When speaking with people about organizing over the course of the last five years I've been in business, I have discovered that many people have certain general misconceptions about what it means to get organized.
For that reason, I have decided it would be a good time to "debunk" those misconceptions in a short series of blogs, starting today.
The first misconception that comes to mind is assuming that containers will organize you. While it is true that containers can be wonderful tools for helping you get organized, containers alone will not help you.
For instance, I once spoke with a photographer, named Jack. He called me because he was frustrated. He had purchased 10 large plastic containers with the idea that they would help him organize all of his photography equipment.
He told me he divided all of his equipment up among the containers, but when he was done, he found he still couldn't find what he was looking for when he needed it and he was frustrated. He had been sure that this was a good solution, but it turned out not to be so. Jack had mistakenly assumed that all he needed to do to get himself organized was a few containers.
What he found out after speaking with me was what he really needed was a bit of know-how about what kind of containers would best suit his needs, proper sorting techniques and appropriate storage. He hired me to do just that.
Instead of repeatedly spending time and money trying to solve his organizing dilema, he utilized my services to show him and teach him the best solutions for his situation. Jack learned a valuable lesson that will last for years to come.
Before you go out and waste time and money purchasing the wrong containers or any other organizing storage product, it's important to first learn about how to get organized. With that bit of knowledge and some planning, you will no longer waste your time and money trying to get organized. With the assistance of a professional organizer, you will learn what the best organizing solutions are to meet your specific needs.
Something to think about...
Next time, I will discuss the art of "multi-tasking".
In the meantime, if you have any organizing questions or problems you would like me to address, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be glad to help.