Are you ready for an organizer? If so, what are you looking for?
• What kind of organizing help do you need? There is a wide-range of organizing specialties. Some organizers specialize in residential or business organizing. Some organize papers while others orchestrate moves. Some organizers are generalists while others specialize in working with chronically disorganized clients.
• What are your organizing challenges?
• Do you need assistance with a single, short-term project such as organizing a closet or filing system or do you need help with a more complex long-term project and ongoing support such as organizing an entire household?
• Do you have the time and financial resources to invest in your organizing goals?
• Has organizing always been a challenge for you? If so, consider hiring an organizer that specializes in working with chronically disorganized clients.
What are your initial impressions of the organizer?
• Did you find the organizer through a referral, an ad, a professional association, an article, or Internet search?
• When you first communicated with the organizer, were they responsive? Did they answer all of your questions?
• Did they understand your unique challenges and organizing goals?
• Was the organizer non-judgmental? Did you feel comfortable with them?
• Would you enjoy working with them?
Are your schedules compatible?
• Do you want to work with the organizer evenings or weekends? If so, is the organizer available then or do they work only during the weekdays?
What do you know about the organizer you want to hire?
• Did you interview more than one organizer? Organizers have different personalities, business practices, and methodologies, so it might be beneficial to contact several organizers to compare the differences.
• Does the organizer have a website? If so, did you review it to learn more about them and their business practices?
What is the organizer’s background?
• What type of special education or training does the organizer have?
• How long have they been in business as an organizer?
• What did they do before they became an organizer?
• Do they continue to educate themselves on organizing issues and trends?
• Do they have resources such as other professionals, publications or products that they will share with you?
• Do they belong to any professional organizing associations such as ICD or NAPO? The more involved the organizer is with their industry, the more value they can offer to the client.
What does your gut say about the organizer?
• What does your inner voice tell you about the organizer?
• Were you able to communicate easily with the organizer?
• Did you feel hopeful or hopeless after talking with them?
Thank you to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) for providing this free fact sheet for the public.
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