Q: How does your process work?
A: I like to work in a way that will work for you. Generally, I start with a free 30-minute consultation in your home or office. We talk about your project and about how you would like to work - some people prefer a DIY consultation, where I provide you with a written action plan. Others choose an on-site professional organizing session or sessions. On-site sessions usually run about 3-5 hours each.
Q: Do I have to let you throw out all my stuff?
A: No way! It's your stuff; you remain 100% in charge of it. My job is to be your organizing BFF - a respectful, impartial, knowledgeable friend who will help you to decide what stays, and where it should go.
Q: My place is a total mess. I feel embarrassed about having anyone see it.
A: There is no need to be embarrassed. We're all just people, and we all have things we feel better and worse about. Plus, believe me when I say that I have seen worse. Way worse. And, I need to see your space in its usual state, so I can get a better idea of how you really use it day-to-day. That way I can bring you solutions that will work for you into the future.
Q: I'm pretty sure I don't need to pay a professional organizer - I have all these great ideas I got on Pinterest and YouTube.
A: These are great sources for ideas and inspiration. The thing that you can only get from a professional organizer, though, is the expertise about how to put those ideas into action for your own situation. Also, as when you hire a personal trainer at the gym, we provide motivation and accountability.
Q: I'm not sure I need a professional organizer. Or if I want to work with you specifically.
Q: I just read this great organizing book, and I really liked its approach. Can you help me implement it?
A: Of course - the name of my game is finding out what works best for you and going with it.
Q: Can I just give you the key to my place and come back when you have everything shipshape?
A: Sure! You can be as involved (or not) as you want to be. Again, it's my job to find out what works for you.
Q: Can you recommend a good, ready out of the box, filing system?
A: I recommend FreedomFiler. I use it in my own home - I have the "Self-Employed Filing Kit," which includes sections for both home and one small business. Check out my blog post about how to create a "finding cabinet," where you can actually find important papers when you need them - it includes a code for a 15% discount.