hiring a professional organizer

Hiring a Professional Organizer to Help You Declutter

Professional Organizers Simplify Your Life

When your paperwork has overflowed onto your office floor…you might need a professional organizer.

When your pantry shelves are falling down and the door no longer shuts…you might need a professional organizer.

Professional organizers are the ideal solution for people who find that life, or their belongings, leave them overwhelmed. With a wealth of experience and the ability to look at your belongings with a neutral eye, a professional can easily take your worst mess and get you organized.

What Makes an Organizer Professional?

A professional organizer is more than someone who has a knack for cleaning. According to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), organizers use their expertise and tested principles to create custom systems for their clients. They teach you organizing skills that help you take back control of your environment, tame your paper piles and keep your life running smoothly.

A professional organizer can help with a variety of tasks, including:

  • Closet design
  • Space planning
  • Paperwork management
  • Cross-country moves
  • Record management
  • Goal setting
  • Time management

When to Call in a Professional

It makes sense to call in a professional organizer if you are a chronically disorganized person, but many find that a professional organizer can help in a variety of other circumstances.

Life Changing Events – Throughout the course of life, our situations change. We move, get married, start a family or take care of aging parents. Each of these events, and others like them, bring new responsibilities and “stuff” into our lives. Hiring a professional organizer for just a few hours can help you reorganize your life to fit your new circumstances.

Paperwork Overload – Whether you have a new home office or simply need to regain control of your financial records, a professional organizer can help you centralize and cull your paperwork. He/she can also help you set up a system for document retention so you can keep your paperwork manageable.

Home Design – If you are making changes to your home design—adding a room, redesigning the kitchen or changing a child’s room into a hobby room or office—a professional organizer can help optimize your design. By making suggestions for shelving and storage containers, and teaching you how to use your existing space, you will find that an organizer helps you work and live more effectively. 

Hiring a professional organizer

What to Look for

Once you make the decision to hire a clutter coach, it’s time to find the best one. By first understanding what a professional organizer can do for you and what your specific needs are, you can begin to narrow down the list. Then, consider the following:

  • Trust You must be able to trust your organizer. After all, he/she will be making suggestions on how you live your life and what belongings you should keep.
  • Nonjudgmental Many times, the reason you need an organizer is embarrassing or sensitive. Your organizer should be able to make suggestions to you in a non-threatening way.
  • Listening Skills Because your organizer is developing a system that works for you, his/her listening skills must be exceptional. Can he/she take what you have to say, your concerns and your life, and use the information to create organizational bliss?
  • Creative Solutions Your organizer should also be able to offer creative solutions specific to your organizational challenges.

If you are moving, be sure to find a storage unit and work with your organizer when packing and storing your belongings. From a simple, one-room project to a cross-country move, a clutter coach can help make life easier. When your things or your life get away from you, consider hiring a professional organizer.

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  • http://www.cluttercoach.net Claire Tompkins

    Very nice summary of the value of professional organizing! Thanks for pointing out that you don’t have to be in total chaos to get a lot of benefit from working with an organizer. With more and more people time and space crunched, a higher level or organization makes life so much easier.