Neatnik Amanda vs. a Professional Organizer: How and Where to Start

You can't get organized without a plan!
You can't get organized without a plan!

Amanda says all you do is procrastinate.  She keeps telling you, “Just get started and get it done.”  The more you think about it the more you know Amanda is right.  You do procrastinate about organizing.

Why can’t you get motivated about organizing?  Even when you try it seems that things just get worse.  The paper you tried to get organized is still all over the dining room table despite your hard work.  So now you don’t even want to start an organizing project.  A Professional Organizer, (PO) will recognize perfectionism as one of the reasons you put off organizing tasks.  She’ll help you determine what needs to be done with excellence and what just needs to be done.

Okay, Amanda’s right, you are a procrastinator, but she thinks you should do a marathon organizing session and simply get it done.  You feel overwhelmed just thinking about organizing the whole house.  There’s so much to do.  The clutter is like a monster that keeps growing.  A PO knows you’re overwhelmed and afraid of what you see as a monumental task.  She’ll help you break down the huge job into small chunks that are doable.

You’re thinking, “Maybe I could do this if I knew where to start.”  You start somewhere then leapfrog around to different places.  Then you get frustrated because nothing gets finished.  A PO knows where to begin so you’ll make progress quickly.  She’ll help you develop a plan of action and a realistic schedule for getting tasks completed.  When you work with a PO getting organized will be less of a chore because you’ll have defined your goals and have a plan to achieve them.

Which seems less daunting, Amanda’s plan to organize the whole house in a weekend, or working on it a little bit at a time with specific goals and a plan to achieve them?



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