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Organizing Your Home: Using A Professional Organizer

When you walk in your front door, what do you see? Is your home an oasis of orderliness or a chaotic mess of clutter? If you're like most people, you probably fall into the latter category. Perhaps it's not your entire house that needs organizing, but a specific area. Whether your goal is organizing clutter, organizing closets, organizing a garage or even organizing your life, hiring a professional organizer can really help you get things in order.

Clutter Control
Organizing the home can be an incredibly overwhelming task for some. Which is why the area of professional organizers has been steadily increasing over the last few years. These people can help you get on the right track to having an orderly home.

The goal of a professional organizer is to improve your life by giving you the tools and education you need to effectively manage your clutter. Professional organizers can provide you with services, information or even just home organizing products. By hiring a professional organizer, you will take back control of your home, your time and your life. But they're not just for the home. Many professional organizers specialize in business clutter and disorganization.

Professional organizers can do general jobs like organizing the home or office; focus on particular rooms or areas, like garage organizing and organizing your wardrobe; or do a very specific task, including organizing home files, doing clutter control, sorting out memorabilia and/or photographs and doing paper management. Some professional organizers may even work exclusively certain groups of people, such as professionals, children or people with ADD.

Who to Hire
Professional organizer is a relatively new profession. As a result, many organizers may not have any formal education in this area. However, as the demand for professional organizers grows, so does the demand for training. There are an increasing number of courses people can take to hone their organizing talents. Additionally, the National Association of Professional Organizers has begun to take steps in order to offer a certification program for those looking to enter the field. This program is set to launch in 2007.

When you are looking to hire a professional organizer, it may be worthwhile to ask if they do have any educational training but don't be surprised if the answer is no. What may be more important to ask about is their experience and how long have they been in the industry. Before you hire an organizer, here are some other things to consider:

  • Ask your family and friends if they have any recommendations
  • Take a look at the organizer's website to get a feel of the person or company and to see what services they offer
  • When you have narrowed down your field of candidates, contact them to ask for a price quote or to get a price range for their services (some may charge by the hour and not the job)
  • You should also inquire as to whether or not they belong to a national association; those that do are usually bound to a code of ethics
  • Don't hesitate to ask them for references or testimonials so you can get a better idea of how satisfied previous client have been
  • Once you have finally chosen one organizer to work with, meet with them to discuss the job, just how big it will be and how long they expect it to take
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