Are you organized?
What works for one client is different than another.
When tackling office organizing or any organizing project for that matter, ask yourself:
- What currently works and what doesn’t: do you like the lighting, color, items displayed or hidden?
- Can you find things easily? If I was to ask you for your auto policy could you put your hands on it within less than a minute?
- How does your mind work? Do you remember where you’ve put things or not? Do you like to have your papers in piles within sight or filed in a folder?
Solutions are individual. There is no one prescription for an organized desk or space. Don’t be fooled by all the ads selling organizing products that you must buy to have the perfect solution! Recently I was helping a client sort through belongings under her bathroom sink. When I came across a bag of safety pins, I asked her where do these belong? Fully prepared for her to tell me where she kept her sewing kit, I was surprised when she told me to put them with her barrettes. The connection is clear, as both are fasteners. Makes perfect sense to her and that is what matters as she will be able to find a safety pin when needed.
Another client had piles of loose papers on a bookshelf. When I suggested we go through them, she told me to leave the piles where they were as she knew exactly what was where. And, she did!
This is a perfect example of what we tell our clients. Organization does not necessarily go hand in hand with being neat. There is a difference. Some like papers piled on a desk and some like them filed away. Assuming you can move around your space with ease, are taking the time to clean, feel comfortable having people over, then the next question to ask yourself is can you find a particular item when needed. That defines being organized.