What does your being a member of NAPO and AADMM do for me?
As a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) I've received hours of training on organizing principles and techniques, learning styles and personality types, and more. A professional organizer's goal is to go beyond simple organizing to designing systems, transferring skills so that you, the client, can take it on as your own.
Similarly, AADMM's continuing-education opportunities and member's best-practices forum allow me to better serve, educate, and advocate for my clients.
As a professional, I keep our work confidential and protect your privacy, and must follow a strict code of ethics.
These are great networks; if I am unavailable or unable to take on your job, I can recommend any number of fantastic professionals for you.
I'm so embarrassed. Have you ever seen a mess like this?
The answer is: most likely! No one is perfect, and if actual people live in your home there will be clutter somewhere. Sometimes you get so overwhelmed with the big stuff (new jobs, new babies, moves, the death of a loved one, etc., etc.) that you lose control of the smaller stuff. The main question is, are you happy in your space, and can you find what you need when you need it?
How should I prepare for our first session?
Don't feel like you have to organize before the organizer comes! It actually will help me to get a better feel about your lifestyle if things are in their "natural state" when I come. Instead, gather pictures that can give me an idea of your vision for your space. Houzz and Pinterest are great places to find and save ideas, and you can always save magazine clippings in a notebook or folder.
Do I need to be there while you work?
Ideally, yes. Especially when it comes to decluttering, you really should to be there to make the decisions about what to keep or let go of. When it comes to reorganizing, it is more effective if we work together to create simple organizing systems that make sense to you.
How can I afford to
hire a professional organizer?
Most likely you are already spending a fair amount of money on disorganization, both in hard currency (buying duplicates of things you can't find, paying late fees because you misplaced bills, renting storage units) and soft currency (lost time, frustration, shame). Often, as I organize with people, we find long-lost items, supplies we can use in reorganization, and even money. It's like a treasure hunt!
How long will it take and how much will it cost?
Both depend on the job at hand, how complicated it is, the pace you're comfortable working at, and how much "homework" you want to do. During your free phone consultation we can discuss this a bit more, and see what best fits into your budget. Let's talk!
What's the process?
In a nutshell:
- Free phone consultation. We'll go over a series of standard questions to make sure we are a good fit for each other and will discuss options and costs. About 30 minutes.
- In-home consultation and needs assessment. You'll show me areas of your home that are priorities, and I'll give you my recommendations for things you could do and products you could benefit from. One hour.
- Hands-on work. We will work at your pace and comfort level. We will develop systems that make sense to you and will work for you and your family. Minimum of three hours.
- Ongoing maintenance. On an as-needed basis and at a discounted rate.
Ask about package pricing!