What You’ve Always Wanted to Know about Working with a Professional Organizer, But Were Afraid to Ask

What you've always wanted to know about working with a professional organizer, but were afraid to ask! Now's not the time to be shy about learning what it's really like to work with an organizer to reach your de-cluttering and organizing goals!

 

Fess up, there’s a few things you’ve always wanted to ask me, or another Professional Organizer, but for whatever reason, you didn’t, right?  Well, I am on to you and more than happy to answer the questions I know are on your mind.  Well, some of them at least!

What do you REALLY think of me when you see my (messy) house?

When I visit someone’s home, the organization (or lack thereof!) in their home doesn’t cause me to think differently about that person at all!

In fact, when I’m in a home that is particularly disorganized, I have a greater sense of empathy for that person because it is so stinking hard to live in a space that doesn’t work.  I usually want to jump straight in and get their space to be functional for them!

I believe that people do better when they know better (thank you Maya Angelou!).  I also believe that it’s my job (when hired!) to teach people so they know how to get organized and more importantly, the secret to staying organized.

A lot of this “getting organized” stuff seems like common sense and that it’s easy to do.  But it isn’t that simple at all, or else everyone would have their crap together and there would be no such job title as Professional Organizer.  But keeping crap together is harder in reality than it should be, so I’m happy to help!

 

But, you’re an attorney…  You’re really not judging me?  

Being an attorney doesn’t make me judgmental.  Cause I’ve never been a judge, only an attorney- ba-dum-tssh!

But in all serious now, uhhhhhh…… nope!  I’m not judging you at all.

At the end of the day, being disorganized comes from not making decisions, both big and small.  It has nothing to do with the type of person you are.

Still don’t believe me?  Here’s what just a few of my clients have said about working with me:

Christina is the best! She helped me with my office which is very overwhelming to me–my desk drawers! She made me feel more confident and less “ashamed” about how disorganized I can be! She is a no-guilt guru! – C, Shaker Heights

Christina helped me get rid of baggage that I didn’t even realize I was holding onto.  Getting rid of the excess in my home will allow me to focus on what is truly important… Thank you for the relaxing process- I didn’t feel pressured or judged at all. – H, Strongsville

 

What do you tell other people about me?

Nothing!

I don’t tell people anything about you.  My standard practice is that mum’s the word that you’re even a client of mine, unless I get the ok from you.  And even then, I will only say that I helped a particular client, and won’t ever delve into the specifics of what was done, said or seen.  It’s kind of like I bring my own portable Las Vegas.  What happens there, stays there!

Working with a client in their home means that I am privy to things normally not seen.  I get to go behind doors that are normally shut when guests come over.  I unearth items and possessions that haven’t seen the light of day in months or years because they are painful reminders  for my clients.  I take this privilege pretty seriously.

For me, this is not an opportunity to develop gossip, but rather a chance for me to help my client move past the objects that have been denying them the life and home filled with the peace, function and order they want.

In the course of work, I regularly come across financial and legal documents, valuable jewelry and the usual unmentionable undergarments.  On more than one occasion, I’ve found all of these things in the same drawer!  But that is the life of a Professional Organizer.

 

Are you going to make me get rid of everything?

Nope!  Here’s the dealio.  With each of my clients, there’s a reason that I’ve been hired to do a job.  And the job isn’t to talk about what a travesty the reboot of Gilmore Girls was.  I can’t guarantee that the Gilmore Girls won’t come up, but the main focus of our time together will be figuring out what you want from the space we’re working in and then mapping out the exact steps to get it there. Chances are we will find somethings that you are ready to part with.  But nothing will leave unless you want it to.  I promise!

 

What’s your attic look like?  Lemme guess- like a page ripped out of Martha Stewart Living with gorgeous shelving and beautiful storage containers and lots and lots of labels!

I wish!  If I lived all by my lonesome and I had full control over my attic storage space, then it probably would look like that.  But since I live with 3 other human beings who don’t exactly share my passion for keeping things organized, Martha Stewart will not be listing my attic as a “good thing” anytime soon.  But there are labels.  Lots of them.  And one set of shelving that works fantastically.  You got that part right!

 

Over to you!

How’d I do getting into your head to get to the burning questions you’ve always wanted to ask me?  Pretty good, but there’s something else you have to know?  Do ask in the comments below!

what you've always wanted to know about working with a professional organizer, but were afraid to ask
what you've always wanted to know about working with a professional organizer, but were afraid to ask

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