Frequently Asked Questions...
Answers to our most frequently asked questions about our services and home organization in general...

What is a Professional Home Organizer?

A Professional Home Organizer is someone that helps you to overcome clutter and disorganization to make your life less stressful and your time more efficient.

Why hire a Professional Home Organizer?

A Professional Home Organizer not only helps you organize your mess, but they also create easy-to-follow systems to help keep it that way. They are there to help you through the entire process or to get down and dirty and do everything themselves. They are there to guide you through the 'Release|Reimagine|Reuse|Repeat' process to help make your home a better place to live.  You will assist in releasing some items, help reimagine the space for better flow, reuse a lot of what you already have and repeat the process throughout your home.  Space planning is an organic part of this process and is also included free of charge.

This simple, straightforward approach will help you declutter your home as well as destress your life.


What are the benefits of getting organized?

EVERYTHING! You will find yourself having more time, less stress, you will know where everything is located (which saves time and huge headaches), and it will make your life easier and, more importantly, happier. Your environment plays a huge part on your attitude, outlook, and even blood pressure levels. When it’s in disarray, that will reflect and play an immediate part on your life. It makes life so much simpler when your environment is organized, clean, and it’s easy to find things.  You will quickly become accustomed to having your space and life in flow and filled with positive energy.  You will not allow it to go back to the way it was because you can no longer imagine it otherwise. 


Which areas do you service?

I will tackle anything from your children’s playroom to your kitchen pantry. Almost all areas of your home, office and vehicles are covered. You can see a full listing of areas and rooms serviced on the Services page.  Currently I do not service attics or garages.

Will you work with me or by yourself?

It’s entirely up to you. If you don’t want to touch a thing, you don’t have to. But, if you or anyone else wants to help, it’ll get the job done faster, and in the end, save you money.  My preference is to mostly work with you so we can become an organizing 'dream team' and learn from each other as we go!  You will learn the process and skill of organizing firsthand and can use this knowledge in many other aspects of your life.  You will learn to "let go" of so much more than just your "extra stuff".  The process itself can be really fun and informative if you allow it to be.


If you really prefer it, I can tackle on my own as well.  Whether it’s a specific problem area or entire sections of your home, I can take care of it so you don’t have to.

How do I get started?


Simply contact me here and tell me what needs to be addressed, what rooms/areas you’d like organized, and any other details you’d like to include. I will then get back with you and we can set up a time for our initial meeting.

What takes place at the initial meeting?

I come and evaluate the space(s) as-is by doing a walk through of your home and talk about your source(s) of frustration.  Then, we will discuss what problems you have with the space(s), what you would like to see change, and what is currently working for you.  We then formulate a plan of action, prioritize areas to be addressed and estimate number of organizing sessions to reach your goals.  We work together to visualize, plan and manifest the finished space that you desire.

Will you be flexible and able to work around my schedule?

I’m here to work with you and your schedule from 10am - 6pm Tuesday through Friday.  If you have a special need, major life change (i.e. a big move, a new baby, need to downsize, combine households) or time sensitive transition, I am here to support you and can add a full Monday, Saturday or Sunday when necessary! I also provide flexibility on weekday hours for time sensitive projects.


Will my sessions be confidential?

Absolutely, yes! All meeting, conversations, and questions are between you and I, and no one else. To see other guidelines I stand by, please read the bottom section of my
About page.

What are your rates?


$75 per hour – Project quotes & discounted package rates available.  Please see the Services page for details

What if I only need you for a few hours?

That’s totally fine as I don't mind booking shorter 1-2 hour sessions now and then, when my schedule allows it! There is usually a minimum of 3 hours for each organizing session.  That is the minimum amount of time we will need together to really make a difference.  With two people (you and me), a typical room or closet can be done in 1-2 organizing sessions - 3-6 hours. It depends on how much you have, how fast decisions can be made, and other variables. You can
book me from 10-1 or 2-5 Tuesday through Friday.  I can also accommodate other times if necessary - please call me to discuss.


How long will the project take to complete?

Each project/session is unique.  I can provide an estimation of hours it generally takes  to complete each type of project based on my experience.  The amount of time it takes to complete a project will depend on a number of factors:


  • Volume of clutter
  • ​Level of disorganization
  • How quickly you can make decisions
  • Energy level of the client
  • Amount of homework completed between sessions


Below are some estimated times for various types of organizing projects. The estimated times include sorting, releasing, assigning homes, containerizing, and clean up.


  • Bathroom: approximately 4-7 hours
  • Linen Closet: approximately 3-5 hours
  • Clothes Closets: approximately 6-12 hours
  • Bedroom: approximately 6-9 hours
  • Kitchen: approximately 8-14 hours
  • Pantry: approximately 3-5 hours
  • Playroom: approximately 10-20 hours
  • Home Office/Office Supplies: approximately 10 hours
  • Home Based Business/Office/Setup/Filing Systems: approximately 25+ hours
  • Attics/Basements/Garages: approximately 10-24 hours
  • Mail/Paperwork: approximately 5-15+ hours



Can I do this on my own?

Want advice from an expert so you can proceed on your own with confidence? If all you need is a little motivation and direction to go this route, I would be more than happy to help you.  In fact, I will encourage you and cheer you on.  I offer In-Home Consultation visits where we do a complete walk through of your home, talk about what is working for you and what is not working, and offer recommendations based on what you want to accomplish that you can incorporate on your own.  Many people use this time to seek advice about their furniture layout, storage, use of space, and other questions on their minds about how to better organize their homes.  See my
In-home consultation package.

Referrals:

When you refer a new client, and the client books a session, you directly benefit from your referral with a gift of 1 free hour of either organizing or life coaching.  As you come out from under all the "stuff" you may feel the need to dive deeper into yourself!  As the physical clutter starts to move you may discover feelings, plans, and desires underneath this physical clutter. You might discover there are big steps you want to take around your work, relationships, education, personal growth and family that get uncovered in the process. If you have the desire to go deeper in this way, coaching is the next step.  This work starts with analyzing your current state and restoring balance where needed. The coaching process is unique to you and I like to take a very organic approach to co-creating the agenda together.

What payments are accepted?

I accept cash, of course, and all major credit cards.  Payment is due at the end of each work session, each day.

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