Hiring a Professional Organizer
What should I expect when I hire a professional organizer?
What is a Certified Professional Organizer®?
An organizer who has met education requirements, has logged a certain number of billable organizing hours and has passed a test through the Board of Certified Professional Organizers. Amber was certified in 2008 and most of our organizers are working towards or have achieved certification.
What is NAPO?
NAPO stands for the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals. Since 1985, NAPO has been the premier organization dedicated to the field of organizing. NAPO defines quality standards and provides education for its members, ensuring the highest level of excellence and professionalism. The national conference is a highlight each year for Amber, where new ideas and trends propel her forward in business. Amber is a member of the NAP Chicago chapter.
How long will it take to get organized?
The duration of a project has many variables including, the size of the project/room, the amount of stuff in the room, how fast decisions are made, and the amount of time you choose to spend on the project between our organizing sessions. We work as quickly and efficiently as possible, so you get the most out of each appointment.
How long is an organizing session?
Each appointment is a required minimum of 3 hours but if requested, we can and will work as long as an 6-7 hour day.
Do I have to work alongside my professional organizer during the session?
In most situations, yes. For you to learn and experience the organizing process, it is best for you to be part of the process. In addition, it’s helpful to have your feedback and input as we work so that we give you functional and realistic results. If we are unpacking you into a new home it’s not necessary for you to be home.
Do you offer free consultations?
No. Our onsite consultations are done during your first organizing session. A thorough phone assessment starts the organizing process before we come out to your home or business.
What types of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, MasterCard, VISA are accepted.
Do I have to buy organizing products to get organized?
No. We will work with what you currently have and suggest items that would help, but buying products are completely optional.
Will I need buy anything before you come?
You don’t need to buy anything before we come however, we do not bring organizing products with us. We always organize first and then buy exactly what we need to finish off the space. We can shop virtually with you and fill a shopping cart for you, leave you a shopping list, or shop and bring back products during a second appointment. Our suggestions & expertise will help you decide what products are right for your space. Read about our opinions on organizing products here.
Will you share advice on room and space design?
Don’t know where to best place or use your furniture? Having trouble deciding how to use a space or shelve out a closet? We’ll share ideas to make the most of your space regarding storage usage, furniture positioning, and room layout.
Will you take my donations with you?
Yes as long as space is available in your organizer’s vehicle, regular donations (not furniture) for common charities such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill are included. We are not a haul away service so if our vehicle has a full load, completely filled with your things, there is a donation drop off service charge
Is everything about our organizing appointment kept confidential?
Absolutely. We will never share private information with any other party.