Don’t spin your wheels needlessly when it comes to organizing your home and life. Take advantage of one of these ways to get organizing help.
UPDATED JANUARY 2021
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 it’s time to get help with your organizing project.
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 organizing help 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?
Organizing Help: 4 Great Options
1. Get Organizing Help with 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.)
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Still, others will educate you about the psychology behind organizing (e.g., causes of clutter, habit formation, etc.).
I’ve curated some books that I routinely recommend to help people move forward during 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.
You can find even book recommendations in my shop.
2. Listen to Podcasts to Get Organizing Help
If you haven’t explored the world of organizing and decluttering podcasts, you’re in for a surprise.
There are several incredible podcasts designed to provide ongoing support, motivation, and practical tips for people who are on a journey to an organized lifestyle.
They offer up a library of easily digestible content that you can listen to while cleaning, driving in the car, or preparing dinner. Search the catalog of episodes and find the ones specifically applicable to the organizing project you’re currently working on.
Some of my favorites include:
- A Slob Comes Clean
- Organize 365
- Keeping You Organized
- A to B: Simplicity | Organization | Fun
3. Recruit Friends or Family Members to Help You Tackle an 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. Hire 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 National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals members ready to partner with you and provide organizing help to achieve your 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/video conferencing. The NAPO Virtual Chapter provides a directory of professionals who offer virtual organizing services.
BONUS: Get Organizing Help by Join an Organizing Challenge
Joining an organizing challenge that hones in on your specific organizing issue can be a great way to overcome inertia and help you to get unstuck. If you’re intrigued by this option, learn more about the specific organizing challenges I host here on the blog:
- The Organize and Refine Your Home Challenge
- The 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge
- The Digital Photo Organizing Challenge
- The One Pile at a Time Paper Organizing Challenge
- The Organize Your Holiday Like a Pro Challenge
What kind of organizing help will YOU seek out so that you can finally cross that organizing project off your list?