Professional organizers are experts in the management of space, time, work-flow and records within the home and office. They teach their clients organizational principles that enhance productivity and reduce effort, including prioritizing, categorizing, and sorting.
Organizers can help you with ordinary but demanding tasks like attics with unlabeled cardboard boxes or boxes of carefully labeled baby clothes once worn by your adult children. Some professional organizers specialize in the obsessive-compulsive behavior of hoarding and other forms of chronic disorganization. Other organizers specialize in issues that are particular to Seniors and people with disabilities, including physical and motor disabilities, learning disabilities,and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.The National Association for Professional Organizers (NAPO)and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization ICD) are non-profit organizations that educate and certify professional organizers within general and specific areas. (ICD)
A national soap and detergent association estimates that clutter causes a 40% increase in household work.Clutter can also be a source of anxiety and social embarrassment. Most importantly, clutter is hazardous.Seniors, and people with visual, neurological, and mobility disabilities are especially vulnerable to injury.One out of three people above the age of sixty-five falls at least once each year, and approximately 2/3 of those who fall will experience another fall within six months. One-third of the falls experienced by Senior citizens are caused by environmental hazards at home, and clutter tops the list for risk factors. Tripping over objects on the floor is the most frequent cause of falls in Seniors. The vulnerability of Seniors is increased by disabilities.
Professional organizers can help a homeowner to create a calm environment where possessions can be located, reached and used.The accessibility of possessions is especially important to people with visual and physical disabilities. Business owners can be taught systems for electronic organization and the effective management of inventory, files and other paperwork. Most importantly, organizers can minimize the risks of clutter, including falls that result in injuries.Once a chaotic environment is restored to sustainable comfort, professional organizers will continue to work with homeowners until their clients achieve independent function.
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