What We Do
What is a Professional Organizer?
What comes to mind when you think of a professional organizer? Hoarders (the hit TLC television show)? While this a great example of professional organizers at work, this is only a SMALL part of what a professional organizer does. Professional organizers 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 didn't need and how to combat that desire to hopefully prevent clutter from accumulating in your life again.
Whether you need help organizing your garage, redoing your closet and letting go of clothes that are outdated or no longer fit, sprucing up your home office so that things are easier to find, or some other project, professional organizers are here to help! Just as you might hire a personal trainer to help you meet your fitness goals or a nutritionist to help you meet your nutritional goals, a professional organizer is the coach you need to help you reach your organization and productivity goals!
Professional organizers help organize physical and digital spaces in your life. This may include a kitchen, closet, home office, nursery, child's play room, man cave, she shed, garage, or other spaces in your home or life. They can take your bundle of old photos and help you create digital folders to keep them organized. They can take the paperwork in your home and help you create a filing system that enables you to easily and quickly find the things you need. They can also help you develop a planner that allows you to effortlessly keep track of all of your family's activities, obligations, bills and payment due dates, and other responsibilities unique to you and your family. They will offer support to assist you in making decisions, facilitate actions around removal of unwanted belongings, and arrange systems that include shelves and labels to help establish order and clarity.
You will develop a personal relationship with your professional organizer. They will understand the way you learn, live, and work to establish unique systems that work best for you and your family. They will help you get to the root of your disorganization or lack of productivity to understand why it is happening in the first place and help you work through the psychological part of it. However, professional organizers do NOT clean. They are there to help you develop systems and make decisions so that you can better keep your place clean on your own. They are not maids!
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 people 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 organizer 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. This assessment 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 commitment 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.
An organizer will work with you to help you decide with you want to keep, what you want to let go of, and where kept and unwanted items will go. They will facilitate the disposal, donation, or sale of unwanted belongings. They will work with you to determine what the function of each space included in the project should be and how to set it those spaces in ways that can be easily maintained. However, you should not expect an organizer to come in and work while you are out running errands, working, doing something with the kids or are in any other way distracted. It is impossible for an organizer to determine what items are trash and what items are useful without your input. In the same way, they can not determine what the function of the space should be or how to set it up properly without understanding what you and your family's unique needs are and how well you will be able to maintain a system set in place. You must be an active particiapnt in the organization process to ensure a completely customized system.
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 you get 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.
Don't worry about you a professional organizer discovering your private toys, illicit drugs, or otherwise unmentionables, they have seen it all! If the idea of having someone find these things still makes you shake in your britches, feel free to tell your organizer that you prefer not to tackle a specific drawer or box in the space or you may hide those items prior to the organizer's arrival.
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 number of hours purchased or specials that may be running, but this is a general price. Determine the number of hours you can afford and be sure to let your organizer know so they can stick within your determined budget. Also, you should decide if you would like to continue with maintenance appointments. If so, you should determine frequency --- monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, biannually, or annually.
Once you have determined these things, give us a call!