So what exactly does Sue McMillin, professional organizer, do? Does she clean up messes? Tidy up rooms and closets? Rearrange furniture? Clear clutter from desks and work surfaces? Put books away on shelves?
Genuine professional organizers do far more than clean up messes; like Sue, they go to extraordinary lengths to simplify a client’s life by giving them more functional space in their offices and homes. Besides that they work with their clients to identify and eliminate harmful and erroneous thought patterns. Finally, they come alongside their clients to guide and mentor them into new paradigms and new methods of doing things.
Organizers design systems out of chaos, and that is a miraculous thing. Just as your beautifully-designed human body is full of amazing systems that enable it to function properly, so too a beautifully organized office or home needs systems in order to function well. These systems and processes have a goal, and that goal is to help the individual or business to take charge, to have control over their space, their stuff, and their time. Organizers go into a business or home and establish and create these systems. Then they teach organizational skills to their clients.
You have heard it said, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for one day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” Well, an organizer would say, “Give a man or woman an organized office or home and they will be structured for a day or two. But, teach a man or woman to organize and they will be well-ordered for their lifetime.”
Many who learn these skills call it a miracle!
Solutions start in the mind, don’t they? And that is right where an organizer starts with clients. Sue begins by challenging their old ways of thinking about things, about the myths they have believed for too long. She likes to redirect the clients’ paradigms in order to help them to obtain and maintain well-ordered offices or homes. Because it all starts in the mind, Sue likes to help her clients identify and destroy those negative and destructive long-held thought patterns that threaten to derail their efforts.
It’s our thinking that needs to change, not just our training or our schedule or our children or our habits or our spouses or whatever excuse we have for why we are not organized. When we eliminate old, outdated ways of thinking and change our paradigms (perspectives) about getting organized, we will be well on the road to a new way of looking at ourselves; we will begin the process of organizing, and we will stay organized. Read more about this from a short excerpt from Sue’s book, Organized! How to Create a Happier Home, Family and Life.
Finally, Sue counts it a privilege to come alongside her clients and provide real and clear solutions to their specific problems. Do you have a paper monster that you want to tame? No problem.
She provides a unique and specific strategy for your files and excess accumulation of paper. How about the mess and lack of systems in your kitchen, your closets, your cabinets? How about goal setting? Coming alongside to provide those simple strategies and real-world solutions are what Sue does! Do you have problems with time management? She has a plan and an approach to your problem that will provide clear and simple strategies for those that need to get out the door in the morning or for those folks who think they simply do NOT have enough time in the day.
The strategies that organizers provide are amazing, long-lasting, and life-changing. But, don’t just take my word for it. Read a testimony about how Sue’s strategies and mentoring helped one client have more time to spare.
So, now you know what organizers are NOT, and what organizers like Sue truly are!
Sometimes miracle workers, sometimes myth busters, but always mentors – that’s what and who genuine organizers do and are!
~A note from Sue~
I can help you to “virtually” organize any space in your office or home simply by using your cell phone, camera, and computer. Give me a call at 719-495-7626 or email me at Sue@withtimetospare.com. I will tell you how, for a minimal charge, I can help you to organize those frustrating areas.