Over the 30 years I’ve been a Holistic Professional Organizer, I’ve learned that effective organizing is all about your relationship with your rooms and the items in those rooms.
The first thing I ask a new client during a consultation, is: What purpose do you want each room to serve for you?
Before we can create systems, we need to know the functions each room will serve. Maybe your dining area is also your home office, and it needs to serve both functions well. Maybe your guest room is also a meditation or exercise room. Maybe your living room is also your reading area and your media room. Maybe the laundry room needs to store your sewing machine and mending supplies, as well as your tools.
Once I know how each room needs to function, it’s my job to help each client create empowering, sustainable systems for those rooms.
- Empowering, because when your rooms are organized in a way that truly supports your goals, you are empowered to BE and DO your best!
- Sustainable, because when your rooms are organized in alignment with your goals, preferences, and Unique Retrieval Strategy, it’s easy and fun to maintain the order.
What is a Unique Retrieval Strategy?
My Neuro Linguistic Programming training has taught me that we each process information differently, and working with so many clients over the years has taught me that we each retrieve memory differently. If I try to remember where I put something I “see” it in my mind’s eye.
But many of my clients have non-visual retrieval strategies and they need different cues to remember where they’ve put something.
If they just put the information in a file drawer or behind a cabinet door—without giving themselves additional cues—it’s like throwing the information into a black hole. They’ll never remember it later.
Maybe you’ve experienced this frustration! But NO MORE… not after you understand how to work with what I call your Unique Retrieval Strategy!
The 2 Most Important Skills to Get and Stay Organized
There are lots of great books and programs on organizing out there. The thing is, many of them leave out the most important skill sets:
- knowing how to set up systems that align with how YOU retrieve information
- knowing how to set up sustainable systems so each room can function as a partner in your success
If you’ve ever decided to follow someone else’s system and you put your time, energy and money into it, you may have ended up more discouraged than when you started! Because without these 2 key skills, most people just don’t get results.