Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the most frequently asked questions that I've received from my prospective clients.
What is a Professional Organizer?
A Professional Organizer has the skills and experience necessary to help individuals and companies regain control of their time, space and paper. They guide their clients through a maze of clutter and then provide organizing systems, products and information that will help their clients gain the organization skills necessary to get back on track. An organizer will provide support, focus and direction.
Why is being a NAPO member important?
Being a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) shows that the organizer is committed to providing a professional level of service. NAPO provides its members with ongoing educational opportunities and up-to-date information on organizing products to expand an organizer's skills and knowledge.
What about confidentiality?
NAPO members are guided by a code of ethics that emphasizes confidentiality, honesty and integrity.
We'll schedule a time for a 20-minute phone consultation, at which time you’ll explain to me your “organizational challenges” and I’ll share with you some of the things you can do to live a more stress-free and productive life. Then you can decide whether or not you’d like to hire me to accomplish these goals.
Will I have to throw away all my "stuff"?
No. During the sorting process, I’ll ask you my own set of "frequently asked questions" and give you advice and information, but you decide what’s important to you and what stays and what goes.
Will my organized space just end up looking cluttered in a few weeks?
I offer a maintenance program to all of my clients to help them stay organized. With proper planning and by implementing processes that work with your life and decision-making style, you will have come a long way to maintaining an organized space that is uncluttered, efficient and more relaxing.
Do I do the work or do you?
This is a client's personal decision. After addressing all the frequently asked questions, some clients are able to do the work themselves after a consultation while others want to work right alongside me. I will be totally nonjudgmental and will strive to provide a motivating environment while we work together to declutter your space. I'll be your coach and your cheerleader all rolled into one!
How long will it take to get me organized?
A typical appointment lasts 3 to 6 hours. Services are tailored to each client's specific needs. The length of a project generally depends on the size of your home or office, the amount of clutter and paper that has accumulated, and how quickly you make decisions about what you want to keep.
Is this money well spent?
Just as you spend hard earned dollars on other assistants and professionals, spending money on a professional organizer saves you time, energy and stress. Plus, you only have to do it once when a system, tailored to your needs and lifestyle, is put in place. You actually can save money by not replacing those "lost" items, returning library books on time, or paying bills before a late fee is imposed. You won't spend valuable time looking for "missing" keys, tools or papers.
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