Everything in its place, or is everything in your space? If your dining room has come to resemble a mail room/coat room hybrid, a phone call to an organization consultant may be in order. In and around Baristaville are several full-service firms whose professional organizers will come to your home or business and work with you through the often emotional challenges of achieving order.
Deborah Gussoff founded InOrder, a Montclair-based consulting firm specializing in organizing, sixteen years ago. Gussoff says becoming a certified pro organizer was likely a manifestation of growing up with her mother, a compulsive pack rat. She said clutter, defined as “deferred decision making,” develops when people are unable or unwilling to make a decision regarding a particular item.
Gusoff described countless bags and boxes she uncovers, labeled “To Be Shredded,” confirming that paper, from mail to art projects, is the most pervasive ingredient of clutter. To maintain daily order, she said people need to ingrain new habits that work into their daily routine. InOrder’s busiest season is in January, when people act on resolutions to get organized, but Gusoff says spring is an ideal time to clean out attics and garages.
Victoria Pearlman, founder of Order Artisan, located in Glen Ridge, has been promoting harmony in homes and work spaces for six years. Formerly a librarian at New York Public Library, Pearlman has a natural inclination toward organization. Order Artisan provides in-home planning for time management, bill paying and space planning. For businesses, the company offers services such as space, information and maintenance planning, and material selection.
If you have commenced your spring purging and have earmarked belongings for donation, there are several organizations that would be happy to designate them to new owners.
Montclair Public Library will take gently used adult and children’s books (but no text books), as well as DVDs, CDs and books on tape.
In May, the College Women’s Club, at 26 Park St. in Montclair, will again be accepting books, DVDs, CDs, sheet music, and such ephemera as post cards and book marks.
Story by Melody Kettle