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How much will it cost to get organized?
Because every client and project is different I charge by the hour. For some people, sorting and editing is simple and easy, for others it takes a bit more time. It is important that the organization project moves at a pace that is comfortable for the client. A professional organizer should not rush a project just to get it finished within a certain number of hours (unless, of course, there is a firm deadline that needs to be met by the client.)
How long will it take?
Simply stated … “that depends.” There are a number of factors that go into completing an organizing project: How large is the project? Is it just a closet or a whole bedroom? Can editing decisions be made quickly and easily? How frequently can we get together to work on the project? How many hours can we spend together at each organizing session? Is there homework that you can do on your own between our sessions? We will work as quickly and efficiently as possible, while giving thoughtful attention to each of the decisions that need to be made along the way.
Do I have to be there all the time?
Each client lives and works differently and organizing is a very personal process, so my experience with other clients may not translate to be the perfect fit for you. Although some work can be done independently, it's better if we work through the process together. Part of my job is to teach the process of decluttering and organizing and that is best learned through hands-on experience.
Should I purchase organizing supplies before our first consultation or session?
No. Although there will be an urge to purchase all the organization items you may think you need, part of our assessment and organizing processes will be determining what those items are and if you already own some of them. Once we get into the nuts-and-bolts of the project and have determined our supply needs, either you can shop for them, or Organize to Simplify can shop for you and bring the items to our next organizing session (no mark-up on supplies purchased).
Will you make me get rid of all my stuff?
Absolutely not! Only you will decide what stays and what goes. In addition, once the decision has been made to edit items, only you will decide what happens to them. Should it be thrown away? Is there a friend or family member that could use it? Is there a resource that could put the item to good use (see Resources)? Possessions are very personal and you need to be comfortable with what happens with them after you’ve decided they are not a priority for you.
How should I prepare for our on-site consultation?
The short answer is “don’t.” Please, don’t organize or straighten up before we have chance to go through the assessment phase. There was something that prompted a call to Organize to Simplify, so it’s important to see your home or office as it is every day. This will help us figure out what’s working, what’s not working, and develop a game plan to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
How will I know my privacy will be protected?
Organize to Simplify belongs to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and abides by its Code of Ethics. I feel privileged that you’ve invited me into your personal space and would not betray your trust. As you might imagine, much of my business comes from referrals and violating a client’s privacy would certainly result in an unfavorable recommendation.
I see “before and after” pictures of make-overs all the time, but I’m embarrassed about my house and don’t want any pictures of my house on your website.
Your personal space is your sanctuary and I would not violate your privacy or confidentiality by taking pictures or discussing an organizing project with anyone except the individual client. However, I do suggest you take “before and after” pictures for your own, personal reference just so you can see the dramatic changes and accomplishment.