Q: What’s the first step in the Organizing Process?
A: It’s so important that you feel comfortable working with your organizer. An assessment gives you the opportunity to meet him/her and see if the two of you ‘click’. During the assessment, you and your organizer will clarify your goals and priorities regarding your organizing project and determine what can realistically be accomplished within your budget and timeline.
Q: How long does it take to organize a room?
A: Depending on the size of the room, how much clutter there is, what types of items are being organized, and whether you want to participate in the organizing project, each timeframe will vary. The following are average time estimates per project:
- A closet: 4-8 hours
- A bedroom: 8-12 hours
- A kitchen: 10-14 hours
- A garage: 8-12 hours
- An office (including the filing system): 16-24 hours
Q: What can I expect during the Organizing Process?
- Like with Like: We start by taking a look at the cabinet, drawer, closet, desktop–whatever space we’re working on–then pull out each item, one after the other, and place it with like items.
- Eliminate: Taking a closer look at each pile, we will eliminate the unused, broken, unattractive, unnecessary, and old items, and will separate them into one of four boxes: “donate”, “trash”, “sell”, and “elsewhere in the house”.
- Assign a Home: We will determine whether or not each of the remaining items are in their rightful place or if they truly belong somewhere else. Within the project area, similar items will be grouped together in their “home”, just as all silverware is placed in a silverware drawer. The Store-It-Where-You-Use-It rule will also be implemented.
- Shop: We will determine which storage ideas will work best within the project area, and decide whether you already have a storage solution, or if it needs to be purchased. We will also look for temporary solutions that you may already have.
- Equalize: With an efficient system in place, you will be able to maintain a clean and balanced space on a daily basis.