Occasionally over the years folks have asked to see “before and after” pictures of our work with clients. Though dozens of clients give us permission to take photos, we don’t.
Here are 3 reasons why we don’t use photographs to illustrate the transformation people experience when we work together:
We must also make an unexpected point about neatness: “Neat” and “organized” are not synonymous, though neat can often be a product of the organizing process. Deliberate decision-making results in less being kept in the first place; you won’t be keeping things you don’t need. Less stuff=neater environment. Creating a system for accessing things results in their being more clearly grouped and contained Labeled homes for things=neater environment. Although neater appearance is a common product of the organizing process, rarely is it the sole or even primary goal. The goal of organizing is to be able to find what you need when you need it so you can accomplish what you set out to accomplish. Improved decision-making is the key. An “after” picture doesn’t capture this internal transformation.
We all derive voyeuristic pleasure from seeing pictures of other people’s challenges; We're sorry to deprive you of that. Now you know more about organizing - and you wouldn’t have learned it by looking at pictures.
Still wish you could see some pictures? We concede that we can learn from each other’s experiences. That’s why there is an hour long DVD with the book “Organized to Last: Five Simple Steps to Staying Organized.” The beauty of the DVD is that you see real people working through decisions to organize their stuff. You see their struggle and transformation as the concepts click into place for them. The DVD ends not with perfectly decorated spaces, but with spaces and systems on the way to achieving just what the clients needed. And you hear their triumph: They describe how they learned the skills that will last them a lifetime, allowing them to pursue their dreams and maintain a more centered lifestyle. This, then, is the true benefit of getting organized. Just picture it!
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Porter Knight is a dynamic and popular presenter, life-changing consultant, and author of the book/DVD Organized to Last: 5 Simple Steps to Staying Organized. She specializes in workplace productivity, office organizing, speaking, and training. More information at www.productivityvermont.com (802) 453-3940.