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Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Becoming a Professional Organizer: What I Wish I’d Known

May 16th, 2015

 I often get asked about my unique profession, so I wanted to share with you my journey to my dream career. If you missed it, here are Part One and Part Two where I shared my introduction to this new world and how the start was anything but smooth.)

As a positive person, I rarely dwell on the negative and try to think of missteps as learning opportunities. However, when I think about the early days of my professional organizer business, I wish I could somehow whisper a few things into my ear back then.

I wish I’d spent more time as an organizing contractor beforehand, learning from already empowered and brilliant people in the field. I could have watched how they juggle all the steps of a project, absorbed their knowledge and stepped into my own business a little more prepared for what I was walking into.

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Becoming a Professional Organizer: The Business Side

April 25th, 2015

(I often get asked about my unique profession, so this month I wanted to share with you my journey to my dream career. If you missed it, here is Part One where I shared my introduction to this new world of changing lives.)

After working as an organizing contractor for many months I realized that deep down it was time: I wanted to direct my own projects and have my own clients.

Early on, I was incredibly lucky to have met my first business partner, Pamela, on-site of a large organizing project.

We naturally gravitated to working together each day, and eventually went for coffee. I recall joking that “we should have our own business” but Pamela heard it as a serious idea.

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Becoming a Professional Organizer

April 11th, 2015

I often get asked how I came to be a professional organizer, so I thought this month would be a great time to share my journey to my dream career.

how to become a professional organizer

When I started out, as an organizing contractor, I realized that meeting other organizers and gaining valuable connections through the POC (Professional Organizers in Canada Association) was important. I was excited to join and attend their meetings, but I was also intimidated.

I arrived to my first meeting right on time, quickly and quietly sat down, and listened to the presenter. I collected a couple business cards from the women sitting behind me and then basically ran away, fearful I wouldn’t fit in. (I remember this so vividly now and laugh.

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Why a Good Organizing System Fails

March 28th, 2015

You may think any kind of organizing system is wonderful, but trust me. As a professional organizer I have seen many systems fail because they were not designed to work with how the person using it thinks or their organizing personality. (Find out more about your organizing personality in our latest newsletter here.)

I regularly have clients ask me to help get their child or partner organized. I understand that urge, as being the only organized member of the family can be difficult. However, when the client tells me they’ve put in the best systems but their partner/child still won’t use them, I know why.

why good organizing systems fail

Here are the two main reasons why these good organizing systems fail.

1) The person doesn’t actually know how to use it.

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The Root of your Scheduling Crisis

January 10th, 2015

As a small business owner, for many years I believed that my schedule was out of my control.

Even though my passion was to inspire my clients to get organized and re-gain control over the details of their lives, I was ignoring the cracks in my own overflowing life.

profesional organizer scheduling help

While I was extremely fulfilled by my work, I had no time for myself or loved ones.

I worked 12 – 14 hours a day and was constantly exhausted.

It was a total surprise to me when I dug deep and realized that I was the one in control of my schedule.

I forgot that I choose what to do with my time and I was choosing to over-schedule and over-exert myself.

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