FAQ

Scan 142040000Here are some of the questions our clients ask when searching for a professional organizer. Our clients range from busy stay-at-home parents to working couples, as well as, seniors. Contact us so we can discuss your needs and answer any additional questions you may have during your free ½ hour phone consultation.

Why should I hire a professional organizer when I can do it myself?

Many of our clients feel they can do the job themselves but never take the time needed to get the project done resulting in clutter piling up, important belongings being misplaced and stress taking over. By giving you a jump start and providing tools needed to get your space in order, we will get you motivated to get the job done. As anything in life we “make time” to do the projects or activities we want to do and leave the less attractive projects for another day. Most of us are capable of cutting grass, mulching gardens and even painting basements, but we choose not to and hire a professional to complete these tasks. Ship Shape Organize will give you the tools, motivation, and hands-on assistance to make your space more efficient.

What is a professional organizer?

An organizer is one who assists, guides and coaches you with an organizational challenge you may be facing; from an attic to a basement and everything in-between. A skilled, experienced organizer will provide you with tools to manage your belongings or space more efficiently. You will notice an immediate change and will be able to find things more easily. We believe a strong resource list as well as having insurance and a membership in NAPO are important.

What should one expect to pay a professional organizer?

We charge an hourly rate. It is impossible to determine how long a project will take given all the complexities that arise during the process and whether we work directly with the client. It is best for you to determine a rough budget you are comfortable with and check-in points during the job can be instituted.

Why hire Ship Shape Organize vs. another organizer?

What is important is the connection you build with us during the phone consultation. Clients continually tell us how they appreciate our confidentiality, trustworthiness, and the non-judgemental nature with which we handle jobs and can’t believe how much we love our job. We are empathetic and understanding and will guide you through the process with ease and compassion. We are in business to make your life easier for you.  We also aren’t afraid to do heavy lifting and consider our job our exercise for the day!  We will take donation items away that day if you would like or we can arrange for a donation company to come to your home.  Additionally, we do not sub-contract jobs.  If you hire us, one of the Debs will be there!

How do you evaluate a job?

We begin with an initial 30 minute phone conversation, free of charge, to determine your priorities and goals for the particular job. If you decide to hire us, we ask that you book a minimum session of three hours to get the project started.  At that point, we can discuss if materials need to be purchased such as bins, racks, hooks, packing paper, etc. We will also discuss your goals regarding changes to make to the area such as shelving needs. 

What projects will you do and what projects will you not do?

We currently work on organizing:

  • attics
  • basements
  • bathrooms
  • bedrooms
  • closets
  • garages
  • kitchens
  • home offices
  • de-clutter and prepare house for sale
  • assist with moves
  • assist with unpacking and settling you in to your new home

Ship Shape will help arrange items for donation or clothes consignment. What are some things we don’t do? Post items or manage sale over the internet; deal with disposal of hazardous waste, trash or donation of large items.  We do not handle hoarding jobs.

Let our team help you.
Call or contact us for your free ½ hour phone consultation.
Deb Bernier 978.771.0527 or Deb Stone 978.314.6410