Want to be organized? Not sure
how to proceed? Consider outsourcing the
job to a pro.
Professional organizers can help you deal with everything from papers
to your kitchen cabinets to your time management challenges. They have the
been-there-done-that expertise in every area of organizing that many of us
How can a pro
Professional organizers offer a wide variety of services, ranging from
general organizing for home and office to specialists who provide services in
niche areas such as estate planning or home staging and moving services. This comprehensive
ProfessionalOrganizersOnline.com lists the many areas where pros can be helpful
How to find a
Start with the National Association of
Professional Organizers (NAPO). For 25 years, this industry group
has served as a clearinghouse for information and experts working in the
organizing industry. NAPO has a state-by-state
database of professionals and offers information about criteria
to consider when hiring a pro.
Once you've found a few good candidates, be sure to interview each
just as you would any prospective hire. Does the pro have expertise in the
particular area you need help? Check to see if they are licensed and insured
and be sure to check references. Also, be clear about fees and expenses before
getting started. For more questions to ask when hiring a professional, check
out these two helpful resources:
organizing pays dividends
Hiring a professional to tackle your organizing might seem like a
luxury but consider that the investment can actually
free up time and money.
Do you restock your pantry with items you already own? Keep buying items for the home that you know
are already there...somewhere? Is your home office running on slo-mo because
invoicing and paperwork keeps piling up?
Would you rather hit the beach than tackle the task of locating those
beach chairs in your buried basement?
If you've answered yes to any of these questions, it's time to
outsource your organizing.
Have you used a
professional organizer? Was it helpful?
Do you have any tips for maintaining organization after working with a
pro? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter
by Carly Fadako
I know several people who belong to NAPO - I just need the courage to contact them! It's slightly embarrassing to think that I need a professional organizer, but I'm a hoarder and BOY do I have STUFF! I'm also trying to clear out stuff from my Mom's house (45 yrs accumulation!) Oh, well...here we go!
I really think a professional organizer can be very helpful. They are not emotionally invested in the flotsam and jetsom we collect, and help you make those hard choices; do you want this item or the space it occupies.
I was able to not just dump stuff, but look much more critically at why i was keeping certain items. And honestly a lot of it was tied to a memory yet I had not looked or held the item in years. I can still access the memories and with a great suggestion i scanned in all my loose pictures, put them on Piccasa and purchased a web enabled photo frame, i now am able to create a never ending arrangement of my pictures that stream to the frame, can be accessed from the web and I get to see them regularly as i have the frame on the table by my chair. The actual photos i have boxed up and passed onto my brother who is the family archievist. Also i can share photos directly from the web site. Also i purchase inexpensive plastic tubs to keep those items i really couldnt part with in and can see at a glance what is in them, can write with a eraseable marker on the front etc. It was incredibly helpful.
Action requires kownledge, and now I can act!
v8h65Q Hey, thanks for the article post.Really thank you! Cool.
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