When Organizing Books Don’t Work For You
I think that organizing books are a great source of information. I’ve read dozens of books on a variety of organizational topics as part of my education as a professional organizer. In just about every home I organize, I find at least one organizing book, usually more. These are often found under piles, or on an overloaded bookshelf.
Not All Organizing Methods Work for Everyone
In my opinion, organizing books, like many self-help books are great for practical information; however, just buying or reading a book will not get your organizing project done. Many of my clients have read books, and we’ll discuss organizing methods they’ve learned, but not all methods work for everyone. There are different modes of learning. Organizing systems need to be set up in a way that works well for the individual. Some people buy a book, implement the system, and it works well for them, but not all people.
Learning & Organizational Styles are Unique
If you’re among the many well intentioned people who want a more organized life, have sought out books on the topic, and tried time and again to get organized, don’t be frustrated at the book or the author, or yourself. Your learning style is unique, as is your organizational style.
A Friend’s Help Didn’t Work
Usually, after a book doesn’t do the trick, a person may enlist the help of a well-meaning friend or family member to get organized. This sometimes works, but many times, you’re now imposing someone else’s organizing method that may not be right for you, and often the process of decluttering and organizing with someone close to you may end in arguments or disagreements. This can derail your personal relationships.
It is OK to Ask for Expert Help
If you have 1 or 2 dusty books on “how to organize” in your home, and you’re still feeling overwhelmed with disorganization, it is OK to ask for help. Reach out to a professional organizer trained in various organizing techniques and methods to help you to declutter, organize and simplify your life. Remember, organizing is not a one time task, so your professional organizer will help to transfer skills to you so you can continue to remain better organized, once you feel your home organizing project is complete.
You May Need Accountability & Motivation
In most cases, a complete home or office declutter and reorganization will bring a person to a baseline level of organization. This is a clean slate, a new starting point. A place where organized systems are arranged specifically for you based on your lifestyle, the layout of your home or office, your current needs, and the needs of your family. This does take time and motivation, but your professional organizer is there for you as your cheerleader, your accountability partner, and motivator.
Reach Out for Help
If organizing books don’t work for you, or you’ve read partway through an organizing book and just thrown your hands up in exasperation, reach out for help. Over 4,000 trained and educated professional organizers are there for you, and can be easily found through a zip code search on the website of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals.
On Task Organizing provides hands on organizing services in the Raleigh, NC area, and can assist you through virtual organization via Skype or FaceTime in all areas. Whether you need hands-on help, a do-it-yourself plan, time management systems, or just general encouragement, a professional organizer is there to help lighten your load.
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