I like to periodically hire someone to help me organize and declutter my space. I just recently had my desk repainted and office redone — let me tell you, it was well worth it. There is something about having a professional organizer come and hold you accountable that makes this experience so much better. I find it helps to brainstorm ideas with someone who is not emotionally attached to your things. Every time I organize my space, I notice my energy for work and creativity goes up. I also notice that my new environment actually helps me to be more creative. I find old ideas that I had either forgotten about or put aside — scraps of paper with notes on them, old files, and sketches have all been hidden in my piles of stuff. I have been able to revisit these old thoughts and find new ways to implement them. This in turn, has actually helped me to make more money.
Because of these experiences, I always recommend to new clients that they take the time, create the space, and use their energy to reorganize their office.
You may feel overwhelmed about taking the time to reorganize. One of the greatest tips that I have learned from my professional organizers is this – start by sorting. Take one area, one hour, and just sort. Don’t worry about getting rid of anything in the beginning. Just put things in piles of what you want to keep, what needs to be put in another room, and what you really can live without. In this first stage, there is no pressure to make huge decisions, it is just a great way to get started. Later, you can make the big decisions of what can stay and what can go. The act of sorting, however, will give you the energy to keep going and to not give up halfway through.
Make it a priority to organize your office on a regular basis. Make sure everything has a place. The last time I organized, I had labels made to divide up all of my papers and supplies. I also bought beautiful wire boxes to keep things looking neat and tidy. There a mental renewal that comes from physically having a spot for everything. I find that I have more peace of mind and room to think through new ideas because of a clean space.
Here’s my next tip: hire someone to help you. We hire accountants to help us with our taxes, why not hire a professional organizer? It will be well worth your time and money. Having someone help you whose zone of genius is decorating and decluttering will free up your time and energy to do the things that you do best. You are not a failure for asking for help – in fact, you are smart for choosing to outsource.
When you take the time, create space, and use your energy to get an office makeover, you will be amazed at the results. My clients tell me that they make more money every time they go through this process. Revisiting old ideas, having more peace of mind, and finding a renewed sense of purpose actually has a direct correlation to doing better in your business. Schedule your professional organizer today!
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