Organizing by Deputizing

Published Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:50 PM

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 lack.

How can a pro help?

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 article by lists the many areas where pros can be helpful

How to find a get-organized guru?

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:

Investing in 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 pages.

by Carly Fadako


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# Richards said on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:55 PM

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, we go!

# rrochat said on Thursday, July 29, 2010 4:08 PM

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.

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