The Two Most Frequently Asked Questions



It amazes me that even after eight and a half years of organizing there are two questions that come up time and time again. I’m sure you can guess what they are. What would you want to know if you were hiring a professional organizer?

Number 1:  How long will it take to organize __________?  (fill in the blank)

Having organized for a while now, I’ve gotten pretty accurate at estimating. Estimating the time depends on four factors:

  1. the size of the space or room
  2. how full the space is
  3. what types of things are in the space
  4. how quickly the home or business owner can make decisions

Once I know those answers, I can give you a pretty close estimate of how many hours it will take to organize your space. I’ve found that paper takes the longest, clothes closets are the easiest, garages are the dirtiest, kitchens are the most fun, and making a small business more productive and organized is the most rewarding.

Number 2:  Amber, is your home super organized? 

Oh man, if I had a dollar for every time someone asks that question, I’d be a rich woman. My answer is always the same. It is organized but it is not perfect. And we (my husband and I) live very simply. Let me explain further how I “run” my house and business.

My mantra is “just keep it simple.” I don’t overcomplicate anything and don’t spend too much time organizing any one thing in my house. As long as I can find everything and as long as everything is easily accessible and efficient, that’s all that matters to me. I don’t want to waste time or energy on “stuff” so I just make things simple to maintain and use.

In addition, my husband and I have embraced the view of “buy fewer things that are higher quality instead of many things that we don’t use or love.” When we shop, we do a lot of research and buy exactly what we want and only what we need. Then we come home and get rid of the same amount of “stuff” that we just bought.

Is there a question you’d like to ask me? Post it in the comments, and I’ll answer it in a future blog post.

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