I thought if I publicly humiliated myself bad enough, about the major state of chaos I was working in, it would motivate me to get my act together.
I also wanted to fill you in on how this mess came to be and some
excuses reasons why I allowed the state of my business to get this way.
#1: This is the BACK of my business and customers/workshop students/retailers/the general public would never see this space.
#2: I taught 4 different classes in 1 week and then the following week I taught classes at Indie Trunk Show in December. I basically hustled for 14 days straight, threw it all back in to my shop, closed the door, and didn’t look at it again for three weeks.
#3: I took off the last 3 weeks in December. December is such a slow time for me – and I had pretty much been going balls-to-the-wall since September so it was a much needed break.
After I posted my public shamefest you guys totally came to my rescue, recommending some awesome professional organizers. I checked out several of your suggestions and decided to call Bee Neat, A Professional Organizing Company and see if a pro organizer would be a good fit for me.
I am fairly organized.
But I have had a terrible time finding a good system I could maintain and easily keep up.
I called Becky from Bee Neat, and after a speed-dating type phone interview, she felt pretty confident about whipping my messy butt into shape.
FYI: I know we look like besties here but I did not know Becky personally prior to her helping me get organized. I decided to hire her because another business owner referred me to her, she had a professional website which explained the process, and she had tons of great client testimonials.
I dare you.
Hiring Becky was the best. decision. ever.
Here are the 7 things I learned from hiring a professional organizer that you need to know.
As soon as Becky arrived she gave me a run down of how the day would go. We immediately got to work going through to every single item in the space. Every paper clip, paint brush, and tool I owned was inspected.
The first task was to organize everything into piles.
My piles were categorized – open paint & supplies, office supplies, tools, workshop supplies, photography props, donate, and sell. Once everything was in piles we dug in and organized the piles into even more categories.
It look something like this:
Workshop Supplies were then divided into Intro Class Supplies, Milk Paint Retailers Training, Milk Paint Class, etc.
TIP #1: Make your piles and then organize the piles.
It seems so simple but it really works.
TIP #2: KEEP EVERYTHING VERTICAL.
Once we had piles and piles of categories it was time to find a place for it all. Becky’s rule is to keep everything vertical when finding a home for it.
That means you can actually SEE IT when it’s on the shelf.
She said this rule applies to pantries, work areas, hobby rooms, craft rooms, all of the rooms.
TIP #3 : LABEL EVERY SINGLE THING.
Once you have all of your piles divided into categories, find a home for it, and then label it.
She even made the labels super cute by using washi tape.
That’s a woman after my own heart I tell ya.
Becky used the this label maker and swears by it.
She even inspired me to dig out my old label maker, that I haven’t seen or used in years. I did some follow-up labeling the next day and it felt sooo good. Just printing off those labels made me feel like my new year was off to a great start.
TIP #3: Clear Plastic Shoe Box Bins are your Friend.
Becky brought a ton of bins with her, but the most used ones were these plastic shoe box bins from Dollar General. They are $1 each and are great because you can stack them on top of each other, making them a great way to cram a lot of stuff in a small amount of space.
We even organized my workshop cart.
It has all of the supplies I use most frequently and in my classes. I can roll it from one room to another and it’s all right there.
We also decluttered my counter. It is deceiving because you can’t see behind it.
TIP #4 Keep The Things You Use Daily in an Accessible Place
We put all of the pricing, tags, labels, papers, bags, folders, in it’s rightful place. I even have room to put my purse back there.
It’s the little things that make me feel like I am living my life right.
TIP#5: Keep Frequently Used Items Low and Less Used Items Stored High
It would be a pain to get your stuff off the top of a shelf if you use it daily. Becky suggests keeping frequently used items stored at eye level or low on a shelf.
TIP#6: Keep A Donate Box Handy Year Around
Once your donate box if full, take it to the a Thrift Store, or my favorite place to donate, Habitat For Humanity’s Renovation Station.
Can you believe this is even the same place?
TIP #7: If you are feeling overwhelmed by your clutter hire a professional.
The entire process took us 5 hours and cost me $260.00. It was so worth the investment and I know this will be a process I can keep up with all year long.
Instead of struggling to do it myself I was so glad I could support another momprenuer and learn a ton in the process.
Bring it 2016.
Also, since I cleaned out my entire stash I am having an Epic Junk Sale next weekend, January 15th & 16th. You can get an email reminder about the sale here.
Would you hire a professional organizer?
The thought of it seemed so fancy pants at first, but there is nothing fancy about piles of junk.
Disclosure: I received a reduced rate for services in exchange for advertising on my blog. The full-price rate was $260 as stated in this post. I was more than willing to pay full price but I love blessing other businesses and share the things I love with you.