If you are like most of the population (including yours truly!), there’s always some closet, some drawer, some room that needs to be organized. Well, now’s the perfect time to tackle such a project with January being National Get Organized Month. Started in 2005 by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) , it is the professional organizing industry’s national event dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of getting organized and of hiring a professional organizer.
I interviewed NAPO member Allison Webber of Allison Webber Organizing:
LESLIE: While this may be obvious to some people, to others it is not: what are some of the benefits of living in an organized environment?
ALLISON: It’s all about productivity, functionality, and having peace of mind. By decluttering our space, we are able to lessen stress and have a greater sense of control. An organized environment gives us the time and contentment to do the things that matter most.
LESLIE: How does one start to get organized? Do you have any tips or suggestions?
ALLISON: Start small with realistic goals and acknowledge a positive mindset. Remember, nobody is simply “born” organized. Maintaining organization is a learned skill that anyone can master with the right tools.
LESLIE: What does a professional organizer do and how does one know when a professional’s involvement is needed?
ALLISON: Professional Organizers use expertise in organizing principles and teaching methods to help clients reach their goals. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or are no longer making progress on your own, it is time to consider enlisting the help of a professional. It can be invaluable to have hands-on help when making tough decisions in a stressful place.
LESLIE: Why did you become a professional organizer? Do you have a particular motto or mission statement that you would like to share?
ALLISON: I love helping people get organized. The more clients feel disorganized, the more fun I am having. My own journey to organization gives me deep appreciation for how successful an organized life is, so I became a Professional Organizer in order to pay it forward. I am committed to making a difference in peoples’ lives.
LESLIE: Is there anything else that you would like to add?
ALLISON: The work of an interior designer and professional organizer go hand-in-hand when it comes to helping clients function in the space of their dreams. While designers help create the space, organizers help maintain it. Leslie’s work is inspiring and we especially love her attention to practicality.LESLIE: Thank you Allison!