As professional organizers, we organized a room setup over the McGhee’s garage in Gahanna, Ohio. This was a project for “GO” Month, which stands for “Get Organized”. Each year, the National Association of Profession Organizers (NAPO) would volunteer for a community project that involved some time of organization.
NAPO is the National group of professional organizers. Yes, such an organized group exists! It’s a very organized organization! It’s made up of many folks who care about people. And it ranges from just routine clutter management all the way to varying degrees of mental problems.
Have you seen the show Clean Sweep where they take everything out of the house and decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to sell? Peter Walsh, a professional organizer from Australia, would show people how their emotional attachment to stuff was cluttering their lives.
Have you heard of Marie Kondo, an organizer from Japan, and her organizing method called “KonMari”? She provides a new method of examining you items to decide if they bring you joy or whether to thank the item for it’s service and let it go.
I recently came across this handy KonMari checklist from a company in California called Happy DIY Home. See this article about How to Organize Your Home with the KonMari Method Checklist. The article does an excellent job of explaining the KonMari method of tidying your space in order to surround yourself with items that spark joy.
I had the opportunity in early 2011 to work with several other Professional Organizers in Columbus, Ohio to help the McGhee Family setup their home for their growing family. This family had caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey and then even had their own TV show.
They were such a nice family, and they had troubling getting pregnant and used fertility drugs, and then had 6 babies! Their house was small and we wanted to give them an organized area to store formula, diapers, and all those baby items for six at one time! Mia and Rozonno were very appreciative.
Someone helped them convert the space over the garage into a useful attic. A group of Columbus professional organizers were able to go thru all the items, setup shelving, and creating a space that allowed them to quickly find the items they needed. We had so much fun. We took a memorable photo with the family, just look at that table for six babies!