Why are Professional Organizers Expensive?

Hey Collectors – it’s been way too long! I have been super busy with Collector Care, and it’s a good thing. I have been out clutter busting, training people in the field, setting up our new office, buying a new truck – and recording a podcast – life is good. Now that things have settled I plan to put more time into my blog, so you my wonderful Collectors can hear all about what’s going on with organizing, hoarding, chronic disorganization, and clutter.

One question I get a lot on estimates and over the phone is “why are Professional Organizers expensive?” Well for one we are legitimate. You get what you pay for okay? You might think there is “nothing to organizing”, it’s “just like housecleaning”, etc. 

Collectors, insurance and bonding is expensive. Just think, you are having someone go in your home and through all of your personal items, god forbid they break something or hurt themselves. You get what you pay for. If you are being cheap about hiring an organizer there is a very high likely hood that they are cheap for a reason. If they were paying business insurance and dues, they would be charging much more.

Real quick, I will tell you two stories about my experience working with people after they had no success with someone they found for cheap. One was from TaskRabbit and the other was from good ole’ Craigslist. The names have been changed to protect the disorganized.

Story 1: When I got to Mary’s home the odor of garbage was incredibly strong walking up her driveway. The front door had disintegrating bankers boxes stacked high on either side, and the front door itself was almost off the hinges. I knocked a couple times before I heard a raspy voice yelling at me to “come in!”.  New Amazon, QVC, and Google Delivery boxes were stacked up in the foyer and the smell of rotten food got progressively worse. You see Mary was diabetic and had recently fallen badly in her home and was basically stuck on her couch. She had no pathway to the bathroom or kitchen. She was still compulsively shopping. She was very distraught not only because of her current situation, but that she had hired two inexperienced, uninsured organizers off the craigslist and they basically ransacked her home. She felt as though jewelry were missing and possibly cash. She was too embarrassed about her home to call the police.

Story 2: Veronica is a busy mom. She feels like her laundry, paperwork, and clutter has piled up and she wants help decluttering and putting some systems in place so that she can manage her family and stuff easily. She hopped onto TaskRabbit and found someone to come over and help. Awesome right? No. They were super nice but they had never organized professionally before. When they were done Veronica was left with neatly folded piles of laundry, neat piles of paper and bins overflowing with toys. No systems were put in place. No transference of skills happened. By the following month her clutter had crept in again. 

An awesome Pro Organizer has been trained and has experience. We have associations for our profession. We pay for our association dues, our classes, and meet often. Try and find someone who is involved in their community, the chamber of commerce, or volunteering. Check out their reviews online to see what other Clients had to say.

Additionally, when we do our larger jobs we dispose of things properly, which means more fees and specialized licensing. We use our vehicles which we have to maintain to transport all donations and debris. Yesterday Tony and Katie spent 3 hours cleaning and disinfecting our truck after rotten food managed to spill and splatter all over the inside and our supplies. No fun. We spend a lot on organizing and cleaning supplies. We spent countless hours to and from donation centers and electronic recycling centers. This is all before and after we have worked all day. These are the same fees other larger companies have to absorb as well.

Hopefully you will take into this blog into consideration when you are looking for help with your clutter. Cheaper is not always better.

Rachel Seavey
Professional Organizer and Blogger for Collector Care.
Collector Care Professional Organizers and Extreme Cleaners. 


3 Awesome Ways to Organize Your Jewelry

3 Awesome Ways to Organize Your Jewelry
If you’re anything like me, you have a substantial jewelry collection. Who can’t resist a fun pair of earrings?
One of the most common organizing challenges for women is how to organize jewelry. Necklaces get tangled. The backs of earrings disappear. And you can never find the cocktail ring you’re looking for when you’re rushing out the door.
How to Organize Jewelry
Necklaces should be stored individually or hung vertically so they don’t become tangled with themselves or other jewelry. Bracelets can be kept in a compartmentalized drawer or tray.
Organize earrings by type. Studs and hoops can be stored in small compartments. Dangly earrings should hang vertically to avoid entanglements and damage.
Wherever you store your jewelry, it’s a good idea to store some extra earring backs, jewelry cleaner and silver polish nearby.
If you’re feeling crafty, here are 3 awesome ways to organize your jewelry.
3 Awesome DIY Jewelry Organization Tips
1. Create a burlap earring frame.

You’ll need a picture frame, a piece of burlap, acrylic paint, corkboard and a foam brush. Cut the burlap and corkboard to fit your frame. Affix the burlap to your corkboard. Then paint or stamp a design of your choice onto the fabric.

Assemble your new picture frame and you’ve got a stylish way to display your favorite earrings.
2. Driftwood Necklace Holder
Pick up a piece of driftwood or an interestingly shaped branch. Grab some paint, picture hangers and screw-in hooks. The driftwood design has a rustic visual appeal, but you could use any type of wood to get the same effect.
It’s a good idea to sand the wood before starting, especially if you acquired it on a nature walk. Paint the driftwood to match your style. You could keep it simple and earthy or embellish it with lots of color.
Attach picture hangers to the back of the wood so you’ll be able to hang it on your wall. Then screw hooks into the bottom. Space the hooks about an inch apart from each other. That way, your necklaces will hang freely and avoid becoming tangled.
Get step-by-step instructions at Lovely Indeed (
3. Bangle Bracelet Holder
Bangle bracelets are tricky to store. They don’t quite fit into most jewelry boxes and they don’t hang well on a hook.
Rather than stash them in the dark corners of your dresser drawers, create a bangle holder from items you already own.
Most bottles fit bangle bracelets quite well. Simply grab a bottle — any beer or soda bottle will do — and stack your bracelets vertically around the bottle.
If you want to make your bracelet collection part of your décor, opt for a decorative bottle that’s slightly larger than the bracelets. They’ll stack nicely and rest around the bottle without falling to the bottom.
What DIY jewelry organization tips would you like to share?

Are you overwhelmed with clutter? Do you need help going through your stuff? 
Hire a Collector Care Professional Organizer to help you!


Returning Merchandise

Hey Collectors! Do you dread returning items? Does the thought of bringing your items back into the department store make you cringe?
Don’t worry, this is very common especially for collectors. I would have to say that most of my clients would rather lose money then do an ever dreaded return. image
I invite you to try and do a return. Do you have clothing with tags on it that you  no longer wear or use or like? Has it been within the last year or two since you purchased these items? That’s okay. I have returned items 10 years old back to Macy’s. 

I invite you to try and return any items that you can. Feel the anxiety, feel your blood get hot, deal with the embarrassment of people looking. Take control of your compulsive shopping by actually returning items that you no longer want or need.

In my professional experience, I have found that once my clients do about five seperate returns they are much more cautious during their initial shopping excursions. So what’s holding you back? The worst that can happen is that they say no and take no returns. The best that can happen is you shed clutter and get some money back! Any items that the department store will not take – immediately donate them to your closest donation center. These clothes have exceeded their value at this point and should be moved along.
PS: this also goes for QVC and HSN! They take returns! Stand in that postal office line and deal with it. You will begin to feel much better soon. Take control of your life and your home.
Need help making returns? Hire a Collector Care Professional Organizer today! 925-548-7750 

Rachel Seavey, Professional Organizer (and blogger) For Collector Care

Collector Care specializes in hoarding disorder, chronic disorganization and professional organizing. We  love what we do, and  provide realistic expectations and timelines. Please visit our website at  or call 925-548-7750

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