Surprisingly (to me, anyway), there are still a ton of people who don’t really know what a Home Organizer (aka: Professional Organizer) really does.
The most common definition I hear usually goes something like this:
“You go into people’s messy houses and tell them they have too much stuff and make them throw most of it away.”
So, uh, no friends, that is most definitely NOT what we do. If it was, a) That would be the world’s most depressing job. And b) I can’t imagine anyone who would want to hire one.
Since I have such a passion and love for this job, defining it in one sentence is pretty hard so I’ve put together this list.
Here’s what a great Home Organizer really is:
We are judgement-free observers of your space. Where you see chaos, we see potential.
We are compassion for you and the life circumstances that brought you here.
We are hands-on help wrapped in balls of energy. We will happily run up & down your stairs 100 times to put things away.
We are system creators, making sure every item you own has a purpose and a home.
We are coaches & motivators. We know, without a doubt, that an organized home is possible for everyone.(Yes, even you)
And yes, we are definitely down-sizers. We help clients make decisions about what no longer serves them and take these items off of their hands for good.
But finally and most importantly, we are your big picture. We see your home as a whole unit. We understand all of your needs and all of your homes’ working parts and work with you to create the complete picture.
So, as you can see, we are so much more than people who get rid of people’s ‘junk’ (to be clear, that’s their words, not ours).
So how do you know when hiring a Professional Organizer is right for you?
If your home makes you feel any of these emotions: overwhelm, annoyance, embarrassment, frustration, exhaustion, chaotic – then you need to call. Even if you can’t or don’t want to hire someone right away, find out what the plan could be to help you when you are ready.
From the hundreds of clients that we’ve worked with there are two things we hear so often. The first is how they only wish they’d done this sooner. The second is how grateful they are to have this weight finally lifted from their shoulders. For the first time in a long time, they can breathe easy in their homes again. As I always say:
“When you open the front door to your home, you shouldn’t be sighing in despair. You should be exhaling with relief.”