GIT Podcast #009 – How Best To Utilize A Professional Organizer When On A Budget

Written by Samantha Pointer

On June 10, 2013

GIT PodcastWhen hiring a professional organizer most people have a budget in mind or have a budget set. No matter what your budget is I discuss today some of the ways to best utilize the time you of the organizer and the money that you are investing.

You want to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to using a professional organizer. Because it is not a cheap endeavor, there are ways to get the help that you need and not waste time with things that you can do yourself or in between sessions. Listen in by clicking the button above. I also list some of the highlights below.

Show Notes:

Things To Do With A Professional Organizer: 

  • Help with making hard decisions.
    • Especially paperwork and clothes. Decisions are the reason that clutter happens. People put off making decisions so nothing happens. A Professional Organizer (PO) can help you by asking you the whys and why not and what’s the worst case scenario questions to help you make an informed decision on your things.
  • Help with coming up with a system.
    • One that fits with your personality and how you live your life today. Not a cookie cutter system that may or may not help you.
  • Help with implementing a system.
    • Getting started with your new system and checking to see if things are working or if we need to go back to the drawing board. Getting started is sometimes the hardest part. We give you that nudge that you need to get started on the right foot.
  • Help with choosing the right storage.
    • Instead of running out and getting whatever that strikes your fancy really taking stock of what you need and the types of things that will be stored.
  • Staying motivated. Accountability.
    • If the organizer gives you homework between sessions you will have someone to report back to and let them know what you have got done. Also if you are supposed to do something before the next session and it is not done that session can’t proceed until you do what you have said you would do. Most people once they get started are totally stoked and keep going on their own and can’t wait to show the organizer all that they have accomplished while they were gone.
  • On going maintenance.
    • You will do good to protect your investment by having regular on going maintenance check-ins from a PO. Whether this be quarterly or yearly is up to you. It can even be monthly. But in order to maintain any system you need to have a review of what is working and what is not working anymore. Checking in with a PO from time to time or signing up for a maintenance package with a PO will insure that you keep down the organized path and that you can spot problems in the system before they arise and get out of control again.

 Things To Do On Your Own:

  • Getting rid of obvious trash.
    • Food wrappers, empty boxes, etc.
  • Piling what you already have decided you are going to get rid of.
    • Go ahead and start a donate box either in your garage or by the door. You can be placing things that you know you want to part with in the box.
  • Homework that the organizer has assigned you after a session.
    • Sometimes you just need help getting started and pointed in the right direction. Other times you will be going room by room and you will have work to do to finish up before the next session.
  • Having other people get their stuff when it doesn’t belong in your house.
    • The more time I am spending on someone Else’s things that we both know don’t belong there or to you is less time I am spending on your stuff and addressing your needs and frankly that is letting others waste YOUR investment.

If you are ready to invest in yourself and your family and get your home organized click on our services page to see how we can help you Get It Together!. You are worth the investment!



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  • Dean Ashby says:

    There are acutualy a lot of apps which work just as well as a mobile organizer than having to put money down on a professional one. But I will afree with the reasons that you’ve put here for needing one. Sometimes it really is hard to sit down and get yourself organised and you need a little nudge, but in the spirit of the article, mobile applications are the best and cheapest method by far.

    • Thanks for your comment Dean. Yes there are a lot of mobile apps out there however none of them will come and physically move the clutter for you. A lot of people don’t like any type of technology at all and would balk at the idea of trying to find the right app to get the job done. Most times the reason for your clutter has nothing to do with the actual physical mess, but with the emotions behind it and for that you need a human touch.

  • I enjoyed this post! I love that you broke it down into 2 parts: what to do with the PO and what to do on your own. And you’re right, a lot of the folks I work with get pretty jazzed by our progress together and contine the momentum on their own. I love how the organizing bug can be contagious!

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