When Is It Time to Hire a Professional Organizer?

So you've thought about hiring a professional organizer. Or perhaps you're unsure if you're qualified for one?

The good news is that there is no minimum requirement for hiring a professional organizer; you can be organized and simply want your space reimagined to better suit your needs. However, there are some tell-tale signs that it's time to hire a professional organizer. I believe that anyone is capable of organizing their space on their own, but as with any other service, it is sometimes worthwhile to seek additional assistance!

1. You become completely overwhelmed by the process. 

 

Professional organizers collaborate with you to complete the task as quickly as possible. Instead of leaving you to ponder the next step, I relieve your stress by guiding you through it without interruption. This saves you a lot of time, trouble, and uncertainty about your progress. Your focus is on the more important decisions in the process. 

 

Even my shortest jobs can take up to 5 hours, and not everyone has that much time. Which leads us to our next point...

2. There isn't enough time for everything. 

 

I understand, you're pressed for time! When you're juggling errands and responsibilities, it can be difficult to see where you'll find the time to fully organize on your own. 

 

Even if you have the best intentions to reorganize your space, you simply do not have the time to do so on your own. I can assist you with that. You only need to worry about answering some of my preliminary questions so that I can ensure that your solutions are a good fit for your needs. 

 

Some clients stay with me throughout the process, but for my particularly busy clients, after some initial getting to know one another, they're perfectly content to go out and get other things done while we figure out the rest.

3. In your life, there will be transitional periods. 

 

These times can be trying. They can be exhilarating - a new baby on the way, moving in with a partner 

Moving in general is extremely stressful! 

And even sad—a time when you're navigating grief. 

 

I cannot speak for all professional organizers, but FSF places your well-being at the forefront of everything we do. It's the reason I do what I do. When I'm called to assist someone during a transitional period, I'm acutely aware of the stress they're already under. It's difficult enough to navigate major changes in your life; I'm here to help with the process and to alleviate your concerns about getting your physical space in order. Having a team on your side can work wonders.

4. You can't seem to find anything 

 

This one may be self-explanatory, but it's still a good reminder not to waste half your morning looking for things. This is a sign if you are constantly wondering where something is because it is not where it should be or there is no place where it should be. 

 

Our time is already limited; there is no reason to waste it looking for things when we can create systems to avoid doing so. If this particular issue is causing you more stress than you already have in a given day, I'll work to resolve it.

5. You avoid being at home or in specific rooms. 

 

Yes, I mean it! When your space becomes unbearable, it's much easier to side-eye it and avoid it at all costs. You can also persuade yourself that organizing is not a top priority if you are rarely in your home/avoid that room. If you find yourself in this situation, it may be best to leave it to the professionals.

6. You've organized but can't seem to keep it up. 

 

You may have gone through the entire process of tidying up, but no matter how good things appear, they may revert to their previous state. 

 

This is a common example of good intentions but, more often than not, poor systems. When I first started, I, too, had no idea there were different ways to organize the same rooms and items. As a result, you may be doing things in the only way you know how without realizing there are better ways! 

My expertise in the field enables me to create a system that works better for you. I'll walk you through the essentials of the entire process and explain why I'm doing it that way. If necessary, it can be an immersive learning experience. My ultimate goal is to help my clients become self-sufficient, but I can still be the best friend you call when you need a little extra help.

If any of these (or all of them) resonate with you, contact a professional organizer. Some organizers (including myself) offer free consultation calls to help you understand what you're getting yourself into before committing fully. 

 

Of course, I'm biased toward the FSF, but I truly believe that having an organized space is an important part of self-care and can improve your quality of life.