Penobscot Theatre-Getting Organized
Donating organizing time to area organizations gives me insight into the people and ideas that make up our community. The Penobscot Theatre is one of these institutions. I am helping to revamp their enormous costume department. I started with the jewelry. A good system was already well in place, it just needed some untangling. In making this system I had to take into account several things; that many people would be using it and that few would have time to navigate an intricate system. So I made sure not to make too many categories, made the categories with the easy to shape-adapt and view material of plastic zip bags. Instead of making “green necklaces, beaded, short” I made “green necklaces, beaded”. This is a very simplified example of how a professional organizer works to design a system that works for the particular client’s needs. Rather than simply “tidying up”, the organizer is faced with the challenge of making clients’ lives easier by analyzing efficiency; redesigning something that is more fluid. If the client is very organizationally challenged it’s vital not to make a system that has too many separations, unless each category is enormous in size, so that contents can be guessed by a glance rather than with focussed concentration as a legal assistant might have to do.