According to Wikipedia, the Curiosity Killed The Cat metaphor is attributed to British playwright Ben Johnson way back in 1598. The metaphor serves to "warn of the dangers of unnecessary investigation or experimentation".
Organizing sessions lend themselves well to curiosity. More questions, like last week - what is working in this space? What isn't working in this space? What lives here that doesn't need to? What should live here? What are the goals for the function of this space?
Clients get a "heads up" that I'll be asking a lot of questions to help them get curious about their space and to really think about it with fresh perspective. The questions can be rhetorical and not immediately answerable. Other times there are "aha" moments when the light bulb flashes and the vision becomes crystal clear. All because we are being curious about the space.
The questions, and whatever the answers are, all remain confidential to the client and the session. And that is why Organizer Curiosity DOES NOT kill the cat! I pride myself, as do all National Association of Professional Organizer (NAPO) members, on living up to the ethical standards of our profession, which includes client confidentiality.
Trust is developed by asking permission before touching possessions or opening drawers. By being authentic and fully present for each session and client. There have been times I've inadvertently touched or seen items that were not meant for my eyes. Each time this has happened the client-organizer relationship is strong enough that they know before I even get a chance to speak that there is no judgment being passed; the item is returned to its home and not spoken of again.
What does your space say about you? Do you love it? Does it function the way you want it to? Looking for some help getting your vision in place? Today is the perfect day to start - call or email me and let's get you on the road to organization!
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