Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Professional Organizer?

My goal is to provide whatever organizational assistance you may need. I want to help you enjoy relief from the burden of unnecessary clutter and unnecessary stress. Often clutter comes in the form of just too much stuff, plain and simple!  It’s easy to find ourselves weighed down in life, which makes it difficult to get anything done. Decluttering and creating easily maintained systems gives you the freedom to spend your time doing what you want to be doing. As a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, I have access to a wealth of information, resources, and current changes in the industry. (RW)

What is a Certified Productive Environmental Specialist?

Over 37 years the Productive Environment Institute has developed proven systems based on core principles designed to create productive environments.  We define a productive environment as an intentional setting where one can accomplish their work and enjoy their life.  I’ve earned my certification, through PEI (Productive Environment Institute),  and I am active in the masters curriculum, where I collaborate with an amazing team of CPES’s. The beauty of this training is that the principles apply, and the systems adapt to each individual application.  These tools graphic-CPES-logo1are invaluable for me and my clients.  I can create a productive environment in any space that is used regularly, and doesn’t have a system in place. It can be an RV, a garage, an office, a closet, even a purse!

How long will my organizing project take?

Each case is unique. I custom-tailor every project very carefully around each client’s needs, their spaces, and their goals. My job is to provide a service which creates relief from the pressure that comes with clutter, or from working within poorly organized spaces. Lifting that weight off of your shoulders is what I love to do. My clients are consistently amazed at what a huge difference it makes in their lives.

Because each project is unique, I can’t predict a schedule or cost until we have spoken about the project, and I have had a chance to see the space we will be working on.

How much will my project cost?

As with the schedule, it’s best to give an estimate after we have discussed the project, I’ve seen the space, and I am sure that I understand your goals, your budget and your timeframe. I work on a project basis.

Can I just hire you to organize my entire house?

Certainly that is possible. However, organizing an entire house can be a daunting task. I prefer working with clients on a smaller, well-scoped project to get started. We’ll both have a sense of accomplishment when it’s done, and then prioritize additional projects and move on to them at the pace that is most comfortable for you. Ideally, we start with one room (or even one area within one room), get that squared away, and then move on. Since part of my work is to help you develop systems and practices to maintain this new level of organization, if we start with one room, you may then be able to tackle some new, small projects on your own.

Do I have to throw things away?

NO.  It’s not my job to tell you to throw things away. My job is to develop solutions to help you achieve your goal. I can, however, help you in your decision making process. When you decide to let things go, we work collaboratively to identify the best disposal method for each item: when possible, it’s preferable to recycle, donate, or give away items. It’s possible that something you no longer need is sellable as well (possibly via Craigslist)

Do you work alone or do we work together?

It’s really up to you. At the Assessment visit we will discuss what needs to be done, depending on the project, together we can decide on your degree of participation. As I mentioned, it’s a collaborative effort and you should be as involved as you want to be. In addition, working together allows me to help you learn new organizing skills and set in place the processes that will help you stay organized.

Do you supply organizing materials?

Supplies will be purchased and tailored to job-specific needs. At the Assessment visit, we will discuss which materials — such as file systems or organizing boxes — may be needed for your project. I’ve learned many tips along the way to try and minimize organizing costs. In all projects, I try to use resources that are already available. If new resources are required, I can recommend the stores (both online and in-person) where we can find the best options, pricing to match your budget, and so on.

Is this service confidential?

Absolutely. I understand how difficult it can be to let others into your private space. Getting over this uneasiness is the first step in transforming your space and being able to spend your time on the things that really matter to you. All projects are strictly confidential.