How Virtual Organizing is Different from On-site Organizing

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Virtual organizing is a process for getting organized through the use of technology. The primary difference between on-site and virtual organizing is the client doesn’t have the organizer’s hands to help move and sort items. During virtual organizing sessions the professional organizer (organizer) is often mostly body doubling. Meaning a body double is not an…

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How I Simplified My Business Tax Filing

photo Managing Your Professional Organizing Business February Reminders

2021 Blog Focus – Managing Your Professional Organizing Business February signals it is time to prepare my business tax filing, here’s how I simplified my business tax filing. Managing my professional organizing business, SolutionsForYou, Inc., an S-Corp, requires the tax filing is completed by March 15. I have my CPA prepare the tax filing, but…

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Working With Clients – The Pros and Cons of Working Virtually

The pandemic has thrown a curveball at working with your clients–how to keep both you and your client safe.  If you are not comfortable working with clients in-person using PPE, you might want to consider working with them virtually.  Virtual organizing has its pros and cons to consider for both you and your client: Pros…

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Working with Clients – Paper Management

A simple approach working with clients to organize their paper information is the ART of Paper Management. The ART of Paper Management Information comes to us in many forms but most predominately in paper form. It arrives from snail mail, email, children’s backpacks, spouse’s briefcases, and many other avenues. We know how we obtain paper…

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Working With Clients Who Have ADHD – A Case Study

ADHD is caused by a neurobiological difference in the brain, which can interfere with such areas as learning, cognitive and organizational processing, socialization, and general life performance. Client Background Angela discovered and communicated to me that when her son was diagnosed with ADHD, she too was diagnosed with ADHD. When a child has ADHD, one…

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Working With Clients – The Chronically Disorganized

First, What is Chronic Disorganization? Chronic disorganization is having a history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have failed, an undermining of the quality of life due to disorganization, and the expectation of future disorganization. How do you identify a chronically disorganized client from a situationally disorganized client? You can ask your client…

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Working With Clients – Setting Boundaries

A variety of situations and scenarios will occur while working with clients that will test your boundaries with them.  It is important for you to understand the legal or liability issues and your region’s regulations for transportation in determining what you will and will not do for your clients. It is also important to communicate…

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Grow Your Business – Writing

Never in my wildest dreams did I dream of being a published author, because I didn’t think I had the skills to write a book. So, why I did write a book? From 2009 to 2011 professional organizers in the United States were in make-or-break years. In 2008 and 2009, the United States labor market…

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Professional Organizers are Starting Their Career Younger!

I had the fantastic opportunity to have Blessing McKenzie, a high school Junior, job shadow me yesterday.  Blessing is considering a career as a professional organizer!  I think that speaks volumes to where our industry is headed.  She also interviewed me for her school project and agreed to let me blog about her questions and my answers. What…

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