Cleaning your home from top to bottom in preparation for the New Year is a worthwhile challenge, but why just leave it for the start of the year? Indeed, a clean home right before the New Year seems to provide a great foundation for an exciting year to come. That’s not the only time of the year that you can clean up house and start fresh. For most people, the demands and stresses of life mean that it can be even more difficult than before to set aside time to really tackle the challenge as they would like. Even though it is customary to have a few days off for the holidays, those days are often filled with entertaining company or spending quality time with family. After all, who really wants to clean the house from top to bottom on Christmas Day? Most people would prefer to spend their time cooking or otherwise spending quality time with their families and friends. This is also true for the rest of the year. It just never feels like there’s enough time to get everything accomplished on your terms…until now.
A professional organizer can help free up not only clutter, but time. Their expertise primarily rests in making sense out of the daily chaos and clutter that often rules our lives. Hiring a professional organizer can be a strong benefit for just about anyone — as long as they know how to find a professional organizer that fits into their lifestyle. In this day and age where one can easily open up the Yellow Pages or fire up a browser search for ‘professional organizer’, what should you really look for when it comes time to actually pay for a professional’s time and expertise? There are numerous questions you could ask a potential professional organizer, but there are five questions that truly stand out from the others. Below are the five questions you really need to ask a professional organizer before officially hiring them — enjoy!
1) Are You Certified?
Certification is not necessary to become a professional organizer, but a mix of classroom and on-the-job experience can produce a more well-rounded professional organizer. There is not a standard certifying body in the world of professional organization, but many professional organizers choose to pursue an additional layer of certification in order to symbolize their dedication to the industry.
2) Do you have references?
References are the lifeblood of any service business, and you should always ask any potential professional you hire if they have any references they would like to share with you. Lack of references can either mean a very new professional organizer, or one that has a bad service record they could be potentially hiding from you. If you want to work with a new professional organizer, there’s nothing wrong with that — but your results may be much different than you expected.
3) What is your approach to professional organization?
Every professional organizer has a philosophy around cleaning away clutter and organizing a house. Asking them to explain their philosophy on this subject separates the passive amateur from the true professional. If they can’t tell you their system of organization…well, that doesn’t sound very organized, now does it?
4) Do you offer free consultations?
A professional organizer that doesn’t offer free consultations is not necessarily lower than a professional organizer who does. However, a free consultation allows you to meet the person you’re going to be allowing in your personal space and also lets you see whether or not the two of you are going to be a match, personality-wise. If you don’t feel that you can trust the professional, inviting them into your home will only spell disaster waiting to happen.
If free consultations are important to you, be sure to find a professional organizer that does offer them. If the organizer does not offer free consultations, see if you can get the fee for coming out to view the house as it is converted into a credit if you do decide to hire them for the full project.
5) What is your pricing structure?
Price is saved for last for multiple reasons. One, price should not be the sole measuring stick that you place every professional organizer to, since there’s no standardization methods in place for each price. In other words, what one professional organizer may do for $100/hr could be completely different from the professional organizer that only charges $60/hr. It’s better to actually ask what you get for the price of their time than to just go on bare dollar amounts alone. Whenever possible, make sure to get some sort of written quote from your professional organizer with exactly what the fee covers — this saves headaches and misunderstandings down the road.
Again, there are many more questions than this that you could potentially ask of the professional organizer that you select. However, the above five questions will tell you just about everything you need to know about the professional organizer before you hire them. In addition to these basic but key questions, if the answers you receive make you hesitant, it may be best to err on the side of caution and interview another professional. Your space is very important, and any professional organizer that doesn’t respect that is not one you want to work with. The right professional organizer can make your space feel completely brand new – at any time of the year!