Why hire a professional organizer?
A professional organizer tailors systems to fit your natural habits and work styles, ways of thinking, environmental factors and priorities. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, hiring a professional allows you to spend time doing the things you like to do. By making the appointment you make the time commitment in your schedule and that's half the battle. Having someone to guide you keeps you focused, motivated and confident in your decisions about what to do with the things that impede your work flow.
How can a professional organizer help me?
A professional organizer can neaten a closet, create a paper and digital file system, prepare to pack/unpack for a move, help with the weeding process necessary when downsizing, streamline information flow to increase productivity of office work, work with various specific populations such as children, seniors, students, the chronically disorganized.
How long will it take to get organized?
Because things and information change in meaning as time goes by, staying organized is a constant process needing regular attention. The faster you can make decisions about what you love and need the faster you can get organized.
What is virtual organizing?
The method differs but the result is the same: a new space organized to fit your style, your needs. Virtual Organizing is just as effective, more private, geographically unlimited and more affordable. All you need is a phone for voice only organzing or a high-speed Internet connection and a video platform such as Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime or Facebook for video organizing. If you are not able physically to do the work you can have a local personal assistant to help. I will see you in your home or office work space in my computer monitor and you will see me in your monitor. I will talk you through step-by-step each item asking you questions which will help you make the necessary decisions to decide what to do with each item that makes up the pile that may be overwhelming you. At the end of our time together you will have categories marked: “Trash”, “Shred”, “Donate”, “Give to…” and “Recycle” and you will follow through by taking items to the locations you decided.
Will the organizer ask me to throw away my belongings?
The organizer will ask you what the things and information mean in your life and when and how you use them. If it’s an object or information that you no longer need, there is no reason to make it harder for yourself to maintain order by increasing the number of things to keep in control. If it’s got sentimental meaning the organizer will help you find a place for it to rekindle feelings but not interfere with system functioning.
How can I trust someone with my sensitive things such as love letters, mutual fund statements, medical histories and valuable jewelry?
A career professional organizer aims for confidentiality, compassion, objectivity, respect and helping clients.
I have been disorganized my whole life, is there any chance I can change?
A professional organizer will transfer valuable skills and insight to the client so that s/he can learn how to be organized. Many times people try to get organized but are not truly ready. A person must be willing and ready to make the necessary changes and prioritizations to achieve the desired organization.
Do I have to be present to work with the organizer or will s/he work alone?
Though I always try to start with the client, many projects can be done in the client’s absence such as sorting. Though some small errors in category can be made for the most part this needs little guidance and will greatly reduce the time and effort the client spends organizing. After the sorting is done the organizer consults with the client as to how s/he would like things set up and stored.
Have you worked with hoarding clients?
Yes. There are some things I can help with and some things for which I encourage clients to seek out other area professionals to focus on the problem from different directions. Oftentimes people use the word "hoarding" to describe someone who is really just not suffiiently ready to part with the things that clog hallways or who knows not how to start and finish an organizing project alone.
What do I do with all the stuff I organized out of my life?
Charities will give you a receipt and a guideline for value of donated items to use on your taxes. If you can give away more than your standard itemized deduction then you have saved time that a yard sale would have taken.
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