Inside the mind of a professional organizer: Make it happen

Jessi Bushman PHOTO CREDIT: Contributed

Summer has arrived, and everyone’s ready for a vacation.

Parents tend to feel the pressure and desire a vacation after vacation.

I feel for everyone planning a vacation.

There are so many choices, options, experiences, costs, reviews, travel time and methods to get there to consider — not to mention, keeping everyone happy as the most challenging part of all.

This is why I use a travel agent or individual specializing in the travel field.

I easily can compare planning a vacation to planning a whole house organization.

Home organization stems from specific needs and timeline for ourselves or loved ones. There’s a lot to take into consideration.

I’d like you to think about your decision-making process.

Are you calculated, do you rely on others for feedback or do you tend to make impulse decisions?

Professional organizers are similar to travel agents. Both focus on their clients specific needs and know their stuff.

The consider:

• What’s the budget?

• What’s the time frame?

• Who needs to be included in the decision making?

• What’s the visual motivator?

• How much “baggage” is allowed?

• Do you want a detailed schedule, or are you “go with the flow” and in the moment?

• What accessories are needed?

• What is the overall experience desired?

• Are you hands-on, or do you prefer to observe?

• Is this a one-time-experience, or do you see yourself enjoying the process?

Do you see the resemblance in questions asked by the professional?

How many readers rely on someone’s expertise to assist with accomplishing a task?

Generals and specialists are a thing, because sometimes, its too much to do everything ourselves.

Lean into others for service or assistance needed.

Discuss your challenges with others, and find a comfortable avenue to achieve your goals.

Jessi Bushman is a professional organizer, member of the Iowa Professional Organizers Association and owner of Organizer Jessi in Dubuque. Visit her at

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