Your organizing questions answered by Janine!
How long will it take?
Every project is different, with unique issues and challenges (to learn more, visit How Long Will it Take?). A closet organizing project may take 5 hours to complete, but a basement clean out project may take 10 hours to complete. Regardless of the project, I physically help you achieve your organizing goal. I’ll share my five step organizational process that allows us to break the project down into manageable steps. You may choose to tackle some of those steps yourself, without my assistance. Whatever you choose, my goal is to help you reach your desired outcome.
Are you going to make me throw everything away?
No. I’m not here to make you get rid of your belongings, or do anything you don’t want to do. I’m here to encourage you to make honest decisions regarding your stuff, and to reevaluate their importance in your current situation.
Will you just come in and fix it?
Sorry, but no. Organizing is a learned skill that I want to help you improve. Your participation is necessary in order to be in control of your own surroundings.
Can I hire you to help someone else?
Yes, but only with the full cooperation of that third party. They need to see the value of becoming organized for themselves, and be willing to put the time and effort into the organizing process. Here are a few questions you can ask them to determine if they’d be willing to work with me; Would you be willing to work one-on-one with someone to help you improve things? What do you know about Professional Organizers? Are you ready to devote some time and effort into change? Would you like to hire a professional to help you?
How far will you travel?
I reside in North Attleboro, MA and service the Southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island areas. I do prefer to work locally, within 20 miles of my home base. If I travel beyond 20 miles one way, a travel fee of $35.00 is added per organizing appointment.
What do you charge?
The going rate for Professional Organizers in the United States is $50 to $100 per hour, and I fall within the middle of this range. I offer each client hands-on organizing assistance in addition to information about basic organizing principles and products. I provide insight, direction, guidance, and resources to support the desired change of each client. Two additional benefits that I provide are a free, no obligation organizing consultation and free removal of items the client wishes to donate.
What is NAPO?
NAPO stands for the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. This nonprofit association started in 1985 with a mission to develop, lead, and promote Professional Organizers and the productivity industry. I’ve been an active member of NAPO and the New England chapter of NAPO since 2008. I seek to make the most of membership and have served on the Board of Directors as the Membership Director for a year, as co-Director of Programing for two years, as Greeter Coordinator, as Certification Liaison, as Volunteer Coordinator, as Associate Member Director, and as Success Group facilitator. I received my certification in 2011 from this association and continue to re-certify every 3 years. I’m honored to be a member and proud to support this profession and my fellow NAPO and NAPO-NE members. If you’d like more information, please visit their websites at www.napo.net and www.napo-
Will my appointment be confidential?
Yes. Any information that is shared during or regarding our appointment will be kept private and confidential. I will only use proprietary information with your permission.