Got a list of organizing projects to tackle, but just can’t seem to make headway on them? Perhaps you’re feeling overwhelmed. Perhaps you don’t know where to start. Perhaps your projects keep getting put on the back burner because you have too many other demands on your time. Perhaps you need to seek out information (e.g., product research) before you can move forward on your project.
Perhaps it’s time to seek out help!
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If you are feeling stuck, I invite you to explore options for getting the help that you need in order to organize that pantry, declutter that closet, or sort through those mountains of paper piles. So where do you go for help?
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Conduct a basic search on Google, and you’ll be amazed at the number and breadth of organizing books available to you. There are books designed to walk you through the basic process of organizing, as well as books that address specific aspects of organizing (e.g., various rooms, paper, time management, etc.) Still others provide an education on the psychology behind organizing (e.g., causes of clutter, habit formation, etc.).
I’ve curated a list of organizing books on the Refined Rooms Amazon Store that I routinely recommend to clients . Feel free to peruse the list to see if any of them may be of benefit to you.
2. Online Resources
The internet provides endless opportunities for organizing guidance and ideas. Of course, we all know that Pinterest is the place to learn how to “organize on a dime” and to cleverly repurpose items for various organizing projects. You can also find a printable checklist for just about any type of organizing project under the sun on Pinterest.
Online assistance can go beyond the pretty Pinterest pins. There are several online communities designed to provide ongoing organizing support to people who struggle to accomplish projects independently. Among these, my favorite is the Clutter Diet.
This online program provides a weekly “menu” plan of organizing projects, tutorials, expert support, and community support to assist you on your journey to an organized lifestyle.
3. Friend or Family Member
Sometimes, all you need is a set of extra hands, or a person to chat with during a sorting session to make the task of organizing less aversive. Tackling a project while partnering with another person can lead to getting more done in less time while having more fun in the process.
A friend or family member can also serve as your accountability partner…someone who can “light a fire under your butt” when you need it, or provide periodic check-ins to help you celebrate progress and/or navigate hurdles.
4. Professional Organizer
Maybe you’ve attempted to conquer disorganization on your own using a variety of self-help resources and have been unsuccessful. It could be that you just don’t have the time or motivation required to complete a large organizing project on your own. There are approximately 4,000 NAPO professional organizers ready to partner with you to help you achieve your organizing goals.
Check out the NAPO Professional Organizer Directory to find one in your geographical area if you desire to have a professional organizer work with you onsite. If you live in a remote area of the country and can’t find an organizer in your area, many professional organizers provide virtual organizing services via phone/Skype/Facetime. The NAPO Virtual Chapter provides a directory of professionals who offer virtual organizing.