Everyone is different, so any approach needs to be personalized to the client: to you. Because everyone thinks and works differently, it’s important for me to understand each individual client – what your goals are, how your mind works, what your sensitivities are, etc. That’s been one of the keys to my success… and to the success of our collaboration.
Some clients are actually very organized – whether they realize it or not. You may be organized in one area of your life but not in another so the key is to figure out why the skills aren’t translating between the environments and to try to extrapolate them. This process – of identifying strengths and tools that may come naturally to you – can be both informative and fun!
I almost always work side-by-side with my clients, so that we can walk through the decision-making process on what should stay or leave. This is the most efficient and effective way I have found to work. I will never throw anything away without approval! The goal is not necessarily a pristine environment. The goal is for my each of clients to be able to maintain an environment in which she or he feels safe and productive.
To me, getting the most out of working with an organizer means getting the most done in the least amount of time and having as good a time as possible while doing it. Believe it or not, with the right organizer, organizing can be fun. And the emotional impact of completing an organizing project cannot be underestimated. Most of my clients feel like their lives have changed completely for the better. They feel more in control, they can find things when they need them and they save money by not having to purchase duplicate products. In addition, they feel extraordinarily good about themselves and are no longer isolated in their own homes.