HOW? - WORK STYLE

Here’s the info on what’s inside this section about the types of services Jill-of-all-Trades offers to clients.

Style
Approach

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Style

The Jill-of-all-Trades organizing style starts with a – 
            people-based,
            story-driven,
            meaning-centered approach.

Stuff is just stuff without the story and the meaning. Jill works with people in relationship with their stuff.  Her work is all about the individual clients and their anecdotes and connections to their possessions.

Please feel reassured that if you have areas of the house that contain emotional items that you wish to keep private and off-limits, Jill will respect that boundary.

Through a combination of knowledge and fresh ideas, Jill-of-all-Trades can help you to create a storage framework that truly fits you and fulfills your family’s needs, wants and desires.

1st: comes the Big Picture  –
         to apply your criteria and taste to the planning,
2nd: comes Preparation and Planning –
         to make the organizing flow easily,
3rd: comes the Hands-on Work –
         sorting, downsizing and organizing.

You will be guided through the action steps. Jill will incorporate simple appropriate supplies and products that fit your needs.

  •  Jill’s “operation station” of tables encourages quick sorting.
  •  Pre-sorting of categories can be done with or without the client.
  •  Sorting is always based on client’s personal goals and criteria.
  •  Decisions to keep or not are made by the client with guidance and support.
  •  Only the client puts items in charity, consign, recycle or trash bags.

It’s all about your vision for your future. What are your goals, your values?

Some items hold precious memories. Others are just in need of sharing with a good laugh.

Warning:  Giddy goofiness may occur during Hands-on Work Sessions!!

Approach

Here are the hallmarks of the approach of Jill Lawrence’s organizing work style –

Holistic
Spatial
Ergonomic
Safe
Green
Resourceful
Knowledgeable

Please link to any that you are interested in learning about.

Holistic – Integrated Systems

Big picture analytical assessment
Storage systems that match learning styles
Category placement based on frequency of use


Spatial – Flowing Movement 

Storage Layout – Efficient function
Furniture Rearrangement – Ease of movement
Aesthetic Eye – Elegant or playful decorations 
Feng Shui Principles – Enhanced energy; improved flow


Ergonomic – Comfortable Support
Sorting Station  – Six narrow folding tables provided for easy sorting
Body Dynamics –  Safe techniques shown for lifting, carrying, climbing
Ergonomics – Desk chair and workstation adjusted to fit
Universal Design –  Adaptive aids for living with disability

Safe – Healthy Focus
Home Safety - Hazard prevention from fire or flood damage
Toxics - Safe handling and proper disposal
Pests - Avoidance techniques and least hazardous treatments
(Jill has taught national teleclasses on this topic since 2002)

Green – Eco-Friendly

  •  Re-purpose –  Discover new uses for items that are non-functional
  •  Donate –  Blue bags to best charities to match your values
  •  Recycle –  Follow government guidelines for recyclables
  •  Eco-focus –  Select sustainable renovation materials
  •  Release – True trash in black bag

Resourceful – Information on Tips, Products and Referrals
Auction
Consignment
Charitable pickup
Movers
Haulers

Contractors/Tradespeople
Decorating – Handouts and ideas
Feng Shui –  Energy flow
Furniture  – Selection or design

Universal Design
Activities of Daily Living (ADL) support
Assisted Living  – Checklists for facilities

For  web links covering a wide range of categories of information, visit the Resources section!!

Knowledgeable – Presenter and Award Winner
Jill Lawrence, CPO-CD®, teaches skills to other newer organizers in presentations, on panels and in national teleclasses.  One of her teleclasses that has been repeated for years is on Client Relationships.

The photo below was taken at a presentation by the local Washington DC Metro chapter of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers.  The panel of NAPO Golden Circle member shared the history of the formation and early days of the chapter (early 1990's) with newer members.

Jill co-presented on a panel at a national conference for the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. The title of the panel was, “Tapping into Resources for CD Clients.”  An audience of mainly newer organizers learned research techniques so they could provide deeper and broader support for chronically disorganized clients.

Jill is also a national expert in the professional organizing community on Environmental Safety in the Home – teaching teleclasses since 2002 through the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization www.nsgcd.org to organizers in the U.S. and Canada and Europe.

Before starting Jill-of-all-Trades, Jill was an awards-winning radio producer who worked on National Public Radio news programs.  She honed her skills as a sleuth digging up information and experts for a variety of interview topics for documentaries and features.

These talents provide her with an ability and desire to assist you in finding resources for what you need to organize your life and fulfill your wider vision for your future.

 

 

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
Alice Walker

 

 

 

 

 


“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Wayne Dyer, The Power of Intention, Public television presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


On Learning about Jill’s Work Style:
“I had always imagined professional organizers as cold and slightly brutal souls. I was sure they had rules and enforced them. For years, despite my organizational challenges, I feared that if I hired a clutter expert, I would spend my time trying to save my things from her garbage bags!

One day, despite my fears, I tracked down Jill. And guess what?” –  
She was funny.
She was smart.
She had great ideas.

Throughout our sessions, it was clear that a good organizer is like a good therapist – caring, thoughtful, and insightful – warm and embracing.

Soon, Jill helped me set up – 
1. an organized paper filing system; 2. an inspiring basement storage room; 3. a sideboard storage system in my dining room; 4. a clothes closet design to replace our broken system; 5. a 3rd floor utility closet with open bins on new shelves; and 6. some clever ideas for layout and storage in my daughter’s awkwardly shaped bedroom.

In the end, I had great fun working productively with Jill, who from the get-go felt like a trusted friend and healer. She’s just like her logo – polished and spiffy and fun!”
S.T., Writer and Mom, Georgetown, Washington, DC

 

 

 

 

 

On Jill’s Green Organizing Ideas:
She had wonderful suggestions and ideas of how to re-use or recycle things, and comes ultra-prepared with time-tested systems to help sort through and purge, separating the wheat from the chaff – regardless of what you need organized.”
E.U., professional musician and mom, NE, Washington, DC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


On teleclass participants’ assessments of training:
“Being at this for just over a year and a half, every class with pros like Jill who have been doing this for 10, 12 or 13 or more years, quenches a thirst for my own better understanding.”

 

Well presented, lively and fun teleclass.  The handout was organized in a way that is easy to scan.” 


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