"An organized space is an organized mind is an organized life." That's Lisa Jacobs's mantra, and the guiding principle behind her company, Imagine it Done. Jacobs, a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (yes, that's a thing!) is one of a growing field of entrepreneurs whose job is to make your home—and your life—more organized.
"It's not just curating or staging; it's not an Instagram photo," Jacobs says of her business. "It's helping people change their lives and make them more functional." Indeed, if the mania surrounding Marie Kondo and her now famous (or infamous) KonMari method is any indication, there is life-changing magic in organizing your space. In the spirit of the spring cleaning season, Natipernavigare caught up with Jacobs to hear just how hiring a professional organizer works: Read on for what to expect, what not to do, and how to make the most of the service that just might change your life.
Hiring an Organizer Is an Investment.
"It's a financial obligation, so you have to look at it like an investment," says Jacobs. "It’s not just buying a material piece that may go out of style." A quick search for organizers on Thumbtack shows that most organizers charge between $40 and $150 per hour. Jacobs's services vary widely in cost—since each job is so personal—but she says a one-bedroom apartment housing two people might total around $2,000. She determines pricing based on the amount of staff needed on a project (there's a minimum of two) and how many hours it takes them to complete the job, the cost of any products purchased for the project.
It May Take Longer than You Think.
Good organization is not a quick fix. For Jacobs, the process of working with a client takes several weeks: After someone puts in a request, she'll send an estimated breakdown of fees. If the client accepts, she'll do a consultation, which takes 1.5 to 2 hours. After that, Imagine It Done puts together a proposal. The client puts down 50 percent of the payment, then Jacobs's team sets about ordering products from the list (a process that is usually collaborative with the client). Finally, team members organize and reassemble everything in the space. If Jacobs is working on a move, her team will work consecutively with the moving schedule.
You'll Want to Over.
During the consultation, Jacobs says, "we ask a lot of questions, so we’re informed about lifestyle. We take measurements, we take photos. We have to see the way they live." She encourages anyone using an organizer to be upfront about how they live for optimal organizational impact. "The first thing the client will say is, ‘don’t judge me,'" laughs Jacobs. "I laugh, because of course we won’t judge, this is why we have a business!"
Plus, she notes, "we are not out to make everybody look like the Kardashians. We tidy for real people. We make everything look beautiful, but we do it functionally." So be open and honest about your wants and needs.
You Need to Keep It up.
In Jacobs's ideal world, she says, "I only want to go once" to a client's home. "I want them to take that and improve their life." A good professional organization should enable you to maintain that system going forward. But, she concedes that "I refresh a lot, because clients are very transparent and they say, 'look, I’m lazy. I like the way you do it. It's not the same as how I do it.'" Hey, do what works for you.
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