FAQ’S About Organizing with Organizing Concepts and Designs

1. What is a Professional Organizer?
A Professional Organizer is someone who can help you get organized or “better” organized as the case may be. That can mean organizing a room that has gotten out of hand, a closet that needs to be reorganized, de-cluttering a garage or implementing a file system and so much more. There are many Professional Organizers who specialize in particular areas, ie.-Residential Organizing and/or Office Organizing, There are others who specialize in only working with Corporate Clients. When choosing a Professional Organizer make sure that he/she has experience in the area that you want to work on.

2. What does Organizing Concepts & Designs specialize in?
Organizing Concepts & Designs specializes in Residential Organizing, Office Organizing, Relocations and Estate Sales. Please visit our website at:
www.organizingconceptsanddesigns.com for a more detailed description of our services or click on the video below.

3. What is NAPO and why should I use one of their members?
NAPO is the National Association of Professional Organizers. As a member of NAPO, I am bound by their Code of Ethics, a set of principles that provides guidelines for our professional conduct with our clients, colleagues, and community. As a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, I pledge to exercise judgment, self-restraint, and conscience in my conduct in order to establish and maintain public confidence in the integrity of NAPO members and to preserve and encourage fair and equitable practices among all who are engaged in the profession of organizing.

4. How long will the job take to complete?
The answer to this question depends upon your goals and “wish list.” It also depends upon your availability as we work closely with you towards achieving your goals and wishes. Organizing Concepts and Designs works with you and for you to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

5. I’m embarrassed by my mess. Can I count on you to be discreet?
Part of our commitment to you as a NAPO member is to abide by their Code of Ethics (see #3 above) that is akin to the client privilege code under which doctors and lawyers operate. We will never divulge personal information about you. Additionally, you can always count on us never to judge you or your situation. We are all about discretion and we honor your privacy!

6. How much do you charge?
Our fees differ depending on what services you choose. For Organizing and Relocations we charge an hourly rate. However, we also offer packages, each of which has a standard fee, and includes a discounted rate. Estate Sales are all commission based.

7. Can I give your services as a gift?
Absolutely! It is important to note, however, that organizing is a very personal thing and can be a touchy issue. It would be best to make sure that the person you want to gift, is open to working with someone and isn’t insulted by the notion that you think they need to get organized. See the Gift Certificate that we offer below.

8. What is your privacy & confidentiality policy?
Confidentiality of all client information, both personal and professional is upheld at all times. We will never barter, sell or trade your information for any reason.

If you need help with an organizing project of any kind, give us a call. We’d love to help!

If You Made a New Year’s Resolution, You Gotta Read This!

If you’re like most people, you’ve either thought of or actually made a happy New Years Resolution. Believe it or not, organizing is right up there in the top 10 list of resolutions. I love that!

The problem is, and I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t already know, that most people don’t stay with it. Whether it’s losing weight, eating healthier, going to the gym or getting organized, which are all great resolutions, it’s difficult to actually stay on track.

So, whatever your New Year’s Resolution is, to make this year better than last, here’s some tips to help you stay on track:

1. Determine what the goal is. If losing weight is the goal, determine how much weight so there is a definitive goal.

2. Make a plan. You know the saying “a goal without a plan is just a wish”. Put time on your calendar to get it (whatever “it” is) done. Even if you only have a few minutes, it’s better than nothing and it’s still inching you towards the goal.

3. Break “it” down into actionable steps. If organizing is the goal, determine what area(s) you want to organize. Let’s say it’s organizing the garage. Instead of trying to tackle it all in one day, try first looking at the garage from the outside and determine what can be thrown away immediately (garbage, empty boxes, broken furniture). Then figure out what you want to donate and put those items together. Now that you’ve got more room in the garage to you can move on to the next step. It’s a process and does NOT need to get done in one day.

4. Find someone to help. If you have a significant other or a friend that can help, ASK FOR HELP! If you’re going for the garage, which is a big undertaking, maybe you can offer to help the person you ask, with something that they need to get done.

