Guest Post by Judy Warmington

Throughout my lifetime, I’ve been told that I ask a lot of questions.  When I was young, my mother said I had nose trouble.

It always seems that one question leads to another.  That’s okay.  This is how we learn.  Being “nosey” by asking questions, I’ve learned a lot about the people I meet in any given setting.  Then, from what I’ve learned, I find I often can relate, offer advice or suggestions that may be of interest, encourage, or inspire whomever I’m speaking with.

Maybe my questioning personality is what lead me into the profession I’ve been in since 1983.  A friend heard about a class being taught in Texas that sounded interesting to her.  She asked me to go for a walk one day to tell me about it.  Of course, on that walk I asked a lot of questions.

Within a short time of that walk we found ourselves on a plane flying to a training in Texas to learn about this class and bring it back to our area in Michigan. At that time subjects like time management and getting organized were only talked about.  Little did I know, about that same time a movement was starting out in California to do more than talk about it.  That movement lead to what is now called NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers).  It was found that, for many, talking about getting your act together at home, at work, in volunteer settings, or wherever wasn’t enough.  People needed someone to stand beside them and ask them questions to help guide them.  (Sometimes I’ve jokingly called this, “Rent a nag!”)

Professional Organizers ask questions like: 

  • How do you use this space?
  • What has worked for you and what hasn’t?
  • Do you use a daily planner and calendar system?
  • Why do you have trouble getting rid of things?
  • Do you delegate?
  • Do you have a place for your papers…and put papers in that place?
  • Do you know more about money matters…than it does?
  • Are your finances in order? If not, why not?

Maybe one of the most important questions a Professional Organizer can ask is:

“Why do you want to get organized?” 

In fact, we encourage our trained network of organizers to ask this question often throughout the organizing process with their clients.  This question serves to refocus the client when they get discouraged or overwhelmed on the journey toward better order in their lives.

The title for many of my speeches is a question:  

  • How Do You Eat an Elephant…to Get Organized?
  • How Do You Eat an Elephant….to Control Clutter?
  • How Do You Eat an Elephant…at Work?
  • How Do You Eat an Elephant…to Avoid Harried Holidays?

Hopefully, my audiences are looking forward to getting some answers to those questions.

I guess you could say I’m a long time believer in the technique of asking questions.  To me, it’s second nature.

So, are you in need of a speaker for your group?

Would you like to be connected to an organizer to consider working with one?

Are you naturally organized and thinking about becoming a Professional Organizer?

I have some answers to those questions.  Check out my FAQ page.  Why not contact me so we can begin dialoging?

JudyWarmingtonHeadshotPhotoSince 1983 Judy Warmington has presented speeches and seminars on time management and organization.  As owner of Woman Time Management, she consistently has requests for one-on-one organizing sessions.  The Organizing Specialists can now fulfill those requests.  Using tried and true concepts and techniques Judy offers realistic solutions for getting and staying organized.


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