Professional Organizer Frequently Asked Questions

What is a professional organizer?
How can a professional organizer help me?
Can’t I just hire a housecleaner?
Will you make me get rid of all of my things?
How long will it take to get organized?
How much will it cost to get organized?
My loved one is so disorganized, I can’t stand it! Can you just go in and get them organized?
I’m not a “neat freak”. Can I still be organized?
How do I stay organized?

Q: What is a professional organizer?

The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) describes a professional organizer as a person who “enhances the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and through transferring organizing skills. A professional organizer also educates the public on organizing solutions and the resulting benefits.”

Q: How can a professional organizer help me?

Professional organizers provide a wide range of services and products to help enhance the lives of people through management of everyday tasks and their belongings. There are organizers who specialize in helping seniors downsize and move, organize closets, kitchens, business offices and more. There are also organizers who work with clients on areas such as goal-setting and paper management to working with people who have hoarding issues.

Some organizers provide all of these services. A professional organizer can help by bringing experience and expertise to help you tackle your organizational challenges.

Q: Can’t I just hire a housecleaner?

Although, some housecleaners offer organizing services and can make your home “look” organized, it really isn’t. It’s like putting a band-aid on a wound. Yes, it will stop the bleeding but it will not get to the reason why you are disorganized, “the wound.” Because the organization isn’t specific to your organizing style and needs, your space will quickly become disorganized and chaotic again.

If you want to get organized and stay organized hire an expert. An organizer will get to the bottom of your disorganization and will work one on one with you and anyone else that uses the space to develop a customized system that is easy to maintain and makes sense.

Q: Will you make me get rid of all of my things?

No, a professional organizer will not make you get rid of all of your things. You have the final say about what goes. However, if clutter is a big issue you will have to eliminate some of it. That is why working with a professional organizer who is neutral, empathetic and uses proven techniques that help people overcome their fear of letting go, can help you achieve your goal of being organized.

Q: How long will it take to get organized?

It depends on how motivated you are, the size of the project and how quick you can make decisions. You have probably spent many hours trying to declutter and get organized only to throw in the towel when you started feeling overwhelmed. Maybe you have even tried working with a loved one or a friend who is organized and seems to have it all together, only to end up arguing. You look at the space and think it will take someone days to get me organized.

Working with a professional organizer who can listen to what your needs are, look at the whole picture, devise a plan of action and use proven techniques that will work for you; can not only be a huge relieve that finally someone understands you but, can save you time and money in the end.

Q: How much will it cost to get organized?

Each job is unique. It depends on your motivation, scope of the project, how quick you make decisions and how well you do on “homework” assignments. Most small jobs can be accomplished within a six hour day. Larger jobs can take up to forty or more hours.

A professional organizer can save you time and money. Something that may take you hours to do may only take a professional organizer a fraction of time. Having someone who can look at your situation from a new perspective, who has experience working with others with similar challenges and knows proven techniques that can get you unstuck, can really save you time and money. To get started, contact Sharon at 518-791-5560 or fill out the contact form online to schedule your FREE consultation today!

Q: My loved one is so disorganized, I can’t stand it! Can you just go in and get them organized?

We all have good intentions for those we love. Although you may think that they are disorganized, they may think(or pretend)that they have it under control. They often say, “I know where things are,”  “I need to keep that out or I will forget it,” or, “You can’t tell me how to live.” All of these may be true: they can find things when they need them, they know that the thing that they are looking for is in that pile in the corner of the basement and yes, they are an adult and you can’t tell them how to live.

If your loved one is not willing to change their habits and work with someone who is there to help them then, no, I can not just go into someone’s space and organize it. Now, if there is a case where your loved one is in a situation where their disorganization creates an environment that is unsafe for them and/or those who live with them, there are things that can be done.

Q: I’m not a “neat freak”. Can I still be organized?

Being organized doesn’t mean being perfect. Organization is a personal thing. Some  people like a minimalist environment, others can handle a little clutter. What is important is that you are living efficiently in your space with as little stress as possible.

Q: How do I stay organized?

The same way you take care of your car by getting regular oil changes or your home by painting it to keep it looking nice, you need to take care of your organized space. Being organized is about creating habits. You have to spend some time each day organizing, even if it is 15 minutes, to maintain the systems that were created for you. If you find it too hard to keep up with things for whatever reason or the system needs a little tweaking, you can purchase a maintenance package.

Contact me today for your FREE consultation at 518-791-5560. With years of professional organizing experience, I have been helping people in Upstate NY’s Capital Region in areas such as Saratoga, Glens Falls, Lake George, Malta, Clifton Park and more get organized and stay organized, with proven tactics and methods.

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