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Aug062018

Why Do I Love Helping People Get Organized?

When I was growing up, my parents used to have conversations with us about our future goals and desires. Their philosophy, which they practiced in addition to preaching, was to follow your passion and do work that you loved. If you did that, it wouldn’t feel like work. I watched both of my parents create successful careers that they were passionate about in music and computer graphics.

As a young adult with my parents’ sage advice deeply instilled, I launched my organizing services company in 1993, Oh, So Organized! The concept was simple. Combine my love of helping people with my organizing abilities to help those that were challenged by the disorganization in their lives. While I identified organizing as a skill that I was born with, I also recognized that it was teachable skill. For the past 25 years, I’ve had the privilege of working in a field that I’m passionate about.


In the book Wait, What? James Ryan writes . . .

“Luckily for all of us, many people are interested in helping others; some devote their careers and lives to it. Not everyone is so inclined, of course, and most people are self-interested at least some of the time. An evolutionary biologist or psychologist might say that we are always self-interested, and that our effort to help others is simply our attempt to feel good about ourselves.”

 

I understand Ryan’s perspective, but I view helping others as a win-win scenario. The person needing help receives that help. It’s a win for them. As a result the helper feels good too. A personal win. It’s a positive scenario. The key is giving help that the receiver wants in a compassionate, non-judgmental way. It’s essential to focus on the receiver’s needs and not what we think they need. Being respectful and listening is essential.

Helping others to get organized isn’t just about organizing life’s stuff. It includes clarifying goals, editing the unessential, honing decision-making skills, letting go of the things that no longer support you, changing habits, and setting up viable, organizing systems. The process requires time and patience. It can be messy and emotional. I have such admiration for the way my clients face overwhelm and organizing challenges. They have such determination and never give up. They inspire me every day. I love being part of their journey and feel honored to have their trust. We’ve created a unique reward program for our clients. Click on the link to learn more about our Client Loyalty Program.

If you’re struggling with the disorganization in your life or know someone that is, please reach out for help. You don’t have to go it alone. While I’d love to be that person for you, finding the right fit is important. This is a personal services business. There are several factors to consider. To gain understanding about finding the best person including a series of questions to guide you, read my post . . . 

 

6 Tips for Hiring a Professional Organizer


That’s an excellent starting point to get you thinking about what your organizing needs are and the type of help you’d like.

Have you enlisted help from an organizer? Are you an organizer that offers help? I’d love to hear more about your experiences. What are your thoughts? Come join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (13)

Offering help is a huge reason why I love my job. We all need help, at different times and for different tasks. Nothing makes me happier than being able to come alongside, alleviate some stress, implement solutions and make life better. I honestly think this profession is full of helpers who are completely non-judgmental and simply cherish the privilege of being invited in!

August 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- It's a beautiful thing. And I love what you say about our profession being "full of helpers." So true. Life can be stressful. Being able to "alleviate" some of that stress for others makes for happy all around. Your clients are lucky to have you in their lives.

August 6, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love what Seana said about being helpers. Not only do so many of us truly love helping our clients we also love helping each other. I don't know of very many professions where the individual business owners collaborate so freely.

August 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- We "live" in a very generous industry. I love the collaborations you've been part of in Atlanta with Judith and Jonda, in particular. It's one of the surprising and wonderful aspects of being part of this profession.

August 6, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I agree that helping others in a win-win scenario. We professional organizers (the helpers) feel good, and those we help feel wonderful reaching their goals. I also admire how my clients face overwhelm, stay motivated and work to create habits to improve their lives. People who reach out for organizing help to make a positive life change are so inspiring!

August 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Haworth

@Nancy- It's a wonderful thing to be invited into our clients'' lives to be part of and to witness the positive changes they make. I totally agree with you. "Inspiring" is the perfect word to describe it!

August 6, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love the idea of a loyalty program to keep customers coming back.

While I don't do as much on-site organizing anymore, I do offer services to small businesses in the administrative as well as office organizing areas. I do offer referral discounts and other discounts to returning customers.

August 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

One of the reasons I moved away from organizing professionally is that although I love organizing stuff, I wasn't so comfortable helping people with the process. There's lots more training available now, but I love my new (well, not so new anymore) direction.

August 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Sabrina- That's wonderful to have a referral and other discount programs to reward clients/customers. There are many ways to show how we value their business. In addition to those, they really appreciate having an ongoing program they benefit from.

@Janet- That's so interesting. The important thing is that you've found the area that you DO love...and you're so great at it too.

August 6, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love this post, Linda! It completely resonates with me. Having started my career as a social worker and then gained Pro Organizer training, I've clearly stayed within the helping realm. And I love your point about giving the person the help that they want, not what we think they need. We must always remember the platinum rule = Treat others they way they want to be treated!

August 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

@Sarah- I'm so happy this one resonates with you! I understand why especially since you've devoted your working life to helping others as a social worker and professional organizer. How lucky your clients are to have the benefit of your wisdom and expertise. And yes, yes, yes about the "platinum" aka golden rule! It's too easy to let our own agenda get in the way of truly helping the person that's asking for help. I'm guessing that with your training, you're especially skilled with listening. Like I said before...what lucky clients!

August 7, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

When I decided to become a professional organizer years ago, it was the opportunity to make a difference every day with someone. What a difference it has made for me! I love connecting and supporting others in a challenge they have faced for a long time. It's all about sharing positive energy and hope.

Congrats Linda for you to have learned so early the gifts you have and the gift you share.

August 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- It's a wonderful thing to love the work that you do. How lucky your clients are to have your passion, expertise, and support as they navigate their organizing challenges. The world is a better place because you are making a difference in the lives of others each and every day.

August 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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