How Much Do Professional Organizers Charge?
According to the National Association of Professional Organizers, “Organized people save time and money, and reduce their stress and frustration levels. Professional organizers can help you deal with everything from your paper to your professional responsibilities and give you parameters on what to keep, what to toss, and where to take action.” Some people have a hard time getting their house organized and clutter-free. While it may seem costly, hiring a professional organizer can really help you take back control of your life.
How much is it?
- Most professional organizers charge between $30 and $200+ per hour. This cost will depend on the amount of work that needs to be done, your geographical location and the organizer you choose. Usually, professional organizers usually have some type of package deal that may include a whole day of organizing or a few specific rooms organized. Packages like these will usually cost about $300 to $500 for the day. On the table below, we were able to get ahold of a few companies across the United States. These companies will more than happy to provide us with a quote. For confidentiality reasons, we didn’t report the exact name because we didn’t tell them we would list it publicly.
- Some professional organizers also offer services that can teach you how to become and stay organized. This can be done over the telephone, video conference, or in person. Rates for this type of service usually run about $50-$100.
- For organizers who don’t charge by the hour, some may charge by the task. For example, if you needed to have your garage cleaned out, they could price on the job, rather than by the hour. Each organizer is going to be different.
- According to some members on Angie’s List, they had paid anywhere from $1,500 to more than $5,000 to have their entire home organized.
|The Organizer||Price Quote|
|San Diego Area||Free consult over the phone|
4 full-day sessions: $2,000; 10 full-day sessions: $5,000
Each additional day: $450
|Denver Area||$50 consult in home (per space)|
$200 per four hours or $500 for 8 hour day
|Orlando Area||$300 consult in home|
$850 per day
|Minneapolis Area||Free consult in home|
$75 per hour
|New York City Area||Free consult over the phone|
$875 per 8 hour day
|Memphis Area||Free consult over the phone|
$75 per hour
|Seattle Area||Free consult in home|
$100 per hour
What is going to be included?
- A professional organizer will be able to achieve the peace of mind that comes with a “clutter-free” home. Expert organizers will come into your home, assess the situation and let you know what they can do get rid of the clutter in your life. These professionals will be knowledgeable and experienced about what may be causing your issues. Using their background and experience, a pro will be able to find those underlying causes.
- The first thing the professional organizer will need to know is what you need to have organized. An over-the-phone description of this is sometimes sufficient, but other times, an in-home visit may be necessary.
- During an in-home visit, the organizer will be able to draw up a game plan that works for your home. This plan will include things such as the items required, what they can do for the area as well as how long the job is going to take. Most jobs are going to take anywhere from six to ten hours.
- Most professional organizers offer a free estimate in your home.
- Once the organization is complete, the professional organizer will explain the organizational system to you in hopes of keeping it organized.
Tips to know:
- If you’re feeling overwhelmed with your space or you just can’t find items anymore, it may be time to call in an organizer.
- If your closets, drawers, and rooms are bursting with clutter, it may be time to get a professional consultation. Legitimate organizers will be more than happy to provide a free estimate on what they can do for you.
- Know how the organizer is going to charge you. When you get estimates, be sure to know exactly what’s going to be charged. If there are materials that need to be purchased, be sure to know what these items are going to cost on top of the labor costs.
- Be sure to talk with a few different organizers. Ask them how long they have been in business, and also ask them for some referrals. It doesn’t hurt to see before and after pictures either as this can give you a good idea on what kind of work that they can do for your home.
What are the extra costs?
- If the organizer needs to purchase any organizational products for your room or office, such as storage bins, these products will usually cost extra.
- Remember that the free estimate you receive is exactly that: an estimate. When the professional organizer completes the job, she may find that it took longer or more work to complete than she had originally planned.
- Some may charge for the initial consultation, and this fee will be between $25 to $75 per space.
- If the organizer has to travel more than 30 to 45 minutes, they may charge a mileage surcharge.
How to compare prices:
- NAPO offers a list of professional organizers by zip code. Start your search by compiling a list of organizers in your area.
- A personal recommendation from a friend or coworker is a great place to start.
- Meet the organizer face-to-face. It is important to establish a good relationship with the person who will be going through your belongings!
- SaneSpaces.com notes if you were to hire someone for $30 to $300 per hour, it could be someone new to the business. They give a nice run down about what you should look out for when comparing pricing.