I’ve been called in to help organize people directly. I’ve also been called in by one person to help organize someone else. This is what I usually refer to as “a minefield.” Realizing you want to get a grip on your space can be a pretty intense and personal thing, possibly tied to other issues in ways yet undiscovered. Having someone else look at your space and go “here, let me help with that,” can go one of two ways: good or bad, and if it goes bad, it’s usually really bad. If two people are at odds with regards to how they function in a space together, or even at odds as to how one person manages their own space, bringing in a third party without discussion, agreement, and/or informed consent can come across as a passive aggressive move. In those situations, I try to make it clear that I want to talk directly with the person getting organized. Ultimately, I’m serving them, regardless of who’s cutting the check. But before we even get to that point, they need to feel like they can trust me, and they can’t really build trust in a situation where they feel judged or under attack.
I’ve had training and experience working with everything from cleaning a desk, to digging out a hoarder; from preparing a homes for a new baby, to working with families of the recently deceased. If I can’t deal with a situation, I’m pretty confident in pointing out someone who can. Thing is, there are as many different kinds of organizers as there are people. Who I wind up working with is tied to how our personalities mesh as much as it is to my training and experience, and that’s okay. I work with people who are drawn to work with me. If you’re curious, get in touch and let’s talk!