I really believe that language is one of the keys to successfully changing your mindset which ultimately leads to success. A simple change in words can do wonders.
For example, I stopped viewing other Professional Organizers as my competition! I took out the word competition and replaced it with COLLEAGUES! It’s easy to think others as competition when you own your own business and you are trying to make your business work. Plus there is social media telling us so and so is doing sooooo much better than you..You have to tune all of that out! Everybody is different. You are YOU! Not everyone is the right fit for a gig AND there is PLENTY of work to go around. You may offer something someone else doesn’t. Also it gives you a chance to look at yourself honestly. Is someone else working harder than you? Are you not doing enough to put yourself out there? Do they have strategies that you weren’t aware of? Maybe its time to step up.
Also I like other Professional Organizers. Everyone has varying degrees of experience. I learn from my colleagues all the time. There have been gigs that I felt weren’t for me and I passed them along to one of my colleagues. And vice versa has happened.
Look at others areas of your life and see if it is in need of a language change!
I am an entrepreneur. Having my own business and being the boss means that I can conduct my business however I want. It also means I can carve out who my target market is. There are some professions and products that are predominately used by one gender. But i had a thought after seeing a bunch of posts on several of the professional organizing groups I belong to, doesn’t everyone deserve the services of a professional organizer? If so, why do some only talk to one gender?
Seriously I would love feedback!
I see posts and marketing that starts with , “Hey Ladies” or “For all you ladies out there” or “Women…” Now if I see that you have a super niche business where you only work with Stay at home moms, or women re-entering the workforce, etc… then I understand. I am questioning the ones whose niche just states “Entrepreneurs”, “Young professionals” or just states services, “For your Office”, “Kitchen Organization”, “Garage Clean Out”….
Men need our help too. I recognize that in my industry I am in the smaller group. Our industry is mostly women. But the clientele is everybody who needs our services. I’ve had both clients and other organizers tell me they think of this profession as “women’s work” or that men “aren’t organized.” Trust me I am still shocked when I hear this! I also see some professional organizers say they don’t work with men because it’s too dangerous. But women hire plumbers, gardeners, electricians, movers and they have men in those professionals. I was glad when some female organizers did chime in and say we need to be cautious with EVERYONE!! There are a lot of crazy folks out there!!
I remember over 30 years ago when I was in Nursing school and the women in my class were like, So you don’t want to put in the time to become a doctor?” Actually NO i didn’t but also Nursing is admirable profession that men can do too. Just like Women can be doctors. Medicine doesn’t require gender.
Its hard owning and running your own business. I want to see ALL of us succeed and help everyone in need but also make MONEY while doing it! I’m just wondering are some of us stereotyping? Is there just plain fear? Is there sexism going on? Or it is preference? Again it’s your business and you can design it however you want. Just wondering if you are limiting your yourself and your business? Just something to think about.
Non Judgmental is a word in most of my marketing to potential clients. Being non Judgmental is what I practice while working with clients. I am a professional organizer and my job is to help people set up systems to run their live smoothly and efficiently. I have no personal stake in their outcome. AND the pace that a client moves is not my fault either. It is not an attack on my skills as an organizer.
I have heard people say, “They are wasting my time.” “They are taking too long.” “They are keeping me from better clients.” I actually seen and heard those phrases. It hurts my heart. I treat every client the same in general. They are all important regardless of job.And again, everyone learns and moves at their own pace. I am getting paid to be there and I will be there as long as they need me.Now there are instances when you and a client don’t work well together. Sometimes its temperament of the client. Sometimes is something out of your control. But in general I don’t go in with an end date (unless me and client set one), I talk with the client, assess their situation, and try not to pressure them so much with MY expectations that they end up failing.
This statement is hard for some folks to hear: If the client gets organized or not, I am off the hook for blame. If I did the best job I could with them, It’s still on THEM. It is not a reflection on me. I had to learn that. Our profession is not for the faint at heart! We are IN people’s stuff and people’s space! Once we ENTER, we are also entering THEIR emotions. I have to detach on some level and find the balance of compassion, care, and professionalism. Very similar to my Nursing days. I’ve heard sentences starting with ” If they would only do as i say…” or ” I know what’s best for them…” I know some organizers who left the profession because it was too much for them emotionally. I applaud them for recognizing that ( it was one of the reasons I left nursing). then staying in and placing their feelings into the mix.
It is a continuous that I approach every client with care, compassion, empathy, and professionalism. I know that ISN’T just one way to get organized. I leave all my “stuff” outside the door. I don’t place my expectations on them. I am open enough to know that I may not be the right fit. I’m patient to know that it may take time. I love this profession and I love my clients. It just bothers me when professional make it about themsleves
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Make Your Home More Appealing with These Easy and Affordable Projects
When you have to sell your house, you want to make the most you can and do it as fast as possible. Of course, moving is also very expensive, and you don’t want to put a lot of work into your home that won’t necessarily pay off. Fortunately, there are plenty of things homeowners can do to make their place more appealing to buyers that take only a little effort and even less cash. We’ve outlined some of our favorite home improvement projects anyone putting their house on the market should consider doing.
Paint Vinyl and Linoleum Floors
When it comes to making DIY home projects affordable, your best friend is paint. A gallon of paint costs as little as $30 depending on the brand, so your time is the biggest cost when it comes to this project. Vinyl and linoleum floors can make your house look cheap. Painting vinyl floors a bold color or pattern gives your home a cool and modern look that appeals to buyers.
Add Mirrors Throughout the Home
By adding mirrors throughout the home, you don’t just make the place look larger. When people tour the place, they will constantly be seeing themselves in it… literally! A great way to add mirrors to your place without spending too much money is by securing cheap, framed mirrors to doors with the frames and doors painted to match. This is especially great for closet doors, where that last-minute reflection can catch outfit snafus before heading outside.
When it comes to staging a home to sell, all real estate agents suggest two things: get rid of personal items and declutter like there is no tomorrow. When it comes to personal things like pictures, diplomas, and souvenirs, you may not be ready to get rid of a lot of them. However, you still want them out of sight and out of mind while you are showing the house. Get a head start on packing by boxing these items up and keeping them in an off-site storage unit where they can be safe and secure until it is time to relocate.
However, when it comes to extra items that have no sentimental value, it’s time to get tough. Decluttering your home means getting rid of anything that doesn’t have a purpose in your life. Eliminate thoughts of “what if” or “maybe in the future.” If you need something in the future, you can buy a new one when that moment comes. For now, it can either go in the trash or to a local charity, wherever it best serves its purpose. Best of all, this project costs you absolutely nothing and will cut down on your packing once you finally sell!
Tips for decluttering:
- Don’t just clean out the areas you can see! Your home’s storage is one of its biggest selling points. Get rid of junk hanging out in cabinets, closets, the attic, and anywhere else you store things so browsers can get a clear idea of all the house has to offer.
- Send items places where they are needed most. While used decor and clothes can find a new home through a thrift store, your old towels, blankets, and cleaning supplies can be a huge help for the animals living in your local shelter.
- Get your hands on a copy of Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Not only will you learn how to successfully let go of items that do not “spark joy” in your life, you will also learn how to keep your home tidy and organized so it looks great and is ready for people throughout the home-showing process.
If you want your house to look great and sell faster, you don’t have to put a lot of money in it. You can give cheap vinyl floors a chic update with not much more than a can of paint. If you want your house to look bigger while appealing to more people, add mirrors throughout the place. Finally, the most cost-effective way to make your house look great to buyers is by clearing out clutter. Box up and store sentimental items, but be ruthless when it comes to letting go of things that do not “spark joy.”