Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Professional Organizer?
A professional organizer is someone that helps you overcome clutter and disorganization to make your personal or work life less stressful and your time more efficient. Organizing can take place at homes or businesses and can pertain to anything tangible (rooms, closets, drawers, storage areas, cabinets, shelves, pantries, file cabinets) or digital (emails, file management). It can also pertain to life organizing, such as task scheduling, household maintenance, and going paperless.
Why hire a Professional Organizer?
A professional organizer will not only help you organize your mess, but they also create easy-to-follow systems to help keep it that way. They are there to help you through the entire process or to do everything themselves. They are there to sit, sort, clean, file, de-clutter, and de-stress to help make your home a better place to live or your business a better place to work.
If you are worried that you’ll never be able to maintain an organized space, don’t be. Organizing techniques and habits can be learned and adopted over time, but if you are not able to organize your space for whatever reason, you can purchase discounted blocks of organizing time that are great for ongoing maintenance.
What are the benefits of getting organized?
EVERYTHING! You will have more time and less stress, you will know where everything is located (which saves time, huge headaches, and your wallet!), and it will make your life easier and happier. Your environment plays a huge part on your attitude and outlook, and can even affect your blood pressure levels. Clutter and disarray serve a negative impact on your life and on your health. Life is simpler and healthier when your environment is organized and clean, systems are in place, and you can find objects you are looking for.
Which areas do you service?
I provide spatial organizing to homes and businesses in Western North Carolina — spaces like closets, kitchens, storage rooms, offices, you name it. For clients local or nationwide, I can help with “digital” areas such as your computer files, as well as life organizing such as time management. You can see a full listing of areas and rooms serviced on the Residential Organizing and Commercial Organizing pages.
Will you work with me or just coach me?
As long as you are totally clear about how the space should be organized, it’s entirely up to you. If you don’t want to touch a thing, you don’t have to. But if you or anyone else wants to help, it’ll get the job done faster and save you money.
How long will it take you to organize my space?
Unfortunately, there is no good way to accurately estimate how long a space will take — it simply depends on too many factors, such as how quickly you can make decisions to purge or relocate some of your items.
If your budget is very limited, we can begin by prioritizing spaces and organizing first where the most help is needed. That way if you decide not to spend any more money at some point, we have still addressed the major problem areas.
Also, please keep in mind that you can purchase discounted package rates! You can find more information on the package deals on the Rates page.
How long is an organizing session?
Organizing sessions are almost always 3 hours, which I have found to be the ideal amount of time to make significant progress before you (and I!) start losing optimal focus. Two 3-hour sessions can be scheduled in one day with a lunch break in between.
Remote organizing sessions (via an application like Skype) may be only 1-2 hours.
How can I make the most out of an organizing session?
Hiring a professional organizer is a big deal and a great investment in your life or business. To make the most out of each appointment, I recommend first and foremost that you become clear about what you want or need. For example, you might not like the way your desktop is crowded with paperwork, but I want you to think about what’s not working — do you have a system for handling incoming mail? Do you have a place to put business receipts? Do people constantly come in and put things on your desk for you to look at?
If your kitchen table has become the catch-all area for your home, look at the types of items that are placed there. Do those items have designated homes elsewhere? (Most likely the answer is no.)
Or perhaps your life has gotten so busy you simply haven’t had time to catch up.
The more clear you are on the root of the disorganization, the better I can help you come up with a solution.
Do you work with hoarders?
Keep in mind that a cluttered home does not necessarily equal a hoard — many people who believe themselves to be hoarders truly aren’t.
That said, if you are truly a hoarder, you will do best to find an organizer who specializes in hoarders and has the team and resources available to help you.
How do I get started?
We start with a free Get Acquainted call, which you can schedule online by clicking here.
What takes place at the first appointment?
Since all consultations are done over the phone, we will begin organizing at the first appointment (after I have you sign a few forms).
What if I only need you for a few hours?
That’s totally fine! For most local clients, there is a 3-hour minimum for each appointment — and if you live within 25 miles of the 28786 zip code there is only a 2-hour minimum. Nationwide clients may only need 1 hour for each remote session (via an application such as Skype).
Will my sessions be confidential?
Absolutely! All meeting, conversations, and questions are between you and me, and no one else.
What are your rates?
Please see the Rates page for details.
What payments are accepted?
I accept cash, checks and credit cards, and payment is due by the end of each work session (each day). Remember that you can also pay in advance and get discounted rates! (You can find more information on package deals on the Rates page.)
Please note that there is a $30 fee for each returned check.
I’m interested in becoming a professional organizer. How do I learn more about this fun career path?
Personally, I took the trainings over at Profitable Organizer (this is an affiliate link, meaning I will get some commission if you purchase anything there). They have figured everything out, which saves countless hours for you — they take you room-by-room to show you how to organize them, what forms to use, what to charge, how to talk with clients, and more. There are also two fantastic resources on Facebook: Organizers Unleashed and Professional Organizers Think Tank. Enjoy!