The ability to notice details and the willingness to creatively tweak little things are crucial to achieving the perfect space in a project. Organizing takes skill, patience, strategy, time, and attention to detail. Those are a Professional Organizer’s tools of the trade. However, Organizers are exceptional at developing systems that take organizing to its next level. Systems usually increase clients’ efficiency in utilizing their space.
Consider the kitchen cabinet and notice all details involved in the process resulting in an organized, functional space. However, organizing this cabinet also resulted in two efficient systems.
The Kitchen Cabinet Situation
- this cabinet had lots of cookbooks and recipe binders
- it also had a myriad of serving items
- books stacked sideways because some did not fit the space
- recipe clippings were sticking out of books and binders
- nothing was labeled or had hand-written post-it notes
- recipes were hard to remember, identify, or use
- meals were boring, repetitive, and unhealthy
- medicine and supplement bottles occupied the lower shelf of this cabinet
- taking meds and supplements was inconsistent because of the sorting and opening of bottles required, and it was hard to remember who took what and when
The kitchen cabinet needed some tweaking to become a functional cabinet with valuable, organized content.
- removed all cabinet contents
- sorted through contents and removed what was no longer wanted or needed
- adjusted shelves to fit even the tallest book
- allocated specific areas for things that stay
- created a recipe use and management system
- recipes photocopied, cut, and pasted on 4″ X 6″ index cards
- index cards classified by dish type and organized in index card boxes
- recipe boxes labeled with the recipe categories it contains
- system benefit: mixing/matching cards create a week’s worth of healthy, varied meals
- created a supplement and med management system
- pills presorted in bags according to dosage/time of intake for each person
- pill bags divided into baskets for each household member
- system benefit: a streamlined process where everyone knows where, what, when, and how when getting their meds
The development of systems improves efficiency in the use of your space. Therefore, designing systems that increase productivity and make life easier is one of the most valuable benefits you can get from working with a Professional Organizer.
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