FAQs

FAQ-1

What is the Good Life?

The Good Life is your life as you imagine it in your dreams. You are not a captive to your possessions. You can have friends and family over at the drop of a hat. You save money by not buying yet another turkey baster because you can’t find the one you know you already own. The Good Life is your life in technicolor and surround sound.

Why should I hire a Professional Organizer?

Because you are overwhelmed, tired and at the end of your rope. A Professional Organizer like me can help you tackle those trouble spots by guiding you through the process of getting rid of the excess, finding storage solutions that work for you and your family and figuring how to maintain your newly found success. Hiring a Professional Organizer means you are dedicating the time to address your hot spots and you now have a partner to sort through the stuff and bring order to the chaos.

How is a Professional Organizer different than a House Cleaner?

I love house cleaners. I have one and she’s the best gift I’ve ever given myself but what she does and what I do as a Professional Organizer are very different. A house cleaner will tackle the dirt and dust and tidy your clutter. As a Professional Organizer I work with you to figure out what’s causing the clutter and help you streamline your daily habits and routines to keep your home in order. Ours is a partnership of support, decluttering and even fun. I don’t just make your space look nice; I help you make it function for your Good Life.

What are the benefits of getting organized?

There are so many. You save money and time. You get out the door on time in the morning. You can easily find the kids’ shot records that you need for school. You find your favorite pair of shoes in 10 seconds flat. You can start enjoying the things you own instead of them owning you.

Can I afford professional organizing?

Let’s be honest – hiring a professional organizer may seem expensive. If you think about how much time you spend shuffling piles of paper or searching for your keys, ask yourself what the clutter disorganization and chaos are truly costing you. Consider professional organizing an investment in your home, your family, your life…. your sanity. I am happy to work with you as much or as little as you need including virtually via phone or Skype. Click here for affordable professional organizing packages. [LINK TO SERVICES PAGE]

I’ve always struggled with staying organized. Can you help me?

Yes, if you are willing to make some changes and learn new skills. Many chronically disorganized people have never been taught how to organize their time or their possessions. Sometimes disorganization comes as the result of bad habits. If you are motivated to learn and develop new habits, you can have great success. Another thing to remember is that organizing is like a muscle. If you don’t use it, you lose it so you need to be ready to make an ongoing commitment to your space and yourself.

 

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What is my first step?

Give me a call or drop me an email. We’ll set up a time to have a brief phone chat so I can learn more about you and your situation. From there we’ll set up an appointment.

What do I need to do before our first appointment?

I will email you a link to my new client questionnaire. Please fill it out as completely as you can. It helps me get to know you, your home and your situation a little better before I arrive. Next, please don’t clean up for me. It really helps me to see your home in its “natural” state so I can give realistic recommendations. Finally try to get a good night’s sleep, drink plenty of water and eat something. Organizing can be hard work so being on top of your game is a great asset.

Should I buy some bins before you come?

In most cases, no. I know buying the cute bins and baskets is fun but finding the proper containers should actually be one of the last things you do in the organizing process. We need to see exactly how much you are going to purge and then what you are left with to decide which containers are needed. And honestly, most people already have lots of bins and baskets in their home that we can use.

What happens during our first appointment?

The first time that I come to your home, I will ask you to give me a tour around your entire home. Even if you are only interested in having your kitchen organized, it helps me to see your entire home so that I, as an impartial outside observer, can make suggestions such as using the underutilized hall closet as an overflow pantry. It also gives me a better idea of the organizing systems that you currently have in place and which are working for you and which aren’t. A big part of my job is asking you lots of questions so I can learn more about you, your daily routine and your stuff. Then I can help you address the problems behind all of this clutter.

After the tour we will pick your biggest hotspot and start working.

How long does it take to get organized?

That is the million dollar question, isn’t it? My answer is that it just depends. It depends on the level of clutter in your home, the size of the space you want to organize and how quickly you make decisions. All of these variables affect the length of each organizing project. That being said here are a few of rough estimates.

