Organize + Energize: 4 Reasons Why I don’t Post Before & After Pictures
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Honestly, it makes me a little uncomfortable and I’m going to tell you the 4 reasons why I don’t post them.
It’s not the first thing on my mind. When I enter a new client’s home, taking before pics is the last thing on my mind. Actually, it’s never on my mind. My job is to get to know my client, put them at ease and chat with them about where they’re struggling and how we’re going to approach tackling their project.
My clients are under distress. My clients are stressed, overwhelmed, and anxious. The last thing I want to do as we walk through their space is ask, “Hey, I know you were hesitant about hiring help, but can I take a picture of this?” It’s just not appropriate and it’s actually insensitive of anybody to even think to ask that. It’s not who I am, and I believe that my clients appreciate me for that.
Put yourself in their shoes. I know everybody wants to see jaw dropping photos, but for one minute, put yourself in my client’s shoes. Sometimes my clients don’t even want their friends in their home because their embarrassed. Imagine how you’d feel if you were in that situation. Would you want me to come into your home and start taking pictures?
The magic happens in between the pics. Anybody can take a picture of a disorganized space, move the stuff out of the way and snap a pic. The magic happens during the process. It’s the conversations that take place, it’s talking about what’s going on in their lives and talking about how they want to function going forward. It’s the entire process of getting them from chaos to control. That’s what matters, not a before or after pic.
I offer a very personalized service. All organizers have their own style, energy, and personality. Your experience with me will be very different from other organizers. You may be a potential client that wants to see my work, but honestly, it’s not about the pictures. Give me a call and I’ll talk to you about the process. I have testimonials on my website, and if you’d like, I’ll let you talk to some of my clients. It’s not all about the pictures. It’s truly about the experience and what happens in between the before and after pictures. I’d really love to take pictures of my client’s faces when we’re through! Those pictures are worth a thousand words!
Related Slideshow: Organizing Products For Your Closet
Flip flop organizer
How many flip flops do you own? Are they thrown all over the closet floor? How long does it take you to find a match to one of them? Bed Bath and Beyond has a $9.99 flip flop organizer that holds 6 pairs of flip flops and hangs nicely in your closet. This is a must-have if you have more than 5 pairs of flip flops. I’ve purchased these for my clients and they work great!
You love your scarves, but it takes you forever to locate one and you have to throw 5 around to find the one you are searching for. Use a scarf organizer and you will be able to see all your scarves and find them at a moment’s notice. Bed Bath and Beyond has a few different types of scarf organizers, including this one for $9.99.
Did you know people who didn’t own shoe racks were 7 times more likely to show up late for an event? Are your shoes in piles on the floor? Get them off the floor and contain them in a shoe rack. There are many options out there, like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond. Choose the shoe rack that is going to fit what you need to hold and fit in the space you are working with.
How are you storing your handbags? Are they stored all over your closet? Are they in bins or crumpled up on the floor? It’s time to organize your bags. There are many options depending on the space you are working with. You can stand them up on a shelf, you can hang them, or if they are small, you can store them in a canvas bin. The choice is yours. Think about how you function and develop a system from there.
Baseball cap organizer
How many baseball caps do you own? How are they organized in your closet now, and how long does it take you to find one? The Container Store (pictured here), Bed Bath and Beyond, and other stores sell this baseball cap organizer. I have a few clients that have purchased them and they love them!
Function over flash
There are many variations on these products. Choose the product that is right for you. There are some organizing products I would never use, but other people might choose to use them. Choose the one that is going to be the most efficient and productive product for you and your family. Don’t choose a product because it’s pretty, choose it based on functionality. Search online for different products before you rush out and purchase a product. You may find that one store is more expensive than another. Don’t forget if you are going to Bed Bath and Beyond to use their 20% off coupons. If you don’t want to purchase these items, get creative and re-purpose items around the home, or make your own!
Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.
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