Kitchen and dining tables can feel especially intimidating to tackle by yourself. These surfaces become resting spots for many varied items—mail, bills, bags, snack containers, homework, holiday cards... It's easy to overlook time-sensitive papers on a busy table--let alone actually use the table to do something fun!
I can help you create a customized, self-sustaining system to keep the table organized.
I love helping you create a pleasant dining area, always ready for:
Your space should be soothing and support your dreams. You deserve it!
Many people wonder if all organizers are like Marie Kondo, the multimillionaire personal organizer of Netflix and authorial fame. The short answer is no--and, without saying anything negative about Kondo, diversity among professional organizers is a good thing!
Different people need different organizing solutions, and sometimes that means a different organizer. As with any personal service, no single individual or approach will be a good fit for everyone.
Here are some hallmarks of my philosophy:
Long time, no post, for the best of reasons: I've been busy with a fun and fascinating range of client projects!
So, if you're like many people, you have a Post-it/sticky note habit... which makes sense because they're just so handy. This is not judgment, but rather offering information so you can make the decisions that feel right for you.
If you want to save money, trees, and time spent on the floor searching for Post-its... you've come to the right place!
Here are a few suggestions to reduce the eco-impact of sticky notes. These are roughly in order of increasing eco-friendliness:
Ah, office supplies. Necessary--and yet so easy to misplace!
Searching for a stapler, scissors, or tape isn't just frustrating: it also takes up your valuable time and risks interrupting your work flow. Plus, many people just end up buying more when they can't find what they already have.
Save stress, time, and money: let me help put your supplies at your fingertips! Here's an example, posted with client permission.
Note: your solution will be tailored to you, just as this client's was. I believe that you know yourself best, and that my role is to facilitate how you prefer to work and live!
Sometimes, people come to a professional organizer having heaped labels--often insults--upon themselves: "I'm a mess." "I'm disorganized, a pack-rat, a slob."
That is NOT how I see you. By contrast, I see you as competent, wise, and moving forward in a positive way!
If your ceiling was leaking, you'd call a roofer, right? You wouldn't expect yourself to automatically know how to fix it, let alone call yourself names.
Instead, you'd ask a professional, someone with years spent honing the necessary skills, to help you--and that would be a smart way to address the issue and get on with enjoying your life.
Hiring an organizer is no different. No one is born knowing how to implement customized organizing solutions, just as no one is born knowing how to assess roof damage.
Please let me help--and please be kinder to yourself!
Steven Cohen is the owner of Streamlined by Steven, a professional organizing company serving Washington, D.C. and parts of Maryland.