The Clutter Princess, Janice Simon, is back! Today’s she explains why she enjoys being a pro organizer.
As a high school student, I took those scholastic tests that tell you what career you should pursue. In addition to the writing jobs, I also was put into the category, which included doctors, nurses, teachers, and physical therapists.
I had one problem with pursuing a medical career. I am not good with gross stuff.
I’m sure professional organizers would have been included in the same category if the testing people knew about it back in the late 80s. Like many of other colleagues, I had to stumble into it by accident.
Being a professional organizer is a rewarding and gratifying job. It’s really a calling.
I help people change their lives and feel better.
I see it in my client’s shoulders by the time our appointment is over. Their shoulders are more relaxed, and they’re even smiling, no matter how painful and hard it was to make decisions about their stuff. Clients have spontaneously hugged me for helping them, and I am often overwhelmed by their gratitude.
I work with brilliant people.
In my work, I have fascinating and brilliant clients who are overwhelmed and crazy busy. I learn just as much from them as they learn from me. Some of my clients have become very good friends over the years, and my life is richer for knowing them.
I bring peace and order where there was chaos.
Cue the Western music. Organizers, armed with label makers and trash bags, stand on one end of the dusty street, and the clutter, armed with disorder, stands on the other end. I always win the shoot out with clutter. I like making things look pretty so my clients can see what they have and can access it when they need it.
I help people lose 30 pounds in 10 minutes.
Okay, I wish I could lose 30 pounds of fat in 10 minutes, but I do help people shed the stuff that’s been weighing them down for years. Sometimes the things people have are holdovers from negative events. Living in the city where Enron once ruled, I can’t tell how many former Enron employees I’ve come across years after the company went down in flames, and I helped them let go of anger, bitterness, and the stuff.
I am popular at parties.
People are fascinated with what we organizers do, and they can tell when we are passionate about our work. They love watching Hoarders and are so excited when I tell them I worked in the background on one of the shows. My gay boyfriends LOVE that I know THE Geralin Thomas from Hoarders. To them, she has icon status usually reserved for Elizabeth Taylor, Cher and Bette Midler, but that’s another story for another day.
If you are passionate about organizing and helping others lead the lives they want, run to it.
About the Author
Janice Marie Simon, M.A., is a Project Director for Faculty Development at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Oklahoma and Texas and as a media coordinator for a public school district before joining M.D. Anderson. As a project director, she handles the planning for all of the department’s Faculty Development events and is a professional organizer. Janice is a Certified Professional Organizer® and a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. As an organizer, she makes presentations on organizing and time management and offers one-on-one organizing sessions for clients.