Saturday, 13 July 2013

There's no such thing as bad publicity

I'm afraid I have to disagree with that old saying.
What got me thinking about this was watching The Living Room a couple of weeks ago, with "Oprah's favourite organiser" Peter Walsh. If you missed it, you can catch up here.

Peter Walsh, professional organiser
Image courtesy of Howards Storage World

While I appreciate the fact that local Professional Organisers and the industry as a whole can benefit from this kind of media exposure, my concern is that we can all get tarred with the same brush, and if you as a viewer didn't like what you saw, you could understandably make a judgement on Professional Organisers and the process of getting organised. To add to my unease on the matter, when I was explaining to someone recently what I do as a Baby Planner, the response was "Oh, like Rosie Pope?". Well, yes, kind of, but in a completely different way. Rosie Pope is a maternity concierge to celebrities and millionaires, and host of the reality TV show Pregnant in Heels. I cannot help but question whether her advice and the way she deals with her clients is all about making "good" TV, and not really about serving her clients' best interests.

So, dear readers, this is what I would like you to know:
1. I would never ever force my clients to empty their household contents on to their front lawn. I think this is an unnecessarily confronting approach to take.
2. I would never send my clients away while I implemented storage or organising solutions. I believe in working alongside my clients to develop systems together which make sense for them and their unique requirements.
3. I would never be pushy and opinionated with my clients. My aim is to equip my clients with the knowledge and tools to make the best possible decisions for themselves.

I would hate it if people were put off hiring a Professional Organiser out of fear of having their clutter and chaos displayed for all the world to see. Please know this too was done for the sake of a TV show! If you would like to know more about Professional Organisers, or find one near you, visit the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers' website. If you would like to know more about Baby Planners and maternity concierge, you'll have to wait for my next blog post :)

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