02 Aug How to Be Ready for a Professional Organizer
Your pantry, garage, closet, etc. is a disaster. There’s stuff crammed in with no rhyme or reason and every time you need something, it feels like a search for the Holy Grail. You daydream about how much easier life would be if you could get a handle on the mess, but you just can’t find the time to make it happen.
So you hire a professional organizer and the dream starts to feel like it’s within reach. But what now? How do you prepare? Here are 5 things to know before a professional organizer arrives to turn your mess into a masterpiece.
1 | The job starts with an in-home consultation.
Once your initial phone consultation is complete and paperwork is signed, your job begins with an in-home consultation. Before a professional organizer can conquer your clutter, they need to see the space and understand your vision. An in-home consultation will involve talking about your goals for the area, as well as taking pictures and measurements.
If you have specific design ideas, it helps to have pictures to be sure you’re on the same page. You can discuss the types of products you want to use in the space, as well as any design elements like color or style.
2 | Be clear about your budget.
It’s important to be realistic and up-front about your budget. The total cost will include organizational supplies and products, as well as time spent on the consultation, shopping, and of course actually organizing the space.
When you’re clear about your budget, it allows your organizer to properly plan for the space and the time spent working on it.
3 | Be prepared to purge.
To get a disorganized space under control, there’s a good chance some items need to be thrown out, donated, or relocated. As much as your organizer would love to be able to, they can’t create room where it doesn’t exist so purging unneeded or unwanted stuff is key to eliminating clutter.
It will save time if you do a thorough purge of the space before a professional organizer arrives, especially if there are sentimental items involved. If you have a difficult time getting rid of things, your organizer is happy to help with the decluttering process.
4 | Give your organizer a clear picture of the space in full use.
It’s a good idea to make sure your space is in full use if you want to get the best organizing system in place. A half-empty pantry or closet doesn’t show an accurate picture of how the space is used. Before a professional organizer arrives, go grocery shopping, or do all the laundry so they can plan accordingly.
5 | Be realistic about your expectations.
It’s tempting to scroll through beautifully-organized spaces online and want your home to look the same, but it’s important to set realistic expectations for your own space based on your home and budget. For example, is it a priority for all your garage bins to match or do you want to save money and use what you already have? Do you want your dry goods decanted into containers or are you okay storing items in the original packaging?
A professional organizer will find supplies to suit your style and budget. The most important part of the job is making the space function well. This will be the top priority for your organizer as they work on your design plan.
Are you ready to hire a professional organizer?
Now that you have an idea of how to prepare before a professional organizer arrives, it’s time to tackle the cluttered spot that’s been driving you nuts! Contact North County Concierge today to schedule a consultation.