so organized faq

Why the 4 hour minimum for Hands-On organizing?
In my experience, this is the time it takes to make a significant difference in a space. Most of the time, it’s necessary to pull things apart, make decisions, and then put things back together in a way that makes sense for you and your lifestyle.

How many sessions will it take?
Unfortunately, I don’t have a straightforward answer for this because there are many variables that may affect the pace of our progress:

  • Decision-making – Everyone makes decisions at a different pace
  • Energy – Some clients become energized during the organizing session and others are exhausted by the process, however, all are happy with the results; some clients just need to take it slowly.
  • Interruptions – Things move along faster without interruptions, however, sometimes unforeseen issues arise.
  • Omissions – Sometimes clients will forget that some items from somewhere else belong in the space we’re working in and this may require reworking what’s already been done, and possibly require more time.

Do I have to be there?
Yes! You are going to learn organizing skills and techniques in order to maintain the systems we create together. These are skills you’ll have for a lifetime.

Will you make me get rid of everything?
No! I will ask you a lot of questions, which may give you a different perspective of your things and inform your decision on whether to keep, donate or toss an item.

Do you have other people working with you?
I hire independent assistants (for an additional fee) if the job requires more help. Often move-related organizing or home renovation/disaster organizing will require hiring an assistant.

What if I don’t like everything put away and I want to leave some papers out?
Being organized is about how things work, not about how things look. We’ll discuss what you like and what you don’t like as we work together, and we’ll create a system that works for you and your lifestyle. If that means leaving some papers out, then you’ll leave some papers out; I may suggest a product to hold those papers, but the decision is yours.

Is it hard to stay organized after we’ve worked together?
This is why we work together to create systems that work for you and your lifestyle. The key is making them easy both to use and to maintain. Once you experience the benefits of being organized and learn the skills to maintain your systems, you won’t want to return to feeling overwhelmed. Coaching is also a wonderful tool to support your organizing efforts.

I feel guilty about hiring a professional organizer—shouldn’t I be able to do this myself?
Frequently, it’s feelings about the stuff and what it represents, not your ability, that may prevent you from “doing this yourself”. The guilt associated with disorganization is often self-imposed and is unproductive. I believe everyone has the ability to learn how to become organized once you decide that your ready to make some changes in your current situation.

What’s the difference between organizing and organizing coaching?
While organizing coaching may take place on-site (before, during or after an organizing session), it often takes place over the phone and in both circumstances it’s a conversation, not a “hands-on” service. With organizing, the professional organizer is the “expert” and with organizing coaching, you the client, are the expert.  As an organizer, I teach you how to create and maintain systems to help your life run more smoothly. As an organizer coach, I support you to discover your strengths, use them to create actions, and provide the space to learn from those actions. Together in the coaching relationship, we’ll explore underlying issues to your organizational challenges, which is a key to making lasting change.