Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Professional Organizer?
What does a Professional Organizer do?
Does the Professional Organizer work alone or with the client?
How long does an organizing job take?
What are common concerns of some clients?
How long will it take to get me organized?
Will I need to throw away my belongings?
Will my sessions be confidential?
What is POC?
Why would I want to hire a POC Organizer?


What is a Professional Organizer?
Professional Organizers are those that work with clients helping to improve their quality of life through understanding and meeting their organizational needs. In turn, this helps people get more control and decrease stress in their home, office and life.

What does a Professional Organizer do?
There are Professional organizers that specialize in different areas including: residential organizing, office organizing, moving, paper management, time management, event planning, filing systems, goal setting, project management, and more. They help guide the client toward a more efficient, organized lifestyle. The Organizer can do this through hands-on assistance, publications, seminars, phone and email consulting and more.

Does the Professional Organizer work alone or with the client?
Some clients hire a Professional Organizer to do it for them due to time constraints or some other type of limitation. In most cases, the Organizer works alongside the client. In either case, the Organizer is there to improve the quality of life.

How long does an organizing job take?
This depends on the project itself. The Organizer will give you an estimated amount of time it would take on the initial proposal. The Organizer will work as quickly as possible and will train the client in techniques to help them stay organized.

What are common concerns of some clients?
Initially, it is sometimes difficult for the client to let someone else see 'their mess', but the client quickly sees the benefits of hiring the Professional Organizer. Clients can be assured that Organizers see clutter, big and small, on a daily basis. Both the Organizer and the client enjoy the accomplishments of a newly organized home or office.

Another concern of the clients is that the Organizer will make them throw away things. The Organizer would never throw away anything without specific permission. The Organizer's goal is to establish a successful client relationship through trust.

How long will it take to get me organized?
The length of each project varies depending on the size of your home or office, the amount of clutter and how quickly you can make decisions. The more involved you are will greatly save time and money.

Will I need to throw away my belongings?
A professional organizer is a consultant who will ask questions and help you decide what is and isn't important to keep. Ultimately, you're the final decision-maker.

Will my sessions be confidential?
Absolutely! Integrity, honesty and confidentiality are the guiding principles a Professional Organizer follows.

What is POC?
POC is the acronym for Professional Organizers in Canada. The POC met as an informal group in September 1999 and was incorporated in February 2001 as a Not-For-Profit Organization. The membership currently exceeds 600 individuals from across Canada.

Why would I want to hire a POC Organizer?
POC members are dedicated to promoting and supporting the field of professional organizing. They follow a written code of conduct & ethics and comply with the current government regulations (PIPEDA) regarding the protection of personal information.

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