Get the Organized Results you want!

  • Reduce stress
  • Save time
  • Find belongings easily
  • Save money
  • Become more efficient
  • Increase productivity
  • Develop meaningful routines
  • Enjoy home again
  • Gain control
  • Meet deadlines
  • Restore order
  • Enhance home aesthetic
  • Boost work/school performance
  • End shame and embarrassment
  • Lower anxiety
  • Improve punctuality
  • Manage time better
  • Reduce clutter
  • Get more sleep
  • Strengthen relationships
  • Complete more projects
  • Raise self-esteem
“Getting organized” is not a one-time event; it is a process. As people work their ways towards becoming more organized, they begin to experience the benefits that come along with it, such as lowered levels of stress, anxiety and frustration; increased work or school performance; improved productivity; and saved time and money; disorganization can cost you money. These benefits can positively affect people’s overall quality of life and, once enjoyed, are not easily surrendered.Becoming more organized is not just a process, it is an on-going process. It is a change in our behavior from our “old way” of doing things to a new, improved, and more purposeful way of life. So, “maintaining” organization once we get to a level of it that we are comfortable with, is simply a series of making better decisions on a daily basis. Instead of tossing our keys on any flat surface once we walk in the door—our old way of doing things—we hang them on a designated hook by the door. Every day, every time. Now we always know where our keys are and no longer waste our time retracing our steps in search of them. It’s a simple decision that results in a purposeful action that eventually becomes just what we do without even thinking about it. In short, organization becomes a habit. People are reluctant to revert to their old ways of doing things once they see the positive impact organization can have on their lives.
Productivity is a measure of how efficient and effective we are. “Productive people” get more done in the same amount of time as their less productive counterparts and they expend less effort doing it. Organization can boost productivity in several ways. It can help us
--Manage time better
--Spend less time looking for things
--Plan projects more effectively
--Reduce distractions
--Establish routines
--Assign priorities to daily tasks
--Meet deadlines
--Increase reliability
--Improve punctuality.
When adults think about productivity, they are usually thinking about it in regard to their jobs/careers. When students think about it, it’s usually in terms of their homework. Having organized spaces in which these two—students and adults—perform their work can have a major impact on how productive they each are. Uncluttered desks limit distractions. Appropriate filing systems help us locate stored data quickly. “To Do” lists assist us in prioritizing daily tasks. Organized systems (closets, desks, pantries, etc.) reduce the amount of time we spend looking for our belongings. Planners and calendars aid in project management. Timers and analog clocks promote time management skills. Adhering to daily routines limits ambiguity and wasted time while it improves our reliability and punctuality.
It may seem like a stretch to suggest that improving your level of organization can improve your family relationships; however, it actually can. Disorganization is a form of chaos. Chaos is anxiety provoking and stress inducing. In an article found in Psychology Today, author Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D. explains many of the reasons that clutter or having a disorganized home causes stress (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/high-octane-woman/201203/why-mess-causes-stress-8-reasons-8-remedies). She states that “clutter makes us anxious because we’re never sure what it’s going to take to get through to the bottom of the pile.” I’m sure many of us have felt that pang of anxiety when we’ve looked at the piles of paper that need to be sorted on our desk, or when we’ve pulled into the garage that has served as a catch-all for so many years. Carter points out that “clutter constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done.” The more disorganized spaces there are in your home, the more opportunities there are for the stress response to be invoked. For many of us, there are few, if any, uncluttered spaces in our home in which we can retreat and feel sereneClutter affects all members of the household, not just the ones responsible for the “To Do” lists. Clutter bombards our brains with excessive stimuli that we don’t necessarily need to attend to. No wonder we feel exhausted and overwhelmed all the time! It can also create feelings of embarrassment, resentment, and isolation for those who are ashamed for people outside their families to come into their homes. With all these negative feelings being felt by every family member inside a cluttered home, it isn’t hard to imagine that they might be irritable, foul-tempered, and difficult to get along with.In contrast, organization can have a positive impact on family members, especially children. Children thrive on routine. Knowing what to expect makes children feel safe and knowing what is expected of them makes them feel secure. Becoming more organized—for example, by establishing routines—fosters these feelings of safety and security for them. Designating a set time for homework, snacks, free time, dinner, and bedtime limits conflict, improves academic performance, promotes healthier eating habits, and ensures that routine followers get an adequate night’s sleep
