I get calls all the time from people who are not sure if a professional organizer can help them. It’s often a difficult decision to make because there are very few services quite like it. However, there are some good analogies and perspectives that will help you determine if you could benefit by hiring a professional organizer.
Everyone has their own personal approach to being organized and their own personal organizing goals, some more basic, others more advanced. Some approaches are generally better than others and some may be good for the short term but don’t pass the test of time.
How would you classify your organizing skills?
Are you a beginner? If so you need to start by learning the fundamentals. Hiring a professional organizer is like hiring a tutor to make up for classes you missed or a subject you struggle with.
Are your skills at an intermediate level? You’re beyond the basics but don’t get consistent results on your own or have areas in your home that baffle you. In this example, hiring a professional organizer is like having a tennis or golf instructor, or a personal trainer. Some one that can see the details you’re missing and can provide the advice and motivation to elevate your skill level.
Do you have advanced organizing skills? You’re pretty good at organizing your own space but you know there’s more to learn, or you don’t have a lot of time so hiring a professional organizer would optimize your time and results. An expert can prove to be a very economical option compared to doing it yourself. Think of a financial planner, a lawyer, a gardener, or hair stylist. These are all services we gladly pay for because we know and appreciate their value.
Are you ready for things to change?
Hiring an organizer means things are going to change. If you’re not ready for change you’re not ready for an organizer. You’re going to find things you’ve been looking for. Almost every day I hear “I’ve been looking for that!” You’re going to become more aware of how you live and how to use your space and time more efficiently. You’re going to learn the difference between storing and retrieving.
Have you decided you want to hire an organizer?
If so the next step is to find one that’s right for you. Of course I want you to call me first, but even if you don’t, here’s your next step.
Conduct a phone interview.
- How many hours is one session?
- Do you charge to travel to my home?
- Will you recommend products?
- How long have you been in business?
- Are you certified by NAPO?
- Do you have a cancellation policy?
- What if I have questions in-between sessions?
- Do you take donations to charitable organizations? Is there a charge for this service?
- What and how do you charge?
- Ask to meet in person if you’re still not sure they’re right for you. Will there be a charge for this meeting?
You’re going to be working side-by-side with your professional organizer so ask lots of question and find someone you feel comfortable with.