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Should you hire a professional organizer or work with a friend?

by respaced on August 16, 2013

drowning in stuff by Perfecto Insecto at Flickr

Some of my clients have told me that their friends and/or family have balked at their decision to hire a professional organizer and have wondered why they couldn’t just have a friend help them get organized instead. This leads me to believe that it is important to know when a friend will suffice to help you organize your space versus when to call in the big guns (ie. me).  Here are some questions to help you figure this question out:

  • Do you know what to do and how to organize your space, but just need a friend to sit quietly by?
  • Is your friend patient and non-judgmental?
  • Do you work well with your friend?
  • Will your friend be objective and not try to impose his/her idea of “being organized” on you?
  • Does your friend have time to see you through the project and not leave you with a mess?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then a friend will probably be all you need to help you with your organizing project. If you answered “no” to any of these questions, here are some things to ask yourself about hiring a professional organizer:

  • Are you unsure as to how or where to begin organizing?
  • Do you need to learn how to organize and how to set up systems?
  • Do you need to figure out how to best use your space?
  • Do you have a deadline for completing your organizing project, such as a move?
  • Do you need the expertise of someone trained in dealing with chronically disorganized people?
  • Are you dealing with medical/physical/psychological issues in addition to disorganization?
  • Will you need ongoing assistance or maintenance?
  • Do you need someone to help you organize large quantities of things or paper?
  • Do you want or need the objectivity of a neutral third party?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you probably should seek out the help of a professional organizer. If you live in the Portland Metro area of Oregon, you can contact me at or visit my website at to learn more about the home organizing services I provide. Professional organizing is an investment in you and your family’s quality of life, and you deserve to live in a comfortable, functional and welcoming space.

Thanks to for most of this information. Image courtesy of Perfecto Insecto at Flickr.

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