Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Professional Organizer?
A Professional Organizer is someone that helps bring order and efficiency to your life by overcoming clutter and disorganization. A Professional Organizer is a coach, a guide, and a problem-solver – we will work with you to figure out how to develop systems and processes that work for you and your lifestyle.
What kind of organizing do you do?
The short answer is all kinds! Organizing simplifies your home and helps it run smoothly, no matter what the project is. You might have a messy garage or bonus room where you just don’t feel the space is maximized. Maybe you feel like your home office is a dark hole of papers and projects you keep losing, or that your bedroom closet is giving you a frantic feeling because you just can’t find what you need every morning. We can help organize a home that you’re getting ready to show, or help sort through an estate during a difficult time in your life.
Additionally, whether downsizing or moving into a bigger home, consider using a professional organizer when you pack/unpack as well so that you feel set up for success!
Professional Organizers don’t just work in your homes – we also work with you to organize your office or business to create efficient, inviting work spaces. Save time and energy by making sure information or supplies are easy to find and readily available!
Will you work with me or just coach me?
It’s entirely up to you! We can work together through the entire process, or your Professional Organizers can work on their own, or somewhere in the middle. If you or anyone else wants to help, it’ll get the job done faster, and in the end, save you money. You can be hands-on the whole time or you can feel free to step out and leave us to it!
How long does organizing take? What if I only need you for a few hours or have a specific schedule to work around?
Not every project is huge but there is a minimum of 3 hours for each project. We find that you need this amount of time in in order to see successful results. If you have a particular project that requires specific timing or centers around a certain scheduled event, we’ll discuss this during your consultation.
Each client is different and how long something will take depends on an individual’s needs and own process, as well as the amount of sorting required or if there are many decisions to make about different items.
Does getting organized mean that you are going to make me throw away things I care about?
During our sessions, the role of your Professional Organizer is to coach and not be your boss! You are ultimately still the decision-maker when it comes to deciding what to purge. Your organizer will help you decide whether or not something is valuable to you and how to best use it.
How do I get started?
It all starts with a phone call. Tell us what needs to be addressed, what rooms/areas you’d like organized, and any other details you’d like to include. Then we will schedule a time for your virtual consultation, or an in-person consultation, if you prefer, at your home or office.
What takes place during the consultation?
You will give your Organizer a tour of your home or specific space. We will evaluate the space(s), what you would like to see change, and what is currently working for you. Then we will formulate a plan of action, and schedule our organizing sessions.
What if my house is too messy? Do I need to clean beforehand so I am not embarrassed?
It’s important that we see the project “as is” so that we know what your true needs are and can talk to you about ways you use the space. Tidying up beforehand won’t give us a good idea of what’s going to help you get and stay organized. There’s no need to be embarrassed – we’re not here to judge you in any way!
Are your services confidential?
Yes! Given the sensitive nature of the work we do and the high level of trust it requires our clients to place in us, you can be assured of 100% confidentiality when working with our organizers.
What are your rates?
I charge $75 an hour and $25 an hour for shopping. Weekends or evenings may have increased rates, which are agreed upon before starting work.
A travel fee may be charged if your location is further away than usual.
We pride ourselves on our personal touch and recognize that every individual person has different needs or situations. For example, during your free virtual consultation, we will be able to tell whether we need to focus on organizing versus de-cluttering. Every client is going to have different challenges and solutions. Therefore, instead of offering a “one-size-fits-all” style package, we can discuss long-term rates and individualized packages at the time of booking, particularly if a project is going to take a significant amount of hours. Additionally, during the time we’re working together, our phone/text communication is always open and at no additional charge! We are here to work with you and support you through this process!