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Ready to hire a professional organizer? Here are 5 tips to keep in mind.

Updated: May 12


OC Design & Organization walks you through our FIVE HOT TIPS when hiring a professional organizer.





Have you ever had the intention of hiring a professional and then upon starting your search you realize that you haven't a single clue on where to begin?

Don't worry babe, we've been there too.

Hiring any professional, especially one that will be in your personal space can be a bit overwhelming. But don't worry....we gotchu!

Think of us as your pro-organizer wingwoman . We are like a career coach and hype woman all rolled up into one. Our 5 hot tips will get you well on your way to securing a compatible organizer while also preparing you so that you can get the most out of this entire experience.
See… wingwoman

 


Tip #1 - KNOW YOUR BUDGET BABE


I know, we’re a bit blunt…

But it's important because it can effectively make or break your experience.

Knowing where your comfort lies with regard to a budget is so important. And by budget we aren't just referring to the cost of the service as a whole. We actually are referring to an overall project budget but more specifically with regard to supplies. Without a clear understanding of your financial comfortability; expectations (on both ends) have a tendency to get muddled. Thus frustration ensues and it becomes a whole mess of a thing.

My philosophy:

you can afford what you can afford-

- and it is as simple as that.

Why would I ever judge that?? I would rather my clients feel comfortable and like we are working together- providing a clear understanding of the predicted outcome and ultimately leading us to victory.






That being said...

You do have to pay to play.


I know, I know... here I am urging you to know your budget while transitioning to- "because its gonna cost you!!" how convenient *eye roll*


 

Tip #2 - CONSULTATION FEE


haha but I promise it is not like that ....

I do understand that when you initially hear this that it might be one of the more unpopular tips but it's one that countless friends and clients have endured the fallout from when it is not followed and let me explain why.

Hiring an organizer that doesn't charge some sort of consultation fee can indicate a lack of experienced. The caveat to this is if you are looking to enlist someone for a smaller project that doesn't involve a lot of customization then this may not apply, But if you have a fairly involved project then

Any professional; whether they are an organizer or in another field of expertise- in which a consultation or first meeting is required; there should be a charge for it just as they would their actual service.




Let me explain....


TIME.
My consultations are usually about two-hours long but can go from an hour and a half for a small job to four hours for a larger scale job. And sometimes more than one meeting is required. Why does the consultation take so much time?

Let's break the appointment into two parts (not necessarily in this order):

PART ONE: This is used by taking meticulous measurements of the entire space including each and every drawer, cabinet, counter, cubby and more and recording them. I usually sketch out the space as well as take pictures.

PART TWO: I like to call it the fact finding portion of the meeting. This is where we walk through the "function of the room".

I get it- a kitchen seems self-explanatory but what I am interested in is how exactly you utilize it- during your day-to- day.
Do you bake frequently and need a better system to access your ingredients. Are there frequently used items that are inaccessible? Or do you have a difficult time bending or reaching to get certain items?

This info is what lays the foundation for positive experience.

To round it all out; the amount of time and attention to detail that is required to gain the implied outcome one expects from an organizer or decorator is reflected by charging a consultation fee. Just as you would pay for the actual service- the consultation is considered part of the service as well.

 

Tip #3 - WHAT DO YOU WANT?


That's right... have a game plan. The more organized you are (I know- the irony) with regard to your project the more successful the outcome will be. (see ... career coach time!)