Overcoming Life’s Messes
North American Precis Syndicate
You don’t have to live with clutter and chaos; a professional organizer can help. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Each January, people set resolutions for the New Year, but
according to U.S. News & World Report, approximately 80 percent of
resolutions fail by the second week of February. If organizing is your
Achilles’ heel, the solution is to tap into local professionals to help guide
you through the process and give you the tools necessary to sustain order.
Whether you commit to downsizing a storage unit of inherited items, want to
find more family time, or desire to design a more peaceful living space, a
Professional Organizer or Productivity Consultant can help you tackle these
tasks when you don’t know where to begin.
“Studies prove that a decluttered environment contributes to productivity
and happiness, so getting organized should be at the top of your list of
resolutions,” explains Ellen Delap, CPO®, president of the
National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO). “Finding
and hiring a productivity professional is no different than choosing an
accountant, personal trainer, or doctor. You’ll want to work with someone who
takes the time to get to know you, understands your needs, and has the
expertise to advise you and help you achieve your goals.”
January is Get Organized & Be Productive (GO) Month, an annual
initiative sponsored by the National Association of Productivity &
Organizing Professionals. To help, Delap offers this advice on how to get
organized with the help of a Professional Organizer or Productivity
Get specific about your needs. Professionals offer a wide range of
residential and business services, so make a list of what you want to
accomplish. Are you just clearing out years of clutter or do you need someone
experienced in dealing with a mental health or traumatic situation? Do you
need help organizing your office or guidance on how to manage your time more
Make a connection, interview candidates and be honest. It is in your best
interest to be as candid as possible about your needs and goals. You will be
inviting this person into your home or workplace so it is critical to have a
good rapport. An experienced professional will ask questions about you and
your needs and dig into the issues that thwarted your past attempts to move
Set a budget. As with most professions, fees vary widely based on
experience, geographic location, and the type of services rendered. Some
professionals may charge by the hour or project, while others offer packages
of services. Avoid selecting someone strictly on price. Investing in a
consultant with the personality and skill set that match your needs will
offer greater, and faster, returns.
Identify an expert. We all have friends and neighbors who pride themselves
on being organized but this isn’t a job for your mom! Hiring a certified
professional or one who has aligned him- or herself with a professional
organization that has a code of ethics offers an added level of security.
Applaud yourself for taking the first step! Your choice is not
irreversible. If you begin working with an organizing or productivity
professional and are not happy with responding to his or her style, speak up.
You are rarely under obligation to continue the relationship. More than
likely, he or she will be happy to recommend a colleague.
When you are ready to find a professional, you can check out the NAPO
Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant Search Tool at www.NAPO.net.
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