frequently asked questions...
What is a professional organizer?
Like a doctor for your home, a professional organizer diagnoses, prescribes, and treats a home’s organizing challenges, while teaching new skills and habits which result in a more peaceful home environment.
Home organizers wear many hats: project manager, cheerleader, home stylist, personal shopper, housekeeper, teacher, therapist, problem solver, pain reliever, accountability partner, and change agent. Stated simply, we work alongside you in getting house stuff done and establishing systems to maintain it.
What are your specific niche areas?
Please refer to my services page for a comprehensive list.
I'm an in-home organizer serving women and families. Now on "the other side" of parenting, I'm a hope-bringer for young moms in making their nest its best.
My first priority is always decluttering and organizing a space. After everything has a home and only the useful and loved items remain, the real fun begins. Styling a room can involve rearranging furniture, shopping other rooms of the home, and purchasing accent pieces to pull together a cohesive and well-designed space. My organizing style is grounded in good design with a hint of minimalism.
Maybe a life transition (like a new baby, retirement, or a family member's passing) necessitates a helping hand to get new systems and spaces in place. I can create a cozy new sanctuaryfor that new bundle of joy, repurpose a grown kid's room into a hobby space, or empathetically sort through a deceased loved ones' belongings while honoring their memory.
Some clients struggle with chronic disorganization and the clutter piles feel insurmountable. Maybe organizing skills weren't modeled growing up or a specific brain "glitch" makes the process challenging. But there is hope! These skills can be learned and clutter can be kicked to the curb. I love empowering people to work through their home's pain points at a comfortable pace, creating pockets of order and new habits as we go.
Will you make me get rid of my things?
Never! Your things are your things and I simply don't have that right. Though I think it's safe to assume that since you're asking for help, you're wanting "less" in your life. My process involves asking lots of guiding questions. I may strongly encourage purging or reducing the number of certain items so that you can experience the peace and calm that comes from the "less is more" mindset. Whatever you choose, there's no judgment. I'm simply here to accomplish your goals!
How long will my project take?
It depends. There are many factors:
how large the space is
how many individual items need sorting (papers are the slowest)
how quick decisions can be made regarding the items
how much hands-on assistance is provided
what "done" looks like, etc.
As a general guide, a typical reach-in closet could take around 3 hours, a kitchen unpack/put away around 4 hours.
How much will this cost?
Projects are charged by the hour with four-hour minimum work sessions. Projects can range from one visit to a series of sessions to work through an entire home; some clients even request routine maintenance appointments. I am happy to accommodate whatever goals and budget you have to work with. Please contact me for current rates. I accept cash, check, debit, Zelle, Venmo or credit card—payable at the end of each session.
I'm ready to get started! What should I do?
Contact me by email, phone or text to set up a complimentary in-person or FaceTime consultation where we'll talk challenges, goals, expectations, budget and timelines. Please resist the urge to tidy up; it's best to view your clutter choke-points just as they are. I also insist that we leave judgment and shame at the door. There's simply no room for them as we create forward momentum and positive change.
What should I expect?
For work sessions, dress comfortably and play your favorite music if that energizes or relaxes you. Take breaks as needed; I want our time together to be both productive and manageable. Please have a working vacuum, some rags, and cleaning spray available so we can quickly clean shelves and floors as they're cleared. Resist the urge to buy additional organizing bins; we usually end up with a large surplus as we purge. (My current record is an extra 26 Rubbermaid bins!) If we need specific permanent storage containers, we can
shop together online after our editing. Working together for the entire session is most effective. At minimum, I need client input for the editing portion (since I can't make decisions on what's kept or discarded.) At the end of each work session, you're always left with a tidy space and next steps or optional "homework" to complete between sessions.