I am considering taking a leap and it is called:
Hiring an organizational consultant before my head explodes.
My hairdresser gave me a business card for an organizational consultant the last time I was in to see her, and it really got me thinking. I am by nature messy, cluttered and disorganized, and these traits do not mesh well with having a very small house filled with a family of four. I had never thought of hiring a professional organizer before, but when I held this pretty green business card in my hand, my heartbeat quickened with excitement.
Everything in our house could have a place.
I could nag train everyone to put things back in their place after they are finished using it.
Yes, I would indeed nag myself too.
It sounds like a win-win-win to me!
I have such good intentions, but I just don’t have the skills. I look at the piles and think to myself that it would be so great to get that little mess of a corner under control. So then I study the area for a little while; I tilt my head and look a bit longer still, and then after realizing that I have no idea what to do with the clutter, I inevitably slowly back away from the trouble spot and go put my nose into a book or my computer and practice my avoidance technique. I am pretty good at that part.
I have had some great ideas in the past. After we renovated our ground floor a few years ago, we set up a cupboard with the top shelf to be used for the girls’ school paperwork and homework, while the bottom shelf was for mail and bills that needed attending to. It has, of course, become our dumping ground. When someone is coming over, everything gets shoved into this cupboard so that we can present the illusion that we have a clean and clutter-free home.
|It actually doesn’t look as bad as I thought it would, but yes, that is a homemade birdfeeder at the back.|
Another brilliant idea that I once had was to organize the recipes that I clip from magazines and newspapers into a binder. I set up the binder with plastic sleeves and dividers for all of the different types of foods: appetizers, soups, main courses, baking. It worked well for a time.
The problem is that once things become disorganized in our house, then they stay that way until something major comes along that forces us to clean up – like a renovation or some other similarly catastrophic event – and this clearly isn’t happening frequently enough. A couple of weeks ago I was setting the table for a small dinner party at our house and I was looking for the napkins. We store these in the cupboard above the fridge, which is difficult for me to reach. I can however reach them if I am on my tiptoes and they are on the bottom shelf of this cupboard, right at the front. That evening I was craning my neck, trying to see the napkins, but I was having no luck. I hauled a dining chair in front of the fridge and hopped up. The napkins were behind an incomplete set of water glasses that had been moved up there because we no longer use them.
Ever in the cheerful mood, as I always am, I said to Tony, with no discernible frustration in my voice at all: “This kitchen is soooooooo inefficient.”
Tony turned from what he was preparing for dinner and replied in his always patient voice (sincerely, this part isn’t sarcastic): “It works fine for me.”
And it’s true, it does work for him. He doesn’t mind a little mess and disorder, while for me, a messy kitchen means that I will not cook, or even want to go near the food preparations.
I don’t want you to think that we are gigantic slobs, because that isn’t the case. Most things have a general area in which they are put away, but it is just that there are many frustration factors that I come across in the house throughout a typical day, and these inefficiencies can occasionally make me just a little grumpy.
So I am looking at this business card and wondering if it would be worthwhile to call this person. I know that Tony and I could do this on our own, but we are probably too tired and
lazy busy to tackle the house these days. A little spring tidy up could be a nice way to usher in spring. And if nothing else, it would provide some great material for blogging.
I would love to hear if any of you have ever hired anyone to help organize your home and what your experience was like.