What is a "Professional Organizer"?
What comes to mind when you think of a professional organizer? Hoarders (th hit TLC television show)? While this is a great example of professional organizers at work, this is only a SMALL part of what a professional organizer actually does. Professional organizer are here to help with projects both large and small. We have a deep understanding of the psychology of clutter and the ones who compose it. We are here to help you get rid of some things and organize the things you keep, but also to understand why you may have kept items you didnt need and how to combat that desire to hopefully prevent clutter from accumulating in your life again.
Do I need a professional organizer?
Most people feel as if they can tackle their organization projects on their own, but eventually get overwhelmed and all organization attempts reach a halt. they may attempt to get organized over and over again and yet they never seem to accomplish the level of organization they had in mind. If that is you, it is time to hire a professional organizer! Some poeple may call a professional organizer when life transitions require a change in system to live productively such as marriage, the birth of a child or the transition to an empty nest, death, starting a new job, or opening a business. Any time you find yourself stuck in an organization project or unable to develop an organizational system that works for your current situation, it is time to consider calling a professional!
What to expect when you hire a professional organizer?
Your experience with a professional organizer will start with a short phone assessment. This will help the orgnaizer get a general idea of what your life is like and what you may need. What prompted your call and what you hope to accomplish will be the main topics of discussion. Lastly on the agenda should you choose to move forward with hiring the professional, you will set up an appointment to have the professional meet you at your home or office (wherever the organizing is to take place.) Here, the organizer will do an in-depth assessment of your space and organizational goals. This assessment can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour to complete. It can be done on a day by itself or you can include it in the first session of organizing. Many will choose to have this done on a separate day so that the organizer can give them more information about the cost of the project and the time committment needed so they can prepare for the work ahead. At the end of your in-depth assessment appointment, you will need to decide if you want to continue to move forward. If so, you may schedule your first appointment at this time or give the organizer a call back after you have had some time to think it over and decide if you want to move forward with completing the project.
Being Prepared for the Hard Truth
For many clients, the biggest barrier to getting started with organizing is fear and embarrassment. You may be afraid of possibly letting go of things that you may need later or you may be embarrassed that you have let your space get to this point in the first place. A professional organizer is respectful, understanding, and completely nonjudgemental. They understand where you are and where you want to get. Most importantly, they have the expertise to help get you there. Rest assured that as awful as you think your space may be, they are professionals and have most definitely seen worse! This does not mean that they will not be honest with you about the things you need to do to get your space to where you want it to be and to prevent your space from getting this bad again. However, they will deliver those truths in a loving and supportive way.
Are you ready to hire a professional organizer?
Great! Start by defining your needs. What areas of your home or life do you need help organizing - a simple closet, a pantry, or a garage? Do you require more specialized services like working with someone with ADHD, Chronic Disorganization, or disabilities? Are you a hoarder, a senior, or a student? Set a budget for your project. At OneEighty, our services generally cost $50/hour. This pricing may change based on the number of hours purchsed (we offer discounts for specific sets of hours purchased and paid for in one lump sum) or specials that may be running. Determine the number of hours you can afford and be sure to let your organizer know so they can stick within your determined budget. Be sure to factor in the cost of possible supplies you may need into your budget. Also, you should determine if you would like to continue with maintenance appointments. If so, you should determine frequency - monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, biannually, or annually.
Pricing per project is based on the room(s) to be completed and the level of attention required. Contact us now to get your free quote!
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DIY plan: Think you can complete the task yourself but need a little assistance on how to get started and where to begin? Our DIY package offers a step-by-step plan personalized for your room and needs. Price determined on a case- by-case basis. Free video consultation included.
No matter what your budget is, we will work with you to accomplish your goals without breaking the bank!