Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Personal Organization.

Q: What is a professional organizer?
A:Professional Organizers provide information, products and assistance to help others organize to meet their needs. A professional organizer should guide, encourage and educate clients about basic principles of organizing by offering support, focus and direction.

Q: What can a professional organizer do for me?
A: A professional organizer can provide ideas, information, structure, solutions, and systems, which can increase productivity, reduce stress, and create a newfound freedom and sense of being in control.

Q: I’ve always been disorganized, is there really hope for me?
A: It is possible to learn the basic principles and formulas of organizing. However, in order to experience long-lasting, life-changing results, a professional organizer can teach you how to maintain your systems on a regular basis.

Q: Will a professional organizer make me throw away all my “stuff”?
A:A professional organizer is a consultant who will ask questions, make observations and suggestions to help you decide what is or is not important to you. Ultimately, you, the client, are the final decision-maker.

Q: Does the professional organizer do the work or does he/she tell me how to do it?
A:This is a personal decision based on your needs and budget. While some clients prefer working alongside their organizers others just need direction and an action plan to get them going.

Q: I am a very private person. Will my sessions with a professional organizer be confidential?
A:A professional organizer is aware of the high level of trust placed in them by their clients. They should never do or say anything to breach that trust. Integrity, honesty and confidentiality are guiding principles.

Q: What can a professional organizer do for me?
A:A professional organizer can provide ideas, information, structure, solutions, and systems, which can increase productivity, reduce stress, and create a newfound freedom and sense of being in control.

Q: How much does a professional organizer charge?
A: Based on a 1998 NAPO survey, fees range from $40 an hour to $200 an hour. This is based on your geographic location, the type of organizing service(s), and the experience of the organizer you are contracting.

Q: Is the most expensive organizer the best?
A:The best professional organizer for you is the one with the background, training and personality that suits you.

Q: How long will it take to get me organized?
A:There is no set answer as each organizing project is different. Length of a project will depend primarily on the size of your home or office, the amount of clutter and/or paper that has built up, and how quickly you can make decisions.

Q: How long will it take to get me organized?
A:There is no set answer as each organizing project is different. Length of a project will depend primarily on the size of your home or office, the amount of clutter and/or paper that has built up, and how quickly you can make decisions.




Professionals / Realtors and Moving / Home Professionals
“It was such a pleasure working with Chrissy to help me organize my office space. I work a full-time job at home and I also run a direct sales business. I am extremely busy and like to work fast and efficiently. Chrissy did a thorough assessment of my lifestyle, work habits and living space and then provided me with a plan to help me maximize not only my work space but my time as well.

She is extremely knowledgeable and brings a very interesting mix of natural ability and training to her organizing work. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Chrissy and even today, some 3 years later, I use the layout she provided and the time management skills she taught me. I have a written plan from her so I can always revisit her suggestions. All I can say is she is worth every penny she charges and then some! Organizing with Chrissy is not just painless….it’s actually fun!”

Janice O. West Hartford, CT

“Thanks to Christine of An Orderly Space, I can proudly say I am a recovering disorganized attorney. After reaching the point where the piles of files and stacks of papers were so overwhelming that I didn’t have a clear space on my desk, I knew I needed to get organized. However, even figuring out where to start seemed impossible. Where should I put things I needed to keep? Even if I get this all sorted out and organized, what systems should I use to keep it that way? Add the complexity of being an adult with ADD and the job seemed insurmountable.

I started looking for help–a professional organizer! I contacted and met with a few and chose Christine. It was the one of the best decisions I have ever made. Christine came in, surveyed the situation and rather than telling me how to organize things her way, she started asking questions and probing me for facts about my business, how does the work flow, what are the distractions, how do I schedule my time, what works and what doesn’t? Before long, Christine had a plan. Soon my desk was cleared, a filing system that I was comfortable with was developed, we even made changes to how I structured my time and managed my paper flow. The best part is, it is now several months later and the systems are still working and my desk is still organized. I can’t thank Christine enough. “


Relators and Moving
“When we needed to de-clutter and stage our house for moving, Chrissy at Orderly Space team was the perfect answer. Her professionalism, patience and innovative ideas revealed our home as we wanted it to be presented. My husband and I were very pleased with the results and have recommended her services.”
Eileen D.

