What is a Professional Organizer?
A Professional Organizer is someone who helps you to overcome clutter and disorganization to make your life less stressful and your time more efficient.
Why hire a Professional Organizer?
A Professional Organizer not only helps you organize your mess, but they also create easy-to-follow systems to help keep it that way. They are there to help you through the entire process. They are there to sort, clean, file, de-clutter, and de-stress to help make your home a better place to live.
I’ll never be perfectly organized, so why should I bother?
Now’s the time to let go of those perfectionist tendencies… because nobody is perfect! I challenge you to find even the most organized person who can look you in the eye and say that they are perfectly organized. There is a middle ground between “disaster” and “perfect.” It’s called “good enough.” Focus on the things that bother you the most, and don’t worry too much about the rest.
How do we get started?
The process typically starts with a short conversation by phone or email so that I can get a general idea of your goals and what has prompted you to call. If you decide to proceed, we’ll schedule further sessions at your home or office.
The next step is an Initial Consultation and Needs Assessment, which typically takes about an hour. I’ll come to your home or business and we’ll talk about what’s working, what’s not working, and what you want to accomplish. With your goals and objectives in mind, we’ll then take a tour of your home or office. During this time, we’ll look at the specific areas that are giving you trouble, and I’ll provide some immediate tips and ideas. This will also help give me a better idea of the spaces and storage options we have to work with. Towards the end of this session, we’ll sit down and document your objectives and map out a general plan of action. You can then choose to implement this plan on your own, schedule a future “hands on” organizing session, or jump right in and get started!
What happens at a “hands on” organizing session?
Once we know your goals and objectives and have an action plan, we can start working on the actual “organizing” part! These sessions last a minimum of 3 hours, but no longer than 4 or 5 hours– because that’s all most of us can handle in one day! I’ll act as your partner and coach as we work together to de-clutter, sort, rearrange and set up systems that will help you meet your lifestyle goals.
Do I have to get rid of all my stuff?
Not at all! While I may recommend that you consider weeding out things you no longer need or love, the final decisions are entirely up to you. I can help you work through the emotional decisions that often attach to sentimental items, gifts and inherited possessions, and help you find appropriate new homes for any items you wish to discard.
What should I do before you get here?
Absolutely nothing! I need to see your home or office the way it is on a daily basis. What you can do is try to minimize distractions by making sure you have child care (if needed) and by letting your answering machine or voice mail do its job. Making real progress will require full participation from both of us.
How much do you charge?
I charge an hourly rate which is competitive for the industry and geographic area. Payment is due upon the completion of each session using cash, check or money order. I also offer package plans at a lower hourly rate. (Please call or email me for details.) Payment for these plans can be done via Pay Pal if you prefer, allowing you to use a credit card.
Can we work within my budget?
We can work within any budget by prioritizing and spreading the work out over as long a period of time as you wish, and identifying tasks you can complete on your own. Fees can also be kept lower by having me assign “homework” for you to complete between sessions. Sometimes just having a game plan, some new ideas, and someone to be accountable to is all you need to get moving!
Will my sessions be confidential?
Definitely! All meeting, conversations, and questions are between you and I, and no one else. As a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), I adhere to a code of ethics which includes confidentiality.
What is NAPO, and why should I hire an organizer who is a NAPO member?
NAPO is the National Association of Professional Organizers. You can find out more about them by visiting their website at: www.napo.net. NAPO is recognized as the primary association for professional organizers and offers them many educational and networking opportunities. In addition, NAPO has a Code of Ethics by which it’s members are expected to abide. I fully adhere to this Code of Ethics, and will fully respect your confidentiality.