How To Choose The Right Clutter Specialist For You
Do your research. You will probably have to rely on the internet for this as many clients, even very satisfied ones, rarely share their experience with others – so word of mouth is probably not going to give you all the information you need.
Here are some tips on what to take into account when looking for someone to help you to de-clutter and organise your space. It’s a search with subjective as well as objective criteria so, after you’ve had a good look at the facts, don’t be afraid to be guided at least in part by how you feel you can relate to a particular professional.
1. It’s better to choose someone who is a member of a professional body eg Association Of Professional Declutterers and Organisers or National Association of Professional Organisers (which is US based but with global membership)
2. Look for someone whose websites shows a focus on the kind of de-cluttering you want- residential, lifestyle or workplace
3. You’ll probably want someone who recycles items in the way you like and who will give you options over where recycled items should go to
4. If you want your de-clutterer to take away unwanted items from your home then you’ll want someone authorised to remove waste
5. Make sure you have clear information about cost, upfront commitment to sessions and details of the cancellation policy
6. If paperwork is part of the job then look for someone registered with the ICO ( Information Commissioner’s Office) to ensure they understand proper data protection , retention and disposal rules
7. Find someone who offers testimonials and before/ after pictures and who can, preferably, put you in touch with previous clients happy to share their experiences
8. Find someone who is insured while in your home working with your belongings
9. Look for an experienced person who will therefore have had clients like you before and will have skills and knowledge which will be useful to your situation
10. To be able to ask all the things you want to know, it’s important that you find someone who will talk to you face to face or on the phone before starting work with you
11. Take notice of the impression you get of a potential de-clutterer and organiser as you’ll need someone you feel comfortable with, that you feel you can work with and that you trust
12. To help drive the process along to a successful conclusion, it’s a big advantage to have someone with clear enthusiasm
13. Can your de-clutterer and organiser offer flexible hours, weekend or evening work if that’s what you need to fit with your work, life patterns and commitments?
14. Does your de-clutter and organiser quickly pick up on what you want to achieve so they begin to offer suggestions from the start on how you might work together?
15. Make sure your chosen person is focused on your goals so that the process is a truly personalised one and not just a package
Good luck. There are a lot of great organisers and de-clutterers out there; I’m sure you’ll find one to suit you.