Suggested Questions to Ask a Potential Professional Organizer-resource: NAPO.net: http://www.napo.net/get_organized/how_to_hire.aspx
- What kinds of organizing projects do you do?
- Who is your typical/usual client?
- What services do you specialize in?
- Do you have any training or hold any certifications in organizing or related areas (chronic disorganization, coaching, feng shui, interior design, etc.)?
- Can you describe your organizing process/approach (consulting, coaching, hands-on, team organizing, seminars/workshops, etc.) and describe a typical working session?
- How long have you been in the organizing business?
- Will I work directly with you, or will you assign an employee and/or subcontractor?
- What is your fee structure?
- Do you work with a written contract?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- Can you provide references?
- I have tried to get organized before. How will this be different?
Keep in mind that your choice of a professional organizer is not irreversible. Professional organizers should be nonjudgmental, encouraging, and supportive. They should be good listeners and recommend a variety of suggestions, alternatives, and solutions to create the system that will work best for you. If you begin working with a professional organizer and decide along the way that you are not comfortable with his or her particular style, you are rarely under obligation to continue the relationship. Be sure to let the organizer know how you feel. More than likely, he or she will be happy to recommend a colleague.