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By May 16, 2017 2 Comments

“I’m too sick to go to the doctor!”

“I’m too hungry to order a carry-out meal!”

“My house is too messy to hire a cleaning service!”

“I don’t know enough about exercising to hire a personal trainer!”

These laments sound rather ridiculous, but often it is exactly what we are thinking. We resist asking for help when we need it the most. We think up all sorts of excuses to delay facing the reality that we really do need assistance of some sort. We waste time analyzing or ignoring the situation. We deprive ourselves of the help we need because we let pride stand in the way.

Many of us enjoy the challenge of being DIY-ers! We recycle, reuse, and repurpose practically every day. Doing so gives us pleasure and often saves us money. But often we end up being exhausted by all that we try to do ourselves. Perhaps we need to give ourselves a break and invite others in to help. No shame. No guilt.
It might be:

  • Yard work that a younger person can do much quicker
  • Painting work done by someone prepared to climb a ladder
  • Cooking done by a single mom to earn extra money
  • Child care entrusted to an older mom who lives alone
  • House cleaning done by a dependable teenage girl

Think of the many times you have started to clean out the spare bedroom, the basement, or the garage, only to be overwhelmed with the daunting task at hand. Often the sheer quantity of items stops you in your tracks. As Peter Walsh says, “it’s all too much!” We close the door, walk away, and hope it won’t look so bad the next time. But we know it will only be worse.

This year I wanted to get a head start on my yard work. I especially wanted to clean out the flower beds, eliminate dandelions in the grass, and put down mulch before the end of April. I knew I couldn’t do it alone. The crazy weather did not make it easy!  I was willing to hire experienced neighbors and friends to do the parts that I couldn’t didn’t have the equipment, experience, or energy to do. And was it ever worth it! It makes me smile each time I see the results as I pull into my driveway. I am energized to pull a few weeds every day as they pop up instead of waiting until they overtake an area. I am already cutting lilacs, tulips, and irises. The serendipity is that I am actually enjoying doing my portion of the yard work this year—all because I was willing to ask for help.

It is okay to ask for help with organizing your home. Whether you need assistance with a closet, a room, or a home office, you will benefit from having a professional organizer offer a fresh perspective. Professional organizers see past the problems and envision the solutions. They welcome the opportunity to create a sense of order. They delight in sharing simple strategies that really work. They work alongside their clients, encouraging them as they make difficult decisions. They provide confidential and compassionate service. Professional organizers can give you that extra dose of encouragement that helps you finish the job. Then you will say, “why ever did I wait so long to do this?”


When I started Organized by Olive, I knew I need to ask other organizers for help! That is why I joined NAPO and NAPO-Ohio. I needed help from more experienced people. Their encouragement and support has been an essential ingredient in my development as a professional organizer. I also asked for help from SCORE, the wonderful group of retired business executives who eagerly share their expertise with new business owners.

When I started Organized by Olive, I knew I needed to ask my family for help! My son, Joe, designed my website. My daughter, Lisa, designed my business cards. My daughter, Bethany, became my virtual assistant. She is the one who makes this blog look beautiful! She posts the information on Facebook. She is the one who manages the Mail Chimp emails. She creates the fabulous flyers to advertise programs.

(Lisa on the left, Bethany on the right) 

May 16th is Virtual Assistant Day. I would like to take that opportunity to celebrate all that Bethany does behind the scenes each week to contribute to the success of Organized by Olive. Perhaps you would like to thank her, too—just leave a comment below!

Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reach out and ask and expect great results!


P.S.  It really is okay. Let’s get started on your organizing project this week.

The sooner you make that call, the sooner you will be smiling too!

Contact Olive at 937-216-2952 or olive@organizedbyolive.com


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  • Seana Turner says:

    I think it is sign of good time management skills to ask for/hire help when you need it. There are many times when I have felt that the best course of action was to find someone else who had already “figured it out.” I love learning from others. I so agree that we need to stop this idea that if I don’t do it myself, I have somehow failed.

    • Olive Wagar says:

      You are so right, Seana! It is good to allow someone else to have the opportunity to use their talents and abilities to bless others. This is especially true with our children and teens. A few years ago, the youth group at church came to work in my yard as a service project!! I was glad they chose me.

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