FAQ

Q: How much does Professional Organizing cost?

A: See pricing here.

Q: How long does it take?

A: Some of the factors that affect the amount of time it takes to complete a project could include any of the following: current level of organization, complexity of the situation, size of project, client…. “enthusiasm”, client’s decision-making ability/speed, client health, interruptions and distractions (kids, phone, social media, spouses, partners, work, pets, etc.), and many more. We can work on a timeline together once we have assessed which factors are in play.

Q: Do I have to be there when you are organizing?

A: No. Many Organizers prefer to teach their clients how to organize instead of doing it for them. This is a service I gladly offer if this is your goal. However, many clients don’t have enough time to do everything that needs to get done as it is, much less adding anything to it. And, honestly, some just don’t WANT to. I get it! And I’m happy to do it. Your stuff is safe with me. All I ask is for you to give me a few minutes after I’m done to show you where all your belongings are.

Q: Do I have to clean up before you get here?

A: No! In fact, please don’t! It’s best for me to see what your home looks like on any given day. There is one exception to that answer. In cases involving rodents, the rodents must be eliminated from the home (preferably by a professional), their entry way into the home sealed/repaired, and all droppings must be cleaned up prior to the first appointment.

Q: My son/daughter/child’s disorganization is driving me nuts, but it doesn’t seem to bother him/her who is reluctant to work with an Organizer. Should I still have an Organizer come in and try to get my kid organized?

A: If your child is not motivated to change his/her routine or behavior or maintain a system or level of organization, it may be difficult for him/her to make the change. However, if you think that once your child sees how much easier and more efficient life could be if a system was put into place, I’m happy to help.

There is the possibility that the changes would not take hold in your child’s scenario. If you’re still not sure if hiring a Professional Organizer will help your child or if you want my professional opinion on your child’s situation, feel free to call me and I’d be happy to talk to you about it! 770-686-2991

Q: Are you going to make me get rid of a lot of my stuff?

A: Absolutely not! In fact, I’m not going to “make” you do anything! It’s your stuff and if you want to keep it, we’ll find a place for it.

I do not throw away ANYTHING without the client’s expressed approval. My job is to help you in your decision-making process; but the ultimate decision is always that of the client. However, if that includes helping you to get rid of things, I gladly will.

Q: Do you work with Hoarders?

A: No, I do not. Please visit the Institute for Challenging Disorganization’s website to find an Organizer who can help you: www.challengingdisorganization.org/resources.find-icd-organizer-or-related-professional

Q: What areas do you serve?

A: I serve the metro Atlanta area. This includes, but is not limited to, Marietta, Roswell, Smyrna, Sandy Springs, Kennesaw, Dallas, Woodstock, Acworth, Vinings, Hiram, and Powder Springs.I am willing to travel to other areas within the metro Atlanta area for some home organization projects; however, depending on the location, I may need to add an additional fee.

Q: Do you offer gift certificates?

A: No, and here’s why: It might hurt someone’s feelings to get this kind of surprise—he or she may feel judged. Plus, it puts me in an awkward position if he/she doesn’t WANT this kind of service. He or she may not want to have someone rummaging through his or her home and belongings.

Q: Can’t I just do this myself?

A:  I am happy to perform an In-Home Consultation in which we tour your home, focusing on the problem areas and decide on a plan of action. From there, you can take the recommendations or use the tips I suggest in the Consultation to do the work without me.

If you need a little more instruction than that, but still don’t want to hire an Organizer for the job, consider my DIY Plan of Action. This is a plan of specific instructions listed step-by-step that can guide you as you organize yourself. Each plan is created specifically for you, with your goals and space in mind. A Plan is created after an In-Home Consultation is performed.

Q: I’m worried that you’ll judge me for the way my home looks. I’m worried that my house will be the worst one you’ve seen yet! What should I do?

A: Listen, you may see the disorder, but what I see is an opportunity for improvement. The more disorganized and cluttered a space is, the bigger the transformation is going to be!

It’s just stuff. It’s not you or a reflection on you. It’s just stuff that needs to be moved around and stored differently. When I see a space that needs organization, I automatically start thinking about what needs to get done to achieve the client’s goals—not about judging their space. I love what I do—I love organizing, and I love helping people. I would so appreciate the opportunity to work—judgement free–with you too!