- What is a Professional Organiser?
- How will an Organiser help me?
- What does a Professional Organiser actually do?
- How does it work?
- How long will it take?
- Do I have to be present?
- Do I have to throw out all my stuff?
- Can you recommend other business services for my home or office?
- Where can I donate my unwanted items?
- Do you recommend any books or websites for further study?
- When is the best time to declutter?
- I am not local. Can you help?
What is a Professional Organiser?
A Professional Organiser (PO) will help you organise your home, life, time and workplace. An Organiser is an expert in clearing clutter, creating systems that work and teaching you how to maintain your spaces. Each Organiser is unique, bringing a special set of skills and life experience to the task. Some Organisers are university qualified professionals (teachers, social workers, nurses) and others are mothers who have realised their natural ability to organise their home and family is an important life-skill that others do not yet have. Each Organiser has a special passion; whether it be hoarding, downsizing for seniors, helping mums and families, organising skills for students, etc.
Professional Organising is a developing industry in Australia, becoming increasingly popular thanks to shows like Hoarders and The Living Room. If you’ve ever watched Oprah you would have seen celebrity Organiser Peter Walsh share his tips and tricks on conquering the clutter.
How will an Organiser help me?
A Professional Organiser is your best friend, Personal Trainer, Cheerleader, and Therapist all rolled into one. An Organiser will stand beside you as you make the tough decisions on what is important to you and what stuff you no longer use. Your Organiser will cheer you on and cheer you up when emotions become too much. Where an item lives or whether something stays or goes, are completely in your hands. An Organiser will simply guide you through the process of making decisions and offering expert and objective advice to help you along the way. There are no ulterior motives to make your home like a display home or force you to get rid of all your stuff, your goal for your space is what your Organiser will work towards. Not their own standard of what they think a space should look like.
What does a Professional Organiser actually do?
A Professional Organiser provides expert advice and practical, hands-on assistance to help you sort the clutter. Each space is different and every client is unique. Many jobs require pulling all items out and giving the space a spring clean during the session. Moving furniture, selling unwanted items and donating goods to charity are all part of the job description. Creating family chore charts and routines, working one-on-one with students to create effective study timetables and helping mums create a family schedule or meal planning system. Helping seniors downsize in readiness to move, managing a move, packing, unpacking boxes and setting up a new home from scratch. Creating filing systems for paperwork and organising offices to become efficient and inspiring. Assisting those with Hoarding Disorder to understand their attachment to their stuff and working through the piles to create a safe environment that is clutter-free. Clearing homes on a deadline after a loved one has passed and all their possessions remain.
An Organiser will help you with a small task like sorting a drawer, organising your wardrobe right through to a full house declutter or move. An Organiser is your one-stop-shop for organising your home, your work and your life.
How does it work?
Make sure you’ve read through our services page to find the solution the best fits you. If you’re still not sure which path to take please contact our office so we can find the best fit for you or book in your FREE Consultation.
The Free Consultation is a 30-minute in-home (or a nearby location) appointment. Practical Sessions are between 4-8 hours. A typical Practical Session will include goal setting, space assessment, pulling out of all items, spring cleaning, sorting and reorganising items to keep. Decluttering what is no longer needed and organising what is to be kept are two key elements in every practical session.
The Declutter It Yourself (DIY) Action Plan is a 1-hour appointment onsite. Virtual Organising or phone consulting is charged in 30-minute blocks.
Once you’ve determined the best course of action you can book as many sessions as are available.
Each booking requires a non-refundable deposit of $110 (incl GST) to secure the appointment. Please see our terms and conditions for our cancellation policy. Large jobs may require a 50% fee upfront before commencement.
How long will it take?
Results vary depending on several factors; the level of clutter, your decision-making availability, able-bodiedness to assist, and location. Little Miss Organised will work at your pace to ensure you make the best decisions in alignment with your goals. You will not be pressured into making decisions more quickly just to get the job done. Your Organiser will check in with you regularly to ensure you are on task, working efficiently and in good health. Regular breaks and pit stops will ensure you are physically, mentally and emotionally working to your full potential.
An average family home with an average amount of clutter will take 4-8 hours per room to sort, declutter, clean and organise. Be assured that while an amount of time and money is usually required to declutter and organise a home; this is a once-off investment. Our aim is help you declutter, set up systems that work and teach you new habits to maintain your space. If you only require a Refresher Session once every 12-24 months, our job is done.
Do I have to be present?
You will get better value and more productivity if you are present to make the final decisions on items to keep or get rid of. Taking the time to get organised now will give you more time, in the long run, to spend with the people you love. We prefer to work one-on-one with our clients to ensure expectations are met, goals are achieved and that strategies for maintenance are learned. We love teaching you how to keep organised so that you can form good habits to keep it that way!
Do I have to throw out all my stuff?
Absolutely not! You have the final decision on all items and whether they are to be kept, thrown out or given to a new home. Your Organiser will encourage you to make decisions to suit your individual circumstances. One of the values of Little Miss Organised is recycling and repurposing. 100% of donations are given a second life.
Can you recommend other business services for my home or office?
Little Miss Organised has a wide network of contacts with professionals in all industries. We can refer you to a professional who is honest, trustworthy and efficient. It is your responsibility to pay them directly for their services. Little Miss Organised will not be held responsible for any work completed by third parties.
Where can I donate my unwanted items?
Donations Cheat Sheet on where to donate locally – Coming Soon.
Do you recommend any books or websites for further study?
There are numerous books, courses, blogs and websites available on a range of organising topics. We have selected our favourites and listed them on our Links + Resources (link to Resources Page) page. Some of our favourite authors include Peter Walsh, Dr. Randy Frost and Lee Shuer.
When is the best time to declutter?
A good cull is useful at any stage of life but especially when you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in your home, or unable to find what you need. If you’re buying double ups because you can’t find where you put the first one, or completing your daily activities is becoming difficult due to clutter, it’s time to make a change. A lot of families preparing to move get stressed by the process and decide to declutter when they move into their new home. As you’ve probably guessed – this rarely happens. Boxes get left unopened, or half unpacked, and the cycle of clutter continues for several years (and sometimes several houses). If you’re planning to move in the next 12 months and you know you’ll need to declutter, start today. If doing it alone seems too monumental a task, book a Practical Session to help you get started and formulate a plan that you can continue on your own.
If a significant life change is coming your way (new baby, new job, moving house, death or divorce) – invest the time in getting organised now. Life is not going to get any easier or less crazy. Invest the time to declutter before the change so you can enjoy your new home, baby or job instead of feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. If you have ageing parents who are still living in the family home with rooms full of clutter, the best thing you can do for them (and yourself!) is help them prepare to downsize. Waiting until an accident or illness forces you into making hasty decisions. That is not best for you, or your loved ones. If you’ve got a big change coming your way, contact us to see how we can help.
I am not local. Can you help?
We offer Virtual Organising for regional and international clients. We offer a FREE 30-minute Virtual Consultation over the internet or phone to discuss your needs and give you a quote. Virtual clients can still access the same expert advice with an Organiser for a Practical Session as we guide you through the decluttering/organising process or you can book a Declutter It Yourself (DIY) Action Plan to implement in your own time. All Virtual Organising Appointments are to be paid in full upfront.