Pulling out my ponytail I fluff my hair around my shoulders trying to remember why I don’t just whack it all off. I probably would do it in exactly that moment if someone handed me a pair of scissors. Then I’d cry. Then I’d do the right thing, the thing I knew I should have done in the first place, go to a professional.
That said, we’ve all had bad experiences with a professional. Hairstylist that didn’t understand a word we said. The car guy that we’re sure fleeced us. Miserable experiences we swore we’d never deal with again. In an effort to help you, let me give you my best advice for hiring a professional organizer. Which ironically is very close to how I find a mental health professional….
Ask your friends for a referral but don’t stop here…..
This is very personal so even though your bff loved them, that doesn’t mean they are going to be right for you.
Don’t hire a maid service that organizes. This is a different service and not a professional organizer. It’s the difference between a physical therapist and a massage therapist.
While the maid will make your stuff look tidy, there is no thoughtful purging, no education, no consideration of your personality, lifestyle and needs. They know one way to organize – what works for them. Without a system set up for your personality you will quickly end up with the same problem you had to start with.
Policies. Like a lawyer, doctor, or mental health professional, you want your stuff to stay private. If it’s not in writing, assume it’s not their policy and avoid them.
Do they work with you or alone? If you’re serious about getting organized and experiencing lasting change, then this can’t be done without you. It’s nice to have someone do it for you, but you won’t be able to maintain it if you weren’t a part of the process. (Just like you can’t have someone attend a class for you and you benefit from the education.) This is a big consideration you need to decide in advance. Unless you have special circumstances, never hire an organizer who wants to work without you there.
Tell us your experience in the comments – we’d love to hear more tips on what to look for in an organizer.
Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment. For more information about Suzanna visit our about us page, email info@SparkOrganizing.com or call 321-234-5499.
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