Can You Afford a Professional Organizer?
Updated: Feb 6
Hiring a professional organizer can be a costly investment. However, what many don’t realize is that being more organized can actually save you money. So the question isn’t really can you afford to hire a professional organizer, but rather, can you afford not to?
Below are six ways that becoming more organized can save you money.
This is a big one. When working with clients on their pantry, refrigerator, or kitchen, it is always astounding how much food gets thrown away because it’s outdated. In a recent session, we threw away at least $200 worth of food.
2. Repeat Buying
By being more organized, it’s easier to see and access your belongings, whether it’s clothing, food, books, craft supplies, etc. This will save you money by keeping you from buying things you already have on hand but perhaps forgot about, misplaced, or became outdated before being used.
3. Buried Treasure
You would be surprised by what we find when decluttering a space. I've had clients uncover hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of unused gift cards, small winning lotto tickets, and gift certificates.
I don’t know about you, but I equate time with money. After all, most of us go to work every day and exchange our time for a salary. They say that the average American spends an hour a day looking for things. So take your hourly rate, and multiply it by 365, that’s how much you could theoretically save by being organized. Even if the time you spend looking for things is at home, when you wouldn’t normally be on the clock, imagine what you could do with an extra hour each day.
5. Due Dates
Many clients that I’ve worked with have ended up paying late fees because their bills get lost in the paper clutter, the library books get forgotten about, etc. Sometimes it’s not necessarily a due date, but it could be an amazon purchase that doesn’t get returned in time because it gets lost in the shuffle. Whatever the case, having good systems in place can help keep you from paying late fees or missing out on refunds.
There are a few things that money can’t buy, and your health is one of them. An article published in Psychology today highlights multiple studies focused on the health benefits of being organized. Based on the findings, individuals who are organized are typically healthier, more active, sleep better, and less likely to be depressed. Those who aren’t are at an increased risk for heart disease, high levels of stress, and often have difficulty focusing on tasks.
So, next time you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with your space or clutter, consider investing in a Professional Organizer. You'd be amazed at the amazing transformation a simple organizing session can offer. You'll find your space more vibrant and balanced, while you find your mood much improved.