What is a Professional Organizer? Why hire one? What are the benefits?
A Professional Organizer is someone who helps you to overcome clutter and disorganization to make life less stressful and your time more efficient by being nonjudgmental and giving encouragement to help you let go of excess possessions. We provide assistance in finding appropriate professional resources, help in inventorying, arranging for pick-up or delivering items you wish to donate, and physical assistance as well as verbal instruction. We help discuss organizing principles to tailor them to your learning style and abilities to give you creative and innovative organizing solutions and products that will provide more time and space to realize your vision and goals
Which areas do you service? Are there any limitations to areas you service?
My hourly service area includes Oro Valley, Marana, Dove Mountain, Catalina, Saddlebrooke, Oracle, and San Manuel. I work in any room or area in your home or office, including attics and garages. However, working areas must be air-conditioned, not swamp-cooled, in the summer (May – September). There must be electricity available somewhere on the property. My package, workshop, and presentation service area is Greater Tucson.
Will you work with me or just coach me? Will I have to do things when you aren’t there?
That choice is totally up to you. If you don’t want to touch a thing, you don’t have to. But, if you (or anyone else) want to help, feel free! It’ll get the job done faster and save you money. I may assign “homework.” It isn’t usually required, but it does save you money, and gives you a greater sense of progress! If you don’t do it, you will not “get in trouble.” It’s simply job security for me :) Once we establish trust and what is desired, I can even work while you aren’t there.
What are the scheduling rules? Will you be flexible & work around my schedule?
I will work with you and your schedule, within reason. My basic schedule can be found on the Contact page. A $100 fee will be added to your bill for any same-day schedule changes or cancellations. Too many reschedules or cancellations will void the contract. Appointments are a minimum of 4-hours (we can work less, but you will be changed 4 hours). I do not work weekends (still may communicate however), nor holidays.
Will my sessions be confidential?
Of course! All meetings, conversations, and questions are between you and I, and no one else.
What are your rates? What forms of payment are accepted? When is payment due?
That depends on the service. Please see Services for specific details. For hourly services, I charge hourly plus any items/cost to perform those services. I require payment at the end of each working session. For any packages or workshops, I require payment upfront (day-of, before we start, at the latest). I prefer cash or check but will accept major credit cards for a slight fee.
Why do you charge for some "extras" that others don't?
It’s rather complicated, but I can break it down into 2 big categories
I have a firm belief that you should only pay for what you use. It’s not fair to make someone pay $90/hr for just organizing, when others get organizing, donation drop off, 3rd party scheduling, and shopping for the same price. This also allows me to better tailor the service to you and your needs.
I'm not a mover or hauler. Doing those things causes extra wear and tear on my vehicle, which increases my insurance and basic business costs. And takes up time I could be with another client, so I charge for my time to do those things.