How to Make Organization Fun to Earn More Clients

Although many of your clients probably like the idea of spending time in a well-organized home or office, they likely resist the thought of organizing the space to get it to that point. People don’t often think of organizing as an enjoyable activity — especially if it involves decluttering. According to a 2014 Listia survey, 80 percent of respondents would…

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How far does the confidentiality clause in your client agreement REALLY extend?

As an organizing consultant, you often have access to clients’ confidential information, and this is not something to be taken lightly. In fact, it’s such an important issue that I’ve invited Lisa Montanaro to share her expertise as a Certified Professional Organizer and former attorney, so you can approach it as a true professional. If you are a professional organizer, chances are…

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They Left Us Everything, by Plum Johnson [Book Review]

I recently read They Left Us Everything, and it appealed to me on many levels. It takes place in Oakville, Ontario, which is located between Etobicoke, where I grew up, and Hamilton, where I live now, so it’s familiar territory. The author’s description of her relationship with her late mother was compelling. It was different than the relationship I had…

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How to gain more clients with an organizing party

There are a lot of Christmas parties and other festivities happening this month, but my guest today is going to tell us about a different type of party altogether. If you’re looking for new ideas for your organizing business, you’ll want to read about Kate Martin’s organizing parties! Some people would rather go to the hospital for major surgery than get…

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Learn more about Organizing for Personality Types

Over the past two-and-a-half months, I’ve shared with you pretty well everything I know about personality type and how it influences an individual’s relationship with time and space. For your convenience, here’s a recap of the entire series: Learn About Organizing for Personality Types How does the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® work? Helping your clients identify their personal organizing style Helping…

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Helping your clients identify their personal time management style

As a professional organizer, you know that time management and organization are very closely connected. A client who hires you to organize their space will nearly always end up spending less time finding things and putting them away. However, when a client needs help specifically with time management, the Organizing Assessment Questions I suggested last week will not be as relevant. Ask the right…

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Helping your clients identify their personal organizing style

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been talking about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and how your client’s personality type affects their relationship with time and space. It’s quite fascinating, but even if you become trained to administer the MBTI, simply telling your client, “your type is ENFP” isn’t going to be terribly helpful. Whether you use personality type or…

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ESFP Organizing Profile

Today I’m presenting the 16th and last of my personality type based organizing profiles. Some of you may be relieved, but if you’ve been lapping these up, you’ll be glad to know that I have a few more resources to share with you before wrapping up the series. This post looks at ESFP, which stands for Extraverted – Sensing –…

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