This is one of the most frequently asked questions about a decluttering & organising service. No it isn’t about throwing things away! During the process there will almost certainly be items we identify that you will want to donate, recycle, sell or throw away. Almost all of us have too much “stuff” and the items that not longer serve a purpose in our lives can bury what is important. Discarding unwanted items is the first step but by no means the full story. Professional Organising is about discarding what you don’t need, discovering what you have, making it accessible and storing it smartly. It is about getting your space in order once and for all.
This will be discussed in detail. Perhaps with the project that causes you the most discontentment. However, if you have multiple rooms to tackle, I will suggest the most efficient order in which to do so. Where did you learn how to do this? Good question! My knowledge about this type of work has evolved over time. I have accessed a wealth of knowledge and training through the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers and training as a Professional Home Styler. I have read numerous books on the subject. I’m a perfectionist. I have organised my own life through various stages and I found myself volunteering to do the same for others. Why? Because I love it! I believe in the formula I use to organise, which is a powerful problem solving technique used within a wide range of settings. I use it daily so I’m pretty practised.
Every type! There really is no typical client as each is different. If you feel worried that your project seems to big, please rest assured that I find no project overwhelming. I’m passionate about this and I will simply want to get stuck in. Likewise, because this service is offered by the hour, no job is too small. Life changing, long lasting results can take place within several hours.
I prefer that everything is done with your input and involvement. After I leave, you will need to use the systems we put in place so you need to buy into and understand them. In addition, you need to have the final say on whether or not something is discarded. However, I understand that this is not always what you want. If you wish to get on with something else, I can work on my own for several hours and you can return to make final decisions.
Of course. The more the merrier! However, keep in mind that some people may want to restrict the decisions you make. Plus, you are paying for my time and more people being present could slow us down. It makes sense that the decision makers are present but choose others with caution.
I can signpost you to a lot of scientific research on how your living or working environment impacts on your emotional health. Put simply, A Tidy Mind can make you happier. You can sit quietly in your tidy space, sipping a drink and reflecting on your day. You can work without distractions in a beautiful environment. When you glance around, you see items that bring you joy either because they are beautiful, useful or both. This will be your lifestyle and how can that fail to bring you happiness?
We are human beings not machines and if you do not use the systems we implement or if you do not dispose of items that no longer add value to your life, then things can start to slip. However, the difference is that you will have the skills to organise the space as you go along and you do not have to let things go downhill. Should they, you will be able to halt this in its tracks. Some clients like to book repeat sessions to keep them on track or when their requirements and circumstances change, such as moving house, the end of a relationship, having children, children leaving home, retirement etc.
For decluttering and organising, the price is more than cost of a cleaner and less than the cost of a Psychologist. This is because what we do is somewhere in between the two. It’s a pretty unique service. The idea is that you make permanent changes in your life. Clients report that decluttering and organising frees up so much time and is so satisfying, it is well worth the cost. Many clients find that they also sell items on and recoup some or all of the cost. For home staging and styling you will find A Tidy Mind’s prices are less than the market rate so therefore very competitive – have a google and see!
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