From The Home Edit to the Instagram pages of our favorite celebrities, professional home organization is having a major moment.
It’s hard not to covet the perfectly-packaged pantries and gorgeous closets we see on our screens. It’s also, as many of us have probably figured out by now, tough to do the hard work of effective organization on your own, especially if you’re looking at a major mess and have no idea where to start.
Yes, organization can be overwhelming, and it’s not always intuitive. Enter: professional home organizers, who can take on the task of totally transforming your space in both form and function. How much will it set you back though? Here’s what to know about the cost of hiring a professional organizer, plus what you can expect to get for your money.
What Does a Professional Organizer Do?
Their job description is right there in their name, but professional organizers can do quite a bit more than just declutter your sock drawer and spice cabinet.
The ultimate goal of a professional organizer is not just to beautify your space but 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 certain 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 pantries and closets as well as offices and desks, kitchen cabinets, basements, and pretty much anywhere else that you have a lot of stuff but no good method for keeping it in order. They can also help you organize your to-do list and appointment book, or even your weekly grocery list.
If you hire one, expect to learn some important lessons about efficiency in organization and ways to better manage the flow of your space. Ideally, you want to end up with expert organization that you can sustain on your own and for the long-term. If you’re not sure about the method (or lack thereof) behind the madness, make sure to ask plenty of questions so that you can see the logic underlying your new system.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Professional Organizer?
You should expect to spend between $255 and $760 for a professional organizer’s services, according to HomeAdvisor, with an average cost of $482.
Most professional organizers price their services by the hour, which means that the more work your space needs, the more you’re likely going to have to spend to get it in better shape. Also playing in to 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. And if you’d rather pay by the day or by the project, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
As with any service, the more you need the more you’ll spend. This applies not just to the scope of the organizing project that you have on hand but to the additional needs you might have—including things like the measurement and installation of physical storage systems and the organization of non-tangible assets such as your computer and contact list.
Other factors that will affect your total cost include your location, your timeline (you’ll likely spend more for a rush job), and how much experience the organizer has.
Tips for Hiring a Professional Organizer
Your home is a sacred space, and if you’re going to pay for professional organization, you may as well make it truly worth your while. Here are a few tips to help you out.
- Know exactly what you need. Get a good idea of the full scope of the project before you start reaching out to potential service providers. The more information you can provide, the easier it will be to find the right person.
- Price compare. You get what you pay for, so don’t necessarily go with the organizer who quotes you the cheapest fee. Do your research and do some price comparisons between two or three of your top picks before deciding on who you’re going to hire.
- Ask for referrals. The best way to know if a professional organizer is great at what they do is to get a referral from someone you trust. If you don’t have anyone to ask, use online reviews to guide your search in the right direction.