That’s the premise behind the Professional Organizers of Augusta.
Two local professional organizers – Leslie Tansey of All About Organizing and Marin Rose of Functional, Fashionable – have come together to raise awareness about just what a professional organizer does and teach people how to become more organized in their homes.
An organizing seminar held at Carpenters in the Home on Saturday is one example.
Tansey offered tips on organizing a bedroom closet, and Rose spoke about organizing a pantry, and both answered questions from those in attendance.
The two have also appeared on the John and Cleve morning show on WAFJ-FM and maintain a Facebook page where they invite the community to interact with them.
“We work together to raise awareness that will help our profession grow in the area,” Tansey said.
Tansey started All About Organizing in 2010, after she helped a friend organize her home office and found she enjoyed it and could earn money doing it.
She is earning her certification through the National Association for Professional Organizers.
Tansey met Rose after seeing a Living Social coupon for Functional, Fashionable and contacted her.
“We established (Professional Organizers of Augusta) because we want to connect better in the field together as a united front in educating the public about what we do and that we’re here,” Tansey said. “I’m not one of those people that thinks we’re in competition. There is enough business for both of us.”
When many people think of professional organizers, they tend to think of those that appear on the TV show Hoarders on A&E. Often, those organizers seem tough on the client.
Hoarders typcially are at the extreme end of the clutter scale. Tansey’s preferred customer is an average person who has a hard time deciding what to keep and what to get rid of.
“What I do is I go in and I set up goals for each space with (the client). Then I act more like a project manager in helping them achieve those goals,” she said.
Her approach is to challenge a customer’s attachment to an item, but she will not demand they get rid of it.
Tansey said there is a lot of psychology that goes with this business because people become emotionally attached to their things. A professional organizer’s job is to take the emotion out of it, and that makes the process of getting rid of things easier for the client.
Tansey sees her role as a teacher, instructing clients not only on how to declutter and organize, but how to keep it that way.
Her goal is also to inspire more people to want to become professional organizers. She wants professional organizing to become as viable a career option and a service as it is in larger cities like New York.
“It’s amazing to me how good my clients feel afterward,” she said. “It’s so rewarding. I can’t imaging anyone not wanting to do this.”