What Professional Organizers Do

What Professional Organizers Do & How They Can Help
Article from NY Times

When you hear “professional organizer” you may think “reality TV,” but you shouldn’t. Professional organizers can help with projects large and small, and with the psychology of clutter, to boot. It’s a new year, and perhaps you have organization goals on your list of resolutions. Maybe this year, you’re ready to break the cycle of resolving, and failing, to get your life in order this year. It might be time to bring in an expert — just like you would enlist a trainer or nutritionist to help with fitness or wellness goals — and hire a professional organizer.

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“When I tell people what I do, they say, ‘Oh, that’s a thing?’” Sharon Lowenheim, a professional organizer based in New York City, said with a resigned laugh. “It’s a great service and we want to make sure people do know about it.”

A professional organizer is a person who can help you organize any of the physical and digital spaces in your life. She (and it’s almost always a she) will offer support for decision-making, facilitate actions around removal of unwanted belongings, and set up systems, from shelving to labels, that help her clients establish order and clarity. The relationship that clients build with a professional organizer is a very personal one, and so your experience will depend on what you’re trying to get out of it.

Here’s what they don’t do: Clean.

Most people are confident that they can tackle their organization projects on their own. But when those projects get overwhelming and you stall out, it’s time to consider throwing money at the problem.

“Usually we get the phone call because somebody is overwhelmed,” Ms. Tokos said. Dr. Lark agreed: “When someone has reached a personal tipping point — they’re frustrated, angry, emotionally frayed and hey need to consider calling in a professional.

Ms. Lowenheim added that life events, like marriage or divorce, the birth of a baby or transition to an empty nest, or starting a new job, especially if it’s a home-based business, can “be eased with the help of a professional organizer.” shoe storage seat

Professional organizers will work with you to decide what you want to keep, and to identify where unwanted items will go. They will, in many cases, facilitate the disposal, donation or sale of belongings a client wants to part with. They also work with clients to determine what the functions of their spaces should be, and to set up those spaces in ways that can be easily maintained.

About those questions: Professional organizers know that the biggest barrier to entry for most new clients is fear and embarrassment, and they want you to know that you, your things and your feelings are safe with them.

“A professional organizer is going to be respectful and nonjudgmental,” Ms. Lowenheim said. “That doesn’t mean that the organizer won’t tell you some hard truths that you may not want to hear, but it will be done in a loving and supporting way.”

There’s also no need to worry about a professional organizer clutching her pearls upon discovery of your sex toys, collection of pornography or that stash of weed; they’ve seen it all. “Sometimes they hide it,” Ms. Lowenheim said, “and sometimes they go, ‘Ehhh let’s not do that drawer.’”

When you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and burdened by your clutter, reach out to Organize Me! 

You can schedule easily online at Schedulicity!

Organize Me! services all of Frederick County, parts of Washington, Carroll, Montgomery and Howard counties as well as parts of West Virginia and Pennslyvania

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