Frequently asked questions
What exactly does a Professional Organizer do?
As a professional organizer I bring my talents, experience and fresh ideas to the spaces you see every single day. I work side-by-side with you to transform a space that feels cluttered or overwhelming into a space that literally makes you feel lighter. This work needs to be done together because 1) I can't make decisions about your possessions for you and 2) the organizing solutions we create are custom-designed to your needs. My presence there is to guide, advise, challenge, and make suggestions to reach your goals.
What can I expect from this process?
Please see the What to Expect page.
Do I have to get rid of a bunch of stuff?
Not necessarily. If your possessions feel like clutter to you, then perhaps you have a lot that you're willing to part with. For others, who like having their things, its simply a matter of organizing the possessions into a system that makes better functional sense.
How long will this take?
That depends on the size of the space, the amount of items we need to organize, and how you make decisions about those items. Some people may want to work as quickly as possible to get the job done. Others might prefer stretching out the appointments over a few weeks.
Is One Organized Expat's house perfect all the time?
That's easy - no! With three young boys and a husband who aren't exactly (cough) as giddy about all of the above as I am, it can be difficult to maintain the house just the way I like it, but that's ok because we're a family living in a house. However, behind the scenes, I have systems in place to keep our things organized and to a minimum. Even if sometimes its a mess, the fact that we're organized means clean-up is fast and easy. Staying organized means "getting real" on a regular basis about the items that no longer fit our family. I am constantly reassessing what we have and if it still needs to take up space in our home.
Why can't I find a phone number on this website?
The best way to contact me is via e-mail. I check many times a day. With kids coming and going I don't want to receive your call when I can't guarantee that it will be quiet enough to conduct a professional conversation. If you would like to speak over the phone, please leave your number in an e-mail and I will return your call as promptly (and quietly) as possible.
What if I want to get organized but my partner/spouse/family does not?
For best results, everyone in the house should be on board. No one wants their belongings totally rearranged while they're gone for the day.
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