What's the difference between a Housekeeper and a Professional Organizer?
A housekeeper cleans and puts items away. An organizer develops solutions for problem areas that aren’t functioning to their highest ability. “Professional organization can help anyone achieve greater freedom and better clarity in a consumption-heavy society.”
Am I ready for a Professional Organizer?
I am committed to seeing your project through, but you need to be as well. It may take several meetings to bring order to a space, and how long it takes is definitely proportional to how hard you are willing to work. Organizing is an exciting and sometimes emotional process, but if you can keep your energy and momentum up I will be with you every step of the way. I recommend a workday of 4-6 hours for optimal work flow.
Is there anything I should do before our first meeting?
Leave your home as it usually is, it helps me to better assess the situation. What you can do is start to change your mindset by looking around your space and asking yourself what you really need and what you would be willing to live without.
What are your hours of operation?
8a.m.-6p.m. M-F and I do make appointments to organize on weekends.
What do you charge?
My fee is based on a hourly rate. I prefer to work in 4-6 hour blocks but I understand schedules are hectic so I am willing to work to accommodate you. I take your time very seriously and my expectation is that you have the same respect for my time. If you cancel a scheduled appointment with less than 48 hours notice I will bill you for a 3 hour cancellation fee. Of course I understand that emergencies happen so I will waive this fee once per household for illness or extenuating circumstances.
Will you make me throw my stuff away?
No. I’m here to help you. I never make anyone throw anything away but there will be items I will ask you questions about so you are better able to realize if you love it and will use it.
Will you shop for organization products?
Yes. I can shop online or in person for the best products to help your space stay in order. Sometimes I will bring the products straight to you and sometimes I will order products and have them sent to you. I make it my goal to find functional solutions for all types of budgets. Whether you can afford a custom closet or a metro rack I will do my best to make sure your space serves you.
Do you work outside of San Francisco?
Yes. I am willing to work on some projects in the South and East Bay. I approve them on a case by case basis and require a minimum of 6 hours a day to travel outside SF. I also charge my standard hourly rate for time spent traveling to and from the job.
Do you take before and after pictures?
I do. Unless otherwise requested I will use photos taken of a clients space for my website and social media outlets. I do not use individuals first or last names.
Do you just organize closets?
No. If it’s a space that’s not working for you then it’s a space I am willing to organize. Here are some examples of other areas I have experience working on:
- Laundry Areas/Linen Closet
- Home Office/ Craft Rooms
- Children's Rooms
- Entry/ Mud Rooms
- Small Businesses: Most of my clients are residential but I do work with commercial business as well doing anything from implementing a new filing system to specifying the most functional office furniture.
Will you take my items to Donation?
In most cases I will schedule a donation pick up.
Are you willing to schedule maintenance appointments?
Many clients find just the act of putting in the effort turns their attitude around and enables them to keep their spaces tidy. But for others, old habits die hard and sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to keep-up. For these clients I provide follow up appointments that help a busy home to maintain order. If you are the type who hates to pick-up then I am available for monthly maintenance sessions or as needed touch- ups.
Do you provide any other Services?
Yes. The following is a list of other services I provide:
- Relocation: I can help purge, pack, coordinate a moving team as well as unpack so your move is a seamless and stress free as possible.
- Styling For Staging: Closets, Pantry, bookshelves, if a buyer is going to see it, I can style it.
- Styling for holiday: Most people love a festive home around the holidays but with ever increasing demands on your time it makes sense to let someone else deal with the hassle. I love decorating for the holidays and would be glad to create a spirited environment out of your home.
Do you work with Interior Designers?
I have worked in the design industry for a decade and I understand the level of professionalism that designers expect from those who they recommend. I offer a range of organizing services specific to the design industry. I am also available to help with installations and I have experience managing a white glove delivery team.