Frequently Asked Questions
What does a professional organizer do?
I start by listening to what organizing challenge you wish to solve. I then take mindful inventory of how you’re currently approaching the problem, making note of opportunities to reduce clutter and where to implement space-saving solutions. Then the fun begins! With our combined efforts of your ideas and my experience we’ll transform your space from what it is today into a clutter-free, functional place you’ll look forward to spending time in.
Why should I hire a professional organizer?
Oftentimes we want to do the organizing ourselves but for whatever our reason we keep putting it off. Sometimes we’re too overwhelmed on where to begin. Another reason may be that we’re just too busy. Hiring me saves you time, so you can spend more time enjoying your home instead of feeling like you’re working in it. Using my experience in transforming spaces, we’ll get the project done quickly and efficiently (so it doesn’t end up a long and drawn-out process).
What is the difference between an organizer and a cleaner?
We’re both professionals. Organizers might do some light cleaning; Cleaners might do some straightening, but it’s not their focus. You tell a cleaner what needs to be done and leave them to it. Working with an organizer is a collaborative process, and we work with clients throughout the session.
Do I have to be there while you organize?
Yes! Being there with you is important in the decision-making process — understanding why you want to keep something or let it go.
Where do we even start?
You tell me what’s bothering you the most. If you don’t have an idea, we’ll pick a corner and work our way through the room. Anywhere we start is progress.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I take Venmo, Zelle, checks, or cash, or a combination. Whatever suits your needs.
Are your hours flexible?
Absolutely! Yes. I’m more than willing to work around your schedule. I’m able to work evenings and weekends.
I’m embarrassed about my space. Do I need to organize before you come?
No! By seeing your home as it is gives me an idea of where I can help you improve. You may think your house is the worst case, but I’ve seen it all as an organizer.
What types of clients do you work with?
Any and all are welcome — singles, couples, big families, seniors, the LGBTQIA community, and small businesses. I’m willing to tackle small projects or big ones. For in-person projects, my preference is a 4 hour minimum. Virtual organizing sessions can be as short as 30 minutes.
Will I have to throw away things that I really want to keep?
Absolutely not. The goal is to leave you with things that enhance your life. I’ll never force you to throw anything away.
How long will organizing take?
It differs for everybody and depends on the situation. Sometimes it takes longer to make certain decisions in regards to what to keep, donate, or throw away. I start with a video/photo consultation so I can see the space and give you a better idea of the time frame.
Will the process be more overwhelming than how I feel right now?
Breaking the process down into small, manageable steps and guiding you gently through them will alleviate the stress, and you won’t feel overwhelmed.
How do I find things in my home once we’re finished?
The point is to make it easier to find things. We’ll be doing this together so you’ll know exactly where everything goes.
Will our sessions be confidential and do you post pictures?
Allowing someone into your home to sort through the pieces of your life requires trust. I guarantee 100% confidentiality when working with you. There’s no judgment. I will only take pictures and share them with your permission.