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As You Wish Organizing

(586) 244-3071

“Helping Seniors and Boomers Live the Life They Choose”
Organizing – Downsizing – Moving – Safety – Preparing for the Inevitable

 

The services for a Professional Organizer are about the same as when you hire an Interior Decorator, Personal Trainer, Image Consultant, or Cleaning Company.  I understand getting organized can be a challenge.  I’m here to show you the way, teach you the tricks of the trade, and be your personal “cheerleader” as you move forward.  Being organized is an investment in yourself, your pride, and your sanity.  Call me and see if hiring a Professional Organizer is right for you.

Before the work begins

Initial Phone Consultation  –   Free

  • Discuss your situation.  Begin gathering information for the In-home Needs Assessment.
  • Determine if having a professional organizer is the right solution for you.
  • Determine if I’m the correct Professional Organizer for you.  (If not, I’ll supply you with a name/phone number of someone who is.)
  • If you’re interested, schedule a time for the first in-home visit (Needs Assessment).

In-home Needs Assessment – 2-3 hours:  $100

  • Expand on the information gathered during the phone consultation.
  • Before photos of the project (always kept confidential).
  • Written customized Action Plan will be provided after the visit.
  • Homework suggestions will be provided after the visit.
  • Follow-up call or e-mail will be made after you receive the Action Plan and Homework suggestions.           

 

 

Whole House or Partial House Organizing

  • Identify goals for each room or area you want organized.
  • Work together to determine what items to keep, donate, gift, or trash.
  • Identify systems that will enhance livability, productivity and safety.
  • Help in the purchasing and set up of organizing systems.
  • Arrange for Trash removal.
  • Donation drop off  (Items donated will be itemized for tax purposes)

Downsizing to a New Home

  • Help you coordinate all the details of your move.
  • Develop plans for furniture placement in your new home.
  • Help you determine what items are truly needed in your new home.
  • Help you pack your possessions in preparation for the move.
  • Assist with the set-up or transfer of utilities, etc.
  • Oversee the professional moving company move of your items.
  • Help you unpack your belonging at your new home (if applicable).  Or if you wish, do all the unpacking for you.  On the day you move in, I’ll be there to show you where everything is and get you settled into your new place.

Prepare Home for Sale (Staging)

  • De-clutter your home.
  • Determine what items to keep, donate, gift, or trash.
  • Box up all kept items in preparation for the move.
  • Arrange for Trash removal.
  • Donation drop off  (Items donated will be itemized for tax purposes)
  • Arrange furniture in pleasing way for home-buyer viewing.
  • Find “homes” for excess items not needed. (i.e. family, friends, charitable organizations, sell at auction, on-line, garage sale, etc.)
  • Arrange for cleaning or handyman services (carpet cleaning, wall painting, necessary repairs)
  • Stage home to make it look its best.  This involves depersonalizing your home so prospective buyers can see themselves living there.
  • De-clutter your yard to give it better curb appeal.

Organize Home for Health & Safety

  • Develop a Vital Records File.  The file contains the important information that you need at a moment’s notice.
  • If necessary, set up a message or communication center for family members/agencies to access.
  • In-Home Safety Assessment:  identify safety issues and resolve them.  Two assessments are available: 130 Point Home Safety Assessment for Seniors (with or without physical challenges), and 120 Point Home Safety Assessment for Seniors with Mild to Moderate Dementia.  Both assessments were designed to create a safer living environment so seniors can continue to live in their own home.

Prepare for the Inevitable

I know you don’t want to leave everything for your children and family to handle upon your passing.  Let me help you lessen their burden and anxiety by helping you get your home and paperwork in order.

  • Get your important papers and information into one location for easy access by setting up a Vital Records File (see above).
  • Help you devise a system so your family and friends know your final wishes.
  • Help you “gift” items while you’re still here to see them enjoy it.
  • Box up and label items for later giving.
  • Remove unneeded and unwanted items from the home. (i.e. donation, gift to friend/family, trash.)
  • Help you sell unneeded or unwanted items for revenue generation.

 Do it Yourself Organizer:  Budget Savy Option!!!

Some people want to do all the work themselves but just need guidance along the way.  Let me help.

  • Services include:  2-hour in-home consultation followed by 2 additional home visits (up to 1-hour each).  I will provide you with a written plan of action, written techniques on how to conquer your project, a list of resources in your area, and shopping suggestions for supplies needed. And, I’ll be your cheerleader while keeping you on task throughout the project.

