The perception of the professional organizer varies. Many see hiring an organizer as a last-ditch attempt by self-described slobs to get their homes or office under control. Sure, there are cases like that. More often than not, professional organizers are hired by busy people who just don’t have the time or patience for tasks that demand both. Consequently, professional organizers are hired for a number of tasks you might not consider.
For example, it’s not unusual for a professional organizer to be hired for the following:
Blending Households: A professional organizer can help preserve household harmony when new spouses, stepfamilies, roommates, or parents find themselves sharing living space, and need to find places for everyone’s stuff.
Estate Sales: When a person passes away leaving behind a home full of possessions, sorting through a lifetime of memories may be too much for grieving loved ones to handle. Professional organizers who offer estate sale services coordinate the sale or donation of unwanted items and take the burden off family or friends at a difficult time.
Organizing and Cataloging Collections: From photographs to memorabilia to wine, if you need to manage the items in your collection for insurance purposes, display, or simply for easy access, a professional organizer specializing in collections can help you keep track of the items you have so carefully curated.
Specialty Moving & Relocation: Sending the kids to summer camp or moving your college student into his or her dorm? Hiring a professional organizer lets parents stress less and spend more quality time with their kids before they go away, and helps college students get off to an organized start when living away from home for the first time.
Technology Organizing: There are professional organizers who can set up your new Smartphone or help you keep track of documents and files on your home and work mobile devices. Those professionals also can offer you suggestions on which apps to use and how to get the most out of your electronic devices.
As you can tell from this list, professional organizers aren’t usually hired by pathological hoarders and shut-ins, but busy people looking to get a better handle on areas of their lives that are important to them but require more attention than they can give. It’s actually quite similar to hiring a landscaper.
Think about it. Most people can cut their grass if they have the time, inclination and equipment. A lot of busy people don’t. So, they hire a landscaper who not only can cut their grass, but do a better job. And if other tasks are needed-like gardening, installing a sprinkler system, etc.-they also have the tools and skill to do that, too.
So, if your life needs a little gardening in 2015, please call to find out if it’s something the Mudroom can take care of for you.
Need help getting organized? For an initial assessment, please drop me a line or call 508-246-6120.
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