Have you considered hiring a professional organizer but aren’t sure what it would be like? When considering something new, we often ask around, search the internet, and/or watch social media. Sometimes, we receive good, wise advice. Other times, all we really hear are rumors and perpetuated myths. Knowing the truth is always critical for making good decisions. I’ve heard some myths about professional organizers, so I’m hoping to clear the air.
In spite of what you may have heard, organizers are NOT:
… going to make you throw everything away.
Contrary to popular belief, organizers love stuff. We especially love the stuff that is important to you. We want to help you develop a system for finding, displaying, utilizing and enjoying all these things that have value to you. In pursuing this goal, it is possible that you will identify some possessions that you no longer want, need or value, and then we can help you find the best way to move these items out of your space.
… cost prohibitive.
Like any professional, organizers charge for our time. However, since we are pretty efficient people, we like to move quickly and productively along. I often say it takes months of working with a trainer to lose 10 pounds, but only a couple of hours with an organizer. The well structured, clearly defined project that a professional organizer designs can be the most cost effective way to achieve your goal.
… judging you and the state of your space.
Sometimes people fear that organizers live in perfect houses and look down on anyone who doesn’t. Nothing could be further from the truth! More than anyone, organizers understand the challenges that our complex lives present – this is why we got in the business of developing techniques to help. When we enter a space, we get excited about working as a team to bring about solutions that will enrich your quality of life. If everyone lived in perfect spaces, we wouldn’t have a purpose.
… glorified cleaning people.
While many organizers will help clean a space that is being organized, cleaning is not what organizing is all about. Organizers are professionals who have invested in acquiring the necessary tools and skills to help you be able to find what you need, when you need it. Most organizers have attended seminars, conferences, tele-classes, and association meetings. We read books about organizing, productivity, and time management strategies. We participate in online groups, share tips, and study resources and techniques.
… going to make you do things their way.
An important element of organizing is to bring ideas and suggestions to our clients. However, we will never force a system on you that you don’t love. When establishing “homes” for belongings, I frequently ask, “Where does it make sense to you to put it?” After all, we are organizing YOUR space, and we want it to work for you.
If you’ve thought about hiring an organizer, but perhaps been intimidated, why not reach out and have a conversation. Most organizers are happy to offer a call or visit free of charge. Our goal is simply to make your life better!
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Have you ever hired a professional organizer? Would you like to?