When Organizing Should You Do It Yourself Or Hire A Professional? 

The time has come when you are determined to get rid of some clutter and organize your home.  The questions is should you do the organizing yourself or is it better to hire a professional organizer to do the job? 

Either option will help organize the home.  You need to determine which is right for you. 

If you plan to do your own organizing you can start by making gradual changes.  Pick one task, such as clearing the kitchen junk drawer, and then work on this until it is completed.  Then move on to the next clutter you want to tackle.  It will probably be easier if you work one room at a time and then move on to the next room.  Your clutter did not accumulate overnight so clearing the clutter is going to take time.  You might want to devote 15 to 30 minutes at a time to work on organizing.  Trying to do too much at once might seem too overwhelming.  Enlist the help of family members.  Children can be charged with clearing some of the clutter from their own rooms.  They can help with ridding the basement and garage of “stuff” too. 

Over the past few years life has become more hectic and some people simply do not have the time or inclination to organize their own home.  They have the money to pay for professional services.  This is when a professional organizer can help. 

Usually the professional organizer will charge by the hour.  Their fees are wide ranging and can run anywhere from $35 per hour to $250 per hour.  You need to be selective about what portion of the organizing process you want a professional to handle. 

A professional organizer can help you not only organize your home, he can assist you with organizing other things in your life such as your time, your goals, etc. 

Before you choose a professional organizer you want to do some research.  Search online and then make a list of some professional organizers you might be interested in hiring.  Contact these people either by email or phone.  Let them know you are contacting other professional organizers in an attempt to locate one that is right for you.  Carefully read their emails or listen to their telephone conversation.  You are interested in learning if this organizer is good at listening to you and hearing what you want done.  Do you have a good feeling about this person or not?  You don’t want someone who is too pushy or who talks, but does not listen. 

Check out the organizer’s website.  Read any articles he may have written.  Between contact, checking the website and reading any available articles you should get some insight into which professional organizer you can work with. 

Whether you do the organizing yourself or you engage the services of a professional organizer to assist you in de-cluttering your home, you will need to make some changes in the way you live.  You need to start managing your “stuff” so you do not return to the same clutter mess.   

Once you learn the simple rules of home organization you will be able to maintain a clutter free home.  A clutter free home will give you more time to do the things you enjoy, it will give you more space, and a much less stressful and happier life. 

Whether you learn to organize your home by doing it yourself, or you engage the services of a professional organizer is entirely up to you.