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How Much Does a Professional Organizer Cost?

 
low costPer Hour: $30-$80high costPer Project: $200-$375+
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A professional organizer specializes in helping clients whose needs go beyond a messy kitchen junk drawer. Many professional organizers have obtained industry certifications designed to help them assist individuals and corporations create custom systems and manage paperwork, files and records. In addition, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers[1] , they sometimes work with seniors, students and individuals suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder.

Typical costs:

  • A professional organizer typically cost between $30 and $80 per hour, with appointments ranging from a few hours to straighten up a small room up to several days to work on a cluttered office or a particularly challenging garage. TAOrganizing estimates the average room takes 8-12 hours.
  • For large or unusual jobs, an organizer might charge a daily or per-project rate. These rates vary depending on the type and amount of work performed, and they can range from about $200 to $375 or more. Let's Get Organized! offers an initial assessment, action plan and a start to a one-room project (a total of four hours) for $180. For $350, the company will conduct an assessment, action plan and several hours of organizing for two or more rooms (a total of eight hours).
  • Some professional organizers offer pre-paid packages for ongoing service. For example, Ellen Faye Organizing[2] offers three-hour sessions for $200 or six-hour sessions for $375, and B Organized advertises packages that include an assessment and written plan for $150 and monthly appointments for $240 with a six-month commitment and one half-day appointment per month.
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What should be included:
  • Professional organizers take on a variety of jobs. Their work can include telephone consultations for customers looking to do the work themselves, space planning, estate organization and management of paperwork and files, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers[3] .
  • Professional organizing services vary greatly depending on the clients' needs. Some, such as Ellen Faye Organization and McMillan & Company Professional Organizing[4] , offer coaching in person or by phone designed to help individuals and businesses better organize their affairs.
Additional costs:
Shopping for a professional organizer:
  • Organizers typically conduct a needs assessment to review goals and desired outcomes before beginning work. Expect to be asked several questions pertaining to work styles and objectives to determine whether there is a good fit, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers[8] , a trade organization.
  • Be prepared to ask questions about the organizer's background, fee structure, cancellation policy, and whether they work with a written contract. Request references. The National Association of Professional Organizers[9] ' code of ethics spells out accepted practices for its members.
  • The National Association of Professional Organizers[10] maintains a directory of certified organizers.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.napo.net/our_profession/
  2.  www.ellenfaye.com/fees_and_policies.htm
  3.  www.napo.net/our_profession/
  4.  www.organizer4me.com/workshops.htm
  5.  www.napo.net/our_profession/education/curriculum.aspx#PO-201T
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  8.  www.napo.net/get_organized/how_to_hire.aspx
  9.  www.napo.net/our_profession/ethics.aspx
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