What is a Professional Organizer?
A Professional Organizer is someone who helps people get organized in one or more aspects of their life. According to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), "Professional Organizers help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their papers, and their systems for life."
Why hire a Professional Organizer?
According to a National Association of Professional Organizers public survey, about 82% of people believe that if they are more organized, their quality of life would improve.
Over the last few years, the professional organizing industry has grown exponentially. “Almost everyone is looking for ways to increase productivity in all areas of their lives. They want to know how to do things easier and faster. As professional organizers, it’s our job to assist individuals and families in evaluating their current situations and creating a plan to live more simply and more efficiently.” (Dawn Noble, "How to Start a Home-Based Professional Organizing Business")
"Organizing is the process by which we create environments that enable us to live, work and relax exactly as we want to. When we are organized, our homes, offices and schedules reflect and encourage who we are, what we want, and where we are going."
(Julie Morgenstern, "Organizing from the Inside Out")
What kind of organizing do you do? / What can you help me with?
I offer Home Organizing and Small Business Organizing services. I work directly with clients in their homes and home offices, helping them create more organized and inspiring living spaces, and assisting them thrive and prosper in their business. My professional organizing services include: creating efficient, functional and inspiring living and work environments; setting up, updating and maintaining filing systems; bookkeeping, managing paper, files, records and bills; managing projects, researching topics, writing grants, setting goals and priorities; enhancing productivity, time management and work/life balance; decluttering, sorting, purging, storing, labeling, assisting in interior design; optimizing storage, organizing pantries, closets, cabinets, garages & more! Visit Services page for more detail.
What type of clients do you work with?
My clients include small business owners and entrepreneurs; home-makers, parents, families; artists, musicians, creatives; seniors; disabled; people who are downsizing; people who are moving; and the chronically disorganized. Scroll down for some testimonials!
What is a typical working session like?
First of all, I consider it a huge honor to be welcomed into someone’s home and life. I do not take this for granted. I have the utmost respect for my client and their personal space, and work with pure confidentiality and non-judgment. (Click here for the NAPO Code of Ethics that I abide by).
Introductory Consultation: When I arrive at your home, we start by having a chat about what you need help organizing. This helps me understand your objectives and what you are seeking to achieve. We will discuss the goals you have for the project(s) we will be working on together. If it is a home organizing project, then we will take a look at the physical space(s) that require organizing. If it is a small business organizing project, then we will review the relevant files or systems in place.
Hands-on Organizing: Once clear on the situation, we will get stuck in! Depending on the type of organizing project, I generally work together with the client: sorting, purging, storing, and organizing. However, as projects allow, there is often time when I can work independently. This is especially true in the case of small business organizing. My work sessions are a minimum of 3 hours, so our introductory consultation followed by hands-on organizing work can in total, be anywhere between 3 – 7 hours!
Finish: In the case of home organizing, we will conclude our work session by cleaning up, managing donation bags/boxes, and reviewing the work completed. With small business organizing, we conclude by reviewing work completed in that session. If relevant, we will discuss the next steps towards our organizational goal, and schedule additional sessions as necessary. Payment is collected at this time.
Follow Up: I will follow up with detailed notes emailed to you if there are any resources I think you could benefit from. This may include suggestions of supplies (containers, file folders, bins, baskets, labels etc.) we need for our next work session / for your organization project. I remain available to you via phone or email, if you have additional questions after my visit.
How and what do you charge?
I have a per hour rate, with a 3-hour minimum per appointment. You can contact me directly for hourly rates. I accept cash or check, with payment due at the close of each work session.
Where and when do you work?
I am currently offering professional organizing services in South, East and Central Austin. I am available Monday–Friday, usually from 10am–6pm.
“Brenda has assisted me greatly in organizing my home and home office, as well as coordinating many aspects of my personal life. Her pleasant conversational manner makes her easy to work with. I am delighted to have her help for all I do.”
~ John Corry, Business Owner & Artist,
“Brenda helped me set up a fully functional home office system to more efficiently manage my real estate business. She has an amazing work ethic and impressive organizational abilities. Brenda comes with my highest recommendation.”
~ Brian Leonard, Agent, CityWide Realty,
“I can't tell you how great I feel about your work and the work we will be doing together.”
"I'm feeling so appreciative for your help."
"You are a gift."
~ Happy Clients