7 Things To Know Before Hiring A Professional Organizer

7 Things To Know Before Hiring A Professional Organizer

We are thrilled to announce that we can officially call Palo Alto and Greenwich home. Yes, it’s true! The Home Edit now has local organizing teams in both cities. This is a major milestone for us, because we now get to say that we’re in seven (yes, seven!) cities nationwide. If you are wondering why we picked Palo Alto and Greenwich specifically, well it’s simple: We’ve been traveling and helping clients in those areas for years now and already feel so welcome. It only made sense to put down our roots and become regulars. So, whether you're in the sunny Silicon Valley or the charming streets of Connecticut (or any of our other five local markets nationwide), we’re looking forward to helping you contain your chaos so you can keep it that way. And if you don’t live in any of our local markets? Just tell us when and where, and we’ll still be there (at a slightly adjusted travel rate, of course!)
If you’ve been on the fence about hiring someone to help you get organized, that’s okay! We’re sure you have your reasons. Maybe it’s the cost investment or the idea of having people in your home and in your things. Or maybe it’s because even though you’ve read all our books, used our products, and have tried multiple times to implement the systems you see on our Instagram, you still can’t seem to control the clutter. Well, there’s a reason for that, and no, it’s not that you’re not fully capable! Sometimes, you just need a professional organizer to come in, peel back the layers, see where the real issues lie, and build you a better path forward.  Read on for the top things you need to know about hiring a professional organizer that will help ease your decision: 

1. We won’t judge your mess.

In fact, we love mess. We love a challenge. Give us your disastrous drawers, your cluttered closets, your problematic playrooms. Trust us, we’ve seen it all. A (sentimental) positive pregnancy test in the back of a nightstand? Check. Expired spices and soup cans circa 2010? Check, check. There’s no need to feel embarrassed – this is our literal job! Want to know the real truth? A messy home doesn’t make you a monster. Every house gets messy (yes, even ours!), especially with spouses, kids, and pets in the mix. Where things really start to go off the rails is when a home is disorganized, and that’s something different. Once you have systems that can flex over time and hold you accountable, it’s not as hard to stay on track. Our job is to help you get there. 

2. We customize each system to fit your needs.

Don’t want your items organized in rainbow order? Can’t stand the thought of pouring your snacks into canisters? No problem! We’re not here to push our preferences on you. Organization isn’t one-size-fits-all. The smartest system is the one that works for you and your space. During the consult, we’ll run through a list of questions to get a better sense of your routine, what’s working, what’s not, and develop a plan of action from there.

3. We won’t force you to get rid of things.

Think of it more as a gentle nudge. We understand that the editing process can feel emotional or scary to some people. What looks like an old crockpot collecting dust to us might be a fond memory of your grandma’s chicken casserole to you. And that’s okay! Our job is to help you edit out the items you don’t want or need, so there’s more space for what you actually do use and cherish. 

4. You can be as involved in the process as you want to be.

Want to roll up your sleeves and help us clear out your cabinets? Be our guest! Many clients enjoy learning and working alongside us. But at the same time, you are also more than welcome to let us do all the heavy lifting. That’s what we’re there for! We’ll have a few questions during the editing process, but otherwise, feel free to sit back, relax, and let the magic happen.

5. Kids and pets can join the party.

One of the most rewarding parts of the job is helping families contain the chaos of their lives. No need to worry about your curious cat not minding its business or your kid asking too many questions. In fact, we welcome it. Working inside someone’s home isn’t your typical 9-5, and since we’re often there for extended periods of time, we’ve made a lot of friends that feel like family along the way. Nothing is better than being able to help a kid set up their study station the afternoon before a big test, wish them luck as they catch the bus the following morning, and be there when they get home to ask how it went. 

6. We give you all the tools to maintain the systems before we leave.

At the end of each project, we walk you through each system so you know the how and why behind every piece, and answer any questions you may have. The product itself isn’t what maintains the system, it’s the people using it. If you understand how something is supposed to work and flow with your routine, the easier it will be for you to make small adjustments when needed.

7. We’ll gladly come back for “mini-edits” when needed.

Speaking of small adjustments, organization is a lifestyle, not a one time thing. Maintenance is just part of the process, but the good news is that once you have your systems in place, upkeep is as easy as putting things back where they belong. But as new items get added or major life changes occur, you might find yourself needing a bit more guidance to get your systems back on track. Feel free to call on us. We’re more than happy to guide the way.

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