Entry #89, May 14, 2010
When first reading this blog post title, you’re thinking I’m going to talk you into why you need a professional organizer. Am I right? What if I told you that you may not NEED a professional organizer, in fact I believe everyone has the power to accomplish tasks on their own. I started a new area of Stagetecture called – Do it Yourself (D.I.Y). It will start showcasing resources that I feel will help you tackle your own projects.
I ran across this article from Apartment Therapy, that speaks to a professional. I think the article is important because it puts organization into perspective. – Stagetecture
We consulted a professional organizer, Kim Stetson of Project Organize, to help us understand when to do it ourselves and when to hire a pro.
“I think it is a better use of money, on a limited budget, to pick individual projects to focus on, and set up a home organization schedule (like the sample below).” This approach, whether done within one year or over a longer period of time, will break down the overwhelming projects you may have in your life.
“The professional organizer can help you with the things that you dread, but are also causing the biggest time-suck in your life. Kitchens
are a big one that I think people don’t realize they lose time in, as well as the obvious home office and clothing closets. So I’d set up an organization schedule, and then tackle most of it on your own but hire the professional organizer on the bigger, more overwhelming projects. Each of these ‘projects’ can be scheduled throughout the year, and should only take a weekend for each one (basements and attics might take longer if they haven’t been cleaned out in a while!).”
Professional organizers are akin to a coach – helping the client not only tackle specific areas to arrange but also establish systems for remaining organized and preventing future clutter from accumulating.
Below you’ll see a sample chart of how to start the home organizational process.
Sample Project/Sample Date
- Clean out all cupboards, drawers and the refrigerator.
- Remove expired food.
- Remove unused dishware and extra/duplicate cookware.
- Clean out unused items such as furniture, toys, exercise equipment, etc.
- Donate/sell unused items.
- Clean and organize basement.
- Upload photos from your camera to the computer.
- Organize photos in albums and electronically.
- Write captions, order prints, upload to Flickr or other online photo site.
- Organize, label, and store files.
- Organize electronic files.
- Recycle and shred unnecessary papers.
- Go through each clothing closet and remove Fall/Winter clothing that was not worn the past winter.
- Remove clothing that does not fit.
- Organize closet for Spring/Summer clothes.
- Donate discarded clothing.
- Clean out unused items such as tools, patio furniture, gardening supplies, etc.
- Donate/sell unused items.
- Clean and organize garage.
To read the rest of the year’s organization projects, visit Apartment Therapy.