$300.00

How Long Does it Take?

This is one of the most difficult questions to answer for a Professional Organizer.  So many factors play into the equation of how long a particular job will take.  How long is each work session?  What is the physical stamina of the client? What is the client’s ability to make decisions on what the keep, what to donate, what to toss?  Does the client have a little to sort or a lot?

Below are estimates on different types of organizing jobs.  The time required for your situation will depend on the answers to the questions above.  I give these estimates so you can have a better idea of how long you and I will be working on your project.  Estimated times include Sorting, Purging, Assigning a new home, Containerizing, and Clean up.

  • Home Office / Filing Systems:  approximately 24 hours
  • Kitchen: approximately 11 hours
  • Basements / Garages: approximately 24 hours
  • Bedroom: approximately 9 hours
  • Home Based Business: approximately 26-30 hours
  • Household Information Centers: approximately 16 hours
  • Bathrooms:  approximately 6-7hours
  • Closets:  approximately 7-8 hours
  • Living Room: approximately 9-10 hours

Per Hour Fees & Block-Rate Packages

Block-rate packages are for your convenience.  Hire me for 10 or more hours of service and we’ll work as efficiently as we can to get as much done during that time period.  You’ll find packages work great for the budget-minded person.  They save time, money, and they keep you motivated to get the job done.  Block rate packages are charged ½ down and ½ paid incrementally at each visit.  Down payment is due upon the completion of the In-home Needs Assessment unless otherwise arranged.

Fees for one organizer (block-rate):

10 hours – $500.00  ($50/hr)

15 hours – $700.00  ($46.66/hr)

20 hours – $900.00  ($45/hr)

30 hours – $1290.00  ($43/hr)

40 hours – $1600.00  ($40/hr)

Fees for one organizer and one assistant (block-rate):

10 hours – $750.00  ($75/hr)

15 hours – $1095.00  ($73/hr

20 hours – $1400.00  ($70/hr)

30 hours – $2040.00  ($68/hr)

40 hours – $2600.00  ($65/hr)

Per Hour

Fees for one organizer per hour:  $50/hr

Fees for one organizer and one assistant per hour $75/hr

Additional Services:

Shopping for organizing products and supplies:  $25/hr.  I don’t charge a full hourly fee for shopping at a store or on-line.

Additional Potential Costs:

Mileage:  As You Wish Organizing works within a 30-mile radius of the office.  If you happen to live outside that 30-mile radius, an additional fee of .50 cents per mile for each home visit will be added to your invoice.  You will be made aware of this additional cost prior to any commitments.

Trucking: If an outside company is hired to provide removal services, all fees incurred will be paid directly to that company.  If you wish, I will help you price different trucking companies to obtain a competitive rate.

Trash/Dumpster:  Third-party company rates will apply and will be paid directly to that company.  If you wish, I will help you price different trash/dumpster companies to obtain a competitive rate.

Moving/Storage Services:  Third-party company rates will apply and will be paid directly to that company.  If you wish, I will help you price different Moving/Storage companies to obtain a competitive rate.

Moving/Storage/Organizing Supplies:  Costs for all supplies purchased (with your consent) by As You Wish Organizing, LLC will be included in the interim or final invoice.  Any cost savings (professional discounts, etc.) will be passed along to you.

Donation Drop-off:  Free  (excludes items requiring two or more people to lift)

Payment Policy:

  •  Payment for hourly services are due at the completion of each session.
  • Payment for block-rates are handled ½ down with the remaining ½ paid incrementally during each session.
  • Cash, Check, or PayPal (credit card) payments are accepted.
  • Cancellation Policy:  Please provide 24-hours notice if you must cancel a session.  Sessions cancelled without at least 24-hours notice or if you are not present when I arrive will be subject to a $50 cancellation fee.  Of course this fee will be waved in case of sudden illness requiring medical attention.
  • There will be a $30 charge for bounced checks and then only credit card (via PayPal), money order, or cash will be accepted as payment.
  • Sales tax will be added to all invoices – where applicable.

Questions about the fees or services listed above?  Contact Terri Closs, owner, at AsYouWishOrganizing@hughes.net or call (586) 244-3071.

“Helping Seniors and Boomers Live the Life They Choose”
Organizing – Downsizing – Moving – Safety – Preparing for the Inevitable