There are two types of organization: short term and long term.
Short term organization is the type we deal with on a daily basis and that affects our daily life. Think about your living space. Do you have a space in your house that, just thinking about going into it, gives you that feeling in the pit of your stomach? You just know the item you need is in there, but the thought of going in and digging for it makes you wonder if you really need to have it right now. Do you really HAVE to go in there? THAT’S the space that needs to be organized! It could be a closet, the pantry, laundry room, garage, closet, attic, storage shed, office, even just your desk or filing cabinet!
When our space starts to affect our daily lives and efficiency, then it’s time to organize. Often times, we’re just kind of stuck because we’ve lived with that space for years and we just don’t see a way to make it work. That’s where a professional organizer can be helpful. You’re used to seeing the space the way it is now and the way you’ve lived with it, but a professional organizer brings a fresh perspective and fresh ideas. By listening to your needs and wishes and to what’s not working for you now, I can look at the space and offer suggestions and then help you to achieve what you want for that space. And honestly, often times after just hearing the ideas, clients realize they can actually do some of it themselves without my services. They just need that fresh perspective!
Long term organization is the area nobody likes to think about because it can make us a bit uncomfortable. However, the fact is that someday someone is going to have to come into our home and go through every nook, cranny, closet, desk drawer, attic, and touch every piece of paper and we won’t be there to tell them what these things are or why they’re important. And if you refer to my first blog, The Birth of Managed Chaos you now know this is exactly how my business was born. A professional organizer can help you with the difficult and emotional task of going through the family home and sorting through everything, deciding what to do with it all.
Also, with long term organization comes the task of making sure you have everything organized for the day when someone needs to find your important papers: insurance documents, will, durable power of attorney, household paperwork. I always remind people to make sure these items are in a fireproof container and that the person who will need to access them knows where to find them!
Often times, the prospect of becoming organized seems overwhelming. A professional organizer can help you take what seems like an enormous project and break it down into manageable pieces, keep you focused, and help you to achieve your goal.
Remember: It doesn’t matter where you start, just that you start!