Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is a Professional Organizer?

The National Association of Professional Organizers describes it best: ”A Professional Organizer enhances the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and through transferring organizing skills.  A Professional Organizer also educates the public on organizing solutions and resulting benefits.  Professional Organizers help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper and their systems for life. ”

Are Organizers the same as Decorators?

Some organizers may be trained Interior Decorators though many are not.  Decorating is a process of enhancing a space so it’s more appealing to the eye.  Organizing is more about functionality of the space and arrangement of things in it to support use.

Should I clean up before my onsite assessment?

No.  Understandably there may be discomforts in letting someone see your space out of order.  We need to see how the space normally is to best be able to understand and solve the problems.  No prework on your part is needed.

 Do I need to be there while you organize?

Yes.  The process of getting organized involves making decisions about your things and making a room work for you.  You are the most important person in the room during the process.  There may be tasks that do not require us to be side-by-side but expect to be an active participant throughout the project.

Will you throw away all my stuff?

No and we will not force you to throw everything away.  The purge element of the organizing process leads you to reduce the number of items and the kinds of items that will return to your space.  This step is needed to cut out trash and unneeded clutter that is keeping you from achieving your organizing goals.  Remember the space is fixed but we can change contents to make it function differently.

Do I have to buy a lot of new things?

Not necessarily.  During our assessment we make note of existing organizing tools and where appropriate we bring them back into the project.  In some cases there may be items that can be reused in a different way and still work.  When new products are needed to improve use of your space we will consult you and find items that fit the need.

I’m okay but can you organize my husband or child?

Disorganization impacts everyone who lives with its symptoms: late to appointments, missing items, overwhelm from overfilled spaces.  Our expectation is the primary user of the space will provide input to the organizing process.  If that is not you then please have the appropriate family member available.

How long will it take to get organized?

The time to complete each project depends on many different variables such as the number of people involved in the process, ability to make decisions, size of the project and contents of the space.  This is why we set goals and plan the work to achieve those goals.

Will I stay organized forever after our session?

Organizing is not a one-time event.  Maintenance is the key to the staying organized.  We will work with you to build maintenance routines into your project that help you manage your space and your things to stay organized.