“From the moment she entered my home, I knew I was in capable hands. Christine worked tirelessly and with great care and efficiency to ensure my move was smooth and stress free. She contributed to an atmosphere of calm, organized efficiency. I hope not move again for many years, but if I do, I won’t be doing it without Christine!”
Heather T.

“We hired An Orderly Space because we were drowning in chaos with 4 kids under the age of six! Christine at An Orderly Space not only de-cluttered our home but gave us strategies and systems that three years later keeps us organized and efficient. Christine was a life saver for our family! We love our home now and have the time to enjoy it with our children.”
Laura – Homeowner



For The Home

General Decluttering  
Do you ever feel there isn’t a place for things and when you try and find what you need you can’t! Then getting your home organized will erase these moments and give you a newfound sense of control over your space. Go from chaos to calm with An Orderly Space. We can teach you:

Space Efficiency  
Utilize your space to maximize function and order  
Time Management  
Tips and tools for maintaining an organized house  
Keep or Toss  
Learn tips on strategizing what you need, what to save or toss, and where to donate  
Where do I start  
Let An Orderly Space develop a needs assessment with you to get you on your way to being organized.  
Learn routines and time management strategies you can teach your toddlers and kids so they can be more organized with their toys and playrooms.  
An Orderly Space can help you:  

» Reduce stress and chaos for busy families
» Collect, enjoy, and store kid’s memorabilia and artwork
» Develop a homework center
» Organize kid’s rooms and playrooms- and get them excited about organizing!!!
» Take control of your paper piles: Time and Paper Management for the Busy Mom » Control the toy mountain in your home
» Organize closet clutter and hand me downs
» De-Clutter and efficiency techniques



For Realtors

Staging/Selling Your Home

Living room

The way you need to market and sell your home is not the same way you live in your home. The bottom line is that the average buyer spends an average of 3 to 6 minutes walking through a home and they form an impression the minute they walk in. You can’t assume that buyers can see the potential of a house or apartment. Buyers only know what they can see, not what a place can be. Staging your home cannot only increase the number of potential buyers but it can also raise the market value of your home during appraisal.

Advantages of a staged home

Contemporary kitchen

» Faster sales time and often higher sales price
» Distinct marketing advantage
» Interest from a broader range of buyers
» Pride in showing a well maintained home
» More polished images on any flyers and websites
» Potential buyer can envision their belongings
» Clutter eats equity—too many functions in a room= too much clutter



For Professionals

Time Management/ De-Cluttering
Organization and Time Management go hand in hand. We often AVOID the piles or the clutter and then work our everyday life around it. There is the natural human tendency to not tackle things we are avoiding so we busy ourselves with so called “busy work” or even other

Portrait of a young businessman looking at papers spread out on the floor

tasks that maybe aren’t as important. As a result we fall short on achieving our goals or resolving things that are stressing us out.
We have never really been taught to think about our work before we do it. There is an inverse proportion between what is going on in our mind versus what we want to accomplish. The key is to get everything out of our minds and to sweat the small stuff- to have a place and a time for addressing daily and future tasks.
Narrowing down and taking the “avoidance” out of paperwork will enable you to work more efficiently. A good file system is thoughtless, meaning it is obvious what categories papers are in as well as where papers should be filed. Again, simplicity is the key. Remember 80 percent of everything we file, we will never look at again; it’s knowing what the 20 percent is that gets tricky.

Benefits of hiring An Orderly Space

» Reduce stress
» More control over finances
» Feeling in control of paper
» Less avoidance
» Increased time
» Increased Self-Esteem