Professional Organizers are highly motivated to transfer their organizing skills to their clients. It makes more sense for you to to enjoy the benefits of organizing by using them in between sessions rather than use them only when I am there. I listen carefully to the things that my clients say during the time that we are working side by side. This helps me to highlight the client’s successes and reinforce how it is helping her or him to meet their goals.
As your San Diego Professional Organizer I must admit that I especially like it when a client sends text messages and photos that show me what he or she achieved on their own. Recently I wrote this article about Professional Organizing, in which I highlighted 5 Essential Benefits of working with a Professional Organizer. One of the ways that I can gauge what the client is learning and using independently is to listen to what they tell me.
7 Things I learned from my Professional Organizer
Most people who want to work with a Professional Organizer for 2 basic reasons…to declutter and set up organizing systems. They know that by doing this they will make better use of their space, gain more space, and save wasted time looking for things that they need. Here are some of the statements that clients make when I ask them what they learned (or are learning):
- Do one thing at a time. Avoid moving from 1 area to another and finish what you start.
- Dedicate time to organize. If you plan to spend a block of time organizing it will happen. Don’t wait for “free time”.
- Minimize interruptions. Turn off the phone, if possible. Avoid checking email.
- Use what I already have first. Once you know what you have you will be able to find it, use it, and save money before replenishing it.
- Take a break. Organizing involves making decisions with can be more fatiguing than the physical part of the task. Give yourself breaks.
- Declutter before sorting. Don’t waste time organizing what you don’t need to keep.
- Maintain clear surfaces. Clear space looks more organized immediately.
November 22, 2013Okay, my clients trust me in their spaces, with their “stuff”, and with their stories. I’m going to share my story (a little bit of vulnerability) and tell you why I am able to understand and help others let go and in a compassionate way. Here’s my story: To some extent I can understand some of ... Read more
November 17, 2013Travel and packing can be unnecessarily stressful if you are not organized and don’t have the right supplies. Think about your last trip and what was difficult. Was it a carry on that was too heavy to store overhead? Did your rolling suitcase topple over? Did you pack too much? If you are going to ... Read more
October 29, 2013To bag or wrap? That is the question! Let’s get organized, save money, be creative, and protect our environment. What you will need: clear storage bins for gift wrap and wrapping related items such as tape, scissors, bubble wrap, etc. An open table, counter or floor space to work in. TIP #1: Schedule time to get ... Read more
October 24, 2013The holiday season will be here before you can say “ho ho ho”! You want your guests to feel welcomed and comfortable, but your home is pretty full already and that feeling of overwhelm is setting in. Don’t panic, here are some ideas that you can begin to use. Remember my “1-At-A-Time Rule”: 1 area ... Read more
October 24, 2013Do you know that the gifts you give say a lot about what you value? What is important to you when it comes to giving? Do you focus on what others want and need? Is it important to consider the environment? Is staying within your budget critical? When you organize your gift list, keep your priorities ... Read more
October 22, 2013I love using a gift list template that you can update every year. Who is on your gift list this year? Family: Immediate, Extended, Long distance Friends, Acquaintances, Neighbors Business: Coworkers, Networking colleagues, Clients, Referral Partners, Vendors Service Providers, Instructors Whether your list is long or short, whether you shop in person and/or online, having a detailed list makes keeping ... Read more
October 21, 2013It’s time to start thinking about how to get ready and enjoy the holidays. Each year is an opportunity to make the holidays a meaningful time for yourself and others. That means finding ways to minimize and avoid stress. Keep your priorities in mind with each decision and choice that you make. If not over-spending ... Read more
September 19, 2013I am sometimes surprised when I’ve worked with a client and after we’ve created space, they immediately start to consider what to put into it. Whether it is a surface like a counter top, your closet, or space in your schedule my suggestion is to pause, enjoy the opening, and resist filling it up again. ... Read more
September 17, 2013Do you find yourself hesitating to get rid of things? Having “organizing ground rules” will help you make easier, quicker decisions. Rule #1: Do a little at a time. Rather than set out to declutter the entire house, use the Outside In Approach “1-at-a-Time Rule”. One closet, drawer, surface, etc. at a time. Rule #2: The 3 ... Read more
September 11, 2013Sadly, summer is almost over and before you know it you’ll need to transition to your fall wardrobe (even here in San Diego). I recommend setting up several ground rules to make the transition easy. First, let’s talk about letting items go. If you didn’t wear it at all this summer and it’s in good condition, ... Read more