Frequently Asked Questions

Organizing

How much will it cost to get organized?

Because every client and project is different I charge by the hour.For some people, sorting and editing is simple and easy, for others it takes a bit more time.  It is important that the organization project moves at a pace that is comfortable for the client.  A professional organizer should not rush a project just to get it finished within a certain number of hours (unless, of course, there is a firm deadline that needs to be met by the client.)

How long will it take?

Simply stated … “that depends.” There are a number of factors that go into completing an organizing project: How large is the project? Is it just a closet or a whole bedroom? Can editing decisions be made quickly and easily? How frequently can we get together to work on the project? How many hours can we spend together at each organizing session? Is there homework that you can do on your own between our sessions? We will work as quickly and efficiently as possible, while giving thoughtful attention to each of the decisions that need to be made along the way.

Do I have to be there all the time?

Each client lives and works differently and organizing is a very personal process, so my experience with other clients may not translate to be the perfect fit for you. Although some work can be done independently, it's better if we work through the process together. Part of my job is to teach the process of decluttering and organizing and that is best learned through hands-on experience.

Should I purchase organizing supplies before our first consultation or session?

No. Although there will be an urge to purchase all the organization items you may think you need, part of our assessment and organizing processes will be determining what those items are and if you already own some of them. Once we get into the nuts-and-bolts of the project and have determined our supply needs, either you can shop for them, or Organize to Simplify can shop for you and bring the items to our next organizing session (no mark-up on supplies purchased).

Will you make me get rid of all my stuff?

Because every client and project is different I charge by the hour.  For some people, sorting and editing is simple and easy, for others it takes a bit more time.  It is important that the organization project moves at a pace that is comfortable for the client.  A professional organizer should not rush a project just to get it finished within a certain number of hours (unless, of course, there is a firm deadline that needs to be met by the client.)

How should I prepare for our on-site consultation?

The short answer is “don’t.” Please, don’t organize or straighten up before we have chance to go through the assessment phase. There was something that prompted a call to Organize to Simplify, so it’s important to see your home or office as it is every day. This will help us figure out what’s working, what’s not working, and develop a game plan to get you from where you are to where you want to be.

How will I know my privacy will be protected?

Organize to Simplify belongs to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and abides by its Code of Ethics. I feel privileged that you’ve invited me into your personal space and would not betray your trust. As you might imagine, much of my business comes from referrals and violating a client’s privacy would certainly result in an unfavorable recommendation.

I see “before and after” pictures of make-overs all the time, but I’m embarrassed about my house and don’t want any pictures of my house on your website.

Your personal space is your sanctuary and I would not violate your privacy or confidentiality by taking pictures or discussing an organizing project with anyone except the individual client. However, I do suggest you take “before and after” pictures for your own, personal reference just so you can see the dramatic changes and accomplishment.

Coaching

Do you meet in person, on the phone, or via video?

Each client interaction is different, and it depends on geography and client preference. If we are geographically close and the client prefers to meet in person, we will do that. Sometimes, even if a client doesn’t live close by, we will meet in person for our first session, then conduct subsequent sessions via phone or video. And with some clients, all our contact is via phone or video.

How frequently do we meet?

SThis decision is client driven. I have clients I meet with on a weekly basis, some I meet with every couple of weeks, and some I meet with once a month. I ask all new clients to commit to a three-month program where we meet at least every other week.

Why do you ask for a three-month commitment?

Many of my clients are looking for support in changing behaviors that have gone on for years, and real and significant change usually happens over a period of time. Unfortunately, there are few quick fixes when it comes to significant shifts in perspective, structure, or behavior, so committing to a process for at least three months has proven to be the most effective way to get long-lasting results.

ow many times will we need to meet?

This, too, depends on the client. Some clients prefer a long, ongoing relationship to ensure the support that their “new normal” requires. Other clients reach out because they have a current, short-term need, such as a difficult employee conversation or a significant job change challenge. The tenure of our relationship is completely in the client’s hands.

Will you tell me what to do?

As a coach, I will not advise clients at any time during the coaching relationship. My clients are the experts, and deep down they have a better understanding of themselves, their commitment, their resources, and their strengths than I do. It is my job to partner with clients in determining the most effect next step in the process, and to focus the collective attention of the coaching team on the values, intentions, and goals that the client deems important.

use a therapist/counselor now. Does coaching replace that?

No, coaching does not replace the important work that qualified mental health practitioners provide. Moreover, coaching is an additional support structure.

I suspect I may have ADHD or have some ADHD characteristics. Can you help?

Yes. Although I work with clients who aren’t challenged with ADHD, my expertise is in helping clients struggling with executive functioning issues. If you think you may be challenged with ADHD, I would encourage you to seek assistance from a licensed mental health professional.

You can also fill out the ADHD self evaluation to learn whether you might benefit from the expertise of a trained coach and productivity professional.

 
 

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