It’s been a few years since Marie Kondo came on the scene and spread her gospel of decluttering to the masses. Since then, shows such as “Get Organized with The Home Edit” and “Hot Mess House” have glamorized the tidying process and made the experts who do it famous.
And while few of us can actually afford to hire Kondo, there are plenty of other skilled home organizers who have built successful businesses helping people clear their clutter and reveal the home that was hiding under lots of things.
So how much does it really cost to hire a professional home organizer?
Let’s talk dollars and cents, as well as the services a home organizer provides and how to hire someone to help you reduce the chaos in your home.
What does a home organizer do?
Home organizers help people organize their living spaces, whether it’s one room or the whole house and garage.
“Professional home organizers help declutter and organize your home or business, create systems to help make your space functional and efficient, and help you make room for what matters most,” says Jill Moorewho runs Organized Jill, a professional home organization company specializing in decluttering closets, kitchens, pantries, playrooms and home offices.
Organizers often work with clients who are moving or going through transitions within their home that require organizing, says Alana Frost, founder and CEO of Alana’s Organizing. Some of these transitions include having a baby, remodeling, or moving the kids to go to college.
“We also do a lot of space planning and design. This includes working with custom builders to design closets and storage solutions based on customer needs,” says Frost.
When a home is being built or renovated, home organizers create detailed inventories of stored items. They also do a lot of decluttering, sorting and donating.
“The personal purchase of organizational products and storage solutions is also a central part of the job. Organizers know the best products to use and can tailor them to the needs and wants of customers,” says Frost.
How much does a home organizer cost?
Home organizers typically charge an hourly rate, but prices can vary from project to project. Most homeowners pay a home organizer between $250 and $750 for their services. Hourly costs can range between $80 and $140, and a typical job can take anywhere from two to 10 hours, according to HomeAdvisor.
“Prices can vary widely, but generally an increase in price comes with greater expertise and higher level services. And location matters: a higher cost of living will lead to higher rates for a organizer,” says Frost.
Questions to ask when interviewing a home organizer
To find the right home organizer for your space, you need to ask specific questions when interviewing the professional.
“Organizing from home is a bit different from other service industry businesses in that by the time someone has booked a consultation with you, they have usually already viewed your website, social media feeds, your customer reviews and your portfolio,” says Moore. “The most frequently asked questions by my new clients are: “How long have you been organizing? and “Can you please make my closet look like this picture I saw on your Instagram?”
It’s true that an organized home is visually appealing and most home organizers flaunt their work on social media, but the following questions are invaluable in helping you choose the right professional for your project.
Are you insured?
“It is important to have insurance when working inside clients’ homes, [as] there are often expensive items that could be damaged. The insurance protects both the owner and the organizing company,” says Frost.
What are you specialized in?
“Organizing is not a one-time job. Some organizers specialize in coaching their clients, others work with hoarding,” says Frost. “There’s also concierge-level organization, which includes everything from easy access to your favorite pajamas to purchasing and storing your sparkling water in the fridge.”
Do you work alone or in a team?
“This is very important because some clients are looking for an individual approach,” says Frost. “Others have a big house that needs a lot of work in a short time. An organizing team is best placed to respond to these specialized requests.