Got a list of organizing projects to tackle, but just can’t seem to make headway on them?
Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed. Maybe you don’t know where to start. Maybe your projects keep getting put on the back burner because you have too many other demands on your time. Maybe you need to seek out information (e.g., product research) before you can move forward on your project.
But maybe, just maybe, it’s time to get help with your organizing project.
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If you’re 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.
There is absolutely no shame in reaching out for help. Getting help with your organizing projects can introduce that element called accountability into the equation (which has a magical way of helping us get things done). Having another set of hands, a different perspective, or expert knowledge at your fingertips can be just the thing that you need to achieve your organizing goals.
So now that you’re ready to receive help, where can you find it?
1. Get help with organizing projects via books
Do a basic Google search 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 some books that I routinely recommend to help people along their organizing and decluttering journey. I encourage you to check out this list to see if any of them may be of benefit to you.
2. Use online resources to get help with organizing projects
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.
But online help 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. Recruit friends or family Members to help you with your organizing project
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. Get help with organizing projects by hiring a 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.
Did you know that there are approximately 4,000 NAPO professional organizers ready to partner with you to help you achieve your organizing goals? (NAPO members rock. I used to be one!)
Check out the NAPO Professional Organizer Directory to find one in your geographical area if you want 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, you’ll be excited to hear that many professional organizers offer virtual organizing services via phone/Skype/Facetime. The NAPO Virtual Chapter provides a directory of professionals who offer virtual organizing services.
Who will you be enlisting to help you finally cross that organizing project off your list???