Definitely! The more disorganized the student is, the more likely he is to
  • Come to school/class unprepared
  • Lose papers, books, homework assignments
  • Procrastinate
  • Mis-mange time
  • Rush through assignments
  • Plan projects poorly
  • Fail to read instructions
  • Forget to turn in assignments
  • Turn in assignments late
  • Bring home the wrong, folder, notebook, book
  • Have a difficult time getting his/her thoughts down on paper
  • Become distracted
  • Feel overwhelmed
  • Have a messy desk, bookbag, locker
Improving a student’s level of organization can help him reverse these unwanted consequences of being disorganized. The problem is, most students are never taught how to organize—it is just expected of them. For some students, organization comes naturally. Unfortunately, for others, particularly those with certain learning challenges like ADHD, it does not. In these cases, it is often beneficial to enlist the help of an organizing expert. Professional Organizers teach students strategies to better manage their time, workload, paperwork, materials, and schedules. Once a student has managed these strategies, he can begin to enjoy some of the benefits of becoming more organized such as
  • Reduced levels of stress and anxiety
  • More free time
  • Improved grades
  • Boosted self-confidence
  • Better sleep.
Chances are, if you’ve landed on this page, disorganization is affecting you in a negative way. Either you or a family member—or both! —is feeling stressed out and overwhelmed due to a lack of organization in your lives. Whether your problem is that you have too much “clutter” in your home, or your child’s academic performance is suffering due to a lack of organizational skills, or you simply don’t seem to be able to “get organized,” you are trying to find a solution to a problem you are facing. If this is you, you’ve already made some progress--you’ve figured out the reason for your dilemma. Many people don’t even know that the reason they are feeling stressed, and anxious, and defeated, and stuck is due to disorganization and/or clutter. You’ve figured out the “why,” and you’ve probably tried to fix the problem on your own with disappointing results. You are not alone! We are a busy, success driven society with less time available to devote to anything other than the most exigent tasks. Because of this, more and more people are enlisting the help of organizing experts to efficiently and effectively help them sort through the chaos and the clutter of their lives.Professional Organizers help people become more efficient, productive, and effective. Professional Organizers usually specialize in one or more areas of organization such as home organization, student organization, office organization, workplace productivity, hoarding behaviors, move management, downsizing, and many more. If you are interested in learning about the different areas that Professional Organizers specialize in, please visit https://www.napo.net/page/find_howtohire.But what is the Professional Organizer going to do for me? How is he/she going to help me? Well, in short, she/he will help you become more organized in one or more aspect of your daily life. What that means depends on the reason you need him or her. If, for example, you need help getting rid of some of the clutter you’ve accumulated over the years and arranging your belongings in a way that makes sense, you’d hire someone who specializes in Home Organization. She can help you make decisions about what to keep and what to throw away, donate or sell. She can teach you new organizational skills you can use for a lifetime. For those who don’t lack the skills, rather the motivation to get started or the perseverance to see the project through to completion, this kind of Organizer can help. In that sense, a Professional Organizer can work side-by-side with you for as long as you need him/her. For those who lack either the time or the desire to roll up their sleeves and work with the Organizer, a PO can be hired to do the job for you. In short, Professional Organizers are there for you to help you restore order, end chaos, and increase productivity in your life.Don’t you owe it to yourself to get back the time, money and peace of mind disorganization is stealing from you?  If you have questions about how I can help you in your specific situation, give me a call at 770-686-2991. I hope to hear from you soon!