Organising Consulting

Organising Consulting

Being organized isn’t about getting rid of everything you own or trying to become a different person; it’s about living the way you want to live, only better.

Andrew Mellen
Professional Organiser, Author of Unstuff your life.

During periods of transition, your home, family, work, or studies may become secondary. You may start to feel stress and frustration. You may feel overwhelmed and do not know where to start. You may be juggling many activities and constantly feel like you are getting nowhere despite feeling busy most of the day.

An organising consultant can help you become more organised and develop new skills to a level that suits your interests, lifestyle, and home. These may include:

  • Making decisions on the vision for your life, home, and time.
  • Assessing your existing activities, items, and projects.
  • Making the best use of your existing space.
  • Organising systems to maintain an organised life to suit your needs.
  • Helping you achieve a balance between work, family, and study.

I help people struggling with the overwhelm in their heads, homes, and their lives. I can provide a blend of specialist counselling, wellness coaching, and organiser consulting to work with situational disorganisation (because of a recent change or transition), chronic disorganisation, and hoarding behaviours.

I can also provide virtual professional organising if you would like to work through your organising projects through telehealth (online or phone).

Chronic Disorganisation

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization defines chronic disorganization that:

  • Persists over a long period of time
  • Frequently undermines quality of life
  • Recurs despite repeated self-help attempts

It is a quality-of-life issue rather than a medical diagnosis and does not meet the criteria for hoarding disorder. People experiencing chronic disorganisation can benefit from counselling and coaching and may need some hands-on assistance to build their capacity.

Hoarding

You may be experiencing an excessive accumulation of items in your home. You may have difficulty discarding or parting with possessions.

It may start with excessive acquiring as a way of avoiding grief reactions but then may continue to a point where other aspects of your mental health are impacted. Coping with daily living may become more challenging. It may start to impact your relationship with yourself, others, and your general comfort within your home.

Maintaining a household with excessive clutter may expose you or your family members to chronic physical and mental health illness including stress, anxiety, and depression. You may have feelings of shame and guilt which prevent you from having anybody over to your home resulting in isolation and loneliness. It can also result in household maintenance activities being neglected resulting in structural damage and safety concerns.

You might be concerned about the health, safety, and wellbeing of a family member or a friend.

Qualifications

Certified Virtual Professional Organizer Training ™ (CVPO)
Hoarding Home Solutions for Independent Service Providers Course (Hoarding Home Solutions).
Understanding and Treating Hoarding Disorder (University of New South Wales – Continuing Education).

Foundation Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization

Level 1 Certificate of Study in

  • ADHD
  • Client Management
  • Health issues and conditions
  • Understanding the needs of ageing
  • Understanding hoarding issues
  • Life transitions
  • Students and learning theories
  • Time Management and Productivity
  • Interpersonal Intelligence

Level 2 Specialist Certificate of Study in

  • Hoarding (Institute for Challenging Disorganization).
  • Chronic Disorganization (Institute for Challenging Disorganization)
  • Ageing (Institute for Challenging Disorganization).
  • ADHD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization).

Virtual Professional Organising

What is Virtual Professional Organising?

Virtual Professional Organising is an alternative to having someone come to your home or office to assist with face to face, hands on organising. It is conducted either online via Zoom or can be via telephone.

It is ideal if you have decided that you are ready to make changes to becoming more organised in your home or work environment. You have a willingness to learn and to work through the areas that you feel stuck. You are also prepared to lift or move your belongings, to make decisions about what you would like to keep, donate, discard, or sell, and to take actions.

The work is strengths-based to explore your understanding about the circumstances surrounding the clutter, express your feelings and make decision about items that may be otherwise challenging on your own. It is an encouraging role to highlight achievements and to be a sounding board for challenges.

I work with you in establishing the project or projects that you would like to work in our first assessment session and then decide on focused weekly 60-minute or 30-minute appointments.

How does it work?

During the first appointment we will discuss the area or areas that you would like to work on. We can work on a variety of home or office projects including objects, data, and time – both organising and productivity. We will agree on the time of the week that you would like to set aside for appointments. Each week we will work through a structured format and notes will be sent through at the end of the appointment. We will maintain contact between sessions.

Who can it be helpful for?

Virtual organising can be valuable if you are experiencing mental, emotional, or physical clutter that is getting in the way of being as organised as you would like to be. You may want to have the support of a trained and experienced professional and are ready to make the change. Perhaps you may not feel confident, but this is important, and you are ready and willing to work on your goals.

What do people say about their experience with virtual organising?

“Virtual organising sessions exceeded my expectations. During the process a lot of emotions came to the surface, what the memories were, what they meant now, if they are still appropriate in the present or going into the future. I felt sufficiently supported to be able to go through belongings that had been safely stored and had not been getting in the way but which needed to be sorted through.

In my experience there was initial recognition of the item, which brought back a flood of memories, and a feeling of delight. Just seeing and touching something could transport me back in time. I then formed a quick opinion that whatever I was looking at had to be kept. I believe that if I had someone with me, assisting me to sort through these possessions at that moment, then I would have felt pressured and would have felt unable to discard or dispose of anything.

What happened in nearly every case was that after a day or two, after setting the items aside and after I had thought about what I had been looking at, I could then return to the task and very quickly decide what should be disposed of what should be donated or given away, and what should be kept. I couldn’t do this in the first instance, but I could do so after stepping back and taking a day or two of reflection.” (RK, Melbourne).

ICD ADHD Organizing
ICD Aging
ICD Chronic Disorganization
ICD Hoarding
ICD Hoarding

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