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When clients call, I most commonly hear...
I'm already an organized person but I need help...
I'm already an organized person but I need a system...
Calling a professional organizer is like calling a personal trainer. We can walk into a gym and "work out." However, most people call a trainer because they need the extra push to actually get to the gym and get the proper feedback from someone who's focused on their goals. The first step of this process when working with your organizer/trainer, is to go through everything with a fine tooth comb. This forces you to be very specific when making decisions. When an objective-outside eye is present to assist you, you are forced to look at every item and make a SPECIFIC decision.
Organizing is first and foremost about MAKING DECISIONS.
Our personal stuff contains hidden meanings and values. A professional organizer forces you to look at why any object is taking up space in your home. I/We work collectively with you to decide whether or not something is valuable enough to Donate, Keep, or Sell. (Or what my boyfriend affectionately calls "The Donkey Kong System.)
DONATING...Goodwill, Salvation Army, St. Vincent's, etc. literally create jobs from our donations. When something you think SHOULD be worth what you paid for it, it probably isn't true. A classy jacket from St. John or BCBG that you spent $200+ for is no longer worth that price. Now, someone can get a job. Someone who normally wouldn't be able to buy something that made them look professional at a job interview, because YOU donated something they could afford. AND, Goodwill specifically has an employment program providing services to individuals with disabilities and who are seriously and persistently mentally ill. Which, come on, is awesome.
KEEPING...You love it. It has real sentimental value. It's worth holding on to because when it comes back into style you are proud that you've held on to vintage greatness.
SELLING...If you believe something you own is worth selling, then that becomes a priority, ie, part of a "To Do" list. I'm going to create a blog for my favorite places to sell, wait for it... If it is not worth your time to sell online or take to a re-sale shop it is not a priority. Hence, take these items to donate. Someone will probably need that item more than you ever will. Refer to Donating paragraph above.
TRASHING... No professional organizer worth your time and money will force you to get rid of anything or do it "their" way. I/We have made it our duty to ask the right questions to streamline your choices, and make your life more efficient.
There is no one system to organize. Organizing is personal and specific. However, if you can clearly make decisions about items that enter your home you are already heading toward a clutterless and and more organized space.