What is a Professional Organizer?
Professional organizers help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper, and systems for life.
Why hire a Professional Organizer?
A Professional Organizer can teach you the skills you need to solve a lifetime of organizing and productivity problems by designing systems and processes using established organizing principles. The organizing solutions are tailored to meet your organizing needs, now and in the future. With the help of a Professional Organizer, you can
- Accomplish more at work and at home
- Meet important deadlines
- Find things faster
- Gain control of your surroundings
- Reduce clutter
- Improve quality of life
- Create streamlined processes and systems
What is a Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO)?
When you hire a Certified Professional Organizer®, you are hiring a skilled professional. CPO® Certification is a voluntary, industry-led effort that benefits the members of the organizing profession, as well as the public. It recognizes those professionals who have met specific minimum standards, and prove through examination and client interaction that they possess the body of knowledge and experience required for certification. Certification recognizes and raises industry standards, practices, and ethics. For the public, while the CPO® designation is not an endorsement or recommendation, certification of professional organizers maximizes the value received from the products and services provided by a CPO®. Need Another YouSM organizing and productivity experts are equipped with a quality education, exposure to cutting-edge trends in organizing, the latest product knowledge, and access to top organizing industry manufacturers. Ms. Oser was an inaugural CPO® in 2007 and one of the first in the Washington, DC area.
How long will it take me to get organized?
This varies. It depends on factors such as the size of the space to be organized, how much stuff is in the space to be organized, and most importantly, how quickly you make decisions. Need Another You organizing and productivity experts will guide you through the decision making process by a series of questions. The quicker you are able to make decisions, the quicker the organizing project will be completed. Some clients can get organized in one or two sessions, others prefer to have organizational coaching and reinforcement for years. Need Another You’s goal is to get you organized, more productive and provide you with a system that you can maintain on your own.
Can I afford to hire Need Another You?
Hiring organizing and productivity experts does cost money. Need Another You’s rates are very competitive for the area. Our work typically pays for itself in the results, sometimes on the first visit. We have helped clients find cash or uncashed checks, improved inventory control to reduce excessive spending, and eliminated penalties for late payments, finance charges and missed appointments. Entrepreneurs have also improved their efficiency and productivity. The cost associated with hiring an organizer is an expense. Gaining back your time, less unnecessary purchasing and getting your life back is an investment. Need Another You bills by the session. We work in four hour sessions. The first hour we spending touring the space, reviewing your day to day operations and goal setting. We then get to work. We encourage clients to take short breaks/breathers throughout the session. We find this leaves you more productive and energized. It also gives you the time to reflect on your progress. The last 15 – 30 minutes are making sure everything has a home, reviewing our accomplishments and assigning homework and setting up a maintenance plan.
How do I know if you are the right organizer for me?
Organizers are hardly one size fits all. Depending on the type of services you need, organizers can get involved in intimate details of your life or work. You will want to hire an organizer who makes you feel comfortable, and whose personality and attitude matches yours. I try to help clients find humor in their situation at every visit. We suggest you find an organizer who makes you feel comfortable, who you trust, whose timetable matches your needs and you can afford.
Our initial phone consultation is a perfect opportunity to see if we are a good fit. We’ll discuss your organizing needs and goals, as well as your timeframe and budget. We’ll also answer any questions you have about the process.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can contact us by clicking on Contact Us. We will respond to your inquiry within 48 business hours. At the time of new client bookings, we take a 50% deposit payable by credit card. Existing clients pay a 30% deposit (also payable by credit card). The deposit secures your appointment date and will be credited towards appointment. Need Another You accepts American Express, MasterCard, Visa & Discover.
What is your cancellation policy?
If an appointment is cancelled less than 48 hours in advance (excepting emergencies), there is a cancellation fee of:
– 50% of the session fee if organizer has not yet left for the appointment
– 75% of the session fee if organizer has already left for the appointment.
Do I need to go out and buy a bunch of folders and containers to prepare?
No. We actually discourage you from buying folders and containers prior to your appointment with Need Another You. During our first appointment, we will sort through your items and determine the best way to store the items. We often find clients have extra filing or storage containers within their home or office. We will see if existing containers can be used prior to suggesting purchasing new. The key is to ensure the storage method fits the items to be stored.
I think my space will be the worst you’ve ever seen.
We hear this often. Honestly, we have seen it all. Each situation is unique. We focus on getting you from where you are to where you want to be. We are non-judgemental. We reflect on the past only to get a sense of how you got to where you are, what has been successful and unsuccessful in the past so can develop new systems and habits that make your space more comfortable, functional, productive and easy to maintain.
Does the organizer do the work or guide me how to do it?
You are an integral part of the organizing process. It is vital that you share what is important to you, what methods have and have not worked for you in the past. The systems created need to be based on your particular situation, likes and habits to create effective long-term results. They needs to be created around your lifestyle. We don’t offer cookie cutter solutions. Each client is different and Need Another You offers a customized approach based on the information you provide. Need Another You organizing and productivity experts will help you set goals and envision a more organizing and productive environment. Once we set goals and systems established, you can choose to work alongside our organizers or we can work on our own with periodic input from you.
Can you help me increase my productivity at work?
Yes, our organizing and productivity experts will discuss your commitments, to-do lists, calendars, priorities, and all other matters related to organizing your productivity and time management. They will help you implement techniques to increase productivity.
Can you help me organize my computer and teach me how to use online productivity tools?
Yes. Need Another You organizing and productivity experts can help with organizing files and systems for PC and Mac (Apple) computers, tablet computers (iPad) and Android and iPhones. Electronic organization is a growing challenge as we are spending more time online. More information is available and stored online. Knowing where to find your work in your computer, tablet or phone is just as important as knowing where to find your physical stuff within your home or office.
Is Need Another You insured?
Yes. Need Another You holds a general business liability insurance policy carried by State Farm Insurance.
Is my information kept confidential? Do you have advertising on your vehicles?
Need Another You acknowledges that any information obtained regarding clients or any aspect of his/her personal business is confidential. Need Another You abides by the NAPO and Board Certification for Professional Organizers Code of Ethics. We have no advertising magnets or stickers on our car, however our license plate is IORGNZE. So if you see us around, please wave.