Frequently Asked Questions
The assessment takes about an hour. It is an opportunity to view your space, identify your organizing challenges and talk about your vision and goals. We discuss your personal style, reasons for wanting to get organized, level of commitment, budget and any other factors that could affect the process. All of this information is used to develop a valuable Plan of Action to assure success. Of course, you are under no obligation to hire me at this time.
Please don’t straighten things up before the first consultation. It’s extremely helpful to see how you work, live and/or operate in the space now. That makes it far easier to see many of the challenges and sources of frustration you’ve been experiencing. And it helps indicate what’s been working well for you. This tends to be the most valuable information in overcoming past challenges and setting up new systems that last.
That depends on a number of factors. What does the project entail? How much stuff do you have? How often will we meet? Will you be able to make decisions quickly as to what to keep and what to get rid of? Will you be doing some of the work by yourself?
After seeing the space, a better understanding of the size and scope of the project can be determined. Results are often seen quite quickly. I strive to work diligently throughout the organizing process to assure the project is accomplished quickly and efficiently.
Absolutely not. It is always your choice as to what to keep and what to get rid of. For many, the decision making process and the releasing of items can be very difficult. I respect this and work with you side-by-side, guiding and asking relevant questions, keeping you on task and focused on your long term goals. There is no judgment about what you choose to keep or don't keep.
Services are charged by the hour. Typically, sessions run from 4 to 6 hours (3 hour minimum). However, depending on the project, sessions have lasted up to 8 hours.
Every customer and situation is unique. Considerations such as project scopes, time frames, and budgets vary greatly. Please feel free to call me at 206-920-4499 or email me. I’d be happy to discuss how I can best serve you.
While I specialize in paper management and work flow, I can also help you get any area of your home under control and looking sharp. Often I am called-in to address a specific area and then asked to continue on in other rooms, including the garage! Whether you’re still buried in boxes from a move, or are overwhelmed by clutter, I can make your home organized and inviting. Click here to see examples of how I've helped other clients with their home organizing needs.
“With great respect, the foundation of my business is built on trust and long-term satisfaction. I abide by the Code of Ethics endorsed by National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals and firmly maintain confidentiality of all my clients’ personal and business information”.
Sue Ive, CPO®, Owner, Organize to Optimize
As a Certified Professional Organizer I strive to meet a 100% client satisfaction rate. If I should fail to meet any of the proposed solutions, all you have to do is provide a written statement describing what solution, or parts of the solution, were not met, within 7 days of service. A complimentary session will then be scheduled to attempt to correct the issue and make appropriate adjustments as agreed.
I work on-site with clients in the greater Seattle area and the Eastside including: Bellevue, Bothell, Clyde Hill, Kirkland, Kingsgate, Inglewood-Finn Hill, Issaquah, Medina, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Newcastle, Redmond, Sammamish, Seattle, Shoreline and Woodinville.
The first step is to call me at 206.920.4499 to discuss your organizing needs and schedule your free consultation!
Did you know?
The top reasons professional organizers are hired are: too much clutter, general disorganization, difficulty determining what to keep and/or discard, difficulty finding things, selling a home or moving.
Forty-three percent (43%) of the Americans surveyed described themselves as disorganized, and 21% have missed crucial work deadlines. Nearly half say disorganization causes them to work late at least 2 to 3 times a week.
According to a study conducted by a Boston marketing firm, the average American burns 55 minutes a day – roughly 12 weeks a year – looking for things they know they own but can’t find.