What does a professional organizer do?
An organizer comes alongside you to create systems for your every day life. These systems are individualized and based on your personality and personal preferences, and they set you up for success in reaching your goals, increasing productivity and efficiency, eliminating excess, and finding peace.
Will you make me get rid of things?
Only if you want to! A big part of getting organized is decluttering. Clutter is stuff that isn't relative to your every day life or regular use anymore. Our first line of action after helping determine your vision and goals is to help identify what isn't current for you. This can mean getting rid of it, storing it away for future reference, or digitizing it to save space. Many times, we do encourage you to let things go, because it's good for you emotionally, but we respect that ultimately the decision is yours.
If you express that you feel like you have too much stuff, it's causing you stress, and you wish it would all just go away, but then when it comes down to it, you have trouble parting with individual items, then yes we will gently challenge you and ask you questions to uncover why it's hard to let things go. Getting rid of things can be tough and emotional. We are here to work through the process with you, but will not throw things away behind your back or "make you" get rid of things. Our goal is to empower you to make that decision on your own, when you are ready.
Where do I even start?
A lot of times, the first step is the hardest. Honestly, the fact that you are reading a site for a home organizer means that you probably have interest and desire to create more order in your life. Your life looks different from your neighbor's life, so we are not going to give a cookie cutter answer on where to start.
We usually begin by discussing the scope of the situation and strategically deciding how to best launch into one project in order to set you up for the next projects. Once we talk long enough that we can discover a turning point for that crazy-maker, we back up and create a plan that helps you get out of the mess. The wonderful part of having an organizer work with you is that it helps put wheels to all those ideas and tips you've been meaning to implement.
Shouldn't I be able to organize my own house?
Well, in theory... perhaps... but we have each other for a reason. Your strong suits are different from the next person. Maybe you keep telling yourself you're going to clean out that pantry or attic and for whatever reason you just can't make yourself do it, and it's time to call someone. Maybe you are grieving now or recently went through grief... that is such a normal time that people "let go" of their home upkeep. After a few years it can catch up to you to the point that it is way too overwhelming to think about tackling alone. We really are honored to come alongside people in these times, so please know we won't judge, no matter how out of hand things have become. Additionally, we are big believers in community and accountability. Even the most organized of people hire help because they know the value of doing it together - it’s how things get done.
Do we sign a contract?
We do! To be clear on all policies, procedures, and expectations, we do ask every client to sign a working agreement which is sent at time of booking.