Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a Professional Organizer?

A professional organizer helps individuals, families, and businesses create and maintain personalized systems and spaces that work. An organizer can: help you decide which possessions and activities to keep in your life and which to release, assist you in creating a place for every object you own, provide hands-on support and keep you on task as you create order in your home or office, and offer suggestions for products and services to support your goals.

Your reasons for de-cluttering and organizing your home, work space, or life are not the same as your neighbor’s. There is no “one system fits all” as people have different needs, family configurations, work habits, lifestyles, learning styles, preferences, and requirements for the space, task, or project they want to organize or address.

Clearing out clutter and creating new space that meets your most important goals is a big undertaking. Doing so can improve your home, work life, and relationships; reduce your stress, and may even bring added health benefits.

What services do you offer?

In-Person Organizing (Suspended Until Further Notice)

Meeting at your home, office, or nonprofit organization, our first session will begin with an Initial Assessment, usually lasting about 90 minutes. Using a comprehensive questionnaire, I will help you define your most important goals. Together, we will tour your space and/or calendar and identify and examine your areas of concern. You then have two options:

We can start immediately to begin working on organizing, or I can prepare and send a do-it-yourself plan to guide your next steps.

Many clients find that this Initial Assessment is all they need to jumpstart their organizing efforts, and that it provides the impetus they need to begin on their own. Others may wish to schedule one or more in-person, hands-on organizing sessions and/or to schedule a virtual session to keep the momentum going.

Onsite organizing sessions normally are scheduled for three or four hours, and can be paid at the visit by personal check or credit card via PayPal.

Virtual Organizing

Now you can get organized from anywhere! Virtual organizing may work for you when:

  • You are self-motivated, and can work well between sessions on your own
  • You just need a “jump-start”
  • You prefer shorter organizing sessions
  • You have limited funds for organizing

Virtual organizing sessions can be conducted by phone, Skype, or email, and are purchased in advance with a check or credit card via PayPal.

Do you offer a free consultation?

Of course! I’d be pleased to speak with you via phone or email (usually for about 20 minutes) to determine whether my skills and services are a good match for your needs.

What if I am embarrassed by my mess? Are you going to make me throw away my stuff?

When you invite me into your home or workspace, you initially may feel fear, embarrassment, reluctance, or shame. You may be overwhelmed by the prospect of change, of having to deal with all the clutter that surrounds you. Please be assured that I will be patient and respectful, and that I will keep our work together completely confidential. We always move at your pace. And no, you never are required to throw away anything you really want to keep – the choice is always yours.

I’m overscheduled all the time. Can you help me if my main challenge is time management?

Challenges with space, clutter, and time are closely interwoven. If you are constantly looking for your phone or a critical document, are often stressed about being late, or wish you didn’t have so many social or volunteer commitments, you are spending time and energy that could be better spent in more important and enjoyable pursuits. If you often feel overwhelmed by busyness, I offer support as you pare down your “stuff” to make your daily routine more manageable and your life simpler. If time management is your top concern, I will assist you to determine your key priorities and goals, then help you create a plan to allow you to spend the majority of your time on the people, places, and things most meaningful to you.

How long will it take to get organized?

As you might imagine, it depends. If having too much stuff or too many commitments has been a long-standing challenge for you, it may take several sessions not only to work through the clutter or time management issues, but for me to teach you new skills and for you to develop new habits. If you recently have become overwhelmed because of a life transition, such as moving, retiring, having a baby, or starting a new job, you just may want some help to get things and routines back into place.

You may need a whole house or office makeover, or require help in just one room or area. In all cases, one main criterion is how quickly you can make decisions: about what to keep, what to donate, what to toss, what to sell, and what to give to friends or family.

Being organized is an ongoing process. Once I help you create systems that work for you, you then will want to allocate regular time to maintain the systems – on your own, or with a periodic check-in by phone or in person.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations less than 24 hours in advance of the scheduled call or visit will be billed for the entire scheduled session, except in case of illness or emergency.

What outcomes can I expect from getting organized?

The benefits of being organized are beyond what you can imagine! In making an investment in bringing order to your home, workplace, or life, many report these advantages:

  • Save time and energy looking for misplaced items
  • Create a sense of calm and serenity
  • “Letting go of fear that keeps me holding onto things”
  • Take much less time to clean the house
  • “Less depressed – much more cheerful when I wake up
    and see how beautiful my room looks!”
  • “Finally getting a grasp on my financial life and future”
  • “Helped me identify and address things that just weren’t working”
  • “More time for the things I really want to do and the people
    I really want to spend time with”
  • “I’m ready to let go of feeling helpless and out of control”
  • Make space for new people, places, and things to come into your life
  • “Much more productive and efficient at work”
  • “Streamline systems – now things work!”

Plus, we’ve often seen that when one member of a household or organization starts getting organized, others follow suit even without prompting – it’s inspiring!