Amanda versus a Professional Organizer pt7

Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Amanda vs A PO | 5 comments

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


Wow, Amanda throws a great party.  Everything was perfect.  The food was yummy, and it looked great too.  Of course, Amanda’s house was immaculate.  You can’t believe she actually showed off her closet.  Those blue and white boxes make her closet look so elegant and organized.   It looked like a magazine ad.  You wish your closet could look that beautiful.


Amanda said you have to get boxes just like hers for your closet.  She says that’s the only way you can get your closet as organized as hers.  You’re wondering how much those things cost.  And how do you know what’s in each one?  They all look alike.  When I work with clients, I tell them not to buy any organizing products before I get there.  As we start organizing and letting go of things, you will need fewer containers.  PO’s find most clients have more than enough containers to complete the job.


Knowing you are a visual person, who needs to see their things, a PO will suggest using containers that you can see through, label, or color code in some way.  Realizing that you want things to look pretty as well, she will help you choose containers that work for your preferred learning style, your space, and your sense of style.  A PO will also keep in mind your budget and help you use the organizing products you already own before asking you to buy new ones.  When I work with clients, I ask where they want to spend their money, the closet or the living room.  Amanda might invite people into her closet, but most people entertain in their living room.


Do you want to let Amanda spend your money on fancy boxes that will actually make you less organized?  Wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper to work with a PO who will develop unique organizing solutions specifically for you?


I’m looking forward to your comments.

What kinds of containers work for you and why?

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


Copyright© 2012 Elizabeth Tawney Gross, Organizing For Everyday, LLC

5 Responses to “Amanda versus a Professional Organizer pt7”

  1. If you have work clothes and csaaul clothes the first thing to do is to separate them into two piles. Next, put seasonal items together within those two categories, starting with heavy sweaters on one end of the rack and working your way down to light-weight t-shirts. Finally, arrange your items by color so you will be able to find what you need at-a-glance.Of course, the best way to organize any cluttered space is to declutter. If you have too many clothes than what will comfortably fit into your closet you might want to consider purging the clothing that you no longer wear.Here is a great way to test yourself. When you organize your closet, put all of the hangers on the rod so that the hooks are facing toward the back of the closet.As you wear an item and then return it to the closet, turn the hanger so that the hook is facing toward the front of the closet.After six months, any hangers with hooks still facing toward the back will indicate clothing you have not worn in six months. If you don’t wear it in six months, get rid of it it is just cluttering up your closet.

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