Getting Islanders Organized

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - December 31, 2008
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Kelly Galvin of Organized in Paradise

Kelly Galvin, whose career path has included working in travel, retail and in advertising, says it’s natural for her to be organized. So these days she makes her living helping others with her company Organized In Paradise.

“It is a skill to be learned,” Galvin says. “The more you practice it, the better you get at it. And that’s what stops people; sometimes they give up.”

Being indecisive and postponing actions is one cause of disorganization. Galvin uses incoming mail as an example. When mail comes in, open it. If it is something you don’t need, toss it out. The rest can be sorted according to what it is. Are they bills that need to be paid? Are there invitations that need responses?

“I don’t necessarily believe that paper needs to be handled only once,” she explains. “I believe you do need to make a decision on it.”

She goes to the client’s site where they discuss the project and decide whether it will be a good fit for both of them. Together they create a hands-on plan, which may be as short as two sessions or up to 50 or more.

One of the challenging things she finds is getting clients to stick to the plan. The ultimate goal is for the client to be able to sustain the organization on their own.

Galvin’s three test questions for attaining success in organization are: Is it functioning and efficient? Is it easy? Does it look good?

One of her specialties is to help people in the moving process. She sets up executive offices so that the staff has a working office running in a jiffy to take care of business, and she assists families moving into a new home. She focuses her efforts on the home and home-based businesses.

The Hawaii Kai resident, who moved to Hawaii from California in July 2001, notes that Hawaii houses don’t have basements or attics, so storage is different, especially with the humidity factor.

She says the simplest thing can be the solution. For example, a client can use a list posted in a prominent place so that it is easy to see.

“A little thing can make all the difference,” Galvin adds.

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