52 Weeks: #32 Hiring a Professional Organizer
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I’ve wanted to touch on this subject for awhile now. As some of you know, in addition to running this blog, I also work part time as a Professional Organizer. It’s very rewarding being able to help people regain control over their homes and help them turn their spaces from chaos and clutter to sanity and order.
Is hiring a Professional Organizer right for you?
Consider your answers to the following questions:
- are you constantly late for appointments?
- are you constantly looking for things?
- are you unsure of your expectations?
- are you feeling increased stress and less energy?
- are you overwhelmed every time you try to organize or tidy up your space?
- are you anxious with all that needs to be done?
- are you embarrassed to invite anyone into your home?
- are you wasting money buying more of what you already have but can’t find?
- do you have too much stuff and no place to put it?
- do you have trouble putting systems into place and sticking with them?
Did you find your head nodding as you read through the list? A Professional Organizer can help you create customized systems and solutions that work for you and your family. He/she will assist you with what items to keep or let go of so you are only left with what you love and USE! It can be positively invaluable to have some hands on assistance to walk you through making those tough decisions. Your PO can also introduce new habits and routines that complement your new system and simplify your life. Their experience can cut a job in half getting you from chaos to calm quicker than you ever thought possible. Contrary to popular belief a PO will not just come in and make you throw everything away. Remember, a PO’s job is to create systems and solutions that work for YOU. Also you do not need to panic about someone seeing the state of your home. I can assure you we have seen it all. We are non judgmental in our roles and genuinely want to help you.
A Professional Organizer can change your life!!
Other related helpful posts:
Top 10 Signs It’s time to Hire an Organizer ~ @ Ready Aim Organize
Why Hiring a Professional Organizer is a Necessity Rather than a Luxury ~ @ A Fresh Start
Can I afford a Professional Organizer?
Professional Organizer fees will vary depending on experience and location. I would say the average price range is anywhere from $50.00 to $100.00 an hour though. In some cases you can ask to just have the plan and solutions drawn up for you and then you can do the work yourself. This will save you some money, provided you have the focus and determination to follow through on your own. Others know that in order to get it done they need someone to walk them through the PROCESS step by step.
There are national Professional Organizer Associations in most countries. Their websites will assist you with finding a PO in your area and then you can inquire with them directly as to their rates and experience. You will want to have a discussion together to be make sure you feel comfortable with them and it’s important you feel like you are being heard. Many organizers also have areas they specialize in (mine is other moms!) which may be particularly helpful to you.
In Canada visit –> Professional Organizers in Canada
In the US visit –> National Association of Professional Organizers
Also I have a Professional Organizers Twitter List set up that will not only provide you with many valuable organizing tips but also might help you find an organizer in your area as well.
If you have any questions about this topic please ask away in the comments and I’ll try to help.
Have you ever considered hiring a Professional Organizer?
If you have hired a Professional Organizer, what was your experience like?
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