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bullet What is a professional organizer?
(as defined by the National Association of Professional Organizers – NAPO)

A professional organizer enhances the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and through transferring organizing skills. A professional organizer also educates the public on organizing solutions and the resulting benefits.

bullet What do professional organizers do?

Professional organizers serve residential and business clients and can provide a large variety of skills and services. Their services range from home and business organizing to information and time management, event and project management, relocation assistance, and coaching and training.

bullet How long will it take?

That depends on many factors: what you’re trying to address, how quickly you make decisions, your energy level and attention span, your budget and schedule. Some people get a jump start with a single session and are off and running on their own, while others need or prefer multiple sessions spread out over time to complete the project.

Once we’ve met for an initial session it will be easier to answer this question more specifically. (See "How I Work" on the SERVICES page.)

bullet How much does it cost?

Again, that depends on how long it takes and fees charged. Fees vary according to geographic area, the organizer’s level of training and experience, and other factors.

My fees are based on several variables, including the length of the session, whether you are a residential or business client, how far I need to travel, how often we meet. Please call me for an initial phone consultation so we can discuss this further. (See the CONTACT page.)

bullet Do I have to do anything to get ready for you?

No. In order to help you with your needs, I need to see things as they are currently – however messy or disorganized. This may be hard, but it’s the best way to help us come up with individualized solutions that will work for you.

bullet Will you make me throw things away?

Never. I am there to help you make decisions, offer ideas and suggestions. You will always be in charge of what you want and need to do. Even if I think something could be tossed, you will always be the one to make all final decisions.

bullet Why can’t I do this alone?
(Read more on this in my article "Weeding the Garden of Your Possessions." )

  • For most of us, it’s hard to know where to begin.
  • You may not know what you need to keep or can throw away (as in paperwork).
  • It’s easy to get tangled up in the myriad issues related to one item which can bring the project comes to a halt.
  • It’s easy to get distracted.
  • As a professional without any personal investment or attachment to your things, I bring a kind of objectivity and perspective that can help you with all these issues. While helping you with the work I am also an observer of the process. I can tell when you are stuck or have gotten distracted, and can offer support that will help you get back on track and keep moving forward. Once you have more functional systems in place, you are better able to organize yourself; you can then use me and/or someone else to help you maintain what you started.

bullet What is special about your approach?

My training and experience as a psychotherapist and coach are definite assets in my work with clients. Most clients feel safe and comfortable with me soon after we meet. I bring a deep level of attention and listening to our relationship, am tolerant and patient and can address what is going on with my clients on many levels – externally and internally. (See the ABOUT page for more about Yvonne's background and qualifications.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clients' animal friends often supervise our work.