31 Days of Organizing Tips: Day 31 (Getting Help to Organize) | From Overwhelmed to Organized: 31 Days of Organizing Tips: Day 31 (Getting Help to Organize)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

31 Days of Organizing Tips: Day 31 (Getting Help to Organize)

Welcome to Day Thirty One of the 31 Days of Organizing Tips series!  It's the last day of the series!  I'm so glad you've joined me.  Throughout this series I've shared organizing tips that will help you on your journey from overwhelmed to organized.  I included lots of pictures and links for ideas that I've found around the web that relate to the topic each day. You'll find a complete list of all the posts in the 31 Days of Organizing Tips tab above, or at the end of this post.

Do you struggle with organizing because it seems too overwhelming to tackle alone?  I've shared a lot of organizing tips in this series and many of you will be able to get organized by implementing some of them.  But others of you need a bit more help than that.

Having another person helping you organize can make it easier, faster, and more effective.  Perhaps you can work with your spouse or children to tackle a project.  Maybe a friend or sibling can give you a hand.

Here are some ways having help can make a difference when you're organizing:

  • You'll stay more focused and on task when you work with someone else
  • Another person can help you be objective about your belongings
  • They can ask you questions to help you evaluate what is working and not working
  • More hands usually make lighter work!

Go back through the series and choose an organizing tip that you want to implement and then decide if it is something you can tackle alone.  If you are overwhelmed at the thought then think about who would be the best person to help you with it.

If you feel bad asking someone else to help you, maybe you can suggest a swap.  You can help them organize something in their house in exchange for their organizing help in your home.  Or you can offer to help them with something else they need (cleaning, babysitting, cooking) in return for their assistance with organizing at your house.

Sometimes, instead of a friend or family member, it's better to enlist the help of a professional organizer to help you organize your space.  This can be a very difficult decision to make.  There are lots of factors that come into play.  But admitting you need help is the first step!  Here are 2 great articles that will help you decide if you should follow this path.

  1. Enlisting Help:  12 Pros and Cons
  2. 10 Reasons to Hire a Professional Organizer Instead of Using a Friend

If you decide to work with a professional organizer to get organized, here are 2 articles that will help you find the right one.

  1. Working With a Professional Organizer
  2. Questions to Ask When Hiring a Professional Organizer

And, here are 3 links where you can search for a professional organizer in your area.

  1. National Association of Professional Organizers (primarily US based, but also some international organizers)
  2. Professional Organizers in Canada
  3. Instititute for Challenging Disorganization

Many professional organizers are specially trained and have experience working with people who have chronic organizational problems.  If you or someone you know would benefit from this specialized assistance, here's a link that will help you find someone in your area.

These are all really helpful articles so I hope you take the time to read them and that they help you decide how you want to proceed!   {Sorry no pictures today...just links.  These are informational articles rather than photo-worthy projects!}

For Day Thirty One, spend some time thinking about whether you need help in your journey from overwhelmed to organized or if you can work your way through it on your own (using tips like the ones I've shared in this series).  If you decide that getting help is the best way to go, then determine who the best person would be (family member, friend, or professional organizer) and take steps to make it happen.  The sooner you do so, the sooner you'll be able to go from overwhelmed to organized!

Well, that's it for the series!  I can't believe it's over.  I was looking back at some of the earlier posts and I've already forgotten some of what I wrote!  I'm sure you've forgotten some of what you read too.  {Don't worry, I'm not offended... it happens!}

I hope you'll go back and read any posts you missed or re-read ones that pertain to areas you need to organize! I'll be putting up a tab or button for the series tomorrow so you can always return to these posts later.

Tomorrow I'll share what I learned this month through writing this series.  It's been a wonderful journey and I want to spend some time reflecting on it :)

Thank you so much for reading this series!  I also really appreciate your comments and emails along the way.  Has anyone read all 31 posts?  If so, you rock!  Regardless of how many tips you read, you all totally made this series worth writing.

Have a great day and happy organizing!

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