Decluttering & Organising in Norfolk.

FAQ

Your questions answered

If you have never worked with a Professional Organiser, it’s only natural to wonder how exactly I can help. Here are the most common questions I’ve been asked:

We all have competing priorities, and it’s only natural to ask for help when you want to free up time for the things that matter the most. Working with a professional could –

  • Save you a huge amount of time
  • Prevent you from making costly mistakes
  • Take the stress away from struggling on your own
  • Motivate you to get started, create a plan and commit fully to the process
  • Help you make the best decisions about what to keep and what to let go
  • Help you develop new systems and routines for the future

With over 15 years organising experience, I have tried and trusted methods that lead to success.

This is often people’s first thought, but organising with family and friends can be tricky and many clients contact me after this option has failed. They often report feeling judged for the condition of their home, the number of items they own, or being unable to make quick enough decisions. They also talk about feeling stressed to due to time pressures and being expected to ‘just throw it all away’.

If you work with me, you will receive sensitive support and encouragement to achieve your goals and will never be judged. You will not be expected to let go of items before you are ready. You can be reassured that my service is very professional and strictly confidential.

Trust me, I’ve seen it all before! Please do not worry about how your home looks, or let it stop you making contact. This is not front of mind for me at all. I’ve been in hundreds of homes and perfection does not exist, despite the Pinterest worthy images! When I visit you, I will be thinking about what you want to achieve and the best place to begin. By taking the first step to contact me, you have done the hardest bit!

Try to resist the urge to tidy first, there’s no need. That’s why I’m here! It’s also useful for me to see how the space/room is used and the areas where clutter tends to accumulate. We will tackle this as necessary as we go along. I will be able to suggest systems routines you can put in place to help with future tidying and organisation.

Usually, yes. The decisions about what to keep and what to let go are yours to make, with my support. However, there may be times, by prior agreement, where I can organise while you get on with something else or even without you being present. This works well when I have a very clear brief about what is needed.

This is a big concern for many people and the answer is absolutely not! The decisions about what to keep and what to let go are yours to make. I will, however, encourage you to think about whether the items are still serving you. I will support you by making suggestions about what to keep and how to store or display items. The aim is to create more space and calm in your daily life, and remove the overwhelm that is created by having too much stuff.

My mantra is ‘The 4 R’s’: Reuse, Rehome, Recycle and Refuse.

Reuse: You keep the item, maybe using it in a different way

Re-home: Selling, donating to charity or giving to a friend

Recycle: Using council facilities or free sites

Refuse: A last resort, usually because the items are not of adequate quality for any of above

I see at first hand the generosity of clients who give their unwanted items to worthwhile charities. A valued part of my service is removal of a car load of items to donate to local charities on your behalf. If preferred, I can arrange for a charity pick-up from your home.

It’s a good idea to delay buying specific storage. It’s difficult to make decisions about what will be required until sorting/decluttering has taken place. I can work with your existing storage initially and then suggest any additional solutions that might be needed.

No, I come prepared! I have a box full of organising goodies; sticky notes, labels, masking tape, stapler, hole punch, screwdriver, refuse sacks, paperclips, labelling machine, tarpaulin, cable ties, etc.

That depends on whether you want to dispose of larger items or lots of items that cannot be reused or donated. We can discuss this during the free consultation.

Sometimes clients shed a tear as we work through personal belongings, especially old photographs or sentimental items. You may come across things that you had completely forgotten about which trigger strong feelings. Don’t worry – I can provide a shoulder to cry on! It’s also worth remembering that nothing has to be thrown away – the solution might be to store it in a better way.

It’s also worth remembering that nothing has to be thrown away – the solution might be to store it in a better way.

This depends on several factors – the volume of belongings, how they are currently stored and the speed at which you prefer to work. For some people, one visit will be enough but for larger projects or people who are tackling clutter on a room-by-room basis, I often do repeat visits. An organised home is addictive!

Yes absolutely! I regularly work with clients with a range of physical and mental health conditions. One of my clients has ADHD, another has sight and mobility issues and another has severe depression.

If you have a health condition, an organised home can make such a positive difference to your daily life. Please feel free to discuss your personal situation confidentially with me and I will be able to work flexibly to meet your needs.

If you have any further questions or concerns – please do get in touch!

If you have a health condition, an organised home can make such a positive difference to your daily life. Please feel free to discuss your personal situation confidentially with me and I will be able to work flexibly to meet your needs.

If you have any further questions or concerns – please do get in touch!

A Neater Life - Professional Organising and Decluttering Service in Norwich & Norfolk.

"I highly recommend Anita's services. She is incredibly patient, kind & fun to work with. "

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