Frequently Asked Questions

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) are general to the professional organizing industry and may not be applicable to all professional organizers or all members of Faithful Organizers.  When selecting your professional organizer, ask about the specialties and services provided and the manner in which they are provided.

Q: Do you work weekends?
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Absolutely; Linda offers flexible hours to meet the needs of all of her clients; weekends, evenings and many holidays.

Q: Do you guarantee your services?
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Absolutely; Linda guarantees your satisfaction or you don't pay at the end of the day.  It's that simple.

Q: How much does a professional organizer cost?
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Linda charges and hourly fee and bids a job a piece at a time.  After an initial assessment, together, we 'guestimate' how long an area might take, we price it, then we get it done no matter how long it takes.  If it runs long, you don't pay over the original amount agreed.  If it runs short and we finish in less time than originally thought, you pay less.

Q: What do I do about family members who don't want to participate?
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You can't force anyone else to get organized. Research and experience have demonstrated a good beginning point is to ensure your own spaces are organized well.  Some family members may be very slow to embrace change.  With time, they may see the merit of your organization and begin to follow suit but, no guarantees.  If you can control your areas and the messes other family members create in your areas, you can take solace that you are doing your best.

In some cases, ground rules may be helpful giving each person a place to be themselves but, agreeing on some common rules in common or public areas. 

Q: Will pictures of my mess show up on your website or Facebook page?
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Absolutely NOT!  Linda would love for YOU to take before pictures no matter how bad you feel about how it looks because, you will be SO pleased after the work that you'll wish you had taken them.  It happens all the time.  In short, you take the pictures, Linda doesn't.

Q: I'm so afraid to show you my mess!
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Don't be.  Linda has seen it all; really, ALL.  And honestly, it's just stuff and she knows that.  Your mess is NOT you, it's just stuff.  The joy that comes from taking control over your papers, time and stuff of life outweigh any initial embarrassment you might feel.  And with Linda, you're only gonna feel it for a minute, and then we're past it.  Do not let short lived embarrassment cause you ongoing shame.  We face together and get on with it.  Bam; we're done with feeling embarrassed by it. 

Q: How long does it take to get organized?
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Professional Organizers love this question!  "How Long" depends on so many factors; how much stuff there is to sort, how much stuff is hiding underneath and behind, how much space there is to work, how emotionally sensitive the things are, how easy decision making is; and more.  That's why a full satisfaction guarantee is critical.  Linda offers that.  

Q: What organizing products do I need to purchase before the first appointment?
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Not much, maybe nothing!!  It is much wiser to declutter, corral, declutter again, fine tune your organizing plan and then only buy if needed.  Most times, in the process of organizing you will empty something from one area and reuse it in another.  It's also wise to use temporary containers and organizers until you are sure the changes are a good fit for you.  Doing that also gives you the time to find the items that fit you the best and look the nicest in your home.

Q: What can I do to prepare for your visit?
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It might surprise you to know that it's better that you do nothing out of the ordinary.  Linda likes to see things in their 'natural environment'.  Like a detective, she 'reads the room’; she looks for traffic patterns and behavior patterns.  Doing so; gives her good starting points on implementing new and healthier home management habits without forcing people into one organized mold.   Most people's biggest issue is being embarrassed.  Don't be.  Professional Organizers have seen it all; probably in our own homes!!

Q: What should I expect when I hire Linda?
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You can expect friendly, courteous, confidential and nonjudgmental discussion of your organizing needs, challenges, and goals, also, your possessions, workstyle, and how you, your family or your work associates interact within those areas.  You may discuss systems, methods and solutions to make things easier to use and maintain.  To whatever degree you are able, your participation in the process is important.
  
Light cleaning related to the project is something you and your organizer might do such as, wiping a shelf before putting dishes back, is something you might expect during the process.

Q: Why should I hire an organizer?
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You should hire Linda when you don't have the time or heart to do it alone.  It's a simple as that.  Two can get twice as much or more done than if you did it all alone.  Having a commitment, an appointment and accountability contributes to your initial success as well as give you a strong incentive to maintain every inch of progress that you make.  Your success feeds Linda's soul and is a professional organizer.

