It amazes me that even after eight and a half years of organizing there are two questions that come up time and time again. Iâ€™m sure you can guess what they are. What would you want to know if you were hiring a professional organizer?
Number 1:Â How long will it take to organize __________?Â (fill in the blank)
Having organized for a while now, Iâ€™ve gotten pretty accurate at estimating. Estimating the time depends on four factors:
- the size of the space or room
- how full the space is
- what types of things are in the space
- how quickly the home or business owner can make decisions
Once I know those answers, I can give you a pretty close estimate of how many hours it will take to organize your space. Iâ€™ve found that paper takes the longest, clothes closets are the easiest, garages are the dirtiest, kitchens are the most fun, and making a small business more productive and organized is the most rewarding.
Number 2:Â Amber, is your home super organized?Â
Oh man, if I had a dollar for every time someone asks that question, Iâ€™d be a rich woman. My answer is always the same. It is organized but it is not perfect. And we (my husband and I) live very simply. Let me explain further how I â€śrunâ€ť my house and business.
My mantra is â€śjust keep it simple.â€ť I donâ€™t overcomplicate anything and donâ€™t spend too much time organizing any one thing in my house. As long as I can find everything and as long as everything is easily accessible and efficient, thatâ€™s all that matters to me. I donâ€™t want to waste time or energy on â€śstuffâ€ť so I just make things simple to maintain and use.
In addition, my husband and I have embraced the view of â€śbuy fewer things that are higher quality instead of many things that we donâ€™t use or love.â€ť When we shop, we do a lot of research and buy exactly what we want and only what we need. Then we come home and get rid of the same amount of â€śstuffâ€ť that we just bought.
Is there a question youâ€™d like to ask me? Post it in the comments, and Iâ€™ll answer it in a future blog post.
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