7 Critical Reasons To Hire A Professional Organizer

The sky was over cast and the day was cold. But I was warm inside the home of

a delightful, intelligent, interesting, busy mom who also has the role of

being a wife, counselor to her family, chef, and chauffer just to name a few

of her jobs that she does every day. Oh and she works as a nurse part time.

She hired me, a professional organizer to tackle her teenager daughter’s

bedroom and get it organized. Her goal was to find things that had been lost,

create a room where there was no clutter and she could bring her friends to

for slumber parties. She also wanted to get rid of clutter that had

accumulated and she had no idea what to do with any of it.

Reasons to hire a professional organizer:

1.  As we were happily organizing she asked me this question: “Do you think

people who have psychological problems in their home are more likely to be

unorganized?” And then she said (and this is the first reason to hire a

professional organizer) she had in the past hired a woman who wasn’t a

professional organizer to come and help her organize and this woman said

everyone she worked with was crazy.

I was bothered by this comment for days! A professional organizer is non-

judgmental and does not make rash and insulting statements like this one.

This same woman would ask her “where did you get all of this junk?” Again she

was being judgmental and totally out of line.

2. I have worked with several women who have had friends come to their homes

and organize with them. Friends can be very helpful in getting rid of clutter

but may not know how to set up systems to keep organized. There is a

difference in tidying up and organizing.  A few women I have worked with and

had worked with their friends first got advice that was absolutely awful.

One friend’s approach to organizing was to throw anything out that she didn’t

know where it belonged. A professional organizer will ask questions and do an

assessment on the spot to help decide if it is something to be kept and if it

is, then find the best place for it to “live”.

Several women I have worked with have friends whose approach was to just put

everything that was on the floor or on the bed into large boxes and be

shuffled to the garage. The boxes weren’t labeled or put on shelves so what

was in the boxes could not be used or readily accessed.

3. Another problem I have seen is that the person who was hired to come and

organize is late for appointments or they just don’t show up. One woman

shared the experience of expressing her displeasure and she was told, “Well

you’re late sometimes too”. That is certainly unprofessional and even if she

was that is beside the point.

4.  Professional organizers have extensive hours of training on how to

organize. They are constantly taking classes and reading the latest

organizing information in the business.

5. They find a specific niche in organizing; some are experts in homes,

businesses, offices, working with those with ADHD, students or children to

name just a few.

6. They belong to a professional group called National Association of

Professional Organizers. (NAPO) They can access training and receive

newsletters keeping them current with products and trends in organizing.

7. Confidentiality is important to the organizer as well as the client.

Nothing discussed or things organized are ever talked about to others unless

permission is given to do so.

Hiring a professional organizer can save you time and money. You wouldn’t

ever think to have a neighbor do things a doctor is trained to do and the

same thing goes for your personal item within your home. Hire a professional

organizer for the very best results. They take the guesswork and frustration

out of organizing.

About the Author:
Marilyn is a creative organizer who helps women, seniors & their families to create space and end clutter in homes and offices by setting up custom made systems. Visit her website http://www.marilynbohn.com for free organizing tips.
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