Hiring an Organizer: The Real Story

Although professional organizing is a growing industry, there are still lots of people who’ve never heard of it, and still more who don’t know anyone who has actually hired an organizer.  That’s why, when I come across first person accounts, I’m so excited to share them with you.  I can explain my process until I’m blue in the face, but I can never really understand or communicate what it’s like to be my client.

I particularly loved Michelle Persad’s take on what it was like to hire professional organizer Haya Kramer to organize her closet: I Hired a Professional Organizer to Deal With My Mess, and Here's What Happened. Ms. Kramer is the kind of organizer I inspire to be: well versed, efficient, practical.  I work to ensure that my clients are as happy as Ms. Persad!

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I have a couple of clients right now who are in the process of buying and moving into their first homes.  They are so excited about having the space they’ve always dreamed of.  But as Ms. Persad points out, if you don’t have an organizing system in place, more space really does lead to more mess. Do what Ms. Persad and my clients did, and call an organizer before your expansive new space gets out of hand!

Ms. Kramer’s process is very similar to mine, with one major exception: I do the measuring and purchase recommendations AFTER the decluttering process.  I’m super impressed that Ms. Kramer can predict how much stuff will remain and how to store it, but I prefer to use the decluttering time to get to know my client and how they think so that I can tailor the products I recommend to them.

At the same time, I agree with Ms. Kramer that a filing system is a universal need. I was actually floored that Ms. Persad had nowhere to store her important papers. We are not yet a paperless society, no matter how much I rather wish we were, so every one of us needs to store some paper.  At the same time, most of us store too much.  If you can’t fit all your important paper into two standard size file drawers, reconsider.  A quick edit: all user manuals can be found online, so there’s no need to keep paper copies.

If you’ve hired a professional organizer, I’d love to hear about your experience.  Fellow organizers are nearly universally generous with their expertise and remain my greatest source of information and mentorship!