What Does a Professional Organiser Do? Apart From Make Magic!

Have you ever asked yourself the question: what does a professional organiser do? I’ll forgive you for not knowing the details, given that the concept is still relatively new here in the UK! Even though many UK-based professional organisers have been in business for over ten years. I think the recent events of the dreaded Covid lockdowns have dramatically propelled the industry into light.

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Were you working from home during lockdown?

If so, did you notice things in your home that bothered you that you hadn’t picked up on before? Did you redecorate, purchase new storage, tackle some DIY or have a big sort-out? If you did, then you are not alone!

Living in a cluttered and chaotic environment can seriously affect your mood and life. It can cause stress and raise cortisol levels.

You’re desperate to clear the clutter. But you feel overwhelmed, so it feels impossible to start. It becomes a never-ending cycle of getting geared up to start, overwhelm sets in, you get depressed and then give up. And so it goes on, in an endless cycle, round and round you go.

This is where I come in! A professional organiser will calmly guide you through the process. They will work with you aiding your decision making, supporting you throughout the session. As well as offering practical advice on where and how to store and organise your belongings. Creating simple, easy-to-manage systems will make it much easier to maintain going forward.

Decluttering can be a big, scary job. Hiring a professional organiser will not only make decluttering easier for you but also much quicker!

I can also save you money! Buying storage before decluttering and organising is a rooky mistake. Once we have completed the process, we will know exactly what space we have and which of your belongings need a home. We will then look at storage. Rather than pre-buying storage and furniture that ends up not being right for what you need!

At The Space Creator, we are confidential and non-judgemental. Trust me; we’ve seen it all before! We also try to make the process as fun and enjoyable for you as possible; yes, we did say fun! Believe it, we’ve never had a client tell us they didn’t enjoy their session!

How it works with The Space Creator

Once you’ve contacted me, we’ll book a convenient time to speak on the phone. We will discuss the challenges you face, areas you need help with, and your vision for the space. This call is free and will usually last between 15-30 minutes, and you’ll get a feel for me and how I work. Plus, I’ll know whether or not I can help you. Providing I can help you, I’ll ask if you’d like to book a 1-hour home consultation, or you may just want to book a session straight away. If that’s the case, I’ll ask you to send a few photos or a video of the area we’re going to be tackling so that I can plan and work out what storage (if any) we need to purchase beforehand.

If you go down the home consultation route, I will meet you at your home, and we’ll have a more in-depth discussion and a home tour lasting up to an hour. We charge a one-off fee of £50 for those who want advice about storage. However, if you go on to book, the charge will be deducted from your final invoice making it free!

Next, we will check the dates and book a suitable day to start! If you’re wondering, I have weekend sessions at a £5 per hour surcharge.

Okay, but what does a professional organiser charge? It can be anything up to £75+ per hour, depending on the area. My fees are more competitive, and I am highly experienced in a plethora of scenarios. So much so that I now mentor new and existing professional organisers. I generally work in half-day and full-day block sessions, but I also offer a 24-package session that includes a discount, which can be split up into 3, 4, or 6 sessions.

On the day:

We can start between 9-10 am; there can be more flexibility if necessary (subject to location and finish time depending on start). Of course, every client is unique, so exactly how the day will pan out isn’t written in stone. But generally, on arrival, we’ll have a recap and a quick chat about how you’re feeling, maybe over a coffee and take a look at the room we’re going to be working on.

Organising and decluttering is hard work; there are no two ways about it. It’s not only physically demanding but mentally demanding too. You will be making lots of decisions. You may get tired and even want to give up. One of the reasons you hired me is to keep you motivated, reminding you of your vision and the end goal! You, like some of my clients, may have physical challenges. So I can do most of the moving, lifting and “running about” if you can’t.

During the decluttering process, your belongings will be largely split into keep, donate, and sell. There may also be items that need mending / dry cleaning or clothes that need to go into textiles. Instead of regretting a decision, any belongings you’re unsure about will go into a “for later” pile!

You will likely see good progress and change in a full-day session, but everyone makes decisions differently. Some are quicker than others, and that’s OK. It’s good to note that things usually always look worse before better! However, even if we are coming back the very next day, we will never leave you in a mess. We manage time throughout your session to leave your space in good order so you can rest without worry!

About 15 minutes before the end, we’ll have a debrief about how you think it’s gone and how you’re feeling. We’ll get everything tidy and packed up, and if you’d like to book another session, we can do that too – if you’ve not already booked!

If you’d like more details or have a question, please get in touch to arrange a free, no-obligation discovery call.

Finally:

If you’re still unsure whether hiring a professional organiser is right for you. Here are some questions and common problems I solve on a daily basis that may well relate:

  • I have some belongings that never use or look at this, but it’s sentimental to me; what shall I do with them?
  • This was expensive. I don’t want it, but can I sell it?
  • I need more storage, can you help me with it, or should I buy something first?
  • Where can I sell this item?
  • I have no idea where to start; which is the easiest room?
  • I have tons of paintings that my kids have done, and I feel bad if I don’t keep them all!
  • This was my mum/grandparents/great aunts, but I hate it! What should I do with it?
  • I don’t use this, but I might need it one day…
  • I’m depressed about the lack of space, but I can’t throw anything away…

If you want to see examples of previous work or tips & hacks, check out my Instagram and Facebook pages! Testimonials are dotted about through this website, too.

Decluttering is not just about the “stuff”. It’s about processing the emotions attached to your belongings. There is a lot more involved than simply clearing the clutter. Clutter is often a symptom of past trauma or life changes. I will help you to process your emotions, overcome deep-rooted limiting self-beliefs and change your habits. 

I will help you set up organisational systems in your home and life that will save time and money. Less stress and family tension, and less waste, lowering your carbon footprint and guilt.

The health benefits of living in a clutter-free, well-organised home are staggering. Your sleep and mood, relationships, mental health, physical health and finances will improve.

Once your home is tidy, clean and organised, you will live a different life; this is a fact.

If you have questions, click here to view my frequently asked questions page. If you don’t see the answer, book a free discovery call here or email me, and I will get back to you within 48 hours.

Did you find this post useful? If so, please comment below to let me know!

Amy xx

-Your decluttering bestie

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