Last week I discussed some reasons why you might hire a professional organizer and how they’re similar to why you might hire a personal trainer. Here are some additional comparisons:
You need accountability. Many of my clients tell me that just knowing I’m coming to meet with them motivates them into action. Knowing that I’ll be calling or emailing them to check on how things are going is also a great motivator. So find someone to hold you accountable and see if that prompts you to keep things organized.
You have a condition that makes it hard to do it yourself. Depression, AD/HD, fibromyalgia, and hoarding tendencies are examples of the many conditions that may make it extremely hard to get and stay organize on your own. Working with an experienced organizer who is trained in these areas can help you move beyond what you ever imagined was possible. Organizers with the designation CPO-CD® (Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization) have gone through extensive training and testing to understand the special challenges these conditions cause. They can even work with your therapist or doctor to help you have the most effective outcome.
You have an impending event or other deadline. If you’re under a time crunch because company is coming, a parent is moving in, you’re moving, or some other special circumstance exists, an experienced organizer can help you create a plan of action to meet your deadline, as well as offer hands-on support to turn the plan into reality.
You want supervision and support during sessions. Maybe you’ve read organizing books and seen some of the organizing TV shows but you still want some guidance and encouragement as you go through the organizing process. An organizer can help you make sure you’re on the right track and help you develop a good plan of action to achieve your goals.
You want help using the equipment properly. Storage bins, file cabinets, shelving and similar supplies and equipment can play an important role in the organizing process. If you’re not sure how to make use of these tools, a professional organizer can help. They’ll show you how to use what you already have, give you guidance on what to purchase, and can even purchase items and set them up for you.
Let me know how your organizing “exercise” program is going.