Walk-in Master Closet – 3-12 hours

Kitchen – 3-10 hours

Bathroom – 2-3 hours

Linen Closet – 1-2 hours

Garage – 6-20 hours

Will I have to throw anything away?

No. Your possessions mean your decisions. We won’t throw out one empty gum wrapper if you don’t want to. However, it is my job to encourage you to purge and simplify by reducing the excess in your home and life. Then I can help you find a more organized way to store your treasures.

What happens to the stuff that I want to discard?

I encourage everyone to donate all usable items that they are discarding. One service that I offer my in-person clients is that I will take one car load of donations to a local charity at the end of each appointment. I will then return the donation receipt to you if you want it. You are responsible for the disposal of trash and recyclables.

What if I need organizing products? Can you help me?

Yes. First I will make recommendations on products that I think would be useful. It is completely up to you if you want to buy anything. You can purchase the products on your own or I can do the shopping for you. I add a 15% shopping fee to the total purchase price to cover my time and effort.

Can you organize my things for me even if I’m at work?

While I generally work side-by-side with my clients, I do occasionally come in and do the work by myself. We will need to have an initial consultation in person so you can give me some rules and directions and then I’ll take it from there.

When you are here for our appointment, how much help will you need from me?

Your input and decision making ability are crucial to the success of the organizing process. I usually work side by side with my clients for the entire appointment; however if you have different needs or expectations, I am flexible.

When you leave, I’ll be organized for good, right?

Organizing is not a “one and done” type of thing. It’s like exercise or even the laundry; it’s an ongoing thing. You have to be able and willing to put things away when you are done with them and keep an even flow of items in and out of your home. Most places in your home will get a little unruly and cluttered after a while and they need to be revisited, but if you have a great system in place it will take significantly less time to get back to ground zero than before.

How do you organize my photos?

Whether your pictures are printed or digital or both, we start with a brief phone consultation that will allow us to get a handle on your specific needs. Are you playing catch up or do you feel completely overwhelmed and can’t even think of where to begin? After the initial consultation we can work in person, digitally or I can take your photos to my office to work on them. I can also scan your paper photographs for you so you now have a digital version for safekeeping and for making beautiful photo books.

What is Virtual Organizing and how does it work?

It sounds complex but virtual organizing is simply a way we can work together when we are not the same room or even the same state. We’ll start with a phone consultation then you will email or text me photos of the space you’d like organized. Using either phone, Skype or FaceTime, I give you my expert advice and recommendations and you make the magic happen in real life.

FAQ-3

What cities do you work in?

I work with clients who live in the Middle Georgia area, generally in a 45 mile radius of Perry, GA. If you live further away than that, don’t worry. Just read the next question.

 

I don’t live near you. Is it possible to still work together?

Absolutely! I also offer virtual organizing where we talk via phone or Skype. I ask the questions and make the recommendations and you do the work. I will also travel to work with you. My travel fee depends on where you live.

 

My loved one could really use your services. Can I hire you to work with them?

Yes. However, I need to know that your loved one wants to work with me. As much as you might want to help them, if they don’t think they have a problem or aren’t ready and receptive to change, hiring me may be a waste of time and money. Talk to them about their situation and maybe in a while the idea of working with a professional organizer may appeal to them.

 

When do you work?

Generally I work with clients between 9 am and 4 pm on weekdays. Evenings and weekend sessions are available on a very limited basis. I like to spend time with my family too.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes, thanks for asking. I ask all clients to give me 48 hours notice when needing to reschedule. Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will be billed a $50 cancellation fee.

What do you charge for your organizing services?

I price my services by the hour because everyone works at a different pace. The minimum length of an on-site organizing session is 3 hours. Larger blocks of time can be purchased for a discount. Learn more about my pricing here.

How can I pay you?

I accept cash, check, all major credit cards and Paypal. Payment is due at the time of our appointment. Payment plans are available for larger blocks of time.

Wait! I have a question you didn’t answer.

Great! Please get in touch with me using the contact form or send me an email at andi@goodlifeorganizing.net.

 

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