If you have ever considered hiring a Professional Organizer here are 5 questions to ask first:
Do you work alone or with a team?
This is super helpful to know especially if you have a project with a deadline. Perhaps family are coming to town for the holidays and that guest bedroom is looking anything but ready for guests. Two sets of hands are faster than one.
How long does it take to complete a project?
This is important for two reasons: 1) It will give you, as the client, an idea of the time and cost associated with your project 2) it will help you to set realistic goals. While there is no way to know exactly how long a space may take to organize, it is helpful to know that the client is actually the one that mostly determines how long a project will take. This is due to the client’s decision making ability. Keep the ugly, bejeweled cat sweater that grandma gave you, or donate it? Sometimes, especially if there is a sentimental value attached to an item, it can be hard to make fast and sure choices. Which is why #3 is important.
What is your process like?
I truly believe “One size DOES NOT fit all” Too often, I see organizers give their clients a laundry list of reasons why things aren’t working in the space and what the client “should have done” The thing is organizing is a sensitive business. It requires a high level of trust and vulnerability from the client in order to open up their homes and drawers for someone else to see. That’s why I think it is so important to ask about the process. If you have recently gone thru a death in the family and need help going through that loved ones items, you don’t want someone moving a mile a minute pressuring you to make a decision about what is going into the keep and toss pile. Each client, situation, and home is different. Find out if your organizer will be flexible and work at a pace that is comfortable for your personality and current situation.
What is your fee and what is included?
Most organizers charge a flat hourly rate for their time. In addition, they might charge a consultation fee, a fee to haul off trash and donations after a session, as well as shopping for supplies. Tip: try to find an organizer that offers organizing packages. Think -all inclusive. One price for everything it takes to get the job done. Packages take the guess work out of the equation.
Can you do it ALL for me?
Let’s be real. Sometimes we don’t want to know how to fix something. We just want it fixed! I don’t ask the plumber what size PVC pipe is needed to fix the leak in the bathroom. Same goes for our stuff. Now and then we just want a professional to come in, work their magic, and fix our problems without having to lift a finger.
If you are more of a do it yourself-er and want to know how to conquer any space in just 5 simple steps you can download my FREE guide. You will learn the exact process I use to organize any space.