Professional Organizers orchestrate and advise on the sometimes monumental task of organizing a home, home office, or business. A Professional Organizer can be a big help to anyone, but not everybody needs one.
A Professional Organizer's work begins with establishing a realistic budget and discussing ideas and goals for your space or project. They are the organizing expert, researcher, and overall adviser-- it is their job to make sure you reach the goals you desire. They will recommend handyman, antique dealers, on-line auction assistants, landscape and interior designers, movers, retail stores, hauling companies, computer consultants and other vendors; schedule appointments; and continue to act as a liaison between you and the vendors as plans progress. They also coordinate everybody on work days.
As with every aspect of your organizing projects, you should trust and respect the individual providing services. A friend's recommendation is the idea way to find an organizing consultant, but you can also look on-line through NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers -- for referrals in your area. Some Professional Organizers ask for a percentage of the organizing budget (15% to 25% is common)to be paid in advance for services or shopping purchases; others charge a flat rate or an hourly fee which is generally paid at days end.
A Professional Organizer may seem like a luxury, but their contacts and expertise may actually save you money in the long run.