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How to make hiring a professional organizer more affordable

Do you have junk drawers like this?
Do you have junk drawers like this?

Are you annoyed by your clutter and dream of bringing home one of the professional organizers you see on TV? Do you wish you could hire an organizer, but it’s not in your budget right now? Well, here are some tips for making more out of your organizing budget.

1. Start by reading. Go to the library or the used bookstore and buy a copy of Organizing From The Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern. She helps you figure out why your clutter is accumulating, and has a great basic system for working through your clutter on your own.

2. Hire a professional organizer to do an initial consultation and create a written plan. If you can’t afford to hire an organizer to work alongside you until the job is done, hire them to visit your home, do a walk-through, and create written a step-by-step plan.

3. Hire a professional organizer who does phone coaching. Some organizers will coach you on the phone throughout the process. You do the work; they guide you and help prioritize the stages of your project.

4. Do more homework in between sessions. Naturally, the more work you do on your own, the lower the number of hours you will have to pay a pro. Stay in touch with your organizer to keep you on track, and follow what they recommend you do.

5. Free stuff. There is a plethora of information available through the newsletters and websites of professional organizers. Visit to find members of the San Francisco chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). Browse through the information on their websites, and when you find one you like, sign up for their newsletter. They provide lots of free tips and guidance, plus a sprinkling of motivation along the way.

6. Teach your friends how to help you. Lastly, you might have friends or family members who are willing and able to help. Be specific in asking for help on one project. For example, perhaps you could trade help organizing your clothes closet for an evening of watching your friend’s kids.

If you do need help of an organizer, reach out and call a few. They are friendly people who truly do want to help you live your life clutter free.


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