Working with an organizer when you are handicapped

Okay, for having been hit in a car by a tractor trailer who drove off, had skin cancer, a stroke, having mom pass away, and the rest of this thing we call life, I’m kind of used to being a person without an organized home.  I don’t do life in a pretty way – papers every where, tasks piled in piles, email runneth over.  I find space where I can to prop up my pc or ipad.  But even with this seemingly endless stream of chaos, I pay my bills, I get jobs, I do life in a fairly reasonable and responsible way.

So, with life seemingly so out of control, I resolved to put some things in order after my mom’s passing.

Okay,  because I have a lot to do, I thought, I should get some help with this organizing challenge.  Okay, I turned to NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) to look for someone to help.  My journey has only just begun and I’m learning a lot about myself and others as a result.  Hopefully, I’ll learn some patience in the process.

One gift of being handicapped is you learn what you have energy for – I’m always testing that limit and sometimes I exceed even my expectations but when I plan my day now I’m mindful that I’m not going to be able to sprint a marathon day after day so one has to decide what’s important to get done today.  I find that frustrating some days but at least my energy is there for the whole day.

This topic  leads me to working with organizers.    Because most of the folks I’ve worked with are not handicapped, they have no idea that I have to painstakingly plan out what’s most important to do – that physical labor usually has to be in the morning, sitting down activities are good for evenings.

I ran into a bit of an issue when my newest organizer scheduled someone to take away some unwanted furniture for me without asking me about it first.  I appreciated the gesture but it wasn’t well thought out.  First some of the items to be donated are stored behind other items. Secondly, she has issues with cat and other smells so she suggested getting rid of the carpets.  Now I’m starting to panic – how am I going to move all the stuff by myself?

I’m starting see there are different types of Organizers:  People who tell you how things should be, Organizers who help withe work and others who want to be directed by you.  So I’ve added this to my checklist of what to ask.  For now, I just have to know my limits and be clear with people helping me whar and when, I can do thinks.

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