February 2007 - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can you go through my stuff? Don’t I need to do that?

A: I offer direction and support by helping you organize. Take your papers for example; I help you establish categories so you can sort them accordingly. Once these papers are sorted by category, then we can create files and find homes for them.

Q: What if I you get me organized and then I have to call you back in a month to do it all again? Won’t that be expensive?

A: I not only get you organized by creating a customized system tailored to suit your individual needs but I give you the tools to maintain this system in the future. I put the structure in place so that it makes sense to you and make sure that it’s also user-friendly. I teach you how to organize. I do get repeat business but never on the same space. I am invited back to organize another part of the home or office.

Q: Shouldn’t I be able to do this myself? Why do I need an organizer?

A: You can do this yourself. However, many of us are leading increasingly busy lives and need help as we are already juggling too many things. Organizing seems to be the last thing people want to deal with today. Often, things like filing and dealing with boxes of stuff is not high priority on their to-do list.

Q: What’s wrong with having piles of papers and boxes of stuff?

A: With those piles of papers and boxes of stuff often come anxiety, depression and guilt. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when there is too much and you don’t know where to find things. Often clutter begets more clutter. The family sees a pile of stuff on the dining room table and they have something that they don’t know what to do with it and so they junk it there too. Before you know it, you have so much stuff collecting dust and every time, you look at it, you say to yourself “I really should get to that…” Then you feel guilty because you don’t have the time, energy or skills to deal with it.

Also, with piles, bags and boxes comes dust – lots of it and bugs too! I have yet to go to a home with cardboard boxes and shopping bags that does not contain dust and bugs! Have a look for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.

Q: What are the benefits of getting organized?

The benefits are immeasurable! You have more time for yourself and your family. You can find things when you need them. You realize how much space you actually have to enjoy. You may end up with more money as you are no longer paying late fees on unpaid bills. Small business owners tell me that they are able to dedicate more time finding new clients and servicing existing ones because they aren’t wasting time with paperwork. An organized environment can lead to a more organized mind. You cannot put a price on peace of mind! De-cluttering can actually save you time, space and money!