5. Make it fun. Put on some music. Set a timer to see how much you were able to accomplish during that time. Take before and after photos so you can see the progress. Reward yourself when you’re finished (but only when you’re finished).

6. Set a deadline. Figure out realistically how long this project should take. Make an appointment with yourself and put it on your calendar. If it’s on your calendar it’s more likely to get done.

I think that people make resolutions, especially New Years Resolutions, because they really want to accomplish something that they haven’t been able to do. Make 2016 the year you actually do it. It’s not that hard. It just takes some a goal, a plan and some action.

If you need help with an organizing project of any kind, give us a call. We’d love to help!

Wishing you all an incredible and prosperous happy new year 2017.

My Experience with a Professional Organizer

For those of you who read last month’s newsletter, you may recall that I needed the help of a Professional Organizer.   As a reminder, my house had been undergoing a major renovation and when everything was finished I needed to put “humpty dumpty back together again”.  iStock_000010631522XSmall

While I was organized before, during and even after the remodel, the thought of putting everything back into place by myself was daunting.  I work, I’m busy and I wanted it to get done in one day rather than days or weeks.   I just wanted to get it done!

A long time ago when I first started organizing a seasoned organizer told me that it would be a good exercise for me to hire another organizer to see what it feels like when someone else is touching your “stuff”, suggesting things to do with your “stuff”.

Well, I finally took the advice and hired a Professional Organizer. She happens to work with me often with my clients but it’s very different when you become the client.

This is what I learned:

1.   It’s not only okay to ask for help… it’s important. 

2.   It’s great that help is available for these types of situations.

3.   We all have different ways of doing things but, sometimes, another way is better.

4.   There are so many products and solutions out there that I either forgot or didn’t know about.  Now I have a few more things to share with  my clients.

5.    EVERYONE, even Professional Organizers, will need help at some time in their lives with some area in their life.

In my last newsletter, I promised to let you know how it all worked out.  IT WAS AWESOME!   My house is back together, I learned about new products and new ways of doing things that I might not have learned otherwise.  

If there’s a place in your house, office, storage unit that you  need help with, give us a call.   YOU DESERVE IT!

 

 

 

Help! I Need a Professional Organizer

I have been sending out this newsletter now for over 5 years.  For those of you who open it and read it, I hope you have gotten a sense of who I am, what I do and why.

For those of you who are new and have just recently signed up or, for whatever reason, decided to start reading, the readers digest version is:  I am a Professional Organizer and one of my specialties is residential organizing.  That covers everything from linen closets to bedrooms to playrooms to the garage.  There isn’t a place in a home that I can’t improve upon.  I help people get organized or “better” organized as the case may be.

One of the reasons I started Organizing Concepts and Designs (aka OCD) is because organizing comes naturally to me.  It’s just something I’ve always done for myself and for others.  I can walk into a room full of clutter or boxes and make sense of it all.  I can make that space more efficient.

Here’s the problem…my house is under construction, and it looks like a tornado hit it. There’s stuff everywhere.  Much as I tried to contain it prior to and during the construction, it was just impossible.   After living this way for a few weeks, I am now completely overwhelmed.  I don’t know where to start to put “humpty dumpty back together again”.  Why is it that I can do this for everyone else but I’m having trouble figuring this out for myself?   The answer is simple.  It’s never easy when it’s your stuff. 

So, even though I know exactly what to do I am going to hire a Professional Organizer to help me.   Here’s the questions and thoughts I had that led me to the decision to hire another P.O.:

1.  Why should I do it myself?

2.  Even if I can do it myself, it’s always better and quicker to have another set of hands.

3.  Maybe another P.O. will have some insight into organizing products that I haven’t thought of before.

4.  Perhaps I can organize things differently which might even be better than it was. 

5.  It would be great to have another perspective.

Bottom line is I’m going to give it a try.  I’ll let you know next time how that worked out. All I know is I can’t wait to get some order back in my life.

