Posted by: Melinda Anderson | October 26, 2011

Get Organized at Home

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BEFORE Organizing

GETTING ORGANIZED AT HOME

IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK

With help, you can save time, reduce stress, and improve the quality of your life
 — People today have more space, more stuff, and less time than ever before. But with the luxury of “more” can also come more clutter and more disorganization, making the need for professional organizers greater than ever before.
So it’s not surprising that according to the industry authority, the National Association of Professional Organizers® (NAPO®), the professional organizing industry is booming. More than 148,000 clients were served nationally by NAPO® members in 2008. Here in Metro Atlanta, local NAPO® member Melinda Anderson is available to help combat the overwhelming feeling homeowners can face when they know something needs to be done, but just aren’t sure where to start.
“It’s proven that organized people save time and money, and reduce stress and frustration levels,” says Melinda Anderson, local professional organizer and NAPO® member. “There is no one right or wrong way to get organized, but a professional organizer will take an objective look at your space and give you parameters on what to keep, what to toss, and where to take action so you can reap the overall benefits that being organized has on your life.”
Like Anderson, many NAPO® members specialize in niche areas — whether it’s the garage, kitchen, home office, closet, pantry, or any other residential space. Melinda Anderson is an expert at unpacking and organizing families relocating to the Atlanta area. Our team of professional organizers can unpack and organize the contents of your moving boxes in 3 days or less— great news for the ninety-six percent of people surveyed on behalf of NAPO® in 2008 who said they would save time every day by becoming more organized.  Among those, fifteen percent felt they could save more than one hour of time daily if they were more organized at home, giving them an extra 15 days in a year. The majority of Americans just do not know what to keep and toss. In fact, 80 percent of what we keep, we never use.
With statistics such as these, it is more important than ever to consider ways to get organized and take that step to better living.
“Many people could use the help of a professional organizer, and they don’t even know it — because organization is a learned behavior many people were never taught,” said Anderson.
But NAPO® members help improve their clients’ quality of life by transferring organizing skills that last. “Rather than stepping in to clean out someone’s pantry or garage for them, professional organizers teach organizing skills, helping our clients to find what they need when they need it,” says Anderson. “When a client is able to put those skills to use after we’re gone, we’ve really helped them save time and money, reduce stress, and improve their quality of life for the long run.”
Organization 101 tips for homeowners
Just as a personal trainer creates custom workout plans for each client, so does a professional organizer. NAPO®members realize what works for one person might not work for another.  They strive to help people become “organized enough” at whatever level with which they are most comfortable. Anderson shares the following tips:

  • Get rid of things that don’t work! Don’t hang onto items thinking you’re going to get them fixed if it’s never going to happen.
  • Take children with you when you go to donate unused items. This helps them learn to part with things.
  • Make the garage work for you. Determine how you wish to use the space.
  •  Sort, purge, and then decide the proper storage containers or fixtures for the treasures that you must keep. Clearly label both the tops and the sides of the containers.
  • Consider floor-to-ceiling possibilities for shelving, racks, stackable drawers, hooks, and pegboards.
  • Go through your closet today.
  • Pull out everything you haven’t worn in the last year.
  •  Hang like items together.
  • In the kitchen:  Things that work together should be stored together.
  • Feel the flow of activity in your kitchen. Place glasses near the sink or the refrigerator. Put snacks in a convenient drawer or cupboard.
NAPO® members serve both corporate and residential clients, specialize in a wide range of services, such as corporate or residential organizing, and many have specialties in niche areas like garages, moving/downsizing (especially for seniors), or even helping businesses with time and data management. Melinda Anderson and Southern Home Organizers specialize in whole house organizing, including home offices.  Additionally, NAPO® members are offered education on the most cutting-edge techniques and products.
Log on to www.NAPO.net to find contact information for the professional organizer closest to you. Whether in need of a little help or a lot, anyone can find organizing tools for the home and office, as well as tips on hiring a qualified professional organizer at http://www.NAPO.net.
About NAPO® (http://www.NAPO.net)
The premier national association dedicated to the field of organizing, the National Association of Professional Organizers® (NAPO®) is The Organizing Authority®. Formed in 1985 as a not-for-profit professional educational association, NAPO® is dedicated to serving its thousands of members through education, networking, industry resources, and promoting the profession to the public. NAPO’s mission is to develop, lead, and promote professional organizers and the organizing industry. The association is affiliated with the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD), and Professional Organizers in Canada (POC).
As the oldest and largest professional educational association for professional organizers, NAPO® supported the launch of the Board of Certified Professional Organizers® (BCPO®) and the Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®) exam, a separate independent certification program for the entire organizing industry.
 
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AFTER Organizing

For Further Information:

Melinda Anderson, CPO
Southern Home Organizers
770-595-0893
Atlanta, Georgia. (October 26, 2011)
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