A Organizer

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by grace

I get many emails from various kinds of people that need help with organizing. But the stories that affect me the most are about children who are negatively impacted by clutter. Consider the effect that disorganization has on families as I share this letter with you.

I affectionately call this letter “A Organizer”:

Dear Grace,

My Mommy says we got to get A Organizer?

Yesterday night we all had to sleep in the same bed again. There are only one bed left in my house to sleep on. Mommy and me and my sisters all sleep it together. We didn’t used to but now we have to because we lost our beds under the piles.

Sometimes its fun but it gets sweaty with all us four. We can’t find our beds anymore. They are all under the piles somewhere maybe lost for ever I think. But mommy says a organizer can get them back.

Mommy says a organizer can find our beds and get some of our toys back too. Maybe the piles of stuff go around at night and hide things inside. I don’t know how cuz I never hear them. Maybe cuz I’m asleep but I should wake up if they make noise.

Mommy is tired all the time and cannot take the junk away. She says it is not junk but I not know what to call it. It is just like junk to me. I think it smells sometimes like junk too.

Are you be a organizer? Can you help mommy find a organizer? If so you can please write me and I’ll tell mommy. Can you help us?

Daddy says he will come home if mommy gets a organizer. Please pretty please help me sooner. Thanks


The Problem

While Sammy’s plea for help with his family is touching it is hardly uncommon. This is a family deeply affected by hoarding which can be a lot more troublesome than chronic disorganization. Have you seen the television show “Hoarders”? If you have you are probably aware that there are thousands of families in America who live under a mountain of clutter that frequently represents a serious threat to those living in it. These are not necessarily impoverished or low income families. They frequently have sufficient money to solve their problem.

Chronic disorganization and hoarding are not necessarily the same things. Chronically disorganized people don’t necessarily hoard but hoarders are always chronically disorganized. Hoarding is actually a subset of chronic disorganization. A Professional Organizer requires special training to effectively help someone recover from hoarding.

There IS Hope

While Sammy’s hoarding situation seems desperate there is almost always a remedy for those who want to move beyond hoarding and get back to a normal life. A professional organizer is the first, and possibly the only, person you’ll need to contact in order to help you move out of this affliction.

How To Get Help

If you think you have a problem with hoarding then look for a professional organizer in your area immediately. Ask your organizer for an assessment. A professional organizer will usually do a free phone consultation for you before arranging a visit. You can expect that a professional organizer will be happy to spend about ½ hour on the phone with you discussing your situation at no charge. Many will talk longer with you if they feel it is necessary to understand your situation and unique challenges.

For you to make that first call is a very important step in the right direction. Your sense of distress or overwhelm should begin to diminish once you speak with a professional organizer. You should begin to sense that there is a remedy for you. If you don’t begin to feel a sense of hope after your first conversation with a organizer then keep calling organizers until you find one that inspires some degree of hope for your situation.

What To Expect

During your first phone discussion you will answer simple questions that help a organizer to get a sense of your difficulties, how long the problem has been developing, how critical it is, and what solutions you may have tried in the past. A professional organizer will determine if your situation is within the scope of their training and abilities and, if not, will be able to direct you to someone more suited for your needs. Don’t feel rejected if this happens – the organizer’s number one priority is to ensure that you find someone who has the skills to work effectively with you.

What To Look For

A organizer is like any other professional in that they often specialize in certain areas. You’ll want someone who has plenty of success working with people who share your particular set of challenges. You’ll want to deal with someone who can refer you to other professionals if your situation requires it. Some people have emotional ties to their hoarded possessions and need additional support to fully release their hoarding. A organizer – a professional organizer is your best choice to find such support.

Get An Assessment

When you find a organizer that you are comfortable talking to on the telephone you can expect to set up an on-site assessment. This usually takes one to two hours and is done at your site. It is normal to be uncomfortable having a stranger come round to look at your clutter. Just go with it the best you can. This is how you find out if the organizer you chose for an assessment can put you at ease about your situation sufficiently to help you recover.

It is important that you feel like you are getting help right from the start. There will be challenges ahead and you’ll want to feel like you are in the company of a capable person who helps you accept your situation and move towards improving it.

What To Do Now

If you think you may have a hoarding problem and you’ve read this far then you should congratulate yourself. Getting through this article means you are sufficiently interested in your recovery to take another step in the right direction. May I suggest you call me right now at 1 86 ORGANIZE? It is that simple. Just pick up the phone and make the call. (1 – 866 742 6493)

Or if you are more comfortable with having me reach out to you — then fill out the form at this link by clicking here and I’ll get back to you as soon as I possibly can.

Thank you,