The sky was over cast and the day was cold. But I was warm inside the home of
a delightful, intelligent, interesting, busy mom who also has the role of
being a wife, counselor to her family, chef, and chauffer just to name a few
of her jobs that she does every day. Oh and she works as a nurse part time.
She hired me, a professional organizer to tackle her teenager daughter’s
bedroom and get it organized. Her goal was to find things that had been lost,
create a room where there was no clutter and she could bring her friends to
for slumber parties. She also wanted to get rid of clutter that had
accumulated and she had no idea what to do with any of it.
Reasons to hire a professional organizer:

1. As we were happily organizing she asked me this question: “Do you think
people who have psychological problems in their home are more likely to be
unorganized?” And then she said (and this is the first reason to hire a
professional organizer) she had in the past hired a woman who wasn’t a
professional organizer to come and help her organize and this woman said
everyone she worked with was crazy.

I was bothered by this comment for days! A professional organizer is non-
judgmental and does not make rash and insulting statements like this one.
This same woman would ask her “where did you get all of this junk?” Again she
was being judgmental and totally out of line.

2. I have worked with several women who have had friends come to their homes
and organize with them. Friends can be very helpful in getting rid of clutter
but may not know how to set up systems to keep organized. There is a
difference in tidying up and organizing. A few women I have worked with and
had worked with their friends first got advice that was absolutely awful.
One friend’s approach to organizing was to throw anything out that she didn’t
know where it belonged. A professional organizer will ask questions and do an
assessment on the spot to help decide if it is something to be kept and if it
is, then find the best place for it to “live”.

Several women I have worked with have friends whose approach was to just put
everything that was on the floor or on the bed into large boxes and be
shuffled to the garage. The boxes weren’t labeled or put on shelves so what
was in the boxes could not be used or readily accessed.

3. Another problem I have seen is that the person who was hired to come and
organize is late for appointments or they just don’t show up. One woman
shared the experience of expressing her displeasure and she was told, “Well
you’re late sometimes too”. That is certainly unprofessional and even if she
was that is beside the point.

4. Professional organizers have extensive hours of training on how to
organize. They are constantly taking classes and reading the latest
organizing information in the business.

5. They find a specific niche in organizing; some are experts in homes,
businesses, offices, working with those with ADHD, students or children to
name just a few.

6. They belong to a professional group called National Association of
Professional Organizers. (NAPO) They can access training and receive
newsletters keeping them current with products and trends in organizing.

7. Confidentiality is important to the organizer as well as the client.
Nothing discussed or things organized are ever talked about to others unless
permission is given to do so.

Hiring a professional organizer can save you time and money. You wouldn’t
ever think to have a neighbor do things a doctor is trained to do and the
same thing goes for your personal item within your home. Hire a professional
organizer for the very best results. They take the guesswork and frustration
out of organizing.

Marilyn is a published author and professional organizer. She invites you to visit her awesome website for easy organizing. She is a sought after public speaker who is passionate about teaching women and seniors how to organize their life and reduce clutter in their homes and office. You can buy her new book 'Go Organize! Conquer clutter in three simple steps' which is now in all major bookstores and her website.

Author's Bio: 

Marilyn Bohn is the owner of Get it Together Organizing, a business dedicated to developing practical organizing solutions that help individuals and business professionals live clutter-free and productive lives. She is the author of “Go Organize! Conquer Clutter in Three Simple Steps” and is an experienced, enthusiastic public speaker, a member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) and the author of hundreds of articles covering various organizing topics.

Marilyn takes the often stressful subject of organizing and breaks it down into a simple, easy to understand system. Her methods are both eye-opening and encouraging! She has a passion for helping others reach their personal goals and living a better, clutter-free life!

Marilyn invites you to discover her one-of-a-kind video workshops and organizing ideas at