A Taste of My Own Medicine
Rarely am I happier than when I am organizing an office. Words like “calm”, “comfortable”, “at ease” and “in my element” best describe my emotions in the midst of documents, books, financial records and workflow processes. (Yes, I am fully aware that there is something a little odd about this personality trait – but I quit worrying about that a long time ago.)
Unfortunately, I do not always have that same peaceful response to residential organizing projects. I do love working in the kitchen; cooking is one of my favorite hobbies. Organizing and reorganizing the pantry and refrigerator shelves is my idea of a great way to spend a weekend afternoon. To the contrary, I do not love closets. Closets are deep, dark caverns filled with clothes that no longer fit, shoes that pinch and supplies for scrapbooking projects a good mom would have already completed and presented to the grandmas for Christmas two years ago. Closets are frustrating, depressing and cramped. Mine does not need a lot of purging, because the one thing I detest more than organizing my closet is shopping for things to fill it. However, it is in need of a serious organizational makeover.
Apparently, the old saying “opposites attract” is true. My friend and fellow organizer, Donna, revels in a good closet overhaul and has informed me that tomorrow is D-Day. I know she’s right and that I will be happy with the results if I can just get through the misery.
Is this how my clients, at least those who do not consider electronic file restructuring a recreational activity, feel the day before I’m coming into their office? If so, it seems as though I’m about to get a taste of my own medicine . . .
Shana Prichard is owner of Realign, an organizing firm that helps businesses organize space, data, workflow and electronic communications.
Posted by Shana Prichard on 10th January, 2011 | Comments | Trackbacks
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