A Little Organization Can Help You Achieve Holiday Zen

A holiday organizing interview with Sarah Buckwalter by Paige Allen of the Sun Chronicle:

The holidays are just around the corner and before long the endless parade of dinner parties, family celebrations and gatherings with friends will be underway.

While the holiday season is supposed to be a fun and festive time, it can quickly become stressful for those trying to get their homes organized and ready to receive guests. Thankfully, Sarah Buckwalter, founder and owner of Organizing Boston, can offer some help so you can achieve holiday zen.… Read the rest “A Little Organization Can Help You Achieve Holiday Zen”

Manage your Money

Mastering Organizing Project Management Step 2: Budgeting

Welcome to Step 2 in our Mastering Organizing Project Management series! This series is designed specifically to help you learn how to manage large organizing projects.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out Step 1: Planning, you can find it on our blog.

Now, it’s time for Step 2: Budgeting

For large and complex organizing projects, clients will want to know the expected costs up front. If you are managing a large organizing project, you will certainly need to create a proposal or estimate for the client.… Read the rest “Mastering Organizing Project Management Step 2: Budgeting”

Mastering Organizing Project Management Step 1: Planning

Hello and welcome to our new series on Mastering Organizing Project Management! This series is designed specifically to help you learn how to manage large organizing projects.

People look to professional organizers for their complex and multi layered projects. The idea of a daunting task may prompt them to reach out for help from someone who can think logically through the process and take the burden away from them. By taking on large organizing projects, you have an opportunity to greatly increase your earning potential!… Read the rest “Mastering Organizing Project Management Step 1: Planning”

Finding your Niche as a Professional Organizer

So much is trending in the organizing industry today – Marie Kondo, Senior Move Management, Digital Organizing. It’s hard to figure out just what to do. And the market is saturated with generalists. Just doing anything doesn’t make you stand out anymore. The best thing to do these days is to find and focus on a niche. Even if you’ve been in the organizing business for a while, finding your niche as a professional organizer will be beneficial to you in many ways.… Read the rest “Finding your Niche as a Professional Organizer”

Spring Organizing Tips

Spring organizing tips to help your organizing clients

Spring is here. The air is warmer, the sun is brighter and this motivates everyone to want to clear out the old and make everything fresh and new again. Use these 10 spring organizing tips to help your organizing clients get their homes clean and organized and ready for spring!

1. Declutter first!
The first and most important step in spring organizing is to get rid of clutter. The less clutter, the easier it is to clean and organize.… Read the rest “Spring Organizing Tips”

Organizing Policies and Procedures

Organizing policies and procedures are essential for every organizing business. These ensure that everyone has the information and instructions that they need in order to do what they are supposed to be doing. You need to have organizing policies and procedures in place for your business, your staff and your clients.

As professional organizers, we are business owners, too. We need to always consider business side of this industry – not just the organizing. Doing so will help to avoid costly trial and error.… Read the rest “Organizing Policies and Procedures”

The Difference Between a Contractor and an Employee

If you are looking to expand your business, or just need some help on the occasional project, you”ll want to understand the difference between a contractor and an employee.

Basically, you have two choices when it comes to hiring.  You can work with a contractor, or you can hire an employee

So, what’s the difference?
A contractor does not work for you regularly, only as needed, and typically own and maintain their own business.
An employee works for you regularly and exclusively. … Read the rest “The Difference Between a Contractor and an Employee”

Six Tips to Maintain Client Confidentiality

As an organizer, you are helping a client with some of their most intimate possessions and feelings. These must be handled with utmost care. Your clients must feel that they can totally trust you. Here are six tips to help you maintain client confidentiality.

#1: Don’t Gab
Everything a client tells you should be held in confidence. You should never discuss a client’s information or situation with anyone, even family and friends. You never know who knows who.

#2: Get Permission
Always ask the client for permission before you take photos, open closed doors, peek in drawers, use the bathroom, etc.… Read the rest “Six Tips to Maintain Client Confidentiality”

17 Tips to Help you Stay Organized in 2017

After all the time and energy you’ve spent organizing your space, you certainly don’t want it to slip back in to disarray. Organization doesn’t just happen once, it’s an ongoing process. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to stay organized. With just a few minutes each day you can do it!

Here are 17 Tips to Help you Stay Organized in 2017

1. Create a routine.
Include organizing in your daily routine and soon enough keeping things neat will become a habit.… Read the rest “17 Tips to Help you Stay Organized in 2017”