Lost? Stuck? Overwhelmed? Want to be more organized, productive, confident and relaxed?

The path ahead becomes fun!

As we elevate your organizing competency.

Services

I offer two customizable services for you to select from; together we figure out how to get you the most value out of every session.

—  Coaching Support

Coaching sessions are conducted by phone and are 45 minutes long. Each session is $120. You choose the topic that we explore in each conversation. Our calls are typically spaced every 1-2 weeks. Coaching is available to clients located anywhere in the United States.

—  Integrated Support

Integrated sessions are conducted in person at your home or office. These sessions involve a mix of coaching and hands-on organizing and are 3 hours long, though session length can be adapted. Integrated sessions are $100/hour. Sessions are typically spaced every 1-2 weeks. Limited to clients in the Ann Arbor area.

Emotions

The work we do can bring up a mix of emotions. Sometimes our work is liberating and energizing, other times it’s draining and difficult. All are legitimate responses. As we move along we’re mindful of this and we collaborate to find ways of making the process as comfortable and fun as possible.

Partnership

When you hire me I become your partner on the organizing journey. As with any sound partnership, we must co-create shared expectations for how our partnership will work. Curiosity and respect are at the core of it all.

Outcomes

The perspective-shifting and skill-building work that we do in our parternship helps you:

  • Get unstuck
  • Become clear on what’s most important to you
  • Create a plan for achieving it
  • Step into your gifts
  • Move past your limitations
  • Stay on track and accomplish your goals

My clients regularly report these outcomes from our work:

  • Gaining organizing skills and confidence
  • Becoming more aware of their brains, learning modalities, and unique strengths
  • Learning how to design systems and solutions that actually work for them
  • Building new behaviors into habits
  • Increasing performance and productivity, both at home and in the workplace
  • Reducing stress and improving their overall sense of health and wellbeing

More About:  Coaching

The coaching we do is about you: who you are as a person, what’s most important to you, and how we can close the gap between where you are now (your current performance) and what you’re capable of (your potential). It’s important to understand that coaching looks at you as a whole person: it extends beyond the “disorganized you” who’s hired me (remember: that’s just one part of you!) and invites us to explore the bigger, more complex and complete you. By moving into territory that you probably haven’t considered before, coaching helps you discover how to make better decisions and take actions that are informed by and contribute to your goals.

What is coaching?

When you boil it right down, coaching is pretty basic!  It’s simply an ongoing conversation shared between two people who are equally committed to one of the team member’s goals!  I find it inspiring that this simple form of partnership – rooted in dialogue and trust – can yield so much positive energy and life-changing outcomes.

But let me explain coaching in a bit more depth, for those whore are interested.

Coaching is a conversation that invites self-exploration, champion’s a client’s potential, and opens up possibilities for meaningful growth and lasting change in the client’s life.  It is goal- and action-oriented program that looks to the future; it is not therapy or counseling. The coaching partnership honors you as the expert on your own life. The ongoing conversation we share serves as a judgment-free “place” where you get to show up, be vulnerable, explore topics that you deem important, and practice engaging in new ways — all in pursuit of your organizing/productivity goals.

As your coach, I provide you with:

Support:  by listening closely, asking powerful questions, challenging you to stretch yourself, and co-creating a safe space for your exploration

Accountability:  by asking you to report on actions you’ve taken, inviting you to evaluate what you learned from them, and reminding you of your goals and commitments to yourself

Guidance:  by providing structure for our conversations and sharing pertinent information and perspective (when you ask for it, or when you grant permission for me to share it)

What makes coaching effective?

In coaching, it’s the client who sets the agenda: you bring the topics for our discussions – you decide what’s important for us to talk about. Coaching is therefore most effective when:

  • you show up consistently (to our sessions, and in between sessions)
  • you take responsibility for your learning
  • you are willing to be vulnerable
  • you are committed to self-reflection and self-improvement over a sustained period of time
  • you are genuinely curious to understand yourself, and to experiment with new and different ways of thinking and being

While our coaching sessions are filled with value, the biggest benefit of coaching is often realized between sessions when you apply your emerging awareness and learning directly to your life.

Coaching is an iterative process that takes time. It moves you from one place to another in gradual increments. It is premised on this “Awareness – Action – Learning” model:

Awareness - Action - Learning

Awareness:  By building awareness of yourself and your situation you develop deeper understanding. You come to see your situation in a fresh way, become curious about something you hadn’t considered before, and/or experience new insight.

Action:  As awareness builds, you’re inspired to take a new, informed action in pursuit of your goal.

Learning:  Whether or not you succeed in completing the action or run into an obstacle that prevents its completion, we can learn something from it. We take that learning and develop more new awareness, reinforcing the loop. Over time as you experience more and more success with action completion (i.e. goal achievement), you bring things into alignment.

