What to ex­pect when us­ing an or­ga­niz­ing ser­vice

Orlando Sentinel - - STYLE & HOME - By Jenna Schus­ter

Are you look­ing to start the new year with a de­clut­tered space? Or­ga­niz­ing your home can feel like a huge un­der­tak­ing, but cross­ing this project off your to-do list might be eas­ier than you think. We spoke to Lor­raine Brock, owner of Get Or­ga­nized!, to find out what it’s like to use a pro­fes­sional or­ga­niz­ing ser­vice and get a few tips on how to straighten up the house with­out the help of a pro.

What can a pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer do?

Pro­fes­sional or­ga­niz­ing com­pa­nies take charge of a wide spec­trum of projects — in­clud­ing tidy­ing up the home, max­i­miz­ing space in home of­fices and help­ing se­niors downsize. Brock’s com­pany even does IT or­ga­ni­za­tion — help­ing clients to sync their de­vices, sift through old pho­tos and cre­ate more cloud stor­age. But her fa­vorite projects have to do with “life or­ga­niz­ing.”

What is life or­ga­niz­ing? Life or­ga­niz­ing in­volves struc­tur­ing the foun­da­tions of your life, so you have more free time to deal with the phys­i­cal spa­ces in your home. “Time man­age­ment is one of those life or­ga­niz­ing skills. (It in­cludes) meal plan­ning, kids’ chores, al­lowance sys­tems, bud­get­ing — all those things,” says Brock. When the ba­sics are in place, it be­comes a lot eas­ier to take care of other home tasks, like giv­ing your home a deep clean or sift­ing through old clut­ter.

When it comes to or­ga­niz­ing your life, don’t just plan on do­ing things — sched­ule them. Mak­ing firm, sched­uled plans to ac­com­plish tasks will help keep you ac­count­able for com­plet­ing them.

How much does this ser­vice cost?

On av­er­age, hir­ing a pro­fes­sional home or­ga­nizer costs $480 for a job, ac­cord­ing to HomeAd­vi­sor’s True Cost Guide. But Brock says the cost varies greatly de­pend­ing on the den­sity of the project. Even if two homes are the same size, they can have vastly dif­fer­ent amounts of clut­ter, which im­pacts the cost.

Will I need to buy any prod­ucts?

While it’s pos­si­ble to or­ga­nize your space with­out buy­ing any bonus shelv­ing units, stor­age com­part­ments or gad­gets, you may find th­ese prod­ucts are a good in­vest­ment in the long run. Spend­ing a lit­tle more on a use­ful or­ga­nizer can make a big dif­fer­ence and help you uti­lize ver­ti­cal space.

If you’re or­ga­niz­ing on your own, keep in mind there’s no need to pur­chase an en­tire stor­age sys­tem at once. Spread your pur­chases out over time, or do things room by room, so you can be sure each item works for your home and life­style.

Where do I start?

If you hire a pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer, you’ll first need to con­sult with your pro to fig­ure out what kind of help you need and how long your project will take. If you’re tak­ing care of things on your own, start the process by ask­ing your­self what your goals are, how long the project might last and what steps you need to take to get there. Then, put your plan into ac­tion and en­joy your newly ti­died space!


Ask your pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer about “life or­ga­niz­ing” for help with bud­get­ing.

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