It seems to me that Mary Poppins is very much like a good professional organiser. Let’s see 7 things they have in common…
Just when things are looking grim, you look for help to get things back on track, and there she is. A good professional organiser – one that’s right for you – is only a phone call away. It may take time to find the right one for you. But just like the family in the story, interviewing for the right nanny, you will know when you’ve found “the one”.
2. She takes the time to understand.
Just like Mary Poppins, a good professional organiser looks for clues, seeks to understand your needs, finds out what makes you tick, and discovers what’s important to you, so that they can work with you to in the most effective way to achieve your goals.
3. Her wondrous kit bag holds everything she needs.
A professional organiser’s kit bag holds an array of useful and magical tools. And they are brought out just at the right time for the right purpose.
4. She educates and empowers the people she works with.
This point is really important. Notice that Mary Poppins rarely does the work herself. What she does is brilliant, and it’s what great professional organisers do well also. They give you the confidence and skills to get things done. Yes, they do get hands on with the work, but the more important work is in helping to get organised and stay organised independently once they are gone.
5. She knows a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.
As they song says…
In every job that must be done
There is an element of fun
You find the fun and snap!
The job’s a game
Just like Mary Poppins, a good professional organiser makes even the most tedious work a little bit fun. Because they know that everyone’s learning style is different, they can tailor sessions so that you don’t become overwhelmed. In fact, you will look forward to creating success and be surprised at how much you can achieve.
In the final scene of the movie, the family joyfully goes to fly a kite. Mary Poppins made it possible for them to enjoy time together. Where once there was conflict, they found harmony and importantly, time, to do what matters most.
7. When the job is done, she leaves you to get on with your life.
The great thing about hiring a professional organiser is that, like Mary Poppins, once their task is complete, they leave you to get on with your life, happier and more confident in your organising abilities than before. From time to time you’ll probably think about your time together and smile. And should you ever need help again, they are never far away.
Take a look at the Find Organising Help directory to find your own “practically perfect” professional organiser, wherever you are, and whatever your organising challenges.