Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the benefits of hiring a Professional Organizer?
A professional organizer helps to guide, encourage and educate you throughout the organizing process. She motivates, coaches and instructs you about the basic principles of organizing by offering specific solutions designed for your individual needs. Working with a professional organizer can save you in time and money, reduce your stress and help you live the organized life you always imagined.
Q: How long is the organizing session going to take?
Each job is uniquely different and the total hours needed to get your space organized depend on the scope of the project and how quickly decisions can be made.
Q: Will I have to throw things out?
Letting go of things is normally part of the organizing process, however, it's more complicated than that. Some items will be easier to let go of, while others may have an emotional connection. The goal is to determine which items have present, and future value and which do not. I also strongly encourage recycling. If items are reusable, they can find a new home with an organization that services the community. Look under Resources to find a list of donation sites available.
Q: How much is getting organized going to cost?
The cost depends entirely on the scope of the project, which I assess during our consultation. Over the years I have helped people with a variety of budgets. Even if we only work for one session, you will find that being organized is an investment in yourself, which pays huge dividends in saved time and decreased stress. Please call if you have any specific questions regarding your project, I will be happy to help you find out if my services are right for you. Even if I do not have the best solution, I will help point you in the right direction.
Q: I am embarrassed to have you see my mess. Will my session be confidential?
You can rest assured that all client information will stay completely confidential and that you will not be judged by your circumstances. I adhere to the NAPO Code of Ethics regarding confidentiality, which reads:
"I will keep confidential all client information, both business and personal, including that which may be revealed by other organizers."
"I will use proprietary client information only with the client's permission."
"I will keep client information confidential and not use it to benefit myself or my firm, or reveal this information to others."
Q: Will you do the work for me, or just tell me what to do?
This is a personal decision depending on your needs and budget. Most clients want hands-on help with the sorting, categorizing, and setting up of systems. Other clients are self-motivated and just need some professional advice to create a game plan that they can implement on their own.
Q: I am concerned that a family member/friend may have a problem with hoarding. What should I do?
According to the Hartford Hospital, compulsive hoarding may affect up to 2 million people in the US. It is a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to keep large amounts of items, even if they are useless, broken or unsanitary. To find out more about hoarding, OCHD and how to help someone with this disorder visit Understanding Hoarding.
Q: What should I do to prep for our consultation?
Please do not clean up your home prior to our first meeting, no matter how bad you think it may be. If I don't see your home in its day to day condition, I won't be able to properly assess your needs. Remember, I am here to help you, and won't judge!