FAQs

WHAT IS A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER?

As defined by The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), “a professional organizer enhances the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and through transferring organizing skills. Professional Organizers help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper, and their systems for life.”

WHAT AREA DO YOU SERVICE?

I work in and around the Pasadena, CA area (San Gabriel Valley), and parts of east Los Angeles.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE INITIAL CONSULTATION?

The initial consultation is our 1st opportunity to meet face to face.  It’s also an opportunity for me to see your organizing situation first-hand.  It usually takes about 30 minutes, during which I’ll ask you about what’s working for you and what isn’t; we’ll talk about your current routines and habits and what you’d like to see change.   Please call for rate information.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE A SESSION?

Organizing sessions are generally 3 to 4 hours in length, during your initial consultation we will schedule your first session.  Consulting sessions are booked by the hour and can be held over the phone.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT?

Please let me know about a cancellation as soon as possible (at least 48 hours notice.)  Cancellations made with less than 48 hours notice will incur a cancellation fee.

HOW DO YOU CHARGE?

Organizing services are charged by session, 3 hour minimum per session. Please call for more information. I accept cash, checks and credit cards. Gift certificates are also available.

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHERE TO START?

Each client I work with has different needs.  In the time between the initial consultation and the 1st organizing session I prepare an assessment based on information gathered during the consultation.  The assessment is a tool I use to break the project down into manageable steps.  At our first organizing session I will go over the assessment with you and we can decide where to begin.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING AN ORGANIZING SESSION?

The first couple of sessions generally consist of sorting and purging.  In order to “get organized” it’s important to know what you have. Step 1 is sorting your “stuff” into manageable categories.  Then we go through each category and purge unused and unwanted items.  Once we’re done purging we decide the best place to store what’s left.  And don’t worry, I’ll be with you every step of the way.

WILL I HAVE TO THROW ALL MY STUFF AWAY?

In a word, no.  I know how much your belongings mean to you, and I’m not here to “clean out” your stuff.  I am here to work with you towards making your home a place where you feel comfortable and are able to function.  Often, getting there means that some “stuff” will have to go – but I will never make the decision for you, we’ll work together to make the best decision for your goal.

DO YOU DESIGN CLOSETS?

As an organizer, I do not ‘construct’ closet interiors. Instead, I redesign your closets by working with you to optimize the usage of the space that you have. If you are looking to rebuild your closets, I can also work with your contractor to create a highly practical and well-ordered dream closet.