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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5 Responses to The Two Most Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Good article and straight to the point. I am not sure if this is in fact the best place to ask but do you folks have any thoughts on where to hire some professional writers? Thank you 🙂

  2. Amber says:

    I don’t know of any place I can recommend. Perhaps a writers association? Not sure. Good luck!

  3. wonderful publish, very informative. I ponder why the other experts of this sector don’t notice this. You should continue your writing. I am sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

  4. Wendy J. Richards says:

    If you come to help me de-clutter do you have a crew or do we supply the muscle? How about a dumpster is that a good idea? I don’t know if I have enough for a big dumpster but I know I will have too much the trash can from my village and we can put more then that out. I would appreciale a reply, thank you, Wendy

  5. Amber says:

    Wendy, I’d be happy to talk more specifically about your project. Sometimes dumpsters are needed, but not typically. It depends on how much and what we are getting rid of. Also, all of us organizers lift and move items but don’t move furniture and appliances. We stick to the small stuff. Feel free to call anytime to discuss 773-628-7404

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