How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Professional Organizer?

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If you're familiar with the clutter-free stylings of professionals like The Home Edit and Marie Kondo, you've probably coveted the perfectly-packaged pantries and gorgeous closets of the homes that feature their personal touches. Professional home organization is having a moment—and it can make an incredible difference in your space.

As many of us have figured out on our own, effective organizing can require hard work. This is especially evident when deciding where to start: When you're dealing with a major mess, it might be helpful to consider hiring an organizer to complete the job. The right professional can take on the task of transforming your home both in form and function. If you're wondering what the process looks like—and just as importantly, how much it costs—you're not alone.

Here, learn everything you need to know about hiring a professional organizer to refresh your space with solutions that last.

What Does a Professional Organizer Do?

While the job description is in the name, professional organizers can do quite a bit more than decluttering odd drawers, closets, and cabinets.

The ultimate goal of a professional organizer is not just to beautify your space, but also to create an intuitive system of organization that you can continue following long after they’re finished. It’s all about removing the chaos from the targeted sections of your home and providing you with the right tools to maintain your newfound zen.

Professional organizers can work their magic anywhere that you need them to, including the aforementioned drawers and closets as well as offices and desks, kitchen cabinets, pantries, basements, and anywhere else that you have a variety of items but no consistent method to keep them in order. They can also help you organize your to-do list, appointment book, or even your weekly grocery list.

If you hire an organizer, expect to learn some important lessons about efficiency and better ways to manage the flow of your space. Ideally, you want to end up with expert strategies that you can sustain on your own long term. If you’re not sure about the method (or lack thereof) behind the madness, ask plenty of questions so that you can see the logic underlying your new organizational system.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Professional Organizer?

Expect to spend between $253 and $788 for a professional organizer’s services, according to HomeAdvisor, with an average cost of around $482 (depending on the organizers in your area).

Most professional organizers price their services by the hour, which means that the more work your space needs, the more you’re likely to spend to get it in better shape. Also playing into your total cost will be whether you work with a professional organizer who is self-employed versus an organizer who works for an agency. In the former case, you may find a bit more flexibility on fees. If you’d rather pay by the day or by the project, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Your organizer's prices will apply not just to the scope of the project you're taking on, but also to the additional needs you might have—including things like the measurement and installation of physical storage systems and the organization of items like your computer and contact list.

Other factors that will affect your total cost include your location, timeline (you’ll likely spend more for a rush job), and how much experience the organizer has.

Tips for Hiring a Professional Organizer

Before you hire an organizer, there are a few important factors to take into consideration to make it truly worth your while:

  • Know exactly what you need: Get a good idea of the full scope of your project before reaching out to potential service providers. The more information you can provide, the easier it will be to find the right person for your specific needs.
  • Compare prices: You get what you pay for, so don’t necessarily go with the organizer who quotes you the cheapest fee. Do your research and compare prices between two or three of your top picks.
  • Ask for referrals: The best way to know if a professional organizer is right for you is to get a referral from someone you trust.
  • Be part of the process: Ask various professionals if they plan to work alongside you. Your new organizational system should be consistent with how you use each room—and the organizer you hire should optimize your space for the way you use it best. This is an important step to create a system that will work long-term in your household.