Many people ask me, “What do I need to do before you come over?” In response to that question, I’ve written this article to let you know what you do and do not need to do prior to your first home organizing session.
Discuss with your family: Before a professional organizer arrives to help reorganize your home, please discuss the process with the rest of your family. It helps if you know your family’s wishes for reorganizing certain spaces, and also if there are any spaces that they deem “off-limits” to reorganizing.
Sleep well the night before: The process of organizing your belongings can be emotionally draining, you will be making many decisions, and it is best if you are well-rested.
Dress casually: During home organizing sessions, we will be moving items around and possibly kicking up dust. I suggest you wear something comfortable that you don’t mind getting dirty. This is extremely important for garage, attic and basement organizing sessions.
Eat breakfast or lunch: Whether a morning or afternoon session, make sure you’ve recently eaten. It is important that you are well fueled to best tackle the organizing process.
Reserve this time only for organizing: Do not schedule any work, calls or visitors during the scheduled organizing session. Eliminate as many distractions as possible to make the most of the time.
Arrange for childcare: Unless we’re organizing your child’s space, it is best to have your children at school, daycare, camp, or being watched by a babysitter or other family member during an organizing session. If older children are home, please ask them to not disturb you during the organizing session.
Put dogs in another room or outside: I love dogs, and I’m not allergic, but they do tend to get in the middle of organizing projects. Please put them in another room or outside during the organizing session.
Pre-clean: I’ve worked in various conditions and have seen it all. Cleaning is something to do after organizing, not before.
Pre-organize: You called an organizer for expert input and assistance, you do not need to do any pre-organizing. It actually helps me if I can see how you actually live, and how and where items fall in your home. If you hide it all in a closet, it will be harder to assess what needs to be organized.
Apologize for the “mess”: I am there to help you organize it, no apologies or excuses are needed. Life happens, and sometimes situations beyond your control can cause disorganization and clutter to arise.
Be nervous: I am a non-judgmental and experienced professional organizer. I know the methods and processes to help you. I love coming up with organizational solutions and helping others. I won’t yell at you, I am there to help you to re-gain control of your space.