These are some of the most frequently asked questions for Professional Organizers and GOWB + CO:
What is a Professional Organizer?
Professional Organizers work with clients to develop an organization strategy and plan that works for your life. GOWB + CO works with clients from beginning to end to develop a individualized organization plan. We will shop for organizing items, keep clients focused and offer second opinions for any difficult decisions. Finally, we provide clients with resources for selling and/or donating your unwanted items.
Does the Professional Organizer go to the client?
Yes, all sessions take place in the client’s home, office or other space.
What happens during the organizing sessions with a professional organizer/s?
The professional organizer functions as a coach and works alongside clients during the entire organizing process. First, the GOWB + CO expert organizer/s will assess the client’s space to determine what is working as well as not working in a given space. We will then provide feedback about improved organizing options that will work for the space. Next, we will provide an individualized strategy to create an organized and useful space. Finally we will schedule a date and time to get started!
How many hours will it take to organize a client’s space?
This will depend on the size of the project, the condition of the space, and the client’s motivation level. In general, four hours, allow us to get a good start on or even finish a small office, bedroom, closet, or kitchen cupboards. Larger areas such as garages, attics, basements, or very cluttered areas can take longer. GOWB + CO will provide an estimated time to complete the job. Some clients simply need someone to help them get started and then finish the jobs themselves. Whereas others prefer to work with the professional organizer from start to finish. Each client’s needs are unique and GOWB + CO is here to meet your needs!
What is NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers)?
“NAPO is the premier organizing authority. Membership provides the professional organizer a level of credibility available nowhere else in the industry”. NAPO has a Code of Ethics which members are expected to follow. A professional organizer who is a NAPO member has made a commitment to his/her business and ultimately to the client. Bridges at GOWB + CO is an active member of NAPO – National and is Vice President of NAPO – Arizona Chapter.
What if I am very embarrassed about my mess?
There is absolutely no reason to be embarrassed. It is very common for people to get overwhelmed and we see it every day. All appointments are kept in the strictest confidence. Remember, GOWB + CO organizing consultants will work with clients to minimize and reduce the stress and anxiety of handling difficult projects alone.
Everything is such a mess. Where do we begin?
Generally, the area that provides the most frustration or stress is usually a good place to start. If a client can’t decide, GOWEB + CO will complete a full home assessment and develop an organizational plan based on your lifestyle needs.
My home has only a few trouble areas that need help. Can GOWB + CO help organize smaller projects or do one room at a time?
Absolutely! It is generally easier to start with small projects. It is fun to see the quick results and it often motivates clients to take on larger projects in the future. It’s common for people to start an organizing project and never finish. GOWB + CO and our organizing consultants present fresh ideas and offer resources that may have not been considered.