Last week I attended the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) annual conference in Atlanta, GA. In awe of all the creativity surrounding me by 800+ organizers, it once again quickly became apparent that organizing is not one-size-fits-all.
Not only were there organizers of all ages, sizes, and colors (I even saw red, blue, pink and purple hair - all on different people!), but the classes taught different techniques to conquer the organizing challenges we all face. I took one on Tactical Time Management, and one on Holistic Time Management.
The analogy of 3 + 3=6, but so does 2 + 4 works here - the answer is the same (conquering time management challenges) but the method is different for each of us.
Personally, Tactical Time Management wouldn't work for me, but I could see where it would be attractive to several of my clients. Much of what I bring to my organizing clients is a depth of knowledge of different tactics, encouraging them to think outside the box to solve challenges, in ways that fit their lifestyles.
What about you? Have you faced an organizing challenge and found a creative solution for it? Please share in the comments below - perhaps others can learn from your experience - I know I certainly will!
One of the things I appreciate most about what I do is the opportunity to learn from others, and hopefully to help others learn along the way as well! Some inspiration from Samantha Nienow of Red Zest Design sparked this analogy and opportunity for learning - which I think we can all apply to our lives. So - are you a Crock-Pot kind of person or zap-it with a microwave kind of soul?
Do you take your ingredients in the morning and put them in the Crock-Pot, planning in advance for the evening meal, then walk through the door after a long day to delicious smells wafting through the house? Or do you grab a smattering of leftovers and *hope* you don't over-zap them in the microwave, all the while still knowing that the food is not going to taste just right?
Now apply the comparison of the Crock-Pot and microwave to your organizing. Do you plan ahead for storage and take the time to put things where they belong? Or do you cram whatever you can into the nearest space and *hope* for the best? Your Crock-Pot organizing skills take a little bit of forethought, but provide you with the results you want, while the microwave organizing method gets you a short term solution with lackluster results.
So are you a Crock-Pot or microwave kind of person? I'd love to hear from you! And if you want some help moving from microwave to Crock-Pot, give me a call!
"Think of it as like weeding your garden. If you spend ten minutes a day at it, you’ll stay ahead of the weeds. Put it off for weeks, though, and you’re in for hours and hours of hard, backbreaking work just to get back to Square One." - Laura Stack
I've had the privilege and the pleasure of hearing Laura Stack speak at a NAPO conference. She has some awesome tips and strategies for spring cleaning in all areas of our lives - I encourage you to stop by her page and get inspired!
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