This week I’ve been thinking a lot about personal health and safety and wanted to share a few strategies that I use on a regular basis to stay safe and healthy working as a Professional Organizer.
These are the things I recommend doing during normal operations of your business and are of course secondary to any mandatory restrictions in place by your local government during a health crisis.
1. Don’t go to work sick and encourage clients to cancel appointments if they are ill.
Check-in with your clients as you are commuting to their homes and waive your cancellation fee if they need to cancel due to illness. If I feel the least bit icky, I take my temperature and inform my client that we need to reschedule.
If you do not have a Client Agreement that includes a cancellation policy, check out “Essential Forms for Professional Organizers”. I’ve created printable and editable forms to help you run your business.
2. Wear Gloves and a Mask when appropriate
I always keep an N95 mask and my Atlas Gloves in my organizer’s tool bag. Find an N95 mask that you find comfortable. An N95 filters out 95% of particles in the air and is a lifesaver if, like me, you suffer from indoor allergies. The gloves I wear have a flexible nitrile coating that offer some puncture resistance, come in a variety of sizes including small, and are machine washable.
3. Wash your hands before leaving the clients house
It’s a bit of a ritual. After several hours of sorting and touching who-knows-what, I wash my hands before leaving my client’s house. I also keep hand sanitizer in my car and organizer’s toolbag.
4.Control your Allergies
I know it is not the same as being sick or contagious, but I really hate to have a sneezing fit, or runny eyes and nose during a session with my clients. In addition to wearing a mask and gloves if I think I’ll have an allergy attack (typically from dust) I take an over the counter allergy pill daily and carry extras in my organizer’s toolbag in case I forget to take one before leaving the house.
5. Bring your own Food and Drink
Many years ago, when I was starting out, I read somewhere that you should never accept food or drink at a client’s home. Now, for the record, I have certainly had a few cookies and cups of tea with my clients over the years. But as a rule, I always carry water, a protein drink, snacks, and a hot tea (in winter) to my organizing jobs. Being prepared means never being caught off guard or accepting food and drink if you feel that the environment makes you uncomfortable.
I hope that gives you all a basis for creating your own health and safety policies for your business. If you are just getting started setting up your business and want templates and samples of all the forms I use to run my Professional Organizing business, get your copy of the Essential Forms for Professional Organizers HERE. Don’t forget to follow or subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more videos on downsizing, decluttering, and the business of organizing!
Stay safe and healthy 💗