There are many myths surrounding what professional organisers actually do when they are working with a client. Some people think we go in and tell clients they must get rid of all their items and keep only the bare minimum. Some think that organisers are just expensive cleaning people. Others think we do it all while the client is gone and then the client is required to keep it up with no instruction.
The most important thing to remember about professional organisers is that they are not there to judge you or your clutter. They are there to help you in any possible way they can. We are there to transfer our skill of organising onto you.
Starting with the first myth. Professional organisers never tell a client they must throw out anything. We are there to ask the right questions, find out the story on the items, and discuss the purpose of keeping certain belongings. We are sympathetic to the fact that going through so many belongings can be stressful, energy draining, and most of the time, hard. Since we are not emotional attached to all the items, we come in with a more objective view. We help our clients realise what is important to keep and why some belongings might not be. Once a client has gone through many of their personal items, they begin to see a pattern. For example, they realise they have 16 pairs of scissors in the house. Some have even said they did not like the item to begin with and cannot figure out why they bought more.
To some they find humor in how much they have kept and realise they do not want all these items taking up valuable space. To others it is a long process of letting go of personal items they have kept for many years. They tell us the story as to why they kept it and discover it is really not that great of a story or sometimes they cannot remember the story. The longer we work with our clients, the more comfortable they become donating or tossing items. Organisers give that comfort and reassurance as the client lets go of the clutter that is restricting them from living stress free.
The next myth is just that, a myth. Professional organisers are not expensive cleaning people. Professional organisers do not carry around vacuum cleaners and cleaning supplies. Most have power tools if they install closet systems and all professional organisers have a labeler. We are there to clear the clutter and find systems that will assist you in keeping it organised. Professional organisers do not provide a consistent cleaning service. We do provide follow up visits for clients.
Lastly, professional organisers work directly with their clients when clearing clutter. It is rare that someone would want to keep all the clutter and just get it organised. Most clients know before they even call an organiser that they will be donating and throwing out much of their clutter. Professional organisers help individuals find systems that will assist them in keeping their spaces organised. We teach our clients to see the root of their clutter problem, how to get the clutter out, and how to stay that way. If I came in and organised your space and left, how would you know where anything was and how to keep it that way so you were not back in the same situation in a few months?
Article written by Julie Riber, CPO www.transformare.net
It can take hours for even a professional to organise even a closet in your home, yet because it is shown in fast motion on television, most people think that this can be done in a half an hour!
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Karen Perkins is a Life Coach and Personal Hands-on Organiser, based in Sydney. She enjoys helping busy people achieve results through effective lifestyle choices that improve their personal and professional lives.