Frequently Asked Questions

If you've got questions about working with a professional organizer, you're not alone. Below are answers to several common questions. 

What will a professional organizer do for me that I can’t do for myself?

While anyone can get organized in theory, it’s much easier to get organized and stay organized with the support, mentoring and assistance of a professional organizer. When you hire a professional organizer, you’re not just hiring someone to organize your space; you’re also hiring a life coach, someone who will help you learn and implement organizational strategies and systems which you can use to maintain your organization long term.

 

I’m very attached to my things. Does getting organized mean I have to give up the things that I cherish?

You absolutely will not be asked to give up anything that is important and meaningful to you. My job as a professional organizer is to help people weed out the things that don’t have meaning in order to create more space to store and display the things that do. In addition, I will help you find attractive, functional ways to make the most of your space.


I'm not sure I want to commit to hiring a professional. What tips or tricks can you give me that will help me to organize myself?

There is no one right way to get organized. Organization needs vary depending on personality, lifestyle, family size, type and volume of stuff, and the space available, among other things. There is no one size fits all for getting organized.

That said, I do offer a DIY Organization service which includes an in-home assessment and written plan of action for organizing your space. It’s one of my most popular options, but it is (sadly) also the least effective option for the client. Without someone to motivate them, keep them on task and hold them accountable many clients struggle on their own to carry out the organization plans we create together.

I strongly encourage anyone who is thinking about hiring an organizer to take advantage of the experience, skill, know-how and encouragement that comes with one-on-one organization assistance.

 

I have a family member who needs help decluttering. Can I set up a time for you to meet with him/her?

This is a very common question. The simple answer is yes. I am happy to meet with anyone who may benefit from my services. However, it's important to keep in mind that a person who is coerced into getting organized will not be as successful as one who has made the decision and committed to do so on his/her own. While your desire to help a loved one get more organized may be altruistically motivated, that person may feel judged by the offering. Friends and family can best help by offering their support and even their assistance (if it is desired), but forcing the issue will only place a strain on the relationship. In such cases it is best to proceed with caution and let the person needing help take the lead. 

I’m so unorganized. Won’t a professional organizer be tempted to judge me for my lack of organization?

Working with a professional organizer can be a little intimidating. It’s natural to feel uncomfortable inviting a stranger into your home to see your messes and sort through your belongings. As a professional organizer, I am not there to judge; I’m there to help. Helping people get and stay organized is what I love to do! You have my sincere pledge that our sessions will be confidential and judgment-free.

 

I’ve gotten organized in the past, but it never seems to last. Why should I spend the money to pay someone to help me get organized if it’s only going to be temporary?

The key to long term success in organization is establishing a system that allows you to preserve organization over time. This is where the professional organizer comes in. I will help you create systems and strategies to maintain order that complement the way you use your space. In addition, I will check in with you periodically to see how your systems are functioning. For a more in depth understanding of the benefits of working with a professional organizer, click here.

 


Still have questions?

If you still have questions about working with an organizer you can contact me here. If you have a general organization question you can submit it through my Ask an Organizer page and see the response posted here on the website.

I look forward to corresponding with you about all your organization needs!


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