Q: What should I look for when hiring a professional organizer?
A: The National Association of Professional Organizers put together a great page on their website to help you know how to hire a professional organizer. Click here to learn more.
Q: Do the organizers at Peace Together Spaces follow a specific process when organizing?
A: Yes and no. With the majority of our clients we use either the Peace Together Spaces System of Restore O.R.D.E.R™ or the Clear & SIMPLE Way™ of organizing. These systems are easy to use and also easy to teach. We do not use these systems when working with individuals that are chronically disorganized unless we think it will work for them also. We take an individual approach when deciding how best to proceed with our clients.
Q: What can I expect from Peace Together Spaces?
A: Here is what you can expect from Peace Together Spaces:
- We will confirm your appointment 24 hours before your scheduled session
- We will arrive on time
- We will be well rested and prepared for any meals, snacks or water breaks we may need
- We will organize your space to your satisfaction
- We will assign you homework after each session
- We will have a client log for you to initial after each visit to track our time
- We will adhere to the Peace Together Spaces, LLC Code of Ethics
Q: Do I need to throw away the majority of my stuff?
A: Absolutely not! You decide how to handle your things, including whether or not to discard them. We are only there to guide you.
Q: Do I need to buy a ton of containers and/or shelves?
A: We will give you multiple ideas for your space. During the process we are very aware of your budget and your needs. We make every effort to repurpose items in clever ways to help you avoid spending tons of money.
Q: How long will the process take?
A: It depends. Your organizer will help you determine that during your Map to Peace.
Q: Do I need to be involved in the process?
A: That is a choice you get to make. Your organizer will go through each step without you with the exception of removing items. We will never throw away anything that you do not give us permission to throw away. Other than that your organizer can do the job without you if that is your preference.
Q: How do I maintain my new systems?
A: We will give you a personalized map for each space organized. It will give you step-by-step instructions on how to maintain your new systems. Using this map will help you to form new habits and stay on track. Eventually you may not need the map. If necessary we will also tweak your map if it is not helping you to meet your goals.
Q: I have used other organizers in the past and I was unsuccessful. How is the team at Peace Together Spaces different?
A: Peace Together Spaces focuses on each individual and/or space. If we are faced with an individual and/or space that we do not feel we are best suited to organize and serve our client then we will point that client in the right direction. We continue to grow in our knowledge of the industry so we have the tools to best serve you. Not only have we been organizing for more than 8 years, we have continued our training with Clear & SIMPLE, we are training with the Institute for Challenging Disorganization and we are up to date with the National Association of Professional Organizers.
Q: Do the organizers at Peace Together Spaces follow a Code of Ethics?
A: View our Peace Together Spaces Code of Ethics here. We also follow two industry Code of Ethics: the National Association of Professional Organizers and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization’s Code of Ethics.
Q: How do I know if I am chronically disorganized?
A: You may use the “Are You Chronically Disorganized?” fact sheet. It is a free publication offered by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.
Q: How do I know if I am a hoarder?
A: You may use the “Clutter Hoarding Scale.” It is another free publication offered by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.
Q: Why does staging my home help it to sell faster?
A: Staging your home’s strengths and downplaying your home’s weaknesses will help your home appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers. (Leah Hennen, HGTV)
Q: What is the difference between redesign and interior design?
A: The Free Dictionary defines interior design as “the design and coordination of the decorative and use of architectural features of the interior of a house, apartment, office, etc.”
Redesign is not as intensive. Redesign is to make a revision in appearance, function, or content.