As an organizer, virtually and on-site, I have to ask lots of questions in order to be on the same page in regards to what should stay and what should go and go where, if so. Most importantly I must recognize signs of discomfort, resistance, carelessness, energy, enthusiasm, overwhelm and courage among other feelings in my clients. By recognizing these subtle signs of interior feelings and thoughts paired with what I know about the client’s needs I can either offer to push a bit to let whatever object it is up for consideration go or I can instruct them to rethink a choice.
Questions to ask
Will you be moving soon, how soon?
How many of each item do you have? How many do you need?
How many uses are needed in the space?
Who uses it, when?
What does it signify to you? Is it sentimental or a utility?
How easy is it to replace?
How often is it used?
What’s the worst that would happen if you got rid of it?
How easy is it to get rid of?
How expensive is the item?
How old is it?
How important is it to minimize the area?
How much inconvenience will it cause to keep?
Do you have a preferred donation site?