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The Organizing Process

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  • organizing is more than just cleaning out
  • if you don't understand why you accumulate, it will come back again
  • Professional Organizers serve as holistic "clutter doctors"
  • eradicate the cause of disorganization, as well its symptoms
  • create a lasting change in your environment and your organizational habits


  • learn practical, useful, concrete information
  • (easy-to-understand organizing techniques that you can implement yourself)
  • acquire and learn to use the appropriate organizing supplies
  • (containers, shelving, racks, desk accessories, drawer dividers, etc.)
  • set up proven, effective, easy-to-use organizing systems
  • (standardized methods for handling paper, workload, and daily activities)


  • Professional Organizers come in all varieties
  • focus on all areas -- home, office, paper, space, time, etc.
  • despite differences, all organizers apply 3 common principles to work
  • 1) the reduction of all forms of clutter
  • (getting rid of anything that wastes time, space, energy, or money)
  • 2) the creation of systems that make everyday jobs easier
  • (developing effective routines and standardized procedures)
  • 3) the simplification of daily responsibilities
  • (reducing the amount of time and energy spent on routine activities)


  • can help you change a disorganized environment
  • (re-organizing storage, home or office layout, cleaning out the "clutter")
  • help change behaviors that cause disorganization
  • (procrastination, failure to plan ahead, accumulation of "excess stuff")
  • monitor and encourage your ongoing progress
  • (through follow-up visits, phone calls, coaching, "homework" assignments)
  • teach organizing techniques -- also keep clients motivated and focused
  • wear many hats -- educator, resource, coach, cheerleader, project manager


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