Working with an Organizer
How It Works
Phase I: Sorting & Cleaning up the Chaos
An organizer is often able to start out by sorting items, without the client's help. When there is clutter, different categories of items are mixed in with one another--creating a tangled, intimidating web of stuff. Using basic common sense, these categories can easily be sorted from one another, by putting "like items" together with like items.
These organized sections can then be presented to the client to be processed further. With things divided into "bite-sized chunks," it's easier to focus on one manageable section at a time, without being overwhelmed by that huge entangled mess we started out with.
Together we then determine the fate of each item, asking whether it should be:
- Kept and Put away?
- Sold or consigned?
- Thrown out?
- Given to friend?
- Recycled? Shredded?
- Put into deep storage?
Phase II: Creating Organizing Systems
Once the sorting is done, whatever is staying will be put away. If certain items do not have well-functioning, designated "homes" already, we will evaluate those items to determine how much space is needed for them, and where the best place for them might be. We will also discuss ideas for what the best Organizational System for each category might be. (See"Creating Organizing Systems")
We will also discuss how certain habits and attitudes play a key part in contributing to clutter, and how different habits and attitudes will help sustain order in the future.
"Nature keeps its beautiful balance and harmony through continual cycles of giving and receiving, releasing and filling. In this harmonious cycle, what is no longer needed by one being is gratefully used by another."~Helen Slomovits, "Simplicity is a State of Mind" (Natural Awakenings Magazine)