What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Your home should be a place of peace and bring you joy. If it does not, call. It is as simple as a consultation to see what we can do to help.
There are unlimited opportunities to organizing your home and bringing peace back into how you live. Everyone has a different reason they feel unorganized or like their home needs some improvement.
So instead of being in survival mode at home, always feeling pressed for time and behind, find out how we can solve some of your storage problems and tackle the “stuff”.
If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade?
A lot of people do not know Professional Organizers exist, let alone what they do. My best description is that we bring logical order into your life and home.
We are not here to just help lazy people or hoarders like you see on T.V. We are specialists that create order where it is lacking in our clients lives. An objective opinion from a professional can be monumental in a families efforts to get organized.
We also have a huge amount of resources and relationships that help you put a plan in place that makes sense for your lifestyle and your budget. We are not working with stuff, but working with people in an effort to implement a system to solve problems. Often we are not just working with people to fix a problem, but are hired to put a system in place to prepare to avoid problems.
For example, if you are moving the best time to call a Professional Organizer is the minute you decide to list your home. They can help with staging the home, preparing to move, designing closet systems and storage for the new home, unpacking and getting the house in order from day one! It is not always a reactive profession. We are best utilized when you use us in a proactive manner.
Inside secrets to share?
Avoid retail and franchises until you have spoken to a professional. Retail is just overpriced and the quality is not always great.
Not always a bad decision, but often with a professional involved they can get you better pricing and better quality elsewhere. Franchises often have good quality, but their job is to sell product and meet a quota every month.
Your personal needs are not always taken into consideration. They simply take the space and try to maximize the amount of material they can install into it. So have a professional organizer help you with these areas.
At the very least have them review the options presented. Before you spend thousands on a custom closet, spend the $150 to have it reviewed first!
What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
The best thing to do is to have a consultation with a professional organizer and go from there. Each project for each family or individual is so different that the questions will never be exactly the same.
One question you will want to ask is how they price out the job, be it hourly or by the project. It is not as black and white as shopping for an appliance or window treatments. It is personal. So the questions will come as you discuss your needs. The important thing is to be comfortable with who you work with.
What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
They need to be emotionally ready. For some it is just a matter of needing help and they have the budget to hire a professional organizer. For others there can be a very strong emotional component and you have to be ready for the process.
You cannot want someone to get organized, they have to be ready. This often comes up after the loss of a family member or for someone with emotional problems, and the clutter is not what needs to be addressed first!
Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
We stand out because of the combination of talent. We take a team approach to each project as we all have our strengths and weaknesses. We have one person who is excellent at CAD drawings and space planning, and expert on product options, and another one of us that has an incredible eye for interior design on top of being a professional organizer. We also know when it is best to collaborate on a project or bring in another professional.
What do you like most about your job?
Helping people. There is no better feeling than that.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How much is this going to cost? My answer is always the same, and it is that it depends on how much you are able to do on your own.
Coming up with a plan to get a family organized does not mean we have to be paid to do every step of the plan. We are happy to, but we always need to consider budget.
So once the plan is set, decide what you can tackle yourself and what you do need/want to pay the professional to do. This plan can be broken down into as many stages as it needs to be.
The goal is “progress, not perfection”. It is important to know that the work does not have to happen overnight. It often just can’t. So as long as steps are being made in the right direction and habitual changes are being made every day to maintain what has been addressed you are doing great!
What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
That we are not here to just clean up clutter and help lazy people. Almost every family can use a professional organizer during the course of any year.
How did you decide to get in your line of work?
I didn’t. It became something that evolved after college. I have always had a knack for organizing and I was streamlining businesses after graduation. I started taking on residential projects and actually just fell in love with the work. Helping families was so much more rewarding than organizing offices.
What are your most common types of jobs?
All residential. A lot of the time people are unorganized due to a lack of storage or poorly used space. So a lot of what we do is put proper systems in closets, garages, pantries, and other areas like playrooms, and craft rooms. We also do a lot of relocation work. Staging, packing, and unpacking.
Is your pricing structure complicated?
Not complicated! It is by the hour or a project price with a scope of work to be addressed. The best way to price depends on the amount of work.
It is unfair to price by the hour in our opinion when the project is large and fluid. But for maintenance visits or some hands on organizing projects it is most appropriate, as the amount of time can depend.
If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
Just be ready for anything! Every door you walk through is a different experience, so you just have to be prepared for it all.
What is your greatest strength?
I would say my work ethic. I work hard on all my projects. My whole team does. We than all have our specialties. I happen to be great with design and CAD drawings.
What are you currently working on improving?
Balance between work and home! I have a 4 and 6 year old, so it is hard sometimes to have the time for everything.