Q: What are your rates?
A: My rates are $15-$45 per hour depending on the service you need. For example, packing for a move requires a different skill than setting up a filing system for your business; so each service is charged differently. A pricing list is provided during the assessment.
Q: Do you charge hourly, daily, or a flat-fee?
A: I charge hourly because projects vary in size and difficulty. No two spaces are alike.
Q: What should I expect during the Assessment?
A: Assessments usually last 1-1.5 hours, depending on your situation. During the Assessment I will be asking you a lot of questions to find out what your challenges are, what your vision is, and get a feel for your own sense of style. I may also take pictures and measurements of the space if time permits. This will allow me to start designing your space immediately after you sign the contract instead of having to schedule a separate session for it later.
Q: Do you charge any other fees?
A: I do charge additional fees for services like shopping, design plans, installing organizing systems (desks, cabinets… etc.), and disposal of unwanted items. These extra services are optional and are only applied by client request and approval.
Q: What if I don’t have time to go and buy everything I need to get organized?
A: I offer my clients the option of utilizing my shopping services when they do not have time to do it themselves. This is usually more beneficial to my clients because I know where to get everything and where the same item might be cheaper, so I save my clients both time and money. Items purchased by Orgawize are billed to the client at cost.
Q: Do you assign homework between organizing sessions?
A: Yes. It is important that you be involved at some point in the project and homework helps keep you in the process. It allows you the opportunity to test things as they develop and possibly change certain aspects if you feel it is not going to work for you.
Q: What is the level of my involvement?
A: You can be as involved or as hands-off as you like. The only time it is most beneficial for you to be present is during the sorting sessions because I will need to know what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. Once you approve the layout ideas or design plans I can work on my own.
Q: How often would we meet and how long is each session?
A: Once we are in agreement about the outcomes we will decide on a timeframe and set up a series of appointments as needed. Each session lasts between 2-6 hours based on time constraints.
Q: Organizer TV shows work really fast and sometimes force people to throw away things that they later regret. Is it really like that in \"real life\"?
A: Like most TV shows, what you see is not an exact account of what really happens. Keep in mind that for the purposes of the show the job must be completed quickly. This usually means that a team of organizers works on the project, and the client is forced to make quick choices, which can lead to emotional reactions. In \"real life,\" organizing takes longer which gives the client time to come to terms with purging belongings. A competent organizer will not force you to discard anything: He or she might encourage or even push you to make decisions, but will not dictate what those decisions should be.
Q: Q: How do I benefit from hiring a Professional Organizer?
A: Professional organizers know the latest processes and products that make organizing easier, giving you access to many ideas and resources that you would not have time to research or try out on your own.
Organizing is more than just getting rid of things and tidying up. A good professional organizer helps you understand the root of your challenges and provides long-term solutions to adjust your environment and habits.
Q: What should I consider when hiring a Professional Organizer?
A: Professional organizers are not a cleaning service. They are experts who provide recommendations and teach you new ways of doing things. In selecting an organizer, you are selecting someone who will work closely with you and who will be learning many of your intimate habits. Look for someone who is educated, respectful, communicates articulately, listens, is compassionate, non-judgmental, flexible, and yet will be strong enough to keep you focused and on task.
Q: How many hours does it take to get organized?
A: Projects can be 3-10 sessions or more depending on the size of your home/office, how much clutter you have, and how much effort you put in between sessions. Below are rough estimates of how long it could take:
1) A small/average room with light clutter can take 3-16 hours (not including closets).
2) Closets may take 3-12 hours or more depending on the size.
3) Entire homes with multiple bedrooms and lots of clutter may take as many as 40-80 hours. In cases of very high volume of cluttering, it can take much longer.
4) Offices with lots of paper and clutter average anywhere from 6-80 hours or more, depending on the size and volume of paper
When getting organized always think in categories. For example keep all bill paying supplies in one place, gather all of your craft supplies in a basket, or keep your photo supplies in one plastic bin.
Avoid the morning rush by planning your morning the night before and having everything you need in the morning ready to go. For example: pre-select your outfits, put together your briefcase, or collect your children’s backpacks and items needed for school.
Take time to eliminate unnecessary paperwork and materials prior to purchasing more file cabinets, folders, etc. Based on the particular work materials in your office decide on general categories for filing the paperwork. Then file alphabetically or chronologically within each category.