When you are the messy-type by nature and your friend and business partner is the organized-type it can be the perfect combination to reach people who struggle with clutter.
These differences provide two perspectives for our radio show and blog articles. Most of the time our listeners and followers can relate to one or both of us when it comes to the pursuit of a less stressful, more organized life. Fortunately, there are also many times Tracy and I are very similar in our perspectives.
I love that! And I love my friend, Tracy; however, the Ebony and Ivory of our relationship can cause a little irritation for both of us. If you are a little messy and you know someone who is a little neat you may identify with my lamenting in my Top 10 Reasons Professional Organizers Annoy Clutter-Free-Wanna-Be’s.
I feel quite certain I am somewhat of an authority on the annoyance factor of professional organizers, given I know one who is a close friend. Perhaps you doubt my expertise. I will be supporting my list of generalities with several personal photos to serve as evidence to back up my claims.
10. They refuse to reminisce with you when organizing photos
Tracy was amazing when helping me organize my home office during our series, 31 Days to An Organized Office. However, she did not produce a sufficient amount of ooo-ing and awww-ing over my children’s infant photos as we sorted them. She insisted we keep moving quickly to get through the stacks of pictures.
I took matters into my own hands with a decorative willow branch.
I was also forced to blow into a paper bag to prevent hyperventilating due to Tracy’s lack of memorabilia enthusiasm.
9. They enjoy doing tasks you hate
Most organizers (Tracy) love to do laundry. They do it really fast. They like to take a big pile of dirty clothes and turn it all into neat piles which are promptly put away. They often ask why you have piles of clean laundry on your bed and on your kitchen table. I say, “Who asked you?!”
8. Their children make fun of your side of the master bathroom
I say, “Why are your children in my master bathroom?” Oh yes, Bridget and Courtney are in my bathroom occasionally to chase my dogs out. On at least one occasion they have pointed out the differences between my cluttered sink and my husband’s neat and tidy sink. Thanks for the keen observations.
I must say that B and C are also fantastic helpers on some of our projects. Here they are helping us with a closet makeover. Like mother, like daughters. (They are probably enjoying this.)
Thanks for all your help, girls. Just save the comments for your mom and dad’s bathrooms and closets. I really LOVE these girls, tho! It’s not their fault their mother is a professional organizer.
7. They like to stand like this
She’s beautiful and organized…gag.
Here she is showing off her ability stand on one foot while posing for a photo with me. I can just hear her say, “It’s all about balance in life.” No.
6. They help you but then they tell you how to drive in Target parking lots, don’t allow you to play with cat toys when you get there, and have an attitude when leaving with purchases
Exhibit A: our Mud Closet Makeover Part 1 video below. Caution: this video is intended for mature clutter-free-wanna-be’s. Viewer discretion is advised.
5. They only “pig out” on Baked Lays
Is it even worth it if your fingers aren’t greasy afterwards?
4. They suggest you hang your clothes in rainbow color order and you like it
I have to admit when Tracy first suggested I hang my clothes in rainbow color order I thought she was being a little too meticulous for my organizing tastes. Once again, she proved me wrong. I loved it and I continue to use that tip. Here is a photo from an earlier post from me, ATTACKING MY HOUSE: Project #10 Master Closet Deep Clean. I hate it when she’s right…a lot.
I have no photo for hard evidence on this one so you will just have to take me at my word. When professional organizers are at your house for dinner they help you clean your kitchen in a ridiculously short amount of time. This is a love/hate thing for me. Love the results. Hate that they can do it so fast!!
2. They choose speaking event photos for your website in which you look like a psycho.
1. They often get carried away with their label makers
That about wraps up my list. How about you? Do you have an organized friend or even a professional organizer friend? Are you the messy one? Are you an organized friend with a messy friend? Opposites attract, don’t they? What can you learn from each other? It’s great to have balance in friendship and in business. It’s fantastic when you can combine the two.
P.S. My apologies to Professional Organizers who have been characterized unfairly. I don’t mean to put labels on you. 🙂
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