Q: What are the benefits of hiring a professional organizer?
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Linda will work with you, at your pace, to help you find systems and places for your things. She will have suggestions or solutions for your organizing needs. While your friends and family may want to help, it might be tough for them not to criticize. Linda will be there to support you and guide you, not judge you.  Linda's work style is gentle and low impact.  She would rather you conquer a small area with no regrets than a giant area you undo as soon as she leaves. 

Q: Can you really help a genuine hoarder?
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No one is beyond help if they are living and breathing!  Linda has a lifetime of experience that she brings to your side.  She knows how to gently guide you through your sorting and decluttering process.  If after working together, she turns out not to be your best fit, you are under no financial obligation to her whatsoever.  She will continue to help you find the help you need whether it's her or not.  She sincerely cares that each client gets exactly what he or she needs. 

Q: A member in my family has hoarding behaviors. How do I approach him/her about getting help from a professional organizer?
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Having a lot of stuff or having a lot of stuff out of control does not mean someone is a hoarder.  The greater percentage of people with too much stuff, do not meet the criteria of a clinical hoarder which, should relieve your concerns somewhat.  The most important thing is to remain hopeful and supportive, show concern and be encouraging.  There is still room for lots of hope in a clinical hoarder, too.  Anyone can change and any time with the right kind of help; medical, emotional and physical.

Q: We're combining 2 households, can you help us?
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Two of everything means you will end up with a lot of stuff! Linda can help sort through everything to find homes for all your belongings.  She can help you take donations to local donation centers too.  Getting things out the door in a timely manner is critical to your success. 

Q: We're downsizing; HELP!
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Downsizing for whatever reason is very difficult; physically and emotionally.  It is so helpful to have a 'Go-Thru' coach.  Linda will help you see which things make the most sense to keep and which don't.

Q: Can you help organize my home office?
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Linda can help you accomplish any organizing goal you have for your office; blending home and business, separating home and business, removing distractions, or creating good work habits. 

Q: What equipment and accommodations do your require for your speaking events?
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Linda can adjust to any situation or limitation in her speaking venues however; there are a few things that will make her presentation much, much more enjoyable for her audience.  Here are her basic needs:

Amplification with a hands-free mic; either lapel or headset.
PowerPoint access with presentation screen large enough for everyone to see.
A lectern (speaker's stand for notes etc.)  
A volunteer to meet her at the door, to help schlep stuff from the car into the building, to help set up on platform, help to break down and schlep stuff back out of the building and to the car and to help with any questions along the way.

Q: What is the normal speaking fee?
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Linda charges a flat fee for her presentations however; she makes accommodations for small groups, churches, or those with limited funds.  She is comfortable accepting what is reasonable and customary for the organization and makes allowances in her schedule for them on a limited basis.

Q: Is there a size limit for the audience?
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The bigger the better!  Linda interacts with her audience and responds to their specific needs.  Your audience will have a more enjoyable experience with lots of people, interaction and responses.  Linda is known for her energetic and exuberant presentations that involve her audience which brings her presentation to life and generates inspiration that translates to lasting change. 

Q: How long is each presentation?
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The length varies according to the needs of the group.  In most cases, Linda's presentations are 45 minutes to an hour depending upon audience involvement and an open Q&A period.

Q: What are the topics?
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Linda is a decluttering and organizing expert so, that's where she really shines so, that's what she talks about!  She learns as much as she can about her audience and customizes what she knows about organizing and clutter to meet the specific needs of listeners.

Q: What about mobility and physical limitation assistance?
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We all have limitations of some kind; sometimes they're physical, sometimes we limit ourselves mentally without even knowing it.  Linda observes and listens and looks for the right tools and techniques to fit you.  She researches and consults with colleagues until she finds the best options possible.

Q: How do you help people with ADD, ADHD or OCD
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Together, you and Linda examin your challenges and come up with multiple options to meet your needs.  With trial & tweaking, the best solutions are chosen with the understanding that as life changes, solutions need to change with it.  That's where ongoing email and phone support help you get the best possible outcomes. 

Q: Do you provide garage organizing services?
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Linda can organize anything she can touch.   Working with the primary user of the garage yields the best results.  Having a helpful hand to move large or cumbersome items will make the work go faster, safer and better all the way around.