How long will my project take?
In the grand scheme of things, not long at all! I’ll provide an estimate after our first session, but based on the average client it'll take 5 five-hour sessions to organize all of your things. The time it will take for us to calm the storm and bring order into your life depends on five key factors:
How many items you have.
How long it takes for you to decide whether or not to keep something.
How your things are organized before we begin.
Whether or not you can be free from distractions during sessions.
Whether or not you choose to do tasks in between sessions.
Whatever your situation, don’t despair! I’ll make it far easier than if you were to tackle it on your own. You’ll have a clutter-free home in no time. We’ve got this!
How long is each session?
Each in-home session is up to five hours in length, and I will happily be available for the entire time. I’ve found that five hours is a sweet spot where we can make some serious progress without excessive physical and emotional demand. For virtual sessions, I recommend booking in three-hour blocks. This will give us enough time to make a significant impact while minimizing the potential for screen fatigue. Whatever we decide, I can be flexible with regard to your changing needs. You want your space organized? We’ll make it happen.
What can I do to prepare for my first session?
First and foremost, take some time to consider why you want to be organized. How would you like to feel in your newly organized space? What would you like to do now that the clutter is gone and you’re not burdened by the stress of a never-ending tidying routine? And speaking of your tidying routine, there is no need to pick up before I arrive! Every pile tells a story, and that story will help inform me about your habits. That way I can give you the most relevant suggestions. If we are using the KonMari Method™, it’s in your best interest to do laundry since we will be working on clothing. Other than that, feed yourself, get some sleep, stay hydrated, and I promise to do the same! The work is a lot easier when our brains are firing on all cylinders.
Do I need to buy any additional storage or organizational items?
Nope! And I don’t recommend it. Buying storage in hopes that it will tame the wild beast of disorganization is a common pitfall that rarely leads to success. Before I suggest anything, we’ll make use of the items that you already have in your home. In most cases this is sufficient. Now, if you don’t have anything that we can use, it may be a good idea to purchase a handful of modular drawer organizers and shoebox-sized bins. Check out my Pinterest for items that I recommend. If you go this route, bear in mind that you may not end up needing this stuff after decluttering, so seek out generous return policies. At any rate, during the process, if we find that your space can be enhanced with the help of a few tools, or you’re looking for a visual make-over, I will be thrilled to make recommendations.
What is the KonMari Method™?
The KonMari Method™ is a popular approach to organizing that was developed by Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Her method is unique in that it processes belongings by category, e.g. clothes, books, papers, etc., rather than room-by-room. This makes for a straightforward, efficient experience. By the end, you will feel like you have organizing superpowers as you process mementos and family photos with ease! The method is most well known for its famous question, “Does it Spark Joy?” — the criterion used to decide whether or not to keep something. While Sparking joy may seem like a vague concept, it is the key to unlocking your organizing potential. Sorting your belongings in this way will result in a highly personalized and well-organized space that you will enjoy maintaining. I implement the KonMari Method™ whenever possible, as it’s suitable for most individuals. It’s ultrafast, easy to learn, and very, very effective!
What if I don't want to discard something?
Then keep it with confidence! There is absolutely no pressure to discard something that you want to keep. All of the decisions are yours to make, and I’m confident you’re going to make great ones! If at any point you’re feeling lost, I’ll show you the way!
Are you going to share any of my information?
Hiring an organizer can be an intimate affair, therefore I take privacy very seriously. I will never share any personal information without first seeking your consent. Do you have something you don’t want me to see? No problem! Feel free to remove it from the area before we begin. That being said, I will never open drawers, or even handle your belongings, without your permission. Your comfort is my number one priority.
Where do you work?
I work throughout the San Francisco Bay Area at no extra cost, and I provide virtual organizing worldwide. If you are outside of the Bay Area and would like to work together in-person, please get in touch! I will provide you with an estimate which will include any associated travel expenses.
What happens if I need to reschedule an appointment?
Not a problem! However, sessions canceled with less than 24 hours' notice will be billed at 50% of the agreed rate or time scheduled.
Which payment methods do you accept?
I accept cash, check, PayPal, Venmo, Cash App, and Zelle. Please note that payment is due at the end of each session.