Why do people need to get organised?

People need simplicity. They are paralysed by their environment and want to simplify their lives. With growing technology (including e-mail, faxes, cell phones, and instant messaging) the world operates at a faster pace. The amount of information available to us continues to grow at a rapid pace as do the number of demands on our time. Traditional roles in the workplace and family have changed. Individuals and businesses are finding a need to be more organised to keep up with this new, ever changing, fast-paced culture.

Organised people save time, space, money and have reduced stress and frustration levels.

What is the best way to get organised?

Experts in the organising industry agree that there are no standard one-size-fits-all solutions. There are many different personality types, work styles and environmental influences, so each person must find the organising solution that works best for them. Determine the areas in which you want to improve and reduce your stress, simplify and lead a fuller life as you create more time for yourself. Hire a professional organiser for your individual or business needs.

What should I expect when I hire a Professional Organiser?

Hiring a Professional Organiser is similar to hiring any service consultant. Be sure to do your research first to find the best consultant to fit your needs.

  • ask around for referrals from others who are using organising services
  • search our website for the organisers serving your local area
  • check out organiser websites to determine the specialised services offered
  • seek an organiser who belongs to POAA and is thereby bound by our code of ethics
  • initiate contact via e-mail or phone to obtain more information
  • request a quote and/or a range of fees
  • set a date for an initial consultation and needs assessment. Note that charges for initial consultation and assessment vary
  • together with the organiser, determine the scope and duration of the project
  • establish time frames for each stage of the plan of action
  • specify how progress will be evaluated finalised the details of your agreement and payment
  • finalise the details of your agreement and payment plan
  • enjoy freedom from disorganisation – getting expert help is the first step

Are all organisers the same?

Each organiser has their own style of working with clients and can offer a unique set of skills, experience and methods.

How do I know if I’ve got the right organiser?

You should feel comfortable with your organiser, so take the time to find an organiser with whom you feel at ease. You want to be treated with respect and compassion. A good organiser is there to support and assist you and will not be judgemental, critical or overly pushy. Your organiser will give you flexible, personalised assistance and should be able to adapt tools and techniques to fit your individual needs. Make sure you ask your organiser about their expertise and experience.

What type of education and training do organisers have?

Professional organisers represent a large and diverse segment of the professional and business community. Their education and professional experience is varied and may include business administration, management, entrepreneurial, financial, and legal background. Most organisers utilise their prior education and experience to transition into an organising career.

How long does it take to get organised?

It depends on the type of services needed and the commitment level of the client. Most professional organisers provide consultations to assess the nature of the project and will then be able to give an estimate on how long it will take.

Some people choose one session to get direction and inspiration on how to tackle their projects on their own. Others require multiple sessions where they work together with the organiser to get the job done.

How often will I have to use an organiser?

A good organiser will educate you. They want you to have the skills to stay organised well after the hands-on work is completed.

How much do organisers charge?

Fees vary based on geographic location, types of organising services needed and the experience of the organiser. Some organisers charge by project rather than by the hour. Ask about fee structures and discuss your budget when soliciting a proposal from a professional organiser.

When looking at the cost of an organising project, keep in mind that being organised means you save time. What is your time worth to you?

What about confidentiality?

Your organiser should offer you complete confidentiality. Organising is a personal process and you can expect your consultant to hold all information you share as confidential.

If you are concerned about this aspect of hiring a professional organiser, than we would suggest that you insist on it being part of your contract.