I want to organize my home. Where do I begin?
Getting started can be the most difficult obstacle. Many people never get beyond just thinking about it. And those who do start often get discouraged when they realize how large the project actually is and how long it's going to take. One positive step is to hire a Professional Organizer.
What is a Professional Organizer?
A Professional Organizer is a trained, skilled specialist who works with people to create order where it is lacking so they can make long-term improvements and keep disorder at bay.
Why should I hire a Professional Organizer?
A Professional Organizer sorts, declutters, cleans, organizes and beautifies your environment in order to make it a more enjoyable place to live, leaving you with systems in place to help you maintain that organization.
What are the benefits of getting organized?
There are many, including: Once organized, you will find yourself having more free time and less stress. You will know where things are located, saving time and avoiding headaches. You will no longer need to buy items you already have but can't locate (saving money). You will be able to get dressed more quickly and look more pulled together because your closet was purged and organized.
Did you know that current research has shown that living in a cluttered, unclean space can cause illness and weight gain?
Do Organizers organize offices and small businesses?
Many do. Having your workplace decluttered and organized can save you money and allow you to be more efficient and productive. Filing systems can be set up and papers can be filed.
I have many things that mean a great deal to me. If I get myself organized, do I have to get rid of them?
Absolutely not. We all want to surround ourselves with things that bring us joy. You should never be asked to give away anything that means a great deal to you. In the end, the final decision is yours.
Which areas of the home are serviced?
Most areas of your home, home office, storage area and garage.
Will an Organizer jump into a sales pitch for organizing products?
If affiliated with a business that sells organizing products, it should be kept separate from an organizing job.
Will an Organizer work with me or just coach me?
It’s entirely up to you. If you don’t want to touch a thing, you don’t have to – they will do it all. But if you want to help (which is highly recommended), especially with the sorting and decluttering process, the job will get done faster, and, in the end, save you money.
So they don't just give advice and go home?
No. They should recognize the emotional impact of the work that needs to be done and listen carefully, then quickly analyze and strategize before starting. Personally, I sit on the floor with you, sorting through stacks, helping you make decisions and offering moral support. I will roll up my sleeves to organize each area and ensure that it has been thoroughly cleaned. I will set up filing systems and help you get your filing current.
However, if you feel you would like to do the work yourself but only need some ideas and/or guidance, some Organizers have a DIY service.
What if I only need help for a few hours?
Small projects are fine. However, there is generally a 3-4 hour minimum.
What if I am moving?
Many Organizers will work to make your transition much smoother. See my blog article on moving.
Will my sessions be confidential?
YES! It's all about trust: gaining, building and maintaining it. Confidentiality and discretion are paramount. No one should even know you are a client unless you tell them.
How do you change your approach when working with baby boomers and the elderly?
Personally, I love working with baby boomers and the elderly on the downsizing they often face and help make their transition and any move as easy as possible. I make it a point to be extra sensitive when suggesting changes, keeping in mind the daily challenges they already face. Sometimes it's just a little thing, like honoring someone's need to hold onto an item because of the memory associated with it. I treat elderly folks as I would want someone to treat my Dad: with the respect and dignity they deserve.
How much do Organizers charge for their services?
Rates differ from organizer to organizer. Many offer discounts for larger projects. Often work will pay for itself in the results, such as improved inventory control to reduce excessive spending, unearthing cash uncashed checks, and eliminating penalties for late payments and missed appointments.
What forms of payment are accepted?
Most Organizers accept cash, checks, and credit cards.
What takes place at the Assessment?
Your space is evaluated as-is. There is a discussion of problems you have with your space, what works for you and what your goals are. You will receive an estimate of the amount of time it will take to complete the project. You will discuss any products that may be needed (most of which will likely be things you already own). Should you decide to go forward, there will be a few forms to fill out and sign.
When should I start?
Right away -- why wait? Seriously, when does later ever really happen? You will always be tired, busy, have something else to do or not have the motivation, money or energy.
How do I get started?
Simply contact an Organizer and provide an idea of what you hope to accomplish. Note: It is most important to find a Professional Organizer you "click" with so that the process is pleasant and smooth.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, please see my Services page for the services I offer and contact me if you would like to chat about your needs. I am here to help you!