Lauren is great! Comes prepared, is adept at working with all sorts of people, pets, spaces, and needs. And, she takes things away for me - very helpful!
Lauren was the first person to respond to my listing, but I didn't want to just go with the first one. I have had not-great experiences in the past with hiring organizers (before Thumbtack) - how are so many so unorganized? Not showing up, not being helpful, etc. So, I checked out the links provided by a few of the other respondants, but I cannot believe anyone would actually hire someone to basically tidy up shelves and put labels on things. I need much more help than that! Lauren clearly was invested in this profession; she has a website, a blog, an active Twitter, all focused on home and office uncluttering, organization tips, and relevant anecdotes. Without being a pest, she contacted me several times over the course of the two weeks or so I took to decide - offering me links to check out, and just being great at reminding me that I needed to hire someone already, LOL. I could see that she had worked on teams with hoarders (It could be argued that I am headed that way), which is serious.The kicker was she mentioned having worked with artists - I didn't say I was an artist, but I am, and, as such, have a lot of art supplies and art and all that goes with that.
I met with Lauren at my apartment for a free hour-long consultation. She was right on time (always is). We made a plan and I scheduled several dates with her. I have 20 years in one home to sort through, and no idea how to make my space and my life more accessible and functional. She has many ideas, much experience, and a very calm and positive (but not overly cheerful, mind you) attitude.
I have her come for 4 hours twice a month, as we make headway on all my stuff. I am not quite able to do this on my own (I have ADHD and seriously blank out on my own), but am better at figuring out what to do with various things. I love how insightful Lauren can be about how my mind works, and therefore how my space might work better for me, and how to deal with my quirks.
She takes things away for me. She likes finding good homes for things, repurposing items, and will go the extra mile to prevent waste, which I really appreciate. I hate the thought of filling landfills, but some things are beyond saving, and she helps me identify those, too.
I can't wait to add some photos, but I am a work in progress, and want to do that in a few months, when I am further along.