Professional Organizer San Diego: Time Management and Productivity Articles
Your San Diego Professional Organizer, Denise Levine, has great advice for optimizing your Time management and achieving optimal productivity.
February 23, 2018
“Before” and “After” Organizing Photos
“Before” and “after” organizing photos are useful for Personal Professional Organizers. When I research professional organizing industry standards and review the current trends I notice that there are blurred lines between what it looks like to be organized in a systematic way versus aesthetic appearances. Unfortunately “before” and “after” photos may not adequately capture the organizing process.
“Before” and “after” organizing photos | Purging
Purging – “before” photos show lots of stuff covering surfaces and sitting in piles and stacks. “After” photos can capture less stuff, clear surfaces, and so on. But how do you capture the decision making process that goes into getting from the before to the after in a photo? Aesthetically speaking most of us agree that less stuff looks better. “After” photos of a space that has been purged of excess doesn’t always look like it belongs on the cover of magazine though.
“Before” and “after” organizing photos | Sorting
Sorting – “before” photos capture items in random placement. There is no apparent logic or order to why individual items are together. “After” images can depict groups of “like” items however they don’t necessarily look pretty. They do look sensible and functional.
“Before” and “after” organizing photos | Containing
Containing – there is no doubt that putting items into storage containers, bins or files looks more organized. But tossing things into attractive containers doesn’t mean that you are organized. Before containing items you want to be sure that you accomplished the first 2 steps: purging and sorting. If not, no matter how pretty the storage containers are you will not necessarily be or feel organized.
“Before” and “after” organizing photos | Locating
Locating – “after” photos showing storage containers on shelves, in cupboards and on furniture or counter tops may look organized. The critical factor here is locating the containers in safe, accessible places near to where the items they hold will be used.
“Before” and “after” organizing photos | Maintaining
Maintaining – the second most important part of organizing (the first being getting organized) is maintaining your organizing systems. In this case a “before” photo will depict the well organized spaces and hopefully the “after” photo will look the same!
Here’s an article that you might find interesting: 27 Absolutely Gorgeous Home Organizing Before and Afters
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“I have had the pleasure of working with Denise and hiring her for her professional organizing skills and office administration expertise. She has been very helpful and I recommend her to any business owner that needs to eliminate some of the chaos that comes with running an entrepreneurial business.
She will assist you in determining what needs to stay and what need to go, but more importantly she will teach you how to find the file that is “missing in action”. You will find that she holds herself in the highest business and professional standards with her professionalism, preparation and persistence in problem solving, organizing and best practices in the office environment.”