FAQ

What is Virtual Organizing and how do I purchase time?

A simple Google search shows more and more people choosing this method to organize their space.  The method differs but the result is the same: a new space organized to fit your style, your needs.  It  may seem odd at first but Virtual Organizing is just as fast, more private, geographically unlimited and more affordable. All you need is an Internet connection, a video platform (Skype or Google Hang-outs) account to connect with me, and if you are not able physically to do the work- a personal assistant to help.

To purchase: You select the yellow “Buy Now” button on the “HOME” page of this website to pay for two hours of virtual organizing with PayPal or a credit card pictured below the yellow “Buy Now” button.  Once we agree on a time we connect via Skype or Google Hangouts in real time and 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 walk you through step-by-step each item and ask you questions which will help you make the vital decisions that will find a home for each item. At the end of two hours together in real time you should have a clearer work space with piles to the side marked: “Trash”, “Shred”,  “Donate”, “Give to…” and “Recycle” for example and you will follow through by taking items to the locations you decided.

How can a professional organizer help me?

A professional organizer can clean out a closet, create a paper and digital file system that allows  important information access when needed, plan space for a kitchen remodel or a new residence,  pack/unpack for a move, streamline information flow to increase productivity of office work, work with various specific populations such as children, seniors, students, the chronically disorganized.

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 is no replacing the on-site recommendations and hands-on creation that happens when you  hire a professional organizer. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Hire a pro so you can spend time doing the things you like to do.  By making the appointment you make the commitment in your schedule. Carving out the time in your calendar is part of the battle. Having someone with you keeps you focused, motivated and confident in your decisions about what to do with the things that impede your “Flo”.

How long will it take to get organized?

An organizing  system can be set up fairly quickly.  Because things and information change in meaning as time goes by (you no longer need your children’s college loan information because they are old enough to manage it on their own for example), staying organized is a constant process needing regular attention. The faster you can make decisions about what things and papers mean to you the faster the faster to get organized.

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? 

Examining references and testimonials will show that the professional has been trusted with these things before.  A career professional organizer prides herself on confidentiality, compassion, objectivity, respect and the selfless aim to help 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 while working with the pro.

Do I have to be present to work with the organizer or will s/he work alone?

Though I always start with the client, many projects can be started in the client’s absence. One of the first steps of organizing is to sort. 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.

What do I do with all the stuff I organized out of my life?

Goodwill and other charities will give you a receipt and a guideline for value of donated items. If you can give away more than your standard itemized deduction then you have saved time that a yard sale would have taken.

National Association of Professional Organizers

Client Testimonial: “Dear Kimberly, Thanks for the four hours of donated time you put in to make our office practices more efficient.  I can already see the results.  It will certainly make staff time more productive as we schedule class visits to the Audubon Center and naturalist visits out to school and community groups.  Furthermore, your suggestions will also help in the scheduling of building rentals, and weekend field trips.  It will make the work of our volunteers more efficient too.”                                                                                       -Director, Fields Pond Audubon Center, Holden, Maine