Professional Organizing

How Does it Work?

If you’ve read this far, you likely have specific questions about your project or how hiring a professional organizer works. Can this work for you? Will your family keep the spaces tidy? How much of your time will this take? Don’t see your question answered below? Schedule a consultation and ask us anything!

How long have you been a Professional Organizer?

As a teenager, I was a big bedroom re-arranger. I would get grounded and stay home and rearrange my furniture, so a business was born!

 

In 2002 I started organizing my boyfriend’s (now my husband) construction office and then moved on to organize his whole house. I was having a great time because every project I tackled made everything function and look so much better, there was immediate satisfaction. How can you not love that!

 

I found the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and knew right away that this amazing group of people spoke my language and were people I could learn from.

What does being a Certified Professional Organizer® mean?

It means that my clients are assured that their organizer invests in continuing education and is up to date on the latest organizing information, techniques and products.  It also means that I adhere to the Ethics of Certified Professional Organizers in addition to the NAPO Code of Ethics.

Who are your clients exactly?

My clients are very busy people who want to be organized, are moving, downsizing or anticipating a home renovation project. Their biggest need right now is to get their projects under control so that they can relieve themselves of the pressure that is keeping them up at night. They want a partner to keep things moving, who can work with the many people in their life and get the desired results. They want to get their projects under control and up to date, and that means having the support that will ensure that they get there.

What happens if you haven’t worked with people in my situation?

Most likely my team and I have worked with someone in your situation since most people who call us want to improve their lives. Organizing principles are the same for all of our clients, where we start, how much we have to organize or how we accomplish the task may be different but the work is always the same. The benefit of having a team allows me to assign the most appropriate person for your project.

How are you different from other organizers?

Our approach to organizing is holistic. We look at the whole picture to find causes and help you understand what is happening. We will point out our observations so that you understand the causes and effects and how they impact your life. We have a deep wealth of knowledge, education and resources to share with you and provide the stellar customer service that is important to our clients. We also have resources available nationally that can help you or maybe a family member or friend. We will share with you from our experiences and those of our clients, while maintaining their confidentiality.

For what type of person is this program NOT going to work?

We are selective about who we work with. It is important that my clients are successful in their quest for organization. It is our experience that someone who is committed to making an improvement will be successful. We can improve the organizational situation for anyone as long as they want to do the necessary work.

 

Hoarders are not a part of my practice although I will accept them as clients if I know they have the desire, will and support to make the required changes. I have these requirements because if they meet these criteria, they will have more success.

Does this really work?

Yes it does, we have worked with hundreds of people and have made some huge differences in people’s lives. This can happen for you too. See what our clients say about our work together. Typically after the first appointment our clients feel lighter and less stressed. When they see results and the project progresses, they are much happier with their surroundings. We offer ongoing maintenance services so our clients know that we regularly will be back to follow up, catch up, adjust and ensure that the system is performing to meet the clients’ needs.  Protecting their investment is as important to us as it is to our clients.

What results can I expect?

You can expect to:

  • Be more organized prior to and after your renovation or move to a new home
  • Have organized photos so that you can find them when you want them
  • Have less clutter
  • Know where your belongings are
  • Learn the causes of your clutter (sometimes this will be a big surprise)
  • Have more time
  • Decrease your stress
  • Have your space returned to you
  • Gain power and control over your stuff
  • Have realistic goals
  • Increase your tax deductions
  • Have simplified filing systems for your paper and your computer
  • Be prepared for your accountant earlier that April 14th or October 14th for that matter
  • Utilize space you didn’t know you had
  • Have a partner to work with
  • Actualize your goals for your space
  • Have many resources to help you achieve your goals
  • Have fun doing it
Can I contact some of your former clients to see what it is like to work with you?

Yes, I encourage you to visit our Client Praises and read all of them, if any of them resonate with you, contact us and we will put you in touch with that client. Due to the nature of what we do and the privacy concerns of some of our clients, we need their approval before we can give out their information.

What type of personality do you work best with and what is expected of me?

Our programs were created with our ideal clients in mind. We work best with people who have a deep desire to improve their situation, whether we are working with them or working on their behalf with pre-determined parameters in place. A sense of humor is helpful since sometimes laughing is the best antidote for frustration, stress and anxiety. Our clients are the best!

 

The expectation that we have of our clients is that they are committed to making a difference in their lives and that they participate in the process- even if they are not physically present.

How quickly can I expect results?

