I've never hired a professional organizer before. What can I expect the process to be like?
After we first connect, I will schedule a consultation with you. This is done on-site or over the phone, where I will be able to ask questions about what your goals are and if necessary, take pictures, measurements, and provide some initial ideas. I will provide an estimate for the project timeline and cost.
2. Organization Sessions
These are the sessions where we do the actual organizing. We can work together on categorizing, sorting, and placing your items, or if you are comfortable, you can be close by or out of the home. These sessions may be completed in one day with multiple hours, or spaced out depending on your schedule.
This will be a time to evaluate the space, rework anything if necessary, and prepare to move on to maintaining the space. The next project can be started at this time as well.
What areas of the home do you organize?
I am happy to organize any area of the home you would like. I can assist with an area as concentrated as your refrigerator shelves to spaces as large as a garage or basement. Clothing and linen closets as well as pantries are common areas. Home offices, mud rooms, bathrooms, play rooms – any where you see that organization could help your life flow more smoothly – these are all areas I'm eager to help with.
Do you offer services associated with packing for or unpacking from a move?
Yes, I am able to assist with packing for a move of any size or unpacking from a move into a new home. Many times, downsizing is a natural part of packing in anticipation of a move, so that service would obviously go hand in hand.
Do you charge for a consultation?
My consultations are free of charge and no obligation. I happy to meet with you in person or discuss your goals over the phone. I will provide general time estimates and general ideas on how I can help you achieve your organizing goals.
What do you charge for your services?
My general rate is $65 per hour. I do offer discounts for prepaid bundles in 4 hour blocks, or monthly or quarterly visits. Seasonally, I may offer specials for parts of the home such as pantry or closet organization, so follow me on social media to be made aware of these offers!
Do I need to be present when you are working?
This is an answer that will vary according to your preference and the project. If it is a project that needs a great deal of input from you, it is important that you are at least near by during the process. If the circumstances of the project allow, I am happy to take that responsibility off your shoulders.
How long does a typical project take?
Again this varies according to your unique project needs and your preferences. If you need me as simply a "project manager" and are willing to do much of the legwork yourself, my total time on the project would be much less than someone who wants me to be there for each step. I have found some clients need me to be there physically or no organizing gets done. Some clients are good with periodic check-ins and regular homework assignments. It depends on your personal style.
Do you provide organizing materials such as baskets, labels, etc.?
I do provide labels via a portable label maker and will come to each job with basic supplies including wide masking tape, Sharpies, and a measuring tape. I am happy to shop for any additional supplies including baskets, hangers, etc. which would be invoiced to you.