Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to questions I am often asked about home, life and workplace organization
What is a professional organizer?
As a professional organizer I support the evaluation, decision-making, and action around objects, space, data, time, energy, and resources; helping you achieve desired outcomes regarding function, order, clarity, goals, effectiveness and priorities.
Does clutter cause anxiety?
There is scientific evidence that clutter and mess cause anxiety. Home organization is a key factor in maintaining a healthy attitude. Psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter wrote in an article for Psychology Today, “Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and workplaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives.” Carter believes that clutter overwhelms us, causing excessive stimuli so our senses go into overdrive. She also states that clutter distracts us from other things we’d like to focus on, makes it harder to mentally and physically relax, signals our minds that our work is never done, can impede on productivity and creativity and makes it harder for us to find what we need and takes up space for doing other necessary things on our list.
Why should I hire a professional organizer?
To answer one of the most frequently asked questions, a professional organizer can assist in the reduction of anxiety and stress. As written by Hanna Pumfrey for MindBodyGreen.com, “As one of the most common mental health issues in the world today, anxiety is being called “the plague of our generation. In today’s world, we live under the subconscious assumption that life is a process of attainment—that getting promotions, partners, and collecting items will make us happy and secure. I was stuck in this cycle, and all the “things” surrounding me seemed to trigger these anxious thoughts and uncomfortable feelings.” According to UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families, women in cluttered homes have a higher level of cortisol (the stress hormone). The good news is that stress and anxiety caused by clutter can be eliminated!
How will you help me get organized?
For home organization, personal or business organization, all situations are evaluated and services provided are personalized specifically for your needs. Every solution is based solely on your needs and desires as my client.
How long does the process take?
Every home and workplace is unique. Basically there are two things that determine the time a project will take: the size of the project and, most importantly, how quickly you make decisions. Some clients simply need someone to help them get started, and then finish the jobs themselves. Others prefer to work with the Organizer from start to finish. Part of the process involves suggestions to help you learn new decision-making skills that will benefit you in the future. The amount of time it takes to establish practices that you will feel comfortable maintaining is different for everyone. It is a process that unfolds in time.
Is it expensive?
Home and business organization involves an initial investment, however, most everyone finds it more cost effective in the long run. Many clients have seen it to be more effective than buying organizational gadgets, making mistakes with future purchases, and wasting things that they forgot they had or didn’t work for them. Hiring an effective Professional Organizer/Productivity Consultant buys you order, control, increased efficiency and take-away methods that can be applied time and time again in the future.
What if I feel embarrassed about my mess?
I work with all of my clients respectfully and without judgement — I am here to help you! And confidentiality is essential to my business practice.
Will you come to my location?
Yes, all sessions take place in your home or office here in Long Island New York.
Do you work evenings and weekends?
Yes, I am available whenever it is most convenient for you.
Can my children be home during the organizing session?
Of course! But it is important to keep in mind that interruptions can slow down the decision making process and can add to the time of the project. A sitter for small children is recommended.
Do I have to be present when you are working?
It is highly recommended that you are present for all organizing sessions for optimal results. During the sorting process, you must be there to make decisions. No items are removed or discarded without your consent. After organizing requirements have been clearly established with you, I may be able to work independently.
Are you bonded and insured?
Yes. EZ Organizing LLC carries insurance coverage.
What is the ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization) Code of Ethics?
The primary focus of this code is to establish principles that define ethical behavior and best practices. Serving as an ethical guide, it is designed to assist members in constructing a professional course of action that best serves those using their services. And finally, the code provides the basis for processing ethical complaints and inquiries initiated against those who are subscribers of the ICD.
What is the NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals) Code of Ethics?
This is a set of principles that guide our professional conduct with our clients, colleagues, and community. Members of NAPO pledge to exercise judgment, self-restraint, and conscience in their conduct in order to establish and maintain public confidence in the integrity of (remove NAPO) members and to preserve and encourage fair and equitable practices among all who are engaged in the profession of organizing.
What should i do now?
Just contact me to learn more!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call for your FREE Discovery Call at 631-357-9144.
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