In 1995, I found myself recleaning the same clutter in clients’ homes. I decided to ask a few clients that I was close to if I could apply my C – O – R + method in their homes.
I had “absolutely” from everyone. I sat with them explaining that while cleaning their homes, I had noticed that I can no longer fit one more bottle of cleaning products under the kitchen sink or fit one more pair of shoes into the hallway closet.
I explained my C – O- R + method: the acronyms stand for CLEAN – ORGANIZE – REDESIGN + so much more. I told them that I was noticing clutter in spaces where I kept recleaning and tidying up each week. I explained together we could come up with systems that can make the home functional, and efficient with purposeful spaces. I discussed how from then on when I clean their homes, I would organize drawers, cabinets, and closets along my path of cleaning.
When I finished my first home with my new method – it was celebrated by the family giving notes and cards when I arrived at their home the following week.
The notes mentioned items like Time Saving, Saving money at the grocery store because of no more overbuying, and finding paperwork for school or work easier, getting out of the door on time in the mornings.
After leaving that home with cards and notes in hand, I decided to make an intentional decision for my business that the Clean – Organize – Redesign method will become the foundation of my cleaning company.
I found a niche in the then-saturated cleaning business. It has served clients well over the last 27 years, In 1999 I brought the method into commercial cleaning, which lead to helping out small doctors’, and lawyers’ offices get organized and be more efficient businesses.
This new business foundation solved a problem for my clients, it fit the 3 priorities I found to make the final decision to interweave this method into my business.
I would leave my clients homework when they were having a hard time making those decisions, here is the homework I would leave them:
1-minute blueprint for making difficult decisions
- What is the problem that needs to be solved? (declutter clients’ homes)
- Identify your top priorities for having the problem solved (keep it to 3) (save client time, save labor, extra$)
- List them in the order of importance (save client time, save labor, extra$)
- Write the 3 priorities in their order, and post them where they’re visible
The next time they had to make a difficult decision, they could evaluate their options through what they learned is most important to them.
Below is a 10/10 sheet, ten spaces, ten minutes – these are spaces where you’re going to see quick visuals of organizing, it helps to keep you motivated for your next challenge.
Peace & Harmony
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