How do I know you’re the right organizer for me?
Read my About Me and Services pages. That should give you a good fee. Beyond that, my organizing focus is helping people create space for how they want to live and work by letting go of what no longer serves them. That includes not just personal belongings, but beliefs, rules you’ve been living by that no longer work for you, and may even include decluttering time and social commitments. We’re doing soul work here. It’s domestic and business therapy. Call me if you’re ready to change your life and you want someone to help you do that. For that, I am absolutely the right organizer for you.
Do I need a personal organizer or interior decorator/designer?
If you have too much stuff, you need an organizer before you ever consider design. Spending money on furniture, organizing products, or a remodel so you can fit things you don’t actually want or need is a waste. If you do need someone who can take you to trade stores, find custom fabrics, and create a design board, you might need an interior decorator, but beyond decluttering, there are many ways to organize and space plan that don’t require an interior designer.
You might think you need to hire a home decorator for those rooms that just don’t feel right no matter how hard you try. But with just a few changes and significantly less money, you and I can likely change the flow of a room to finally give you the feeling you have been wanting. With my knowledge and experience in space planning, Feng Shui, color consulting, and design, I can help you create a space that feels the way you want it to feel without spending thousands of dollars on an interior designer.
Can’t I just read a book?
You can read a book. You probably already have. And watched organizing shows or read magazines. Sometimes people get really inspired by a book or other general organizing advice. That’s a wonderful thing. The problem is that usually that initial wave of inspiration doesn’t last, or you are trying to make yourself fit into someone else’s system rather than working individually with someone who will customize a system for you and your needs. That’s likely why you’re looking at my website, hoping you can find some help books haven’t offered you.
spaceWise Organizing FAQ
How do you work?
spaceWise will help you determine what’s working in your life and home and what isn’t. Whether it’s physical, mental, or emotional clutter, the layout of your home, and or the organizing and storage systems that aren’t working, spaceWise will help you let go of what longer serves you and create space for how you want to live and work.
How long will it take to organize my house/closet/life?
That depends largely on you. Some people need a lot of help letting go of things. Others start decluttering one room with me and get inspired to do five more on their own. There is no standard amount of time any room or home takes. You may have a wall closet or a walk-in, a 1,500 square foot house or 5,000 square feet to organize. During the decluttering, organizing, design, and maintenance steps, certain parts of the process may go very quickly and others may take longer. We can take as much or as little time as you need.
Will you throw away my prized possessions?
Never. I will teach you organizing techniques so you can decide what you want or need to keep–what serves your life now–and do the emotional work to help you let go of the rest.
Do your services include closet systems or other storage products?
Nope. I am not affiliated with any closet, basket, or other product companies. That means I can recommend what’s best for you without trying to get a commission or sell you something. I create a Pinterest board for each client so that you can easily access any recommendations or resources I share with you.
Do you have a minimum number of hours per appointment?
There is a three hour minimum per appointment after the initial consultation. Most clients choose four or five-hour sessions to make the most of every session.
What is your service area?
I primarily work in the Austin area. I no longer take clients for on-site sessions north of 183. For areas outside of Austin, I charge my hourly rate for any travel time over 30 minutes in each direction. Give me your address and we’ll figure something out. If you’re not in my on-site service area, virtual organizing sessions might work best for you.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations with less than a 24-hour notice will be charged for one half of the session fee.
What methods of payment do you accept?
Payment is due at the time of service. I accept cash and checks.
FAQ about Getting Started
What can I do to prepare for your visit?
For the initial consultation, please don’t do anything. I need to see your house in its natural state. After we meet the first time, I’ll give you a prep list so that you can do as much (or as little) cleaning, decluttering, and other work before our next session as you’d like.
Do I need to purchase organizing supplies before we start organizing?
The time to shop comes after we’ve decluttered and found “a place for everything.” Then we’ll know what type, size, or system you’ll need. I can recommend products based on your family’s taste and budget. I can also do the shopping for you at my hourly rate.
How do I get started?