Confessions of a Professional Organiser (Part 4)

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.PHOTO CONFESSION IV

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:

  • The family agreed to start working with me to declutter and organise one specific room together.
  • Each family member had their own basket in the room.  Rather than personal stuff cluttering the communal area, family members would place items into the designated baskets. It was then the responsibility of the owner to ensure it was cleaned out regularly.  This family took it one step further:   if items remained in the basket for more than an agreed period of time, the parents had permission to donate/throw out the contents.  It may sound like a tough call, however the family recognised they had more possessions than they ever needed, and if something remained in the basket, it was likely that they wouldn't use it regularly enough to warrant keeping it.
  • Because the family were motivated towards change and could see the many benefits of having another organised room, they were inspired to work together on other rooms in the home.  Not only did it become a collaborative effort, but the family shared many memories as they sorted through their possessions.  They now have a home that’s organised and functional and the parent’s said they don’t feel worn out now the chores are being shared. Of equal significance, the children are learning responsibility and have started to take care of their possessions.  Now that’s what I call another win/win.  

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.  

Remember, Dr DeClutter offers a complimentary 15 minute consultation if you'd like some support in getting started on your on your organising journey.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today

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0 #4 Flic 2014-07-04 21:55
The room I find the most challenging to keep organised is the kids bedrooms, it's like a bomb's hit it. Any ideas?

Dr DeClutter responded: Hi Flic, thanks for your comments. You're welcome to give me a call, as I offer a complimentary 15 minute telephone or Skype consult to help get you started.
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0 #3 Jacquelyn 2014-06-30 10:09
It's hard to find educated people for this topic,
however, you sound like you know what you're talking
about! Thanks
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0 #2 Adam 2014-06-19 14:09
my wife and i have the same problem with kids & chores, the app's worth a burl, thanks
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0 #1 Jacki Prove 2014-06-19 10:09
What an interesting read, you must work with some interesting people.
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