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Organize + Energize: 6 Reasons You Should Hire a Pro to Help With Your Disorganization

Tuesday, June 07, 2016


Have you hit your breaking point? You’re stressed, stuck, overwhelmed and exhausted due to your disorganization. You’re embarrassed to have people over and you’re living a chaotic life and just want some peace. It’s ok to ask for help. We all do it in different areas in our lives. If you want to lose weight, you hire a personal trainer or nutritionist. If you’re having issues in other areas of your life, you seek a therapist for help.  Why not call an organizer to help you with your disorganization? 

Here are 6 reasons you should hire a professional:

You’re overwhelmed. You have so many projects you need to tackle, but every time you make an attempt you shut down and nothing gets done. Just the thought of starting the project makes you anxious and you’d rather be doing anything that tackling the project at hand. 

You’ve been procrastinating for years. Every year you state you’re going to get organized and it just doesn’t happen. You’re using the excuse that you’re too busy. Are you just avoiding the project? It’s not going to take as long as you think to accomplish it. 

You’re emotionally in a rut.  You’re emotionally and physically drained due to your disorganization. You’re depressed, sad, and your energy is running on empty. You’re not motivated and your home is just making you feel sick.  

You’ve attempted to get organized in the past but it just doesn’t stick. There are many steps in the organizing process and many people fall off during certain steps. Where do you get stuck? Is it getting started, decluttering, creating systems or do you lose focus and get distracted easily? 

You’re lacking the organizational skill set. You want to get organized, but you don’t know where to begin. You just can’t figure out how to create working organized systems. You may have grown up in a home with disorganized parents and the skill set was never transferred to you. On the other hand, your parents were organized and did everything for you so you never had the opportunity to learn the skill set.  It’s never too late to learn this skill set.

You’ve experienced a life changing event.  You wake up one day and find yourself surrounded by clutter and disorganization. How did it get to this point?  Your organized systems have now fallen apart and you haven’t been able to maintain the systems you initially developed. You may have recently moved and don’t feel settled in your new space.  There may have been a death in the family, or you may have gone through a divorce. Having a professional to motivate and energize you may be the answer to help you get back on your feet. 

If you can relate to any of the above, it’s time to get help and make a change. You don’t have to live like this. There is help available to get you back on track. You’ll feel like a new, energized person once you get organized. It’s time to get over the embarrassment and shame and get your life back.  

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, is an organizing & efficiency expert and owner of Organizing in RI. Kristin teaches her clients that living an organized lifestyle will save them time and money, decrease their stress levels and help them become more efficient and productive. Her articles have been published in local and national magazines. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to begin. She is also available for organizing workshops.


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Kristin MacRae

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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