Archive for September, 2009

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ORGANIZED CHAOS!

September 20, 2009

September 13, 2006, was the day that I walked into the McKinney Court House and filed the documents necesary to officially register Organized Chaos as my company name.  Over these past three years, we have been in interesting situations, met fascinating people, and seen amazing transformations–not only in our client’s lives, but in our own.  No matter the situation–good, bad, or ugly–every step of the way has been an incredible journey that I wouldn’t miss again for anything.

But if truth be told, the technical start date should be April 25, 2006.  On that day, I was perusing my daily email from mamasource.com, and noticed a post for an overwhelmed photographer working out of her home and pregnant with her third child.  She was looking for assistance in gaining control of her office and getting systems set up to be better organized.  At that time, I didn’t even realize “Professional Organizers” existed.  I just knew her plight was something for which I had strong skills, and I responded to her post with an offer to help.

I try to remember the saying, “God’s timing is perfect” but I know He was winking at me last week when I found myself back at the photographer’s home three years later (almost to the day!) working in her garage to set up a “shipping center” for her business.  Coincidence for me to be there so close to an anniversary of our time together?  I don’t think so!

Who knew that a simple posting on a website would not only turn into a long-term friendship, but also a complete life change for me and my mission in life?  As a bonus, through a referral to one of her clients, I developed another friendship which I have come to treasure a great deal.  To the two D’s of my client world, here’s to you!

It’s been a huge blessing to be able to help so many gain control of their spaces, their paperwork, their lives…and a complete honor to be the one selected to serve.  To all clients of Organized Chaos–THANK YOU!  YOU ROCK!

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The Horror of Hoarding

September 3, 2009

Three episodes have been aired by A&E of a seven-episode series called “Hoarders” (Mondays at 10pm ET/PT).  I have my dvr set to record every episode and have watched the first two so far.  As a human, my initial reaction is to recoil in shock when I see the environments in which the subjects of this series are living.  I can’t imagine not being able to walk through my home without stepping on rotting food or trash, but that was exactly the challenge of one of the subjects profiled.

On the flip side, as a Professional Organizer, my initial response is to get my tools and organizing solutions packed in my car and head to the location of each person shown.  I have told my clients, and I honestly do feel, that the most satisfying part of my job is the end…when the client looks at the results of a project and says, “WOW!  This is AWESOME!” (or as one client put it, “YOU ROCK!”).  Knowing that a client’s life situations are easier to handle after organization efforts are complete, coupled with the fact that organization helps my clients save money, is intoxicating.  In a nutshell, empowering my clients through organization is my true goal.

During my attendance at the 2008 conference for NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers), I heard the term NSGCD, and learned it stands for National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.  However, I was new to the profession of organizing in general and didn’t feel that I was quite ready to venture into specialist groups just yet.  “Hoarders” has blown the lid off of my sheltered mind to allow me to really see what the need is for the NSGCD.  What I am discovering about myself after watching only two episodes of “Hoarders” is that I am anxious to learn more about how to work with this very specialized group of people.  And while it is a specialized group, the statistics are mind-boggling regarding just how widespread chronic disorganization is.

So, I have downloaded every available piece of information that I could from the NSGCD’s website, and am going to be learning as much as I can about the skills needed to help those suffering from chronic disorganization.  And hopefully soon, I’ll be able to empower the victims to overcome this debilitating mental illness so that they are no longer victims, and instead they are survivors.

You can click here to view more information about the show.  If you’re able, I strongly encourage you to watch the next episode of “Hoarders.”  After all, awareness is what the show is all about.

Until next time…

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