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My Services Via Osmosis

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A Thumbtack customer contacted me for Professional Organizing services. We texted back and forth her requirements and how I could help.

It wasn’t long before I discovered she took advantage of one of my premium bonuses:

My services done via Osmosis.

It’s a wonderful add-on service, and I’m sure many of my fellow Professional Organizers have experienced this a few times in their careers.

Osmosis definition, secondary explanation:

the process of gradual or unconscious assimilation of ideas, knowledge, etc.

You, the organizer, through your sheer brilliance and helpful nature, can’t help but subconsciously provide inspiration to your clients.

Now, if I can only monetize it …

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Organizing for Special Needs Clients

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Some of my experience with organizing comes from assisting the special needs community here in Austin. I have worked with amazing families, the hardest working parents I’ve met. However, their priorities are with their children, and so housekeeping and organizing duties fall by the wayside.

The societal pressure to maintain a “clean” and “organized” household is strong. I placed those words in quotes because none of us can truly define what is considered a clean and organized house.

A wonderful blogger I follow, Rob Gorski, is a father of three boys with autism. He is honest about life caring for his sons and his ill wife. I tip my hat off to him – he’s doing an amazing job.

Rob had a short but amazing article several years ago about the condition of his house. It was a mess, but he was OK with that. Caring for his sons was a priority, and if the dishes weren’t washed right away, it was not a big deal.

We all have our shortcomings (I love dark chocolate), but to feel pressured by others to do things that we cannot due to time constraints is wrong. But what can be done is to create shortcuts for the challenges special needs families face.

So, my gentle reader, here is the shortcut I offer to you. I would like to introduce Carolyn Dalgliesh. She has combined her research of sensory issues and organization experience to create an incredible system that can benefit everyone. Her book, The Sensory Child Gets Organized, has given me the tools to successfully assist some of my clients.

I hope this helps. As always, send any comments to AbilityHousehold@gmail.com . Thank you.

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Miscellaneous Musings About Cleaning

What I love to do as an organizer and housekeeper is going a bit beyond what I was tasked to do. Some pleasant, some not, but all done to make peoples’ lives easier.

On one occasion, my job was to clean a client’s kitchen and dining area. I soon realized that she was in her bathroom, dealing with the effects of chemotherapy. My shift was four hours, but I spent an extra half hour sweeping the living room floor without charge.

There have been many little cleaning events that I remember and hold on to dearly.

Finding a handwritten note from my client’s toddler daughter underneath a dusty bed and placing it on top of a clean dresser.

Scrubbing that stubborn, unidentifiable stain at the bottom of a refrigerator that no one will ever see.

Basking in the glow with a client when I discover a jewel-encrusted wristwatch that was lost for ten years.

Verbally rewarding the owner’s caged dog in the corner for its silence.

Realizing the source of a strange smell in the pantry is an old, used diaper, and quickly tossing it away.

Enjoying a story about how the client found a long-lost relative via social media.

Little things count. They make a big difference.

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Ode to My Oreck

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If cleanliness is next to godliness

But the road to hell is paved with good intentions

Then my path is littered thus so

Discarded scrub brushes

Unlabeled, half-full spray bottles

A Brillo pad, forgotten on the side of a bathtub

 

But you, my loyal electric broom

Triumphant in the utility room

I hear your mighty roar

And my heart doth quiver and soar

You truly, wonderfully, faithfully,

Suck.