Amanda versus a Professional Organizer pt4

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in Amanda vs A PO | 4 comments

Fourth in the continuing series, how your neat freak friend, Amanda, differs from a Professional Organizer (PO).


While you were at Amanda’s house, you were all fired up about getting your house organized. Saturday you vowed, “I am going to get this place organized if it’s the last thing I do.” You got up early and decided you would start with the paper clutter on the kitchen table. All the clutter from the dining room table went on the floor. Then you took all the piles of paper from the kitchen and sorted them into smaller piles on the dining room table. Then you went through those piles and made more piles. At 4 o’clock, you look around your dining room and want to cry. You’re tired and discouraged and now you have stuff on the floor as well as paper on the table. You’ve made dozens of piles but still don’t know what to do with all that paper. You know what Amanda would do at this point. She’d grab your shredder and start stuffing things in. She’d say, “This stuff is so old it doesn’t matter anymore.” There are papers in there you know you need to keep, or think you should keep. They should probably be filed, but the file cabinet is full. You don’t even remember what’s in there. And you can’t find anything you put in there. Besides you hate going to the garage to file. It’s either too hot or too cold, and it’s so dark you can’t see.


You’ve done what POs call “churning,” Moving stuff around without making any decisions. This is where a PO can really help you. A PO, while not an attorney or a tax expert, knows which papers are important. She will help you with a decision process to speed up the sorting and the best way to store your vital information. She will have lots of ideas that will make filing and finding things much easier. I like the systems from FreedomFiler® ( because they are color coded and tell you what to keep and how long. What would you rather do, let Amanda grab and shred, or have a professional help you organize your important papers and develop a filing system that works so you can find them again?


I’m looking forward to your comments. Are you drowning in paper?

To be continued . . . more Amanda vs. a Professional Organizer

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