When you’re looking for a professional organizer, don’t skip their FAQs page. It’s a quick and easy way to see if this organizer’s The One.
Meta FAQ: How do I find the right organizer for me?
One person’s recommend-to-everyone professional organizer is another’s meh-got-the-job-done PO. Almost any organizer will be both of these, depending on the fit. Getting this right is as important as picking your therapist/doctor/life coach.
Nuts and bolts FAQs
Once you’ve found someone you think you can work with, you’re going to have logistical questions. Don’t ignore their FAQ page, because it’s going to save you a lot of time. No use getting all excited about someone if they don’t do virtual organizing and that’s what you need.
You’ll see my coverage area, my rates, my cancellation policy – all the sorts of details you need to know but don’t necessarily want to wait for someone to call you back about.
FAQs tell you who this person is
You can tell a lot about an organizer’s style by the way they answer broader questions.
Are they a drill sergeant?
You might be looking for that, or it might be upsetting to you. Either way, wouldn’t you rather know upfront?
Are they judgmental?
Keep your spidey sense open as you explore their website. Look at blog posts and throughout the site, not just the bit where they tell you they’re not judgmental. Listen to your gut.
Good to know: If this FAQ doesn’t get addressed, this is most likely an organizer who works with busy people who are pressed for time. If it gets addressed, the organizer understands that you’ve tried to do this yourself and given all the time in the world, you’d still want some help.
What if there’s no FAQs page?
Not everyone has an FAQs page and that’s information too. Sometimes you have a question that’s make or break, non-negotiable, doesn’t matter how anyone tries to persuade you otherwise.
- Where the organizer works
- Whether they offer in-person or virtual organizing
- What their rates are
When you live outside of the coverage area of an organizer who doesn’t do virtual organizing, wouldn’t you rather know that upfront so you can continue the search?
Knowing what an organizer charges saves you time and energy. If you’re not in the same ballpark, this isn’t the organizer for you no matter how much you like them. How many other service providers do you consider hiring without knowing their fees before you contact them?
Did I miss your question?
FAQ pages range from never-ending pages that scroll down forever to those that highlight just a few key FAQs. Never be afraid to contact an organizer directly if you don’t see your question on the FAQs page of an organizing website. Getting organized is sensitive, important work and you need to find the right person to help you.