What does a Professional Organizer Do?
As a professional organizer, I help create functional solutions for your space that work for you! Everyone's goal and idea of being organized is different, so it is important for me to listen to your needs and habits to develop a system that is specifically suited to you.
As a professional organizer, I will NOT:
Criticize you, your home, or your belongings.
Ignore your suggestions and ideas
Insist that you get rid of things or throw away things that are of value to you.
Clean your home.
What happens after I request a consultation?
After I receive your inquiry, we will schedule a phone call to discuss the details of your project and to schedule your free in-home consultation.
At the consultation you will show me the space, explain what is and is not working, and together we will determine goals for your project. I also ask for clients to walk me through their home, tell me about their daily routines, and show me areas that work well for them and any other problem areas. This helps me get an idea of how you “operate” so that I can develop a solution that will work for you. I often take pictures and videos of the space throughout the consultation for the purpose of brainstorming, space planning, and shopping. Photos and videos will always remain private and will never be shared without your consent.
Next, we will discuss my packages and how you want to schedule your sessions. They can be scheduled back to back to tackle a project quickly, or they can be spaced out to go slower or to allow you to complete “homework” between sessions.
Once you decide which package you would like to purchase, we will review and sign my service agreement. You can submit payment then or I can email you an invoice. After I receive your payment, I can schedule your sessions and get to work!
How long will it take to organize my space?
The length of time it takes to complete your project depends on several factors, such as the size of your space, the amount of items in that space, your involvement in the project, and how quickly you are able to make decisions about what to donate, discard, and keep.
I will be able to estimate the amount of time your project may take after seeing your space and discussing your goals, but due to the factors listed above, I never guarantee a certain time frame.
Do I need to be present during my session?
It depends. If the project requires discarding and sorting items, the process will go much faster with you there to authorize which items to donate, discard, and keep. Once we are past that stage, I am happy to work with you or alone.
What should I do to prepare for your visit? Should I clean up?
Please do not clean or tidy up as it is helpful for me to see how your space functions in your everyday life. This helps me identify problems and brainstorm on ideas that will work for you, your family, and your lifestyle.
Will you make me get rid of most of my things?
No! Although discarding and de-cluttering is an important part of the organizing process, I will never ask you to part with things you truly need or love. At times, I may question you about an item and have you talk through your decision, but it is always YOUR decision. Often, my clients feel so good once we start getting rid of things that they continue to go through and discard more items after our session.
Do session prices include organizing products?
No, but products are not required and will only be purchased if you would like to incorporate them. However, if you decide you would like to purchase new organizing products, I will handle all the research, shopping, and returns for you at no additional charge! You simply reimburse me for the products you keep.
If you do not wish to purchase new items, I am often able to use items you may already have such as boxes, jars, etc.
What methods of payment do you accept?
Cash and checks are preferred, but all major credit cards are all accepted.
Will our work together be confidential?
Yes, your identity and personal information will always remain private. I understand this work can be sensitive, personal, and emotional at times. I assure you that anything related to you, your family, and your home will remain completely confidential.
How do we get started?
The easiest way to get started is to complete this consultation form. You may also call/text 318-490-8747, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where are your services available? Do you charge a travel fee?
I mostly work in Shreveport/Bossier and surrounding areas. Anything within 30 miles from me is NOT subject to a travel fee. If it exceeds 30 miles, I charge $1.75 per mile. Travel fees are roundtrip, but I do not charge for the first 30 miles there or back (meaning 60 miles are subtracted from the total mileage to be billed).
What kind of jobs do you do?
As a professional organizer, I am able to apply my organizing skills to a variety of different projects. Listed below are a few examples of reasons people hire me and jobs I can help with...
I am happy to discuss any project you have in mind!
Home/Office Organizing - anything from one junk drawer to the whole home/office
Downsizing - help consolidate belongings, choose and prepare items for storage, etc.
Moving - unpacking, decluttering, selecting items to move, store, donate, etc.
Holiday Decor - Packing and organizing for storage (not decorating)
Back to School - Set up a system for a smooth start to the school year
Christmas - organize and incorporate new gifts into your home, pack and store holiday decor, donate items that a new gift can replace, etc.
Maintenance - "touch up" past projects, incorporate newly purchased items, switch seasonal clothing, etc.
How will I know how many hours I need?
After seeing your space, I will be able to make a recommendation based on how long I estimate the project will take. There are various factors that affect how quickly a project is able to be completed, so it is strictly an estimate.
I will keep you updated throughout the process, and let you know how many hours have been used and how many remain.
How much do your services cost?
Check out my pricing and services page for all the details on pricing and what complimentary services a session includes.