Answers To Often Asked Questions
Why should I hire a Professional Organizer?
Because you deserve it!
Organizing primarily involves two steps: deciding whether or not to keep something and deciding where to put it. This sounds really simple, but there’s a lot more to it than appears on the surface.
In addition, designing your home environment, whether simply using the things you already own or revamping your entire home, can be a complex process that requires a good, trained second set of eyes who has taken the time to understand how you and your family live.
My clients are often very busy, active people who have achieved great success in many areas of their lives. Organizing the home is something that often gets forgotten and, yet, it can lead to making a complex life more manageable and enjoyable.
I can help you if making time for organization has been hard or if your efforts seem to fall short of your vision.
Why should I pick The Serene Home?
Choosing an organizational consultant can be a challenging process. Your consultant will be coming into your home and working closely with you and your belongings.
Training is important. I am a trained, certified KonMari consultant, one of the first in the U.S., AND I am also a licensed clinical psychotherapist with a Master’s degree in clinical Social Work. I can help you understand your relationship to your belongings, help you leave negative, self-defeating behaviors behind, and work with you to reach your true life vision.
In addition, I am a Professional Member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, and a member of the Real Estate Stager Association, so I have experience and training in design and creating beautiful home environments.
Experience is also important. In addition to my work with hundreds of clients and family over 25 years, I have organized and decorated the homes of dozens of clients. Please see my Client Reviews for some of my client feedback.
But, it’s important that you feel confident in the organizer you select. That is why I offer a complementary telephone consultation to new clients to ensure we are a good fit.
There’s nothing I love more than helping someone achieve his or her vision for a beautiful home or office environment. It’s my calling in life and overjoyed clients are my greatest endorsement.
What happens during a consultation?
I will help you plan for a successful and enduring organizational system that serves your entire home.
Using the best strategies available, we will develop a plan for you that takes into consideration your specific needs and, most importantly, your vision for how you want your life to be.
Once we have a plan, we will work together to carry it out and put your home in order. I will encourage you, hold you accountable and keep you on target.
In between sessions, I will give you homework to do so that you will practice the new skills you are learning and will limit the amount of face-to-face time needed to achieve your goals.
How long does it take to complete each project?
Every home and office is different. Two things determine the time a project will take: the size of the project and, most importantly, how quickly you make decisions.
My focus is to help streamline the process and help you learn new decision-making skills that will serve you for life.
Generally, clients begin with a 3-5 hour session and then go from there. Some clients meet most of their goals within a few sessions, while many clients appreciate having my help them with the initial tidying and then, on-going maintenance.
What is the KonMari method of organizing by category?
KonMari is an innovative system created by Marie Kondo, the author of “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, that emphasizes category over location. So, instead of focusing on a particular room or space, we will gather up all items in a certain category and you’ll make decisions based on examining the whole instead of part. It makes decisions much easier and will ensure that you are able to pare your belonging down to only the things you truly love or need.
During this process, we will identify adjustments in your shopping patterns and needs for innovative storage solutions.
Is it expensive?
Professional Consulting involves an initial investment, however, most everyone finds that they spend far less money and time with The Serene Home than on buying organizational gadgets, making mistakes with future clothing purchases, and wasting things that they forgot they had or didn’t work for them.
But most important, organizational consulting buys you serenity, a calm spirit and peace of mind.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, check, and Visa and Master Card credit cards. A credit card is required to hold your date and payment is due at the end of each session.
What areas do you service?
I serve all areas accessible by public transportation from New York City. If you are a long distance, I charge a ½ hour travel fee, but we will discuss that up front so there will be no surprises.
Will my information remain confidential?
Absolutely! I am a licensed clinical psychotherapist and bound by the laws of New York state to protect the confidentially of my clients. Your information, and all the information we may discover during our work together is protected at all times.
What do I do now?
Just contact me to learn more and to set up your consultation!