FAQs and Help

FAQs

What happens during the consultation?
I can come and visit your house (30 minutes travel each way from Winchester is included) or we can talk over the phone or on Skype. It is an opportunity for you to find out more about the services I offer and to see whether we can work together. You are inviting a Professional Organiser into your home to help you so it is really important that you feel comfortable with the person you choose. I want to help you move forward so am non-judgemental and our consultation and any subsequent sessions will be entirely confidential.
What happens during a session?
This will vary depending on what we have decided to tackle. We will work together and sessions are usually tiring – we will be sorting and moving things but you will also be making some decisions that might be quite difficult. I am there to support and offer advice but the final decision will always be yours.
What do you bring with you?

I will bring a selection of bags for sorting: black bin liners and clear bags for charity shop donations. I will also bring my labelling machine, particularly useful for paperwork sessions. If we are looking at storage specifically I will bring some ideas with me but I encourage clients to use what they have already wherever possible. If you decide after our sessions that you would like to invest in some new storage, I would be happy to help you research this.

Do you clean during the session?
We will need to clean some areas as we work but I don’t bring cleaning materials or a hoover with me. We will need to wipe down and dust surfaces and containers before we put things back.
What stuff will you take away?

I will take a car load of stuff for charity after each visit, if required; I take donations to Wessex Cancer Trust (www.wessexcancer.org.uk) or to Emmaus (www.emmaushampshire.org.uk) in Winchester. I do not have a Waste Carriers Licence so am not able to take your stuff to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Help

You can find out more about Professional Declutterers and Organisers at www.apdo-uk.co.uk

These are some of the books that I use to build my understanding of decluttering and organising:

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
  • Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
  • Banish Clutter Forever by Sheila Chandra
  • Stuffocation by James Wallman
  • No More Clutter by Sue Kay
  • Organising from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern

These are in no particular order but Marie Kondo is my current favourite! There are many different thoughts and ideas around decluttering and organising; the key is using a mix of these ideas to help each individual client.