June 2006: What Does a Professional Organizer Do?

Some of you may ask “What does a professional organizer do?” We do everything from going through junk mail, to organizing filing systems to tackling boxes to helping people set goals and achieve these goals.

I would like to dispel some of the myths about professional organizers.

We are all neat freaks! We are not! I can attest to that fact. Organized is not always neat and neat is not always organized. What I mean by that is if you can find what you want when you need it, does it matter if it’s pretty? As long as it works for you – that’s what counts.

The 2nd myth is that we will judge you! You think we are like your mother-in-law coming through with the white gloves and thinking to ourselves “how do people live like this?” The opposite is true for me. I know people today are overwhelmed as many are two income families with children and pets and after school activities etc. What makes Time to Get Organized different is that we relate to our clients and make them feel at ease.

The 3rd myth is that we tell all our friends and neighbours about your clutter and your business. As professional organizers, being a member of POC (Professional Organizers in Canada) – we are bound by a code of ethics which says we will not divulge any personal information about our clients unless we have their express permission.

The 4th myth about professional organizers is that we will try to impose some rigid system we learned from the military! Professional organizers are problem solvers and we work with our clients by assessing their needs and then offering them practical solutions. If we see that our clients are visual and need to see their “stuff” then we don’t try to hide it away. Our job is to offer suggestions and give direction as much or as little as the client requires. We don’t tell you how to do it – we show you possibilities and let you choose the one that best suits you.

The 5th myth is that we will force you to part with all your keepsakes! I never force my clients to get rid of anything. If they ask me my opinion, I may answer their question with a question? They may ask me, ”Do I need all these recipes?” I answer “How often are you using them?” (if they are in a box in the attic or basement – then probably not too often). I may suggest keeping a few in a binder or tell them that the internet has a wealth of recipes at the click of a mouse. Travel brochures are something people keep but rates change and up to date information can be found on the internet.

One final myth is that we are too expensive! Many people decide they can’t afford our services even before they know what it will cost. In as few as three or four hours, we can work out a system that puts you on track. If that helps you from paying late fees on unpaid bills, get more customers for your business or spend more time with your family, then I’d say that’s money well spent! Professional organizers can save people time, space and money!

What is a professional organizer? A professional organizer is a consultant, an extra pair of eyes and hands. In a nutshell, we can help you see the forest for the trees. If you have any organizing questions, call me at 905-330-3514 or email me at