It’s hard to believe that Professional-Organizer.com is celebrating 15 years of making a difference with individuals, families, students, professionals and stay at home people. In 2000 when Professional-Organizer.com started:
- Hoarders and Clean Sweep were not on TV
- Professional organizers and productivity consultants were just beginning to be recognized as resources to help you at home and work.
- Clutter was not recognized as one of the top 3 resolutions for making change in our lives each year.
What I love about my work is the mutual trust, respect and joy of my work with my clients. My clients are brilliant people who organizing has eluded their lives. I have learned so much from my clients over the last 15 years. Here’s what we have shared over the years.
Our work together has many emotions.
There’s tears and laughter and anxiety and hope. There are many emotions in our work. Working together it’s more than the stuff. It’s how we feel as we approach organizing and where we are in our lives too.
What’s most powerful about our work is the positivity that comes from it. When we work together, clients feel empowered and positive about organizing and productivity. It starts with feeling successful and trickles over to all parts of their lives.
There’s always a hug at the end!
There’s lots to talk about.
More than anything, there’s lots to communicate about when organizing. Every item has a story behind it. Our stuff is linked to experiences, people, and feelings. Our stories help us let go of or value our stuff. We do a lot of talking and processing about our stuff to let it go.
Many of my clients are verbal processors. As they talk through a situation, it becomes clearer to them. In their heads there was a lot of clutter too. Verbalizing and talking helps them focus and find clarity.
Talking through a decision helps my clients. When they are paralyzed by indecision, we work together to bring about clarity.
We work best with a partner.
Organizing can be isolating, scary and sad. Working with a partner brings energy and positivity to the work. A second set of eyes, hands and feet make the work load much easier. When we are sitting together going through paper, having another person there to help with decisions makes it easier.
Having a partner makes every situation less stressful and less of a work load. When I arrive, we are committed to our work that day. It lifts the burden for my clients. It brings energy to our work to have add a partner.
Different situations cause disorder.
Many of my clients were highly organized and then “life happened.” There are many complicated situations that brought about disorder. Taking time to catch up can restore confidence and peace of mind.
We have high expectations of ourselves. It’s hard to stay organized during a health crisis, a family crisis, or a combination. We often think we can do more in the time we have or with the energy left after a crisis. I often hear from my clients that they were organized and then they lost a parent they cared for in their home. I also learn that they are managing the paper work and possessions of several family members. With my being a part of the team, they are able to restore order to their lives. They feel capable and competent going forward.
Everyone has a different organizing style.
Many of my clients have never been organized. It was never their strength. It was never how they thought. I love helping them create their own style of organization by our work together. There is no one “right” way to be organized. There are many levels of organization, from minimalist to Martha. What works for you is what’s most valuable.
I am planning on another 15 years of organizing and productivity consulting. It’s remarkable to work as a team and I am excited to be a witness to the transformations I see every day. You can see them too by checking out Hugs and Happy Organizing, true stories and pictures of my work with clients. I always sign off with hugs and happy organizing too!