As a Professional Organiser I feel genuinely privileged when working with clients, as everyone has an organising challenge unique to their situation. My role's to support clients in setting up low cost, easy to use systems that’s designed to make life easier . In many ways, these systems are often similar to those I apply in own home and office and they're used because they do the job that's expect of them - and they work extremely well.
Like all things in life, regular maintenance is required to keep things ticking over.
I recognise however that no everyone has solid systems in place and that’s what I’d like to focus on today.
Confession Number Four: I really enjoy the diverse challenges when working with clients to help them get and stay organised.
I’d like to share with you an example of a family I worked with recently. Both parents are working full-time, with three school aged children. Between shuffling kids to school, extracurricular activities and family time, life was indeed full. As can happen to the best of us, the chores were often neglected and the clutter started to accumulate and consequently the parents struggled to stay on top of things.
As a Professional Organiser, one of the value added services I offer is respectfully observing habits and routines while working with clients, as what’s unsaid often speaks louder than words. I’d observed that the parents were constantly picking up after their children and no sooner was an area organised, then the kids would come through and chaos would rein again. It seemed the equivalent of a cat chasing its tail.
Here’s a number of outcomes we managed to successfully achieve:
Here’s an effective organising tool that we thought you may find useful, it’s call Fair Share http://getfairshare.com/ and is available for both Android and Apple. It helps you (and your family/housemates) focus on the chores you like, while staying on top of the chores. Dr DeClutter isn’t endorsing this app, there’s similar ones available on the market and it’s simply a matter of finding one that suits your organising needs.
Today’s quick question: What room do you find the most challenging to keep organised? Please feel free to post your comments here.
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