and says that he is glad he is married to a professional organizer.” Leah’s response was, “I want someone to hand me small piles, too!”
Well, guess what? You can! It’s called Virtual Organizing. If what you need is someone to help you decide where to start, to “hand” small piles to you, to help avoid overwhelm and to act as your cheering section, then Virtual Organizing might be the right fit for you. Please visit my Virtual Organizing page for more information.
3. One-on-one Organizing
This tool might help when: you need some by your side through the entire project, or you have a deadline for finishing a particular project.
To find a professional organizer in your area, visit these websites:
- The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) website
- NAPO San Francisco Bay Area
- The Institute for Challenging Disorganization
4. Team Organizing
This tool might help when: you have a large-scale project, a team approach can get your project done faster. Not every organizer offers team services, so be sure to ask. The best team leaders will direct the workers and act as a buffer, so that you will only be speaking with the leader. Please check the resources in section 3, above.
One final note: be sure that you are comfortable with the person you hire. They will be working with you on your personal space, so check around and talk to a few until you find one that is the right fit for you.