We are pretty confident that most people could use a little more organization in their lives. Are we right? Whether you feel like you are drowning in clutter or could use a little extra help in a room, or two, at your home or office, check out the super helpful tips provided below in our interview with Jackie Olson, professional organizer and founder of Bee Organized in Dallas.
1.) When should someone consider hiring a personal organizer?
There are several reasons to hire a professional organizer to help out. When you’ve tried and tried to do it yourself but have not been successful, and you’re ready to make a change. Studies show a significant decrease in efficiency, productivity, focus, performance, socializing and the ability to relax when our environment is cluttered.
2.) If you had to choose one room in the house to organize to make the most impact, what would it be?
Since most of our busy lives revolve around our kitchens, this would be the place in the house that makes the most impact. Check this out from a recent Better Homes & Gardens article:
“171%…the increase in calories people ate when they were stressed and in a cluttered kitchen.”
Clutter and disorganization not only impacts your mental and emotional state but it’s down right unhealthy….and an organized kitchen saves you money!
3.) What is the most common reason you see people having trouble getting organized and/or staying organized?
Getting organized can be overwhelming – especially if you’ve become accustomed to the chaos or clutter. One of the biggest reasons people hire us is because their space has become too overwhelming and they don’t even know where to begin! Even if they have tried to get organized on their own sometimes they did not do a proper purge before they began sticking it all in boxes and they have not set up a system of success for staying organized.
4.) Can you provide us with your top tips to help people get a jump start to organizing their home on their own?
#1 – Set An Appointment: Set a date, make it fun, turn on some music, call a friend over to help, order lunch in! And don’t forget to take a before picture!
#2 – Apply Constraints: Make a deal with yourself that you can only have ten sweaters instead of 30, three serving platters, ten Hummels, one tub of Beanie Babies…you get the idea! Choose your absolute favorites.
#3 – Stay Focused: If you get started, make piles and leave the job unfinished, you’ll have a bigger mess than you started with causing even more grief and disappointment. Stay focused, watch your time…use your timer.
#4 – Have a place for EVERYTHING: Establish zones and make room for future items or growth. If something doesn’t have a “home,” it creates chaos!
#5 – Make storage spaces smaller: Hang a picture in your closet so you can’t hang clothes in that space, use a small suitcase when traveling, totally block off an area of your space. Trick your mind into thinking you don’t have the space for abundance.
#6 – Think about “Primary Real Estate”: The items you use most often should get the primary real estate. Those champagne glasses you only use once a year shouldn’t get the eye level shelf in your pantry! We once did a pantry that had the bread maker and the ice cream maker front and center – when we asked how often they use the, the answer was “never!”
#7 – Keep Everything IN SIGHT: So you know what you have and nothing gets lost or duplicate. It seems like every time we organize a pantry, the homeowner ends up having to throw hundreds of dollars of food away because it had been hiding out of sight and is expired.
#8 – See It To The End: Follow it through…finish the job! Again, drop off those donations, take out the trash, label everything, relocate items…and take that after picture for bragging rights!
5.) In real estate, we work with people buying and selling homes, which means moving from one house to another. What advice can you give to make the moving process as streamlined and stress free as possible?
As you get ready to pack up your old house, think about your new house. What space do you have? Are you downsizing? Do this item make you happy? Is this item useful now or in the near future? Is this item valuable or irreplaceable? Purge before you pack. No need to waste time boxing it up and paying movers to move it if you don’t need it any more or don’t have room for it in the new house. Planning, purging and organizing in advance will make moving into the new house much for efficient and enjoyable.
6.) We often hear people say “I’m just not that organized.” Is it possible for someone that is not usually “organized” to get and stay organized?
With the right amount of purging, organizing, setting up a successful system that works for your life and on going maintenance, you can be successful. ”Organizing is a Journey, not a Destination”. No one has arrived…even us at Bee Organized…we have to work on it everyday! Give yourself credit as you go…even if it’s one small drawer at a time!
Thank you, Jackie, for incredible information and motivation!
Contact Jackie Olson directly if you are interested in her services at firstname.lastname@example.org.