What Is A Professional Organizer?

Professional Organizer: Your Productivity Specialist

Just as you would consult a dentist, financial planner or personal trainer, you can feel confident turning to a professional organizer when seeking a reliable, skilled and confidential resource for your organizing needs.

What is a Professional Organizer?

The National Association of Professional Organizers offers this definition:

A Professional Organizer enhances the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and through transferring organizing skills. A Professional Organizer also educates the public on organizing solutions and resulting benefits. Professional organizers help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper, and their systems for life.

What does this mean for YOU?

Enhancing lives involves a lot more than knowing what to keep or discard and then deciding how to arrange what is left over. Because most people have emotional ties to the items and processes in their lives, professional organizers use a variety of techniques to help you achieve balance.

Julie Bestry, president of Best Results Organizing, says that being a professional organizer means employing the tricks of the trade of a variety of professions:

“Being a professional organizer includes offering nonjudgmental advice. Some days, I’m a counselor, helping a client grappling with fears about loss of abundance understand that who we are is not measured by what we own. We work towards acceptance of the idea that we are not responsible for holding onto the questionable acquisitions of others (whether heirlooms or gifts). I help empower people so they are not bound to repeat their past disorganized behaviors in the future.

Other days, a professional organizer is like Sherlock Holmes, doing detective work, getting to the bottom of a mystery about what an unusual-looking item might be or what positive or negative role an inanimate object really plays in someone’s life. It becomes an investigation out of a dime-store novel: why is this broken chair or chipped plate occupying such an honored place in your workspace or home? What’s the real reason behind a schedule filled with energy-zapping tasks that don’t help you achieve your goals?

Still other times, being a professional organizer means going on an archaeological dig through the layers of metaphorical sedimentary rock-those piles of paperwork or clutter– trying to piece together the history of a bank account, family memorabilia or a complex work project.

A professional organizer is a catalyst, helping people make the changes they could not or would not otherwise accomplish on their own…an innovator, offering a fresh pair of eyes for looking at a problem from a new perspective…an educator, teaching new skills so organization is not merely achievable, but maintainable.

No matter what skills or systems Best Results Organizing’s clients need, Julie Bestry feels it’s important to work in a nonjudgmental, lighthearted, environment. Julie says:

Compassion and sensitivity are part of my arsenal, but if necessary, I might improvise a song and dance, admonish someone in a cartoon-character voice or even put a modern twist on a nursery rhyme to get a point across. What’s important is not merely giving clients what they need, but allowing them to achieve mastery over their lives in a time frame and with a customized teaching style that works for them. There is no “one-size fits all” mindset here at Best Results Organizing.

If disorganization is cheating you out of time, money and productivity, robbing you of the use and enjoyment of your surroundings, and filling your life with stress, help is available. Contact Julie Bestry of Best Results Organizing to enhance your life by turning the chaos of clutter into soothing serenity.