People, it’s time to get your stuff together.
January is the National Association of Professional Organizers’ “Get Organized Month” and while it may be an industry-invented rallying cry, it’s a perfectly apt and well timed one. Getting organized has traditionally been Americans’ #2 New Year’s resolution, just behind losing weight. So climb on the ship-shape bandwagon, roll up your sleeves and get ready for the intense gratification that immaculate spaces deliver.
Sheryl Hadley can show you how. A Certified Professional Organizer whose Boulder-based business celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, Ms. Hadley and her crew have made thousands of homes and businesses neater, smarter and immeasurably more efficient.
The Boulder-based company, Organization & Relocation, includes a traveling team of organizational masterminds who leave homes and offices in much better condition than they find them.
“You may think you’re organized until you’ve met us,” Ms. Hadley says. “Our approach is about creating systems that promote enduring order, so living and work spaces are a pleasure to be in everyday.”
Organization & Relocation has found itself remarkably busy early this year, which Ms. Hadley ascribes to a hot housing market and business momentum. The firm often works in tandem with local moving companies to help families relocate into or out of the Boulder Valley and beyond. Her top advice for people moving?
“The worst thing you can do with excess stuff is to pay to pack it, pay to move it, pay to unpack it and then have it back in your way,” she says. “By working with a professional organizer and sifting through those things before you move, you save time, money and distractions. The clean and clear spaces that result feel like a bonus.”
People moving aren’t the only ones benefiting. Families preparing a house for sale are a big client segment as well.
“We tell clients who are selling to never stuff things they don’t want into the closet or garage. That’s just bad energy,” Ms. Hadley says. “Remember, when you are putting your house on the market, it is not yours anymore. Potential buyers see clutter and think, ‘this home hasn’t been very well maintained.’ A well ordered house subtlety communicates cleanliness, comfort and ease – elements buyers are seeking.”
Elements, in fact, that many of us seek in our day-to-day lives. For DIY organizers, Ms. Hadley offered several ideas to avoid overwhelm and achieve good results:
- Start small. Organize spaces in 10 minute increments, starting with doable projects like, say, the junk drawer or one corner of the coat closet.
- Label a bag for donations. Regularly fill this bag with unused items, and schedule free monthly pick ups by local non-profits (like the Salvation Army or ARC Thrift Stores). Countless people would be grateful for your things.
- Get identical hangers. A closet with hangers of the same size, shape and color makes a world of visual difference.
- Buy organizing products AFTER organizing. It’s tempting to raid Target for shiny new bins and bags, but wait until you’ve sorted things so you buy the right amount.
- Overwhelmed? Consider calling an expert. It’s an investment you won’t regret.
“We’re helping everyone from working mothers to disorganized kids to businesses wanting to revive their work spaces,” she says. “It’s anyone seeking more order but feeling overwhelmed by how to achieve it.”
Organization & Relocation offers a custom menu of organizational services, everything from full service home makeovers to basic moving assistance. The extent and range of work is up to the client. The company takes care to upcycle, recycle or responsibly dispose of unwanted items. Sheryl Hadley is a past president of the National Association of Professional Organizers.