What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I constantly read organizing books and participate in online webinars. I attended one national and two regional conferences through The National Association of Professional Organizers.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Not complicated. I offer package rates at 5, 10, 15, 20 hours with 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% discounts, respectively. For suburban clients over 15 miles away, there is a travel charge.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
The Chicago Organizer has been organizing since she was a kid whose parents made her a "Neat Freak" t-shirt! After spending 20 years in the corporate world and helping friends and family on the side, it was time to make it a business reality and spend time helping people with their organizing challenges.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Overstuffed closets, drawers, rooms, kitchen cupboards, bathrooms, basements, storage units, kid areas; paper pileups; filing systems; de-cluttering; packing for a move; unpacking and setting up organizing systems in your new home. Bringing items to donation and/or selling yourself is key to the process.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A client has moved 100 boxes from home to home she's moved to over the last 20 years. We have spent 40 hours together and are whittling away at the lifetime of acquisitions she's either donating or incorporating into her lifestyle. The client was finally ready to tackle this overwhelming project with me one box at a time.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure the owner will be your organizer; check out testimonials and other review sites like Yelp for feedback; call a reference; trust your gut from the phone call.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The Chicago Organizer loves messy spaces--bring on that stuffed closet or crowded kitchen cupboards! Also love to organize junk drawers by separating items so you can find what you need when you need them!