Introducing "Getting to Zero"

Do you have a room in your house that looks like this? One where you throw stuff in and then slam the door before it can all spill out? If so this might just be for you……

One of the things that I haven’t blogged about at all yet is my work as a Professional Organizer. I’ve been passionate about organizing since back in High School when I would hang out with friends and organize their rooms as we chatted (that’s normal right??!!).

After graduating I spent the summer interning with Porter Knight, an organizer in Vermont. She kindly let me shadow her for the summer to see what being a professional organizer was all about. In short I loved it, but life led me in a different direction for a little while. Since then I’ve continued to organize part time.

My current friends will attest that I haven’t changed – I walk in their house and go to clean out their refrigerator, help them with filing, get things out the door, etc. . Some would call it annoying – I call it endearing 😉

At this time of year many people make New Year’s resolutions, and many people I’ve talked to recently have mentioned that one of their biggest hopes is that they can get organized, get control of their clutter, and implement some systems that will help them stay that way.

In the coming weeks and months I’m going to try and blog about organizing a bit more – systems I use myself or systems that have worked for recent clients. Hopefully you can find some value in this and it will help you get organized. Some posts will be specific to photographers and others will be more general.

I’m going to title the series “getting to zero” because I find that many people don’t start organizing because they have no idea where to begin – it’s simply too overwhelming. Basically to me getting to zero is getting to a point in any one area of your life where you feel in control – be it filing, household matters, client requests, being caught up on email, cleaning out the junk drawer in the kitchen, etc.

If you’ve ever seen the show Clean Sweep on TLC you’ll know that that show helps people whose stuff has gotten so out of control that they need professionals there to help. I like to think of myself as a one woman Clean Sweep without the support staff, television cameras, and decorators 🙂

Most people’s situations aren’t as dire as the ones on the show, but there are commonalities with many of my clients.

Some clients I visit just once – others I see once a month, once a week, quarterly – whatever it takes. People have various needs and to everyone “getting to zero” means something different. Most often I work with clients to develop systems that they can then implement on a day to day basis.

Are you feeling disorganized? Read on, and drop a line if you’d like to set up a consultation.

In the meantime – take it one item at a time, and don’t let yourself get overwhelmed.

In 2008 – Get to Zero!