29 Jul 2011
WHAT DOES A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER DO?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME?
There are so many “professional organizers” popping up all over the country these days, all who which claim that they know what organization means. Well, I challenge them to truly explain what it means to effectively organize a client of theirs. I ask them what does organization mean to you? How did you learn the art of organization? What makes a space organized to you, BUT most importantly do you know how to ask your client what organization is to THEM?!
My questions come from a place of frustration as I continue to build the professional organization company housed under the O.C.D. Experience ® called Organize & Create Discipline ®. When I am speaking with people who are interested in working with me they think professional organization is “making things look pretty,” or “color coding” items in a closet by the color of the rainbow. I have met a lot of people out there who get what being a professional organizer is about, but one thing they all lack is the knowledge and experience of how to keep their client organized after they leave. Some don’t even want to try and teach this to their client for fear they won’t have clients to come back to again. How does an organizer instill DISCIPLINE into their clients lives if the client doesn’t even know the discipline is missing? What if the client doesn’t even want to learn the discipline?
The above pictures showcase a garage that has been O.C.D.’d as me and my team like to put it. The garage is clean, organized, effective for the client, but most importantly will sustain it’s functionality for one main reason….D I S C I P L I N E! We won’t work with clients who do not want to learn the discipline it takes to sustain the organization systems we put in place. THAT is what separates Organize & Create Discipline ®. from other professional companies out there.
Being a professional organizer, let alone a professional organizer who works with celebrities, Fortune 500 Companies, and high net worth individuals comes with unique responsibilities. The most important responsibility is TRUST. My clients must trust me. They must trust the work I am going to do with them and must trust the work I am going to do for them. They must trust the values I instill in my organizational practices and must trust that their lives will benefit from this O.C.D. Experience.
Being a professional organizer is much more complicated than color coding clothing and making things look pretty on shelves, it is motivating clients to see they can change their habits. Once those habits are recognized it is up to me to give them the confidence and disciplines to know that they can continue to grow without me. They have to trust me!