Client FAQ

Why hire a professional organizer?

It’s natural for you to feel intimidated by the prospect of getting your space (and life) organized. Limited by familiarity, you may be unable to see the potential for innovative ways to utilize your space. Torn by sentimental attachments, you may find it difficult to evaluate your belongings in objective ways. Or perhaps you struggle to hold yourself accountable to perform the tasks needed to achieve the organization and simplicity you so desire. Whatever the cause for the presence of clutter and disorganization in your life, if you believe you would benefit from the support, guidance, and expertise of a professional organizer, you owe it to yourself to act upon that inkling.

Establishing a sense of order, clarity, and above all, simplicity, is the most essential ingredient to a happy life. And while we can’t all be experts in everything, and you may not be one when it comes to organizing, I am. I have the keen mind of an editor, which lends to effortless appraisals of the construction of space and how best to utilize it, and the evaluating work involved in decluttering. I have an eye for aesthetics, and I am conscious to balance form with function, crafting organizational systems that enable client’s routines and appear beautiful on the surface. I have a knowledge and respect for the psychological component involved in organizing; I’m skillful in guiding client’s through emotional blockades, ultimately enabling them to make powerful decisions about their space and belongings.

This work is my great love and my gift to give to you. You deserve a life that is beautifully organized, and I couldn’t be happier than to aid you in achieving that.

Will I work with you?

Your level of involvement in the organizing process is ultimately your choice. As long as you are willing and able, my preference is for all of our work to be done as a team. Your input and involvement is extremely important. In the end, I want to establish an organizational system that’s going to work for you, and that can’t happen without your involvement.

What is the organizational process?

The first step to getting organized is to schedule a consultation appointment. During this initial meeting you will show me the areas that are your organizational priorities, and we will discuss what changes need to be made. At the end of the consultation, we will set up our first organizing appointment.

How long does each appointment last?

I typically like to work in blocks of four hours at a time. Sometimes we may wish to work longer, but four hours is the minimum amount of time needed to really make some noticeable progress.

How long does it take to complete a project?

The length of time to complete a project varies with each client. Completion time is dependent upon factors such as the size and number of rooms, the amount of clutter, client’s level of participation, and how quickly decisions are made.

What if I have to cancel an appointment?

Please let me know about a cancellation as soon as possible (at least 48 hours notice.) Cancellations made with less than 48 hours notice will incur a cancellation fee.

How does Live Simply charge?

Live Simply charges by the hour. Please contact me for further information about rates and packages.

What if I’m embarrassed to show you my mess?

The truth is that most everyone has at least one area of their home that’s a complete disaster, whether it’s an entire basement or one drawer filled with horrors. And while I understand the desire to conceal this fact from most visitors, I am the one person with whom you don’t have to feel ashamed. It’s best to think of me as a doctor of clutter; I see these kinds of things all the time. The good news? I have yet to meet a mess that I couldn’t handle.

Should I do anything to prepare for your visit?

No, I want to see your spaces exactly as they are. The current state of things is the best indicator for me of what and how things need to change.