What does a Professional Organizer actually do?

Professional Organizers create personalized solutions to increase the efficiency of any home or office. They can help you eliminate clutter, organize what’s left, restore balance and order, and maximize your time and resources.

How does the process work?

1. Connecting

The process usually begins with a phone call where we discuss your needs. You’re free to ask me any questions you like. If we feel we can work together, we’ll book the first appointment at a mutually convenient time.

2. Assessment

During the initial part of the first work session, we’ll talk in more detail about your desires and goals, what works for you and what doesn’t. I will ask for a tour of the entire home, if you’re comfortable with that, even if we are working in only one room. We may find a better spot for some items which are taking up space in the area we’re tackling. The Assessment part of this first session is free and completes the evaluation which began on the phone. Together we’ll create an action plan and establish attainable goals.

3. Getting to work

We will sort whatever needs to be organized into different categories, as required: Keep, Move to another room, Recycle, Donate, Sell, Toss, Repair, Shred, Undecided, etc. Helpful in the process are bags or boxes for sorting and for giveaways, recyclables, and garbage, as well as newspaper to wrap fragile items. If requested, I can bring these items. I will also help you develop personalized systems which maximize efficiency and space, to maintain a more peaceful, productive, and enjoyable home or office environment.

What happens to the items I don’t want?

Either you or I can take bags or boxes of unwanted goods to a place like Renaissance. I can also help arrange pick-up of larger items. Some more valuable items can be sold. I can help with that if you like. I try extremely hard to avoid contributing to the ever-growing landfill!

How long does the average organizing project take?

The amount of time will depend on the scope of the project, as well as how decisive and focussed you are. I charge by the hour. Clients are usually surprised and pleased by how much we can accomplish in a single session. If there is a deadline, I am often able to accommodate you by working in a more intensive way.  Dealing with paper is what seems to take the longest.

 Will you make me throw away my stuff? 

I never tell anyone to get rid of anything. I am happy to support you in the process; however, the decision is always yours. I will help you dispose of your cast-offs in an ecological manner.

How do I know you are the right organizer for me?

Just as you would if you were hiring any other professional, check out experience, training, reviews, and background.  During the telephone consultation, feel free to ask as many questions as you like. If we feel we can work together, we’ll book the first appointment. When we meet in person, you will know for sure. Trust your instinct. I am very approachable and open to feedback.