Should I Hire a Professional Organizer or Work With a Family Member or Friend?

This is the infamous question that many will ask as they have come to terms with their clutter and have made the decision to not allow it to rule their life any longer. Office Worker with Mountain of PaperworkBut many of those individuals have also come to terms with the fact that they cannot tackle this on their own. They may talk to family or friends for their advice, opinion and even help.

So how do you decide if utilizing the help of family or friends versus making the investment to hire a Professional Organizer? Here are some questions to ask yourself and things to consider.

Working with a Family Member or a Friend

Will they be patient with you as you may struggle at times with purging?
Will they not impose their own idea(s) of being organized on you?
Do they have the time to see you through the whole project or can they only get your started?
Do you know what to do but just need someone with you to keep you company?

If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then a family member or friend could help you effectively. If you’ve answered no, then continue to read.

Investing in the Hiring of a Professional Organizer

Are you experiencing medical, physical or psychological issues right now along with the issue of dis-organization?
Do you need to learn and adapt some organizational systems?
Are you feeling unsure how you should get started?
Do you need the objectivity of a professional to help you see the plan?
Once you are organized, will you need ongoing organizational assistance/maintenance?
Do you have a deadline in which this organizational need has to be under control?
Do you need organizational assistance with large quantities of papers or items?

If you’ve answered yes to some or all of these questions, then you would benefit from hiring a Professional Organizer who is skilled in helping you obtain your desired results.

Wish you the best in your decision!
Your Organizing Expert …. Believing in You!


  1. And sometimes Janet that’s hard. Especially if the family member is somewhat resentful of the clutter and disorganization. They can get impatient and see only their agenda in front of them. Thanks for commenting.

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