Barriers to Entry Part 2

As I mentioned in my last post, chatting with business school classmates at my reunion last weekend brought up two major hurdles to hiring a professional organizer like me.  The first objection I heard was embarrassment: people were reluctant to show me their so-called mess and worried that I’d be horrified by it.  And the second objection?

2)   I should be able to get organized by myself.

I’ll be the first to admit that organizing is not exactly a complex thing.  It requires to special education, no memorizing of processes, no understanding of major concepts.  It’s pretty straightforward.

However, organizing is something that some people are better at than others, and something that many people hate to do.  If it’s a struggle for you, and you dread it, why not hire help?

I may be good at organizing, but there are plenty of basic life tasks I pay others to help me with, either because I’m terrible at them or because I hate them so much that I procrastinate and they never get done.

For example: it’s not particularly challenging to clean a house. I just hate it.  It takes hours, scrubbing floors is my nightmare, and dusting sucks my soul.  Still, I insisted for years that I should be able to clean my own house, and did so grudgingly, not often enough, and not particularly well.  With my husband’s encouragement, I finally admitted defeat and found a house cleaner.  I literally feel like a weight is lifted now that I'm not dreading the housecleaning process and can enjoy my sparkling clean house every two weeks.

Another example: going to the gym.  You put together a plan, get on your gear, and go.  Not too difficult, except I literally spent 10 years saying, “I should really start going to the gym,” and never following through.  Finally, I broke down and started paying a trainer to kick my butt twice a week.  I don’t have to think about it, but I know I’m paying so I’m compelled to show up.  As a result, I’m in the best shape of my life and the feeling of regular exercise is addicting – I’ve since started going to more exercise classes and sometimes (gasp!) even going running. 

Just because you technically can do something doesn’t mean you should force yourself, especially if it takes time and energy away from other things that are more important to you.  Let me, a person who loves to organize and is proficient at it, help you get organized more quickly and effectively than you could on your own. 

Imagine no stack of unpaid bills because you have a simple system for dealing with mail.  Imagine never tearing the house apart looking for picnic supplies on a weekend morning.  Imagine getting dressed in five minutes, and feeling confident in the outfits you put together.   Imagine all that, and contact me – together, we can make it happen!

LMW