Hire a Professional to Organize Your Life

By: Gail Metcalf

I get so intent while working, very often I forget about everything else or just plain don't have time for it. This causes me additional stress as I'm a person that is happier with an organized home and office. And wouldn't you know, when everything is organized, nobody stops by; I only get visitors when everything is in disarray.

But where do you find a professional person to organize? I looked in the Yellow Pages and was unable to find anyone. What you may not know is many of your local home cleaning companies now offer declutter and solutions to organize your life. Reviewing publications and periodicals in your area may lead you to just what you need.

And if that doesn't work for you and you insist on doing it yourself, find one of many self-help publications on the Internet; all you need to do is search on "organize".

It's much easier and much more pleasant to have someone do these mundane tasks. And when it's on a regular schedule, it's even better. A person to organize for you can be hired to do just about anything, whether it is something that has to do with work or functions in the home to organize.

Hiring a personal organizer is like hiring an applicant for any other job. You should prepare a list of questions that the person must be able to answer and if answered well, the job can be offered.

Here are some questions to consider asking your applicant:

1. How long has the person been helping people organize their life?

2. What type of organizing does the individual specialize in?

3. What area of work did he/she specialize in before working with people to organize?

4. What is the educational background of the person?

5. If the person has done this before, is a current reference list of contacts available?

6. Will he/she charge by the hour or by the job?

7. Is there a discount for ongoing service?

8. Is a complimentary working session available to determine if there service will complement your situation?

9. What are the suggestions the person can give regarding their first impression that he/she sees as in need of their service?

10. What assurance is there that the advice given will work for you? Will there be a follow-up session to assess the progress to determine if it works or not? Will there be semi-annual or quarterly check-ups offered to monitor progress?

11. Does the personal organizer know anyone that can be contacted if there is a need to establish additional organizational systems like built-ins, etc.?

Once you are able to find the right person to help organize your life, you will not have to worry about things that were once overlooked. You will discover your mind is more creative than you ever thought possible, enhancing your professional career and also allowing more satisfying activities into your life.

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