Q. What is a professional organizer, and how
can one help me?
A. The official definition of a
professional organizer is someone who “enhances the lives of clients
by designing systems and processes using organizing principles
through transferring organizing skills.” By designing custom
organizing systems and teaching organizing skills, professional
organizers help individuals and businesses take control of their
environment, their time, their papers, and their lives.
Q. Will my sessions with an organizer be
Q. Does the organizer do the work or just
explain to me how to do it?
A. It depends on what you want. Some
clients prefer to have the organizer do all the work; others find it
helpful to work alongside their organizer; and still others need
only a consultation to identify the best organizing strategy for
them to take.
Q. I've never been an organized person; is there any hope for me?
A. positively! The basic principles and
methods of organizing can be learned. New habits can be developed at
any stage of life. A professional organizer will work with you to
set up a customized organizational system, and then teach you how to
maintain your system or can set up maintenance visits.
Q. How long does a typical organizing session take?
A. It really depends on the area we're
working on and how much "intervention" is required. Many
sessions can be accomplished in 2 hours. An accurate estimate
can be provided upon viewing the situation.
Q. Should I buy organizing items before
working with an organizer?
A. It is recommended that you do not
purchase additional organizing devices until your organizer has had
a chance to fully assess the situation and determine your specific
needs. Frequently, people already have too many of these items
because they’re being used to store things that they no longer need
or are being used inefficiently.
Q. How long will it take to get me
A. Professional organizers strive to
make the organizing process as quick and efficient as possible.
However, every client is different. Generally, the length of a
project depends on the size of the area to be organized, the amount
of clutter and paper that is present, the client’s motivation to
become organized, and how quickly he or she makes decisions about
what stays and what can be donated, sold, consigned, recycled, or
Q. Once I get organized, how can I stay organized?
A. A professional organizer will not
only create a customized organizing system for you based on your
lifestyle, goals, and budget, but also teach you the necessary
skills and processes to stay organized. If, however, you need a
periodic “tune-up,” maintenance packages are available, whereby the
professional organizer will return to your home or home office and
either work with you to stay organized or else do the work herself.
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