Sunday, July 23, 2017

Clutter – Disorganization – and working with a Professional Organizer

Are you tired of being fed up with your clutter and disorganization?  

Do you want to be able to invite people over without having to do an emergency decluttering (also known as throwing everything into a box and hiding it somewhere else)?

Sit back and let a professional organizer show you a better way.

A Professional Organizer can:
·         Assess your situation
·         Analyze what didn’t work
·         Implement new, sustainable organizing solutions

Being organized reduces your stress, saves you time and money.

Assessing your situation can include just things as walking through your home or business and seeing what the spaces look like. Or it can involve looking at your filing system or computerized systems to see how you function.

Analyzing what didn’t work means going over the systems that you currently using and any systems that you have used in the past and figuring out why they are not working for you.  There are numerous ways to do things and there is no “right or wrong way”. There is “the way that works for you”.  

Implementing new, sustainable organizing solutions for you. Each person learns differently. Some people are very visual and need things to be out and displayed or they can’t find things. Some people can only handle things that have very few steps – or they won’t do them. Professional Organizers can create new systems that help you become more organized and more productive. Many systems are too complex and tend to overwhelm a client. Everyone learns differently and requires different solutions to be successful. If a system is too complex – even though it’s a great system – most people won’t follow it for long.  Organizing systems and processes need to work for you. And sometimes it’s a process of trying a system for a while and then tweaking it over time to make it function better.
Most people use professionals – whether it’s a doctor, mechanic, electrician or lawn service – because they don’t have the expertise – or they don’t have the time or energy to do the job themselves.  Or they have tried, sometimes with the help of family or friends to get themselves organized – but it just didn’t work.

A Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant can help you in many ways. If they belong to NAPO (National Organization of Professional Organizers) they are bound by a code of ethics and understand that letting a professional organizer into your home or business is somewhat invasive and a very personal experience.  They are trained to be empathetic and understanding and never judgmental.  A number of organizers also belong to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) and work with clients that have chronic disorganization and/or hoarding disorder and also have a variety of other issues such as ADHD, Asperger's, Bipolar, OCD and more. They are also trained to work with seniors and the aging population, people in life transitions, time management and productivity; students and more.

 Less Clutter = Less Stress SM     in your home, your business and your life 

Organizational Consulting Services

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Certificate of Study in Time Management and Productivity

This certificate covers the principles of time management and productivity as they relate to working with the CD client. To earn this certificate, Fried was required to take attend numerous courses that explored topics such as how to deal with procrastination, managing priorities, working with clients with Autism and various other issues, time management techniques and more.

Karin E. Fried of Organizational Consulting Services has earned a Certificate of Study in Time Management and Productivity from the Institute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD). The purpose of ICD’s study series is to provide both basic and specialized topic education on issues, concepts, and challenges presented by client work with the chronically disorganized.

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) promotes continued learning in this highly specialized field. ICD’s mission is to provide education, research and strategies to benefit people challenged by chronic disorganization. ICD explores, develops and communicates information, organizing techniques and solutions to professional organizers, related professionals and the public. 

This certificate focus on time management and productivity issues faced by people with chronic disorganization. To earn this certificate, Fried was required to attend numerous courses that explore topics such as how to deal with procrastination, how to manage your priorities, how to work with clients with Autism and various other challenges, time management techniques and more.

Prior to completing this coursework, Fried has also earned her Level II Chronic Disorganization (CD) Specialist Certificate, a Certificate in Basic Hoarding Issues with the CD Client, a Certificate of Study in Understanding the Needs of the Elderly CD Client, a Certificate of Study in Basic ADD Issues with the CD Client, a Certificate of Study in CD Client Administration, a Certificate of Study in Life Transitions, a Certificate of Study in Interpersonal Intelligence and a Certificate of Study in Mental Health Conditions and Challenges Affecting the CD Client.

The Specialist Certificate provides in-depth information on chronic disorganization and how to help CD clients manage more effectively in relation to getting and staying organized. 

“My ongoing education allows me to work with clients who are chronically disorganized in a very specific manner” said Fried. Increasing my knowledge will enable me to provide the highest quality individualized services to my clients”.

Organizational Consulting Services provides both business and residential organizing services. As a Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant, Fried works with a variety of clientele, from people who need just basic organizing help, people with chronic disorganization and hoarding issues, people with all types of issues such as TBI’s, Asperger’s, ADD; clients that need help with paper and time management, clients that need help with estate or life management and anything in between. Fried also provides virtual organizing to clients all over the world. 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Organize - Room by Room

Getting organized involves clearing out your clutter.  What does that mean? Well - it means getting rid of - removing - donating - things that you no longer need, want, use, have outgrown  or things that are broken or outdated. 

Below is an idea list - room by room - of things that you can "remove".

• Old/unused appliances
• Broken/unused dishes
• Old/unused cookbooks

• Outdated cans/boxes/jars
• Opened/stale snacks
• Nearly empty containers

Dining Room
 • Stained linens
 • Broken art/craft supplies
 • “Art”

Living Room
• Outdated photos/wall hangings
• Unused furniture
• Old, unappreciated collectibles

• Outgrown toys
• Unused music/movies
• Instrument/game equipment 

 • Unnecessary papers, bills, statements, books
 • Broken pens/pencils
 • Old files from filing cabinet

 • Outgrown/unused clothing & shoes
 • Broken/unused toys
 • Clutter under the bed

• Expired medicines
• Old, ratty linens
• Clutter under the sink

 • Unused jackets/coats
 • Unused shoes
 • Torn/broken bags/luggage

• Junk
• Outdated/outgrown clothing
• Gifts/”heirlooms” that you don’t want

Storage Areas
• College textbooks
• Unused holiday d├ęcor
• Old magazines

• Old cans
• Broken tools
• Junk

So - pick a room - and "remove" some of the above items. Clear your clutter - one room at a time.

Less Clutter = Less Stress SM     in your home, your business and your life 

Organizational Consulting Services