Frequently Asked Questions
You mentioned that helping a friend got you started on this path. What other life experiences contribute to your abilities as a professional organizer?
For twelve years, I was an elementary school teacher. Success in that career required and depended on a hight level of organization and management of time, classroom materials and furniture, and students and parents too! As an educator, I have the ability to break down large tasks into smaller, manageable ones that students can more easily accomplish and thereby attain success. I believe that ability translates especially well to working with clients in organizing their space. In addition, I traded my wonderful teaching profession for the amazing privilege of being a stay-at-home mom. My time at home during these last eight years has both challenged and honed my organizational skills even further. I learned how to manage time, space and resources around the needs of a young and growing family.
I am really embarrassed by my space. Do I need to clean and straighten up before you come over?
Absolutely not! In fact, please don’t. In order to formulate a plan to improve your space, its important for me to see what your space currently looks like and how it is currently functioning. The organizing process is meant to bring you relief and not extra burden. Also, please be assured that there is no judgement or condemnation on my part. I keep our sessions confidential as well.
Will I need to spend a lot of money on organizing products?
Not necessarily. It often depends on what you already have on hand and what your goals are for your space. As much as possible, I work to incorporate and re-purpose items such as containers and shelving that my clients already own when we organize a space. I am also sensitive to each client’s budget and work hard to create organizing solutions that fit within those parameters.
How long will it take to organize my space?
That varies by client and depends on the organizing goals you have for your space. It also depends on whether you are willing and/or able to complete some tasks on your own. Doing “homework” is a great way to get more done in a shortened amount of time and reduce costs as well. At the end of your organizing session, you decide whether your goals for your space have been met and whether you’d like to schedule another session.
Will I be able to maintain my space on my own after we finish?
While I can’t fully guarantee it, yes, I believe you will. My previous clients have reported success in maintaining the spaces we’ve organized. This is because we’ve worked side-by-side to create a space and system that addresses their individual needs and organizing goals, makes sense for them and is easy to follow through on. It is because of their mindset with regard to “stuff” has been changed as a result of our work together. After we’re done, my clients tend to accumulate less and keep only that which they truly use, love and need. Once they get a taste of the freedom and relief that comes from living in a simplified, organized space, it is easier and motivating for them to maintain it.