What's a typical coaching session like?
  • Coaching sessions begin when you call me on the phone.
  • After greeting each other, we look at the Action you committed to experimenting with at our prior session: what happened? what was the experience like? what new understanding do you have as a result? what might be possible now, as a consequence?
  • Then we dive into the agenda and topic you’ve brought for today – your topic is “the thing” you want to explore and understand better with my support today. We allow the most time for this portion of the call, as it’s where we go the deepest and build new Awareness.
  • As time winds down you identify a new Action that you’d like to experiment with in the coming days/weeks.
  • Finally, we evaluate the Learning that’s going on for you: what are you learning about yourself? how is this learning changing things for you? what’s piquing your curiosity?

More About:  Organizing

The organizing we do is about your stuff – your disorganized things and cluttered spaces. Organizing is hands-on: we work side-by-side side as a team, roll up our sleeves, and dig in. We open spaces up, spread things out, and make lots of piles. Often midway through a session it can look like we’ve created an even bigger mess!  But that’s actually a necessary and controlled part of the process. As we work, you make decisions about what to keep or what to let go. Then we put your items away in a new, functional order that’s carefully designed (by you!) to work for your brain and support your activities. Organizing is a lot more fun if it doesn’t feel like a chore so I encourage things like music, breaks, and rewards.

What is hands-on organizing?

Organizing involves handling and making decisions about your possessions so as to increase order and improve your productivity and quality of life. It boils down to arranging your things in a systematic way so you can both put things away and retrieve them efficiently in support of your activities.

When we organize together we follow this five-step process:

  • Sorting: we group what you have into meaningful categories by putting “like with like”
  • Purging: after sorting  we can “see the whole” and you can make informed decisions about what to keep or let go
  • Assigning Homes: after purging we can figure out where and how your “keeper items” should be re-stored
  • Adding Structure: when re-storing, we sometimes add new structures (bins, dividers, shelving, labels, etc) that enhance organization
  • Maintaining: once everything is re-stored you work to maintain the new order; this final step is never-ending,it involves regular engagement and habituating new behaviors into routines
What makes hands-on organizing effective?

Most clients contact me because they’re daunted by the prospect of dealing with their stuff on their own – the task can seem huge, they’re uncertain where to start, or how exactly to proceed. My hands-on organizing service therefore comes as a relief for many people: when I show up you suddenly have a partner to help you tackle the clutter!  Not only do I bring energy and moral support, I also bring an added set of hands and feet (allowing us to get more done in a given time period) and years of experience in the field. I have lots of ideas and can share suggestions and strategies for your consideration. Teaming up can thus be very effective at helping you toward your goals.

Throughout our organizing process you’ll gain direct, hands-on experience. I’ll explain organizing principles, demonstrate how they apply in real life, and challenge you (in a friendly way) to stretch yourself. I’ve learned that “cookie cutter” organizing solutions rarely work, so we’ll explore your unique strengths and preferences in order to design systems based around your brain and lifestyle. Your openness to experimenting with new ways of doing things, to learn from what happens, and your corresponding commitment to “practice-practice-practice!” is key to the process.

What's a typical integrated session like?
  • Integrated Sessions begin when I arrive at your home or office. The order of events can be adapted, but typically we’ll begin by sitting and coaching together for the first 45 minutes (following the flow described above in the box labeled “What’s a typical coaching session like?”)
  • We then transition into hands-on organizing. You’ll identify the area of your home/office that you want support around that day, and we’ll go to that place.
  • We’ll discuss what’s working/not working and how you want things to be different when we’re done. We’ll talk about what achieving your vision will involve: the steps we’ll take, materials/supplies that may be needed, time required, possible obstacles we should anticipate, etc.
  • After this planning phase, we jump in and begin executing the plan. The majority of our time is spent here, doing the hands-on work of organizing!
  • By the end of the session we may or may not have reached your desired end-state, but we’ll make sure to tidy up so that you’re not left with a mess and so that we can easily re-engage at the next session.
  • Finally, we’ll wrap up by giving you an opportunity to reflect on what you learned during the organizing session (organizing skills, organizing principles, new awareness/understanding of the organizing process, etc).

“It’s not stressful anymore to sort mail, pay bills, file everything, and do our taxes. I know where everything is!”

~ Olivia

“It’s not stressful anymore to sort mail, pay bills, file everything, and do our taxes. I know where everything is!”

~ Olivia

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Nia Spongberg, CPO®, COC®, ACC  |  (734) 531-9024  |  nia@niaspongberg.com  |  PO Box 3044, Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Nia Spongberg, CPO®, COC®, ACC
(734) 531-9024
nia@niaspongberg.com
PO Box 3044, Ann Arbor, MI 48106