Organizing FAQ

ARE YOU AVAILABLE ON WEEKENDS?
Yes, and at no extra charge. With your busy home and professional life, the weekend may be best time for you to organize your home. I understand your time constraints and can work with you to schedule a time that is most convenient.

WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS?
I am a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design, and a member of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) and National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and I am bound by their code of ethics. You can read both under the “About” heading.  I previously spent ten years as one of the GTA’s foremost wedding planners, an experience that was valuable when beginning my organizing!

MUST I BE PRESENT, OR CAN YOU ORGANIZE MY HOME WHILE I’M AT WORK?
You most definitely must be involved in the organizing process! You will need to maintain the organized space afterwards, and the physical act of organizing it will train you to do so.

DO WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER?
Depending on the organizing task you need done, it may be possible to get you started in the right direction and then have you complete it on your own. Sometimes it may be more comfortable to have a professional by your side for the entire project. It’s your choice!

WILL YOU MAKE ME THROW AWAY THE THINGS I LOVE?
No one has the right to throw your things away except you. I will, however, teach you to identify those things that you no longer need or want, and I’ll help you understand your reasons for holding onto them so it will be easy to let them go.

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE STUFF I GET RID OF?
I believe in helping others, and I also believe that the best form of recycling is to pass an object on to someone who can use it. Therefore, I will arrange to have it donated to the charity of your choice.

DO YOU CHARGE A MARK-UP ON ORGANIZING SUPPLIES?
No. All supplies bought during personal shopping trips, either with you or alone, are charged at retail price, plus a reduced hourly shopping fee. Alternately, you may purchase supplies on your own, based on our discussions.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO GET ORGANIZED?
It depends on the pace at which you work, the amount of work that must be done, and the nature of the job itself. I will endeavour to determine a reasonable estimate at your no-charge initial consultation

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?
At the present time, I concentrate on residential organizing, offering solutions for clutter control, storage solutions, and moving. As a condo owner myself, I also specialize in condos, apartments, and small spaces.

WILL YOU ALSO CLEAN MY HOME?
No, but I can recommend a cleaning service to do that job. A professional organizer is not a cleaner, but rather someone who helps you create a plan to keep your home organized. I will, however, look at your housekeeping methods and schedule and help you work those more efficiently.

WILL YOUR WORK FOR ME BE CONFIDENTIAL?
Absolutely! I don’t even post before and after photos of clients’ homes without permission!

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO HIRE PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZING HELP?
$60 per hour, payable at the end of each session. For your convenience, I accept credit cards.

SHOULD I CLEAN UP BEFORE YOU ARRIVE FOR OUR APPOINTMENT?
There’s no need to do that, and it would actually be better if you didn’t. That way, I can see your home as it is on a daily basis and get an idea of the problem areas.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M A HOARDER?
Generally, if you need to ask you don’t have to worry. Hoarders see nothing wrong with their actions and it is usual for friends and family to intervene. But to put your mind at ease the test is this: if you can still eat and cook in your cluttered kitchen or sleep in your messy bedroom, you are not a hoarder. Hoarding renders rooms unusable.

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