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What is a Professional Organizer?

Why hire a Professional Organizer?

What are the benefits of hiring a Certified Professional Organizer?

Can I afford a Professional Organizer?

Do I need to prepare or buy anything before our consultation/assessment?

How long will it take?

My sister/friend/dad/cousin helped me get organized once, and she/he made me throw everything away. Will you do that, too?

Do I have to be there while the organizing is happening?

What is a Professional Organizer?

"A Professional Organizer is one who enhances the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and by transferring organizing skills. A professional organizer also educates the public on organizing solutions and the resulting benefits. (NAPO, 1985)." A Professional Organizer brings experience, ethics, and empathy to the table. I solve problems and design solutions that are geared towards your unique needs and require a minimum of time to maintain.

Why hire a Professional Organizer?

For the same reason you hire a personal trainer, or have a professional stylist cut your hair. You might be able to do these on your own, but what about the results? Having an expert organizer working with you brings years of experience, encouragement, ideas, and resources you may not have access to on your own. Projects that could take you days to do alone, or with an untrained friend, can be completed much faster and with long lasting results when you work with a professional. Organizing is one of those things that lives on a person's 'to do' lists for years, always getting postponed. Schedule an appointment with Ship Shape Houston and ensure that the work will finally get done, in far less time and with more permanent results, and you may find yourself enjoying the whole process much more than you thought possible!

What are the benefits of hiring a Certified Professional Organizer?

To be eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Organizer exam, an organizer is required to document at least 1500 hours of organizing over the past three years. A CPO has demonstrated experience, the ability to address her clients' unique needs, and the ability to transfer skills so that the results last long after the organizing sessions have concluded. Marcie is a proud member of the inaugural class of CPO's, sitting for the exam the first year it was offered.

Can I afford a Professional Organizer?

Absolutely! Think about the time and energy you're wasting every day either looking for things, missing or being late to meetings, paying late fees, or letting disorganization otherwise have it's way with you - not to mention buying duplicate items because it seems easier than trying to find the original item you're looking for. No matter how you look at it, you're losing money!

Someone who earns $75,000 annually and spends 15 minutes a day searching for misplaced items throws away $9,000 annually. Even more important are your peace of mind and quality of life; making an investment in those is one of the healthiest decisions you can make.

Do I need to prepare or buy anything before our consultation/assessment?

All you need to do is spend a few minutes before our first meeting thinking about your organizational goals. That way, we can discuss what's important to you, and I can figure out how to best help you get and stay organized. As for cleaning up, it's best when I see the space weíll be working on in it's natural state. Seeing how things are right here, right now, allows me to assess your current habits so I can offer you easy to maintain solutions.

It's not necessary to make any purchases prior to our sessions. Once we've determined what you need, I can recommend purchases, or I can shop for you. However, in keeping with my commitment to Green Organization, I love to use items my client already owns -- from storage boxes to furniture accessories -- to solve organizational and decorating problems, saving you money!

How long will it take?

There's no 'one size fits all' answer to this one. This depends greatly on the client. While we're working together, I offer information, advice, and encouragement, but it all comes down to how quickly you make decisions, and what you're comfortable with. Some clients decide quickly what stays and goes, others take more time, slowly working their way up to feeling comfortable and good about throwing away or giving away things that are cluttering up their homes. Both processes are fine and, most importantly, lead to reaching organizational goals!

My sister/friend/dad/cousin helped me get organized once, and she/he made me throw everything away. Will you do that, too?

Often when we work with well-meaning friends or family, a place may be cleaned up, or cleared out, but without systems in place that made sense to you -- the user -- they likely didn't remain that way for long. I'll bring a fresh, non-judgmental pair of eyes to your space. I will offer design solutions that meet your unique needs, are easy to maintain, and allow you more time for the important things in life. I'm not there to throw everything away. I'm there to help you make decisions about what's important to you and how things contribute to or steal from that vision.

Do I have to be there while the organizing is happening?

Many decisions, from what stays and what goes, to determining the best places for things to 'live', to making sure processes are easy to keep up with, are based on a client's individual needs. Without your input helping me determine the best solutions for you, the results will likely not be very satisfying. Occasionally, your presence may not be required, but you do need to be nearby to answer questions I might have. Since this is all about you, your input is vital. And working with me, you'll learn many of the organizational basics that make life easier and far less stressful.

Contact us!

We would love to hear from you:

Marcie Baker Turrin, CPO, IRN
Ship Shape Houston
713.447.4744
Marcie@ShipShapeHouston.com

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