Can we talk about something? It's kind of an "elephant in the room" situation for us.
I can't tell you how often we've worked with clients who have a less than enthusiastic partner at the start of the first session. The primary complaint?
"We can do that ourselves, so why do we need to pay someone to help us?"
We'd like to address this question and add some information. Organizers have committed their lives to serving people in their homes and businesses. We are constantly seeking out new training, observing industry standards and working hard for our clients who place their trust in us. As a result, and we feel that it's important to give an answer to this valid question.
Here's what we want you to know if you or someone in your family has doubts about how a professional organizer actually brings value.
1. We do the Heavy Lifting
Though we are not like housecleaners (we prefer that the client works side-by-side with us), we can be compared to them in some ways. We bring serenity to your home, helping you truly enjoy your space without constantly spinning your wheels.
We do a LOT of the heavy lifting for you, making the job easier and more fun.
It also gets done exponentially faster with extra hands. Organizers are in great shape, strong and comfortable being on their feet for long periods of time. Organizers Northwest will also take a carload of donations to charity for you, saving additional time and energy. We work extremely hard for our clients, and take pride in our ability to make serious progress in a single session.
2. We Provide an Outside Perspective
Like hiring a life coach, an organizer is not mired in the everyday patterns and habits that you are experiencing. When we come into a home, we bring a fresh perspective that is based on our ability to listen, observe and gather information after years of experience. We then look at where you are getting stuck to figure out how to make your home more functional for you. This can be very hard to DIY when you have emotional attachment to your stuff, or feel overwhelmed about where to start.
3. Seeing Value in Results
In answer to the main objection raised above, there are MANY professions out there that you could do yourself, and choose to pay for an expert to help. Organizing is the same.
The best example is hiring a career coach or workout trainer to help you move your goals forward. We are there to reflect back to you how you are feeling, help you make decisions and be your cheerleader if you get stuck. To say that you could do it yourself is kind of like saying you can be your own personal trainer. Sure, you can - but how far will you get? Making the decision to hire someone is about taking your goals to the next level and getting the lasting results you want. You get what you pay for.
And those dubious partners at the time of the first session? Usually by the end of that four hours, they look around the room in wonder and say "Oh, so THAT'S what professional organizers actually do! Now I get it."