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The Tidy Type LLC

FAQ's

What is a Professional Organizer?


“Professional Organizers support evaluation decision-making and action around objects, spaces, and data, helping clients achieve desired outcomes regarding function, order, and clarity.” ~The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)


In short, a Professional Organizer is someone who provides knowledge of the organizing industry, products, and hands-on support to individuals by helping them create a simple, more efficient space that meets their needs. 


What are the benefits of becoming organized?


There are several benefits directly related to becoming organized including increased efficiency, productivity and a sense of well-being. Becoming organized helps lower stress and frees up time and energy for other important things in life. Spaces in your home or office seem more inviting and spacious once they are organized.


What are the general steps that take place during a consultation & organizing session?


The journey toward organizational freedom begins with a call or email. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and will ask some in return to help better understand the scope of the project(s). If we communicate by phone, assessments take no more than 30 minutes and during the call we can arrange for an in-home assessment where you will be provided with an estimate of how long the project should take and the overall cost. If you choose to move forward with services, we can book your session(s) immediately based on availability.


During our time together, I plan to teach you the basics of organizing along with strategies of what will work for you based on your lifestyle. The ultimate goal is to provide you with the tools you need to be able to maintain your newly organized space once our time together comes to an end.


What is included in your services?


When you book a session with the Tidy Type, you will receive:

  • Complimentary haul away of one (1) carload of donations per session (max 3 boxes; exceptions apply)
  • Access to knowledge of alternative item disposal which includes but is not limited to recycling and donations
  • Access to an array of professional services and resources within the DC Metro area that can assist with the services beyond the organizing process

Do you work with a written agreement?


Absolutely! A written agreement is necessary because it outlines a clear understanding of the relationship between the client and The Tidy Type to protect both parties.


How can I prepare for an organizing session?


You can best prepare for a session by…doing nothing! That’s right, you don’t need to do a thing before we begin our work together and there is no need to be embarrassed by your space because you will not be judged. Confidentiality is our top priority and we will not share your situation with others. 


What is my level of involvement in the process?


Organizing is a very personal, interactive process and your level of involvement will be crucial to the success of the project - and who doesn’t want to be successful? You will feel great once you’re able to see how your effort can transform your space.


Will I need to purchase any specialty items?


Clients often already own products for organizing but may not be utilizing them properly. The Tidy Type will do our best to re-purpose any existing items you already have to improve their function so that they work for you. Occasionally, additional products are necessary to establish the best system for your needs. If you are interested in new storage solutions, The Tidy Type does provide shopping services. Purchases of any storage solutions that are needed will be added to the final bill.


What happens to the possessions that I don’t keep?


Many clients choose donate their items to charities and  some clients choose to recycle and/or toss items depending on their condition. There are some clients who request to store items and have a yard sale, however, this option can be a quite risky. Holding on to items, even for a short period of time, brings about the temptation to bring items back inside if they don’t sale. We caution clients that if they plan to have a yard sale, there should be a plan in place to hold it within a short time frame and commit to donating/discarding everything that does not sell immediately afterward. Together we will go over your options and we will help you decide which option will work best for your lifestyle.


How can I keep my space organized after you leave?


Being able to maintain your newly organized space is important. As a professional organizer it is my goal to equip you with the tools you need to ensure that your time and money don’t go to waste. The most important aspect in upkeep is self-discipline! The potential for clutter buildup happens every day in the daily walk of life and the temptation to slip into old habits will constantly happen. The ability to maintain an organizing system and tweak it to meet your needs will allow you to enjoy your organized life. If you notice that you need an organizing refresher or would like help implementing a new system simply give us a call.