frequently asked questions (with answers!)

Who are your clients?
My clients come from all walks and strolls of life. They are people who are ready and willing to step into the changes before them or to forge a new path by making change happen. They are parents-to-be and retirees, homemakers and business people on the go, artists and medical practitioners, small business owners and directors of nonprofits, professionals and students, and everyone in between.

My clients range from those with ADD to OCD as well as those with chronic disorganization challenges to the incredibly organized. Yes, that’s right, even the most organized people want and need to refine and revise their spaces and systems!

Due to my allergies, all are non-smokers and most are feline-free.

How do I know if you are the right organizer for me?
Organizers are hardly one size fits everyone. Think about the people whom you’ve chosen to be your primary care doctor, your hairdresser, your gardener, or even your dog sitter. Chances are you’ve sought service providers who make you feel comfortable and whose attitudes, values, and even philosophies are in alignment with your own. Choosing an organizer to work with is no different.

Our initial phone consultation is a perfect opportunity to see if we are a good fit. We’ll discuss your organizing needs and goals, as well as your timeframe and budget. I’ll also answer any questions you have about the process.

Will you work with me even if I’m not very “green”?
The most simple and honest answer I can give is YES.

Our collaboration is about focusing on your needs, goals and agenda. Period.

Where are your before/after photos?
Photos only show the physical changes inherent in the work that takes place with my clients. The most powerful changes occur within the individual/s, so photos of a cluttered/decluttered space fall short of expressing the true before and after results of the organizing process. Here’s the full explanation why I don’t show before and after photos, featuring a few images to illustrate my reasoning.

If I hire you, do I need to get rid of things?
Gandhi sums up my response better than anyone: “As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, you should keep it. If you were to give it up in a mood of self-sacrifice or out of a stern sense of duty, you would continue to want it back, and that unsatisfied want would make trouble for you. Only give up a thing when you want some other condition so much that the thing no longer has any attraction for you.”

Is hiring an organizer worth the expense?
When there is a clog or a leak in your plumbing you call in a pro to remedy the situation and get things flowing back on the right course. Likewise, when you feel stuck with a project or you are losing funds due to unsupportive systems in your life, you can call in an organizer. How much longer can you afford to not be more organized?

How do we get started?
Call me. Let’s talk. Depending on your organizing needs, our first session can be one of two things: an organizing session where we make a plan and start moving things around, or a two-hour onsite assessment that results in a written summary and strategy plan for your project. For do-it-yourselfers or those with a limited budget or time to meet, the assessment can provide the motivation and framework for you to organize on your own. There is a flat fee for the assessment. All other fees for services are charged on an hourly basis, excluding any agreed upon expenses.

Organizing sessions are arranged to accommodate your schedule and can take place on weekdays, weekends, and/or evenings. Equal doses of patience, humor, confidentiality*, and creativity are always included.

*I honor both the NAPO Code of Ethics and the ICD Code of Ethics in all my professional relationships.

Do you offer gift certificates?
For obvious reasons I love the idea of giving the gift of time with a professional organizer; however, the answer to this question is yes, but… I am happy to provide a gift certificate only if the proposed recipient is amenable to your generous gesture. I recommend that you spring the idea on them first. Giving a gift that is truly welcome is most rewarding for both the giver and the recipient.