The overwhelming pile of papers taunts you with its three-year-old receipts and expired coupons.
Don’t know where to start? Organizational help is on the way.
It comes in the form of Deniece Schofield, author of books like “Confessions of an Organized Homemaker” and “Kitchen Organization Tips and Secrets.”
Schofield will offer two seminars Thursday at the Hampton Inn on Whitesville Road in Columbus. She’ll cover topics like clutter control, time management and more.
Seminars like Schofield’s have risen in popularity as organizing remains a major business driven by books, tools and gadgets.
“We get the whole spectrum,” Schofield said, describing her seminar audiences in a recent phone interview. “We even get professional organizers.”
So how does somebody attack that daunting pile of clutter?
Much of Schofield’s approach is driven by writing lists of what needs to be accomplished. “As soon as you make the list, you’re going to feel better,” she said.
Schofield is familiar with the way cleanliness can play into multiple aspects of somebody’s life — like the neat freak who married the, well, not-so-neat freak.
“That’s probably one of the questions I get most often,” she said.
In that example, Schofield again recommends relying on lists — and accepting the fact that if you want a task done a very specific way, “then you’re the one that’s going to have to do it.”
After all, you can be too organized. Schofield pointed to cases where excessive cleanliness makes a home less welcoming.
The home management expert compares organization to losing weight, as both goals require hard work and maintenance even if initial results are achieved quickly.
Schofield promised guests at her seminars will receive a concrete action plan, as well as a little encouragement to finally conquer The Pile.
“You’re going to get hundreds of ideas,” she said. “Plus, you’re going to get a shot of motivation.”