Isn’t that something only super rich people do? It just seems so indulgent to hire someone to straighten up for you. Isn’t that what a maid does? Why not just hire a cleaning service?
Ah yes, the questions posed to a professional organizer that must be answered and explained. First off, let me tell you what a professional organizer is and isn’t. Here is the definition, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers:
Professional organizers use tested principles and expertise to enhance the lives of clients. By designing custom organizing systems and teaching organizing skills, they help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper piles, their lives!
Wow, that’s heavy. It almost sounds likes therapy. Well, it can be. If you’ve ever felt trapped by the clutter in your life, anxious as opposed to inspired working in your office, tired from wasting time every day looking for things that you know were right here a second ago, or that going into certain rooms in your house is just draining then you could benefit from these types of services.
So couldn’t I just do this myself? Of course you can. You can also change your own oil in your car, paint your whole house, fix the leaking toilet, give yourself a mani-pedi, iron your shirts, and change out the light fixture in the hall. Yes, you have the ability to do all of these things but you may not have the expertise or time to do it right the first time. I remember years ago my brother taught me how to change the spark plugs on my 1986 BMW 528e and I thought I was just the coolest person ever because I am not the most mechanically inclined lady. Of course, it took hours to complete and I had to borrow his tools and ask him constantly to help or if I were doing it correctly. Now I leave tasks like this to experts because it just takes me too long to do it and I want it done right. Who wants to worry about their spark plugs while they are driving every day? Not me! I don’t have the time to be an expert at everything and I’d rather focus on the things I want to do and that I am good at doing, like organizing.
So only wealthy people with lots of disposable income hire professional organizers? Not at all. Here is who hires a Professional Organizer:
- People who work hard, either in their home or outside in an office, hire professional organizers to help them tame the clutter or manage their stuff.
- People who value their time.
- People who want to get the most out of their space.
- People who want an expert to help them live their lives to the fullest and love their surroundings.
So can a cleaning service do the same work as a professional organizer? Going back to the NAPO-provided definition of a professional organizer, here are the skills that a professional organizer brings to you:
- Ability to ask the right questions to understand what a client wants and needs
- Ability to listen and infer what a client means
- Ability to customize organizational systems to meet client needs
- Ability to teach and transfer basic organizing skills
- Ability to visualize spatially and see the big picture
- Ability to break goals down into manageable steps
- Ability to categorize and plan ahead
- Physical and mental endurance
- Compassion, Responsibility, Professionalism
These are specialized skills and worth their investment for what they return to you in a personalized process designed to meet your needs. Life is short; spend more of your time enjoying it instead of looking for stuff.