Great tips on hiring an organizer

20 January 2009

Over at Unclutterer today, my pal Geralin Thomas of Metropolitan Organizing in Cary, N.C., has a terrific blog post on how to hire a professional organizer. It includes fifteen questions to ask a prospective organizer, as well as qualifications to look for.

I would only add that during the initial phone call with the prospective organizer, pay attention to your physical and emotional reaction to the person. Organizing (especially in your home) can be a really intimate experience; in a sense you’re baring your soul. Try to select an organizer you feel a connection with and one who puts you at ease.

Great job, Geralin!

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Thanks Janine! I agree with your advice to find someone you connect with because you’ll feel much more comfortable touching and discussing your things in front of someone you identify with.

I tell folks that organizers are sort of like personal trainers; most of us know how to do sit-ups and jumping jacks but it sure helps to have someone there cheering us on, showing us how to do the exercises more efficiently or nudging us to do a few extra when we want to quit.

Respecting the advice of and enjoying the company of that trainer makes all the difference in the world.

Ditto for an organizer.

Geralin Thomas 01/23/2009 05:09 AM

Thanks for your comment, Geralin. I think the comparison of organizers to personal trainers is right on target. To some they sound like a luxury, but clients understand what a big difference both these professionals can make.

Janine Adams 01/23/2009 06:56 AM

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