If you are asking yourself the same questions about your closet, a place in your house or your paperwork, give us a call.  WE CAN HELP!

Time Management Tips for Everyday Living

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Someone asked me the other day if I was super organized.   Without hesitation I answered Yes.    

The next questions was how do you stay organized? Great question and one I get asked ALL OF THE TIME. The answer: Time Management.   Probably not what she was expecting me to say BUT, it’s so true. 

We all have the same 24 hours in a day.  We all have a lot of s*-t to do.  I hear it all the time.  “I need more hours in the day”.  No, that’s not we need.  If we had more time in the day we’d just all fill it up with more to do.   

So,  here’s some quick and easy ways to manage your time more efficiently every day: 

  1.  Give yourself extra time.   Wouldn’t it be nice to get somewhere a little early, even if its just a few minutes, rather than to stress out over being late.   Since you have no control over traffic and other variables, why push the limit? Get started a little earlier.  Just a little. 
  1.  Make it a habit.   If you normally wake up at 7:00 AM during the week but you’re always feeling rushed or stressed, set your clock just a few minutes earlier. Even 10 minutes will help.  Leave the clock set for the earlier time. You’ll get used to it like everything else.  Just give it time (no pun intended)  Oh, and no pushing the snooze alarm!   If it’s that difficult to get up 10 minutes earlier, then seriously get to sleep earlier. This isn’t that difficult and you can do it.  I have faith in you! 
  1.  Do not add another thing to do in the morning during that extra time. This time is for you!   The purpose is to get out on time without being stressed out or running late.   
  1.  Have a plan!   I plan over the weekend for the coming week.  Do I always get everything done?  No! But I do prioritize so that the important things do get done.  The other stuff sometimes has to wait. But, having a plan, knowing what needs to get done makes it easier to stay on track.   So much easier!   It might be something as simple as writing a To Do list.  It might be going through your calendar and reminding yourself what appointments you have so you can be prepared.   Whatever it is, I can assure you that planning ahead will make your life easier.    
  1.  Don’t make this more difficult than it needs to be.  We live in a 24/7 world with lots to do.   Everyone is busy!   If you’re tired of constantly rushing, being stressed out, running late or feeling overwhelmed because you just can’t seem to keep up or catch up, see #1 above (Give yourself  extra time).  You may want to consider giving something up but if it will make a difference I’m thinking it would be worth it to get off the hamster wheel.

 

What Being Organized Means To Me

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What does that even mean? I think we all have a different idea of what organizing means.

As a Professional Organizer, this is what being organized means to me:

1. Being able to easily find things when I want or need them. When I say “easily” it means that I don’t have to spend more than a few seconds/minutes to get my hands on the item that I want. I know where it is!

2. Being able to access things when I want or need them. This means that I don’t have to move around several other items to get to the item that I want.
** The caveat is that sometimes we store things in the garage or in the attic which makes it more difficult to get to or reach. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not organized. If for example, you have some memorabilia stored in a bin that’s properly labeled but happens to be located in the rafters in the garage, IMO, that’s still organized.

3. Being safe in my surroundings. Being able to navigate my way around without having to step over something and/or without having to move something out of the way. Not being afraid that if I reach to get something that other items might fall on top of me.

4. Time management is key! If you’re organized you will have more time to get things done and ultimately more time to yourself. My favorite time management tool is my calendar and I use it every day, all day. It includes all of my appointments, all calls that I have to make and all things that I have to do. It keeps me on track. Of course there’s always those things that don’t get done. When then happens I just carry it over to the next day or the next week to make sure that whatever it is still gets done. I just prioritize whenever possible.

5. Finally, being organized means that my house and office have to be presentable at all times. It doesn’t mean it has to be perfect or look like a picture from a magazine. For me it’s just easier to stay on top of things and do a little every day to make sure that my surroundings are presentable.