“Frequently Asked Questions”
Why do I need to hire Professional Organizer?
With the demands in our daily life increasing and the amount of free time decreasing, people are struggling to maintain and manage the demands of work with the demands of a busy home life. There’s no time to make the decisions necessary to keep things running smoothly. As a result, the clutter builds and the chaos grows. The decisions about what to keep, toss and store become harder and harder to make until it all becomes too overwhelming to even know where to start. By hiring a Professional Organizer (who is a member of NAPO) you make getting organized a priority. You are investing your time and money to make sure it is done properly and will be easy to maintain in the future.
What can a Professional Organizer do for me that I can’t do myself?
Getting organized is not simply picking up the clutter and putting it in attractive storage containers. Professional Organizers (NAPO members) have a vast amount of knowledge to provide you with a wide variety of new systems, techniques and solutions customized to your individual needs and daily routines. They work closely with you to help you regain control of your space and time and ultimately reduce stress in your daily life!
Why is it important to hire a NAPO organizer versus a non-NAPO organizer?
When you choose to work with a member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers), you are working with a professional who associates with the best in the industry. A NAPO Organizer has agreed to abide by the highest professional and ethical standards, as described in the NAPO Code of Ethics. A professional organizer who is a NAPO member has made a commitment to your satisfaction and upholding sound and ethical business practices.
Do I need to be present during the organizing process?
Absolutely! It is vital to know what you think and how you feel about the process and systems we are setting up. What I may think is disposable may be very important for you to keep. In order to help you create an organized system that will work best for you, your schedule, your habits and your routine we need to be in constant communication throughout the process. Organizing without you involved will result in a system being set up that may not fit your needs and will therefore not last. The clutter, disorganization and stress will return if the system is not set up to meet your daily needs. It is important to help you learn new strategies and techniques to maintain the organization in the future on your own. While it may be necessary in the future to “tweak” a system we’ve put in place, if I’ve done my job right, you should be able to handle it on your own. But I am always there if you need help.
How much does it cost to hire a Professional Organizer?
Professional Organizers in Arizona on average usually charge anywhere from $50 to $150 per hour. These rates can vary depending on the type and size of a project as well as the experience level of the Professional Organizer. Some offer a flat daily or project rate or offer discounted hourly rates for booking larger amounts of time. They may also charge additional fees for shopping or travel.
How long will it take me to get organized?
The time it will take to get organized depends on a lot of different variables. The size and area of a project can drastically change how long it takes to get organized. Is the area small or large (i.e. closet vs. garage)? Does it have built in storage or do we have to create storage space? How fast can you make decisions sorting, purging, donating and tossing? Is there a hoarding issue that needs to be worked through? All of these factors can affect the length of time to complete an organizing project. A normal bedroom closet can take anywhere from 4 to 12+ hours. A home office can take 12 to 24+ hours depending on the amount of paperwork needing to be sorted through. A kitchen can take between 6 to 16+ hours. A larger job like a garage can range from 16 to 40+ hours easily. These are just samples of residential time estimates. Business organizing time estimates are very different.