|There is no particular training or background required to be an organizer. The
following skills are important, however, in order to do it successfully.
- You need to be organized yourself, although not necessarily perfectly. Once people find
out youre an organizer, they look at you through a microscope, looking for any
problem. So you need to be able to be on time, deliver on your commitments, and locate
information that you need when you need it without stress.
- You must be flexible enough to work with individual needs and quirks; you cannot have a
cookie-cutter mentality that imposes one regimen on all.
- You should have a knowledge of various systems, products, furniture, supplies, and
accessories for organizing a home or office. Dee Behrman, who specializes in working with
medical, dental, and legal offices, believes that "a broad-based product knowledge is
essential so you can offer your clients a range of options and customize a system for
their particular needs." In working with four medical offices, for example, she found
that each one wanted to use a different type of chart.
- Although many organizers are not computer literate yet, we believe that a sound
knowledge of computer hardware, software, and other high-tech equipment to streamline an
office or household will soon be a must for any organizer to remain competitive.
- You must be able to analyze your clients needs and develop clear plans for how to
make order out of their chaos. You must feel challenged instead of stressed by disorder.
- You need to be able to listen and advise tactfully. Telling people what to do
doesnt work. You need to be able to understand your clients sufficiently to figure
out what will work for them within their budget range.
- You must be willing to admit you dont have all the answers and to keep your mind
open to new ideas and new ways of doing things.
- You must be compassionate toward, not judgmental of, your clients.
As Harriet Schechter says, "You must have a poker face when you see peoples
disorder. Some people are insane over a small pile of papers; others seem unperturbed by
huge mountains of paper.