We don’t hesitate to hire someone to fix a leaky faucet, help sell a house, or teach us to play an instrument. But there are other common tasks that still seem to carry a stigma when you don’t do them yourself. How do you feel about people who don’t do their own grocery shopping, laundry, or organizing? If you can’t de-clutter or organize your own stuff, does that make you stupid or lazy or filthy rich? If you are disorganized does it mean there is something wrong with you? If I can’t change the oil in my car, does it mean I am flawed? Of course it doesn’t!
Personally, I think everyone should weigh time, money, and enjoyment factors to determine which chores they do themselves and which they hire someone else to help. Here are 5 reasons hiring an organizer might not be such a bad thing.
1. The organizer has no attachment to your stuff, making it easier to help you make decisions about what stays and what goes. Breaking through the indecision will move you forward in less time.
2. No one is good at everything. I am not mechanically inclined, and if I had not married someone who is, I would have to pay a lot more people to do things for me. An organizer can simply help you get a project done, or teach you organizing skills you can use on your next project,
3. Working with an organizer saves you time and frustration. I could probably learn how to change the oil in my car, but I don’t want to invest my time in that. I recognize how long it would take me to learn the skill and how frustrated I am likely to become. For me, it is worth it to pay someone to do it, do it right, and do it quickly. Even if you are skilled at organizing, working side by side with an organizer gets the job done in less time than it would take you alone.
4. Hiring an organizer means you have scheduled the time to work on organizing, making it far more likely to happen with someone counting on you to be there. And if you thrive on an accountability system, you can ask for homework to do in between sessions.
5. Because you pay for the service, you devote your attention and energy to the task at hand. You won’t pay to have an organizer at your house and then spend time watching TV or talking about your favorite recipes because you are paying for the organizer’s time.
6. An organizer can help you get unstuck. You may want to maximize closet space but not know how, or want to donate an item but not sure where, or set up a process for incoming paper but you are paralyzed by uncertainty. An organizer brings the expertise of creating efficiencies, the knowledge of resources you can use, and a variety of tools to help you get more organized.
7. Hiring an organizer might actually save you money. Being organized means no late fees, an end to buying things you already own but can’t find, throwing out expired food less often, and sometimes even finding un-cashed checks!
Recognize your strengths. Accept your weaknesses. Remember that there was a time not too long ago when hiring someone to clean your house seemed like an invitation for people to judge how you spent your time and money. How long will it be before hiring an organizer to help move, downsize, set up paper and electronic information management systems, or organize a room will be commonplace?