A desk before being organized by Catherine Dryden, professional organizer of Neat Chic Organizing. Submitted photo.
continued She added many times clients have emotional connections to objects and she helps them work through those as well.
The second step in her method is to establish an organizing system based on a person’s learning or living style as well as their personality.
“It’s not a one size fits all and some may need to be tweaked. Tweaked most is paperwork,” said Oliva.
One of the reasons for paperwork heading the list is that more folks are working from home. Finally, Oliva puts a maintenance plan into place for clients.
“It’s a big step…and you never want to go back to the ‘digging out’ step. Everything has a home and when you get used to picking things up and putting them there, maintenance becomes manageable and very doable,” she said.
Catherine Dryden of Menands is also a professional organizer and started her business, Neat Chic Organizing, a few years ago. Her philosophy is “to empower others to lead more fulfilling lives by helping them to become more organized through individualized coaching and training.”
“If somebody has a big job and they have a lot of disorganization, what I usually find … is that there was some traumatic event (like a serious illness) in their life that caused them to shut down a little bit,” she said.
Dryden also points to other factors contributing to disorganization.
“Really, procrastination and decision making is what causes disorganization,” she said.
Though not as traumatic as a life-changing event, back to school time can present parents and kids with organizational obstacles.
“When the kids go back to school it’s the entryway, the mudroom, the kitchen are kind of disaster areas where the backpacks go along with the sports equipment, the coats and hats and homework papers,” said Dryden.
One way to help with the onslaught of papers, suggests Dryden, is to have an in and out box, much like a parent would have at work. For example, kids can submit papers that need to be signed or looked at to the inbox and after parents do their part, the papers can be put in the out box for kids to pick up.
Dryden also said most kids wind up doing homework near the kitchen, where mom or dad is cooking up dinner, and suggests designating a small area like a shelf in or near the kitchen for kids to keep homework materials.
“If most people could learn to be organized from a book, the world would be organized. The need for personal, customized, one-on-one assistance will always be needed,” said Dykstra.
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