The Gift of Organization
Throughout the year I get inquiries from friends and family wanting to gift me to someone they know and care about that is disorganized. These inquiries go up around this time of year. Heck! That is specifically how the idea came to me to start this business in the first place.
Unfortunately, the gift of a professional organizer is not one that is always well received. Before seeking out a professional organizer to gift to a friend or family member, think about the following:
Has the receiver mentioned that they would like to learn the skills to become organized? If they haven't and aren't ready, then the process will be much more difficult than necessary and the results won't stick. Obviously I don't want to be discouraging (this is my livelihood after all), but I also don't want people to waste their money. The gift of organization can be a meaningful and welcome one. (I've been a gift for many.) However, it can also come as a slap in the face and unwelcome surprise if the recipient has never thought about it.
Read: It's like gifting someone a personal trainer and it coming across as "You're a giant cow" instead of "I love you and want you to live a long, fit life."
The last thing we want is a gift that tells our loved one that we think their house is a horrible, cluttered mess we don't want to spend time in. I often ask if someone's home is a hot mess, but it's always tongue in cheek. It shows that no matter what the situation is, we can laugh through it and make it better. We definitely don't want to put anything out there that is harsh without compassion about where someone spends so much of their life.
So is the gift of organization something a friend or family member has mentioned before? If no, then gently talk to them about it first. If yes, then gift away!
Come back on Wednesday when I'll give you some tips on what to look for when choosing a professional organizer.
Want to talk about gifting me this Christmas? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org today.