Have you been thinking about hiring a closet organizer? Here are some things to look for as you decide which organizer is right for you!
When It’s Time to Bring in an Expert
You’ve tried to declutter and organize your closet on your own, and it worked…for awhile. After a few months things started to look like a mess…again. If this sounds like you, it may be time to bring in an expert.
Closet organizers have skills that most of us just don’t have. They can look at your space and envision solutions that would never occur to us normal, life’s-too-busy-to-hang-up-my-shirt-or-fold-laundry kind of people. Once you decide you are ready to hire a professional closet organizer there are a few things to consider.
What Will It Cost?
Like with any service industry, the cost of professional organizers can vary. Things like the organizer’s experience, your geographic location, and the size of your space must all be taken into account when figuring the cost. Some organizers charge an hourly rate while others give a set fee based on the size of the project. At an initial interview the professional organizer should be able to give you a cost estimate. As with any home project unexpected costs might come up, so plan accordingly. You will also need to consider the cost of any supplies that might be needed to complete your organization project.
There is definitely a cost associated with professional organization, but we believe the relief of handing over the organizing reigns will be well worth it. The value of a clean and organized closet that allows you to find the clothes you love the most is truly priceless.
Questions to Ask
It’s always a good idea to interview several professional organizers to find the one that is the best fit for you. Before you begin meeting with your perspective organizers it’s important to create a list of questions to ask. That will allow you to compare apples to apples during your interviews.
The National Organization of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, or NAPO, has developed a list of suggested questions to ask when interviewing a Professional Organizer. You can see their list below or download a copy here.
- How long have you been working in the organizing and productivity industry?
- What types of services do you offer?
- Are there areas you specialize in?
- Have you had special training or do you hold any certifications related to your
- Please describe your process for helping clients achieve their desired outcomes.
- Please describe a typical working session.
- Will I work directly with you, or will you assign an employee or subcontractor?
- What is your fee structure?
- Do you work with a written agreement?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- Can you provide references?
- I have tried to get organized before. How will this be different?
Finding a Professional Organizer
The reality is, anyone can call themselves a professional organizer. However, there are some ways to find a reputable and trustworthy organizer. You can always ask friends or family members for their recommendations. The best advertisement is a happy customer. If they don’t mind, see if you can take a look at their organized space. See if it fits the look you are going for.
You can also use the search tool on the NAPO website to find an organizer near you.
Hiring a NAPO member means that you are hiring a committed businessperson who values education and professional development, and who stays current on trends and advancements in the industry. NAPO members have aligned themselves with a respected association that leads and advances the organizing and productivity profession, and whose members adhere to a Code of Ethics.
While cost is always a factor, we encourage you to also consider how well your personality matches with your potential organizer. Organizing your closet is a very personal matter. You want the person you are working with to be someone that you trust.
Get Free Professional Organizing
Included with every Closet Envy project of $3,000 or more you will receive 2 free hours of on-site Professional Organization from Sorted Out organizing service, founded by Tonia Tomlin. Tonia and her company have been featured on HGTV’s Mission Organization. Get the closet of your dreams organized by one of the best! Schedule your free consultation today!