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Who is my "Typical" Professional Organizing Client?

Updated: Apr 28

Put simply, there isn't one.

But I'll expand.

When I first started decluttering homes many years ago, I had never heard of the term "professional organizer," and I believe most of the public hadn't heard of it either.

Through the popularity of shows like Hoarders, Tidying Up, The Home Edit and others, professional organizers, what we do, and how we can help have now become more well known. Even if you haven't watched one of those shows, chances are you know about us and are familiar with professional organizing, and hopefully with its many benefits.

But if you don't have hoarding disorder or buy into Marie Kondo's philosophy or have thousands of dollars to spend on bins and baskets, are you still a good candidate to work with a professional organizer? If you're unsure, this blog is for you.

As a Professional Organizer, I am a proud member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO), and its motto is that we "bring order and efficiency to people's lives." I love this. Everyone wants to live more efficiently and have their possessions in better order. Here's what that looks like for a few of my recent clients.

SO MANY TOYS: Karen has three boys. Even with a playroom, the toys are everywhere. It got to the point that not only did she not want to look at that room, even her kids didn't want to be in there! She hired Clutter Kicker to clear out the clutter (dozens of bags) and set up a better toy storage system. We discarded broken toys, and cleared out countless little Lego pieces. I then came back a few months later to maintain what we had done and work on a few cluttered closets to get her back on track.

MONTHLY SESSIONS: Julie's house is organized by most standards, but she wanted to kick it up a notch. I have a monthly appointment with Julie, where we do everything from clean out the pantry to organize the bins in the basement to change over the kids' clothing each season. During my first appointment we got the car to fit in the garage, which definitely sold her on professional organizing!

BASEMENT CLEAN OUT: Catherine is a single mom who moved into her house two years ago while pregnant. There was then a leak and everything was thrown into the basement, adding to the several items down there that had never even been unpacked. We spent an afternoon going through the basement together, decluttering a ton (thank goodness for her condo community's dumpster!), rearranging some furniture, and carrying out her vision to create an open space for her toddler to enjoy. Seeing him happily on his riding toy down there was priceless!