At the end of the first session our clients tell us they feel “lighter”.

 

Long lasting results start at the first appointment and grow as the process proceeds. Our goal is that clients achieve bigger and better results than they expected. Some clients want to work on their own in between appointments, this helps move a project along. We will work with you to come up with the tasks that you can do in before out next visit.

 

We are there to support you when you get stuck and cheer you on when you are rocking it!

 

If we are helping you move, the earlier you contact us prior to putting your house on the market, the better we can help you plan to make your move a smooth one. You will definitely see results the first day!

How can I guarantee myself that I will get organized in record time?

The quicker that you make decisions, the faster your project will move along. If you do tasks in between our sessions that will help as well.

 

Keep in mind that this situation took time to develop, it will take time to restore order and create new systems. Being well rested, fed and hydrated will help you get the most out of our appointments. If you can minimize distractions and be ready to get started at the beginning of every appointment that will help too.

How will we work together and what will the program entail?

We will look at your project with you. We ask a lot of questions so that we can formulate a plan that will work for you.

 

We will set all up work appointments and get started.

 

Many times we can have a phone conversation and set up our first meeting during that call.

 

If you want to learn organizational skills, it is important that we work side by side. Some clients just want us to complete the project for them. If you are not available, we will find a creative way to communicate with you to keep your project moving along, we have done this many times with our clients.

 

We schedule four hour appointments, this is so that we can make a real impact at each appointment. We will always leave your home orderly so that you can function until our next meeting.

 

If you are moving or renovating we usually work longer hours. If there is a real time crunch, we will do what it takes to get the job done. We give every job our best and since some of our work is very physical we need to manage and maximize everybody’s energy.

How long is the program?

I wouldn’t call it a program. We have done projects in one day and we have worked with clients for many years, depending on their goals.

 

Many of our clients call us to do a project, and then call us back to do other projects or to maintain systems that we created. We have many long term relationships with our clients, this helps us accomplish new projects faster since we know the client’s wants and needs. We have seen children born and we have seen those same kids get their driver’s licenses!

 

It’s an honor to be invited into someone’s home and to get to know the families that hire us.

Do people ever re-up?

I wouldn’t call it re-upping, but some people do retain our services for long periods of time. This frees them to pursue the other things they would rather do or need need to do, while we support them at home.

 

We also have clients that call us on an as-needed basis. Maybe we helped them on a project and now they are going to move or renovate. They call us to get them ready. Or maybe we have done one floor of their house and now they are ready to tackle the next project. Sometimes they have a life transition that requires them to re-configure spaces.

 

Our goal is to always be available for our clients whether we worked with them last week or ten years ago. The relationships that we build during these projects are quite strong.

Will I recover the investment that I put into organizing?

Everyone gets a return on their investment! If we are doing an organization project, you will learn skills for life. Being organized will save you time and money, as well as minimizing your stress and giving you more time to do the things that matter to you.

 

If you are selling  house we can help declutter, pre-pack and make their house look great prior to the pictures being taken. It will sell faster and for more money that will be a nice return on investment.

 

Some clients have things that can be sold and that also helps increase the value of hiring us. We have many resources that can sell things for our clients.

 

There is no way to quantify how people feel in their new and organized spaces. It is not unheard of for a client to have a life change during our work together. Some changes that we have seen with clients are:

  • Relocation to Southern CA for retirement
  • Relocation to Princeton, a new job and a new long-term boyfriend
  • Several clients have gotten into long term relationships
  • One client returned to graduate school as a result of a conversation that we had
  • We have had clients climb out of debt while working with us
  • We had a college student (full time) who had 3 credits at the end of freshman year who was able to graduate in three and a half years
  • Many people have lost weight or started exercising

These are a few examples of life changing results from clients that have been positively impacted by our work.

Do you accept credit cards?

We accept all forms of payment.

Ok, I know which program I want. How do we get started?

We’ll set up a date and be there! Be ready for an exciting time!

I have a family and busy life. Although I want to be organized badly, I don’t have much time to spare. How much time do I need?

That depends on the seriousness of your situation. There are many things we can do on our own, but we cannot make decisions on what to donate or throw away. We have worked with many clients via text, photos and FaceTime to make these determinations.  We can make it work for you!

Ok, I am ready to do this for myself, but I have a couple of additional questions. Can I call you?

You can call or text (484.432.8692), email Anna@YourOrganizingConsultants.com, set up a consultation from here, we are happy to answer your questions.