Top Ten Tips, #10 – Hire a Pro

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The problem with getting organized is, sometimes some of us have a little more trouble than others with actually taking the action steps it really takes to get through the process. This isn’t always just a lack of motivation, there can be a number of other factors that influence a person’s ability to get organized.

Chronic disorganization (CD) is something a significant part of the population deals with, as is being brought to light with TV shows such as Hoarders and TLC’s Buried Alive.  But chronic disorganization doesn’t just include the extreme cases we’re shown on television.

When a people have tried on their own to get organized and it just isn’t happening, we in the industry call this “chronic disorganization”. What is chronic disorganization?  The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) defines it as “having a past history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have failed, an undermining of current quality of life due to disorganization, and the expectation of future disorganization.”

Learn more about chronic disorganization on ICD’s website. These type of people generally benefit greatly from working with a professional. If this sounds like you, you can find an organizer who specializes in chronic disorganization on the ICD website listing.

Other reasons to hire a pro:

  • It may not be as expensive as you think. Most Professional Organizers will do their best to work within your budget.
  • Frankly, it’s just easier, both physically and mentally, to have someone who’s done this lots of times help you if you can afford it.
  • Most Professional Organizers will give you the level of support you need:  you may just need a kick start or you may need help with the whole project – Professional Organizers will work to accommodate your needs.
  • Sometimes it helps just to have a fresh set of eyes. It may be possible to have an Organizer come in to do a consult simply to give you some new ideas about how to deal with your stuff.  They leave the hands-on work to you, but give you the inspiration you need to more forward.
  • Most Professional Organizers have the local resources and connections you need to get rid of your stuff fast and easy.
  • Many Professional Organizers help you with one of the steps that is often forgotten when clients work on their own: getting rid of your stuff. Some will get rid of your donations and recycling, some will help you consign – be sure to ask what all is included when you talk to a potential Professional Organizer for your project. This is an enormous extra benefit – you do the sorting and then forget it!
  • Truth be told, spending the money to hire a professional for your project is often motivation enough for people to get on task and stay there during and between sessions.  Remember Tip #8, Team Up? When you’re paying your Accountability Buddy, you stay very accountable. ;p

How to find a Professional Organizer:

Find a Professional Organizer in your area by visiting the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) website and filling in the search form. Synergy Organizing is a proud member of NAPO and will consider travel to anywhere in North America for Professional Organizing services. Contact me today to set up your FREE 30-minute initial phone or Skype consultation.

If you need a Professional Organizer who knows more about chronic disorganization, check out the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD)’s listings. Synergy Organizing is a proud member of ICD and will consider travel to anywhere in North America for Professional Organizing services. Contact me today to set up your FREE 30-minute initial phone or Skype consultation.

Online Support. If you just need some clutter coaching or a remote Accountability Buddy and are reasonably savvy with the computer (including uploading photos and/or videos as well chatting via Skype), I’d love to speak with you more about my Clutter Coaching Skype sessions. No matter where in the world you live, you can connect with us through this Clutter Coaching program. Contact me today to set up your FREE 30-minute initial phone or Skype consultation.

Tip #10 Action Challenge:

If you’ve had trouble getting organized on your own, I encourage to check out listings for the type of Organizer you feel may best fit your needs. Send some emails, make a couple phone calls – see how Professional Organizers can help you with your particular project, and most importantly, get excited about this project! If you approach it like a kid at Christmas (you have no idea the treasures you’re going to find on this adventure!) you’re going to have a lot more fun, I promise you!


Holistic Professional Organizer and Clutter Coach at Synergy Organizing, LLC

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