Who, amongst us, hasn’t tuned in to those home improvement television programs where, in an hourlong show, a home is transformed into “house beautiful” with a place for everything and everything in its place?
The presenters make it look so easy but, in reality, it’s not that simple. Some of us are just not naturally organized or capable of tackling what to do with all of our “stuff.” So, just as accountants prepare our taxes; Realtors help us buy or sell a home; or lawyers who take care of our personal matters; a professional organizer can help us to declutter our homes and give guidance on how to keep them decluttered.
“It’s not just a case of buying some containers and then sifting through items to keep, trash or donate,” said Michelle Winarsky, a Professional Organizer and owner of Organizing in a Snap. “Some people don’t know how to get organized or where to start; they’re overwhelmed and stressed or they simply don’t have the time or inclination to do it themselves,” she said.
She explained it’s more about getting to know people, helping them move past their bad habits, and make progress not just with their “stuff,” but with their lives too. Professional organizers can definitely help in these situations, but there’s a lot more to the profession than that.
Michelle Winarsky has been a licensed mental health counselor since 1999 and her credentials also include some 18,000 plus hours of professional organizing experience in the last 6 years alone.
Helping busy families, professionals, and small business owners clear their clutter to create a more relaxed, productive and manageable lifestyle is Winarsky’s passion. She also customizes simple systems to suit each of her clients so it’s easily maintained. “I work hands on, side by side with my clients to go through the decluttering and help them make decisions about letting go of sentimental items and dealing with life’s everyday challenges,” said Winarsky. “Some may suffer from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or perhaps an addiction to shopping or hoarding,” she said. “But mostly, I find that people are not taught or trained to organize their spaces and then become overwhelmed when they don’t know where to start or how to do it.”
Organizing in a Snap can help with a variety of tasks such as closet design, space planning, paperwork management, downsizing, home staging, moving and more. She is able to customize a plan for each client based on their individual needs.
For some, organizing their spaces may be a lifelong issue. Not only does Michelle work with those who have chronic disorganization issues but she also works with those who have a hoarding disorder if they are ready for help. It can be starting with one room or organizing the entire house at a pace that is manageable for the client.
For others, it might simply be purging their paperwork and setting up files or organizing their closets. Numbers of sessions are planned based on the client’s time and budget.
“My focus is not only to help clients get organized or decluttered,” said Winarsky. “My goal is to help my clients find simple solutions so they can easily maintain their spaces after my work is done” she said.
Over the years, Organizing in a Snap has built a bank of resources to call upon to solve clients’ challenges. “I work closely with professional movers and junk haulers, handymen, contractors and trades people of all types, supply companies for organizing, moving and storage products, as well as a long list of auction and consignment stores in order to sell things for clients that they no longer need,” Winarsky said. “Since I’ve developed relationships with a lot of these companies, I can get excellent discounts for my clients.” “I like to repurpose items when possible and when it isn’t, donate to over 15 local charities, said Winarsky.
Organizing isn’t about “stuff” — it’s about understanding and helping the person who owns or accumulates it.
A professional organizer like Michelle Winarsky has the skills to do what needs to be done and resonate with clients over the long- or short-term to keep her clients best interests in mind.
For a free phone consultation, Michelle Winarsky, L.M.H.C., Professional Organizer can be reached at 813-936-8022 or send her a note through her website at www.OrganizinginaSnap.com. Discounts are available by mentioning this article.
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