Organizing Tips

What is a Professional Organizer and why would I hire one?
A Professional Organizer is a consultant who will help you sort, clean, file, and de-clutter so you will have a neat, organized work space. You use a lawyer to draft legal documents, a CPA to handle your taxes, and a tech person to repair your computer, so why wouldn’t you hire a professional organizer to de-clutter and organize your work space?

What are the benefits of getting organized?
You will have more time and less stress because you will have systems in place and know where everything is located. Work flows so much more smoothly when your environment is organized the way that works best for you. No matter what it looks like, if you can find what you need in less than 2 minutes and the overall look pleases you, then you are successfully organized!

Does the professional organizer do the work, or tell me how to do it?
You work together to decide what you want done and how much time it will probably take. The organizer can do a great deal of the work, but there will have to be some input from the client since only you know what paperwork/folders/items you want to keep or throw away.

How do I get started?
Simply contact me, describe what needs to be organized, your time frame, and ask any questions. The first 30 minutes of the initial consultation is free, and can be a telephone conversation or a meeting at a mutually convenient location.  It is your opportunity to describe your organizing projects and ask any questions. If you are then ready to move forward, an assessment visit will be scheduled.
What takes place at the initial meeting?
I come and evaluate the space(s) as-is and formulate a plan of action. We discuss what problems you have with the space(s), what you would like to see changed, and what is currently working for you. Please, don't clean up for the visit - the only way to help you is to observe how you work on a daily basis. A plan will be created for your project, including tasks, cost, and timeframe needed for completion. 

Will my sessions be confidential?
Yes. Clients are not discussed with anyone, listed on the website or used as references unless they give their permission.

How long will it take to get me organized?
There is no set answer. Length of a project depends primarily on the size of your office, the amount of clutter and/or paper that has built up, and how quickly you can make decisions.

What if I only need you for a few hours?
There is a minimum of 3 hours for each project.

What do we do with all of the purged items?
You decide how to deal with purged items. They can be thrown away, sold at a garage sale or donated to a local charity. Electronic waste (disks, CDs, printer cartridges, cords/cables, etc.) can be taken to the appropriate county facility or I can recommend several options, including green and charitable ones.

If supplies are recommended, how do I know what to choose?
I suggest ideas that best fit your needs and local retail stores or online options that provide cool office products. If you want me to purchase the supplies, I can add the cost (plus a lower rate for shopping time-the first hour is free!) to your bill. Or you can purchase items yourself if you know what you want and have the time to look.

What payments are accepted?
I accept cash and check only, and payment is due at the end of each work session.

Do you offer references to contact?
Yes. I have several testimonials listed on this site and I can provide contact information if you would like to talk to a satisfied client.



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