Generally I begin with 10 to 15 minutes phone call. This allows you to ask questions and for me to gather more information. Then, if appropriate, I offer a half-hour assessment. From there, we can book the organizing sessions.
This is a real question I’ve been asked, but without more details, and depending on various factors, it’s like asking “I want to buy a car, how much will it cost?” Without more details (two door, electric or gas, used or new, with air conditioning…) That’s why it’s best to browse my website, then email or call me with a brief description of your situation. I’ll explain my process in more detail, tailored to your specific needs.
No. Lucky you! It’s better that I see your home in it’s natural state. That way, I can see your ‘hot spots’, challenging areas, etc., and help you make changes from there.
Only if you want me to. Professional Organizing is about asking strangers into the corners of your home and life that you might not show everyone. After more than 20 years in business, I’ve seen many things, looking into many drawers, and heard of many skeletons in closets. I value compassion and caring, and will work with you with as little judgement as possible. Yes, I discern and assess, but I do my best to leave personal judgements out of it. That would not be helpful, or necessary, plus it’s not my job to heap judgement on your person. In fact, I’d rather help you declutter your own inner negative judgements. If there’s anything you don’t want me to see, just let me know.
When your space is already cluttered, I’ve learned that there’s not much room for demeaning judgements, so I do my best to work without those. I’m there to support you. After 20+ years in the biz, I haven’t ‘seen it all’ but I’ve seen all kinds. I’m happy to provide references upon request, and let my clients tell you what it’s like to work with me.
Not usually, but occasionally I work with hoarders when an intense clean up or downsizing is required, like for a move, or for health reasons. I also work with families needing to clear the estate of a hoarder. I work best with people who are ready to let go, who are at the stage where their ‘stuff’ is no longer as important as the freedom that comes with living with less. Most hoarders are not ready to let go, or don’t want to, for many complex reasons. If you are wondering whether you are a hoarder, or if a family member or friend is a hoarder, there are some excellent resources online which include a hoarding scale by ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization). There is also a clutter rating image scale at http://hoarding.iocdf.org/cir.pdf
Yes, definitely. These are transitions highest on stress lists. I’ve had personal experience with all of them. Since an early age, my family experienced death. I like think that what I’ve been through might be put to use understanding and helping others. Let’s start with a phone call, you can tell me what’s happening in your life.
Any day of the week that ends in y?
These times are good too:
- Just before New Year’s Eve and after New Year’s Day is a great time for physical and holistic cleansing: out with the old, make room for the new!
- Planning a move &/or downsizing.
- Thinking of listing your property for sale.
- Planning a renovation and want your marriage to stay intact.
- Before Christmas for holiday preparations.
- After Christmas for seasonal clean-up.
- Valentine’s Day (to make room for romance or organize a romantic date).
- The day before April Fool’s Day (to really surprise your partner).
- When seasons change, like spring to summer and fall to winter.
- Before school starts again.
- After the student clutter bugs go back in school and you have the house to yourself.
Maybe. But then why haven’t you?
I love working with organized people, who know what’s needed, how to get there, but don’t have the time or energy. Sometimes you could do it on your own but time limitations or other life situations are a barrier. Or your time may be too valuable to be sorting old things and hauling them away, so call us. Some people don’t have the organizing gene, or skill. Generally my team stays 4 steps ahead, and your time is spent making decisions. Decisions about what to keep and how to utilize a space can sometimes come easier when you have a Professional Organizer guiding you through the process, asking the questions that help, giving suggestions, keeping you on track, etc. So go ahead, try it, and if you can’t do it by yourself, call me.
Depending on several factors: timeline, volume, budget, type of contents, etc, either is an option. Most of my work is one on one, but I have crews of Organizing Angels to call if we need them.
A variety of factors determines how a project unfolds: the size of your home, nature of the contents, volume, how quickly you make decisions, what your priorities are, your timeline and end goal… all these factors add up to your unique situation. Creating the home you desire or preparing your home for a sale and move could range from $500 to $15000, or more. We work with you and your goals. There are options.
Yes, I charge for the cost of my Modo or Evo car share, and then can take away donations or recycling.
Yes. But understand that it’s best if we each make decisions about our own stuff. Over the years I’ve learned strategies that can help couples. I’m not a marriage counsellor. But maybe you won’t need one after we work together, or maybe you could try both: Goodbye Clutter and a therapist?
No. Garage sales can be a fun way to reduce volume. But paying my rates to organize your garage sale, would not be profitable for you. Instead, I can review your plan, give you tips, and possibly drop by for coffee on the day.
A five ounce bar of gold tops the list! The find was hidden in the back of a lower kitchen cupboard, wrapped in kleenex, in a baggie containing cash, jewelry, trinkets, and the bright yellow bar of gold. What might be found in your closets?