Get It 2Gether
Timonium, MD 21093
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1. What is the first step in organizing my home and office?
You have already begun! When you admit that you need some assistance, it is the first step towards realizing an organized space. The first thing we do is set up a consultation which lasts approximately one hour. If you choose to work with us, we then set up appointments to begin planning how to best meet the client's needs and begin the process.
2. Is hiring a professional organizer expensive?
We work with clients in several ways. There are clients who need more intensive assistance to accomplish the tasks they find necessary in daily living. These may be clients who are chronically disorganized, face depression, and/or have ADD and are unable to accomplish tasks in the absence of a body-double - a person who motivates them to complete more while working directly with them. If the client can accomplish tasks on their own between visits, the cost will be lower. We believe in assigning homework to further the process between visits and have a duplicate form to assure that we follow up on the client's progress in our absence, thus assuring that the client is moving forward in a manner that will help them realize their vision and goals for the project.
3. How long will it take to get organized? Do you have any minimum time requirements?
There is no cookie cutter approach to organizing - each client is different and we respect those differences. We understand that some people are more emotionally attached to their possesions and thus it may slow the process. It is our committment to work as quickly as the client is able, to assist them in reaching their vision for a well organized life. We do have a requirement for 4 hours per session due to travel time and scheduling.
4. What kinds of services can you help me with?
We can assist you with anything from attic to basement! We help individuals and small business owners have better control over their time and space. We help keep you on track to reach the goals you have set in your home or office whether that is through time management, organization of a closet, better systems for paper flow, or suggestions of products and techniques to better function in your home and office.
5. Can you assist me in finding a handyman or a consignment shop?
We do have a good listing of resources to assist our clients when they have needs that we cannot meet. Although we cannot guarantee the services, we work hard to assure that the vendors on our list are competent and reliable. We do have listings for consignment shops in many areas that we recommend. It is our goal to assure that through not only our visits with the client, but also with a good resource list we can move them towards their goals in a less stressful manner.
6. Do you specialize in any areas?
Rose has been certified through the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization to assist chronically disorganized clients. The NSGCD defines Chronic Disorganization as "having a past history of disorganization in which self-help efforts to change have failed, an undermining of current quality of life due to disorganization, and the expectation of future disorganization". Many of these clients have faced depression and/or have ADD that inhibits them from functioning in an organized manner on a daily basis. These clients are faced with pathways through their home and an excess of clutter that causes them quite a bit of stress. Rose is also working her certification through NSGCD to assist clients with ADD and will take the exam at the joint NAPO/NSGCD conference in Boston in April 2006.
7. Do you have any certification to do this type of work?
Training is offered on a regular basis through both the National and Maryland Associations of Professional Organizers. Annually, a weeklong conference is sponsored by NAPO at which training sessions in subjects from space planning to innovative ways to organize the garage are presented. MAPO offers training sessions on a regular basis at their monthly meetings. In addition, the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization offers regular training teleconferences and study sessions to assist POs to gain knowledge to assist clients who are chronically disorganized, have ADD and/or are depressed and have lost their ability to function well on a daily basis. Rose has attended the NAPO conference and regularly attends training through MAPO and NSGCD.
8. I'm concerned about confidentiality. How do I assure that my personal information won't be shared?
Your confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us. It is difficult for people to invite us in their homes, knowing that we are seeing quite a few of the skeletons in their closets! We do not take this trust for granted. We know the importance of confidentiality and assure that this trust is not misplaced. Our Client Policies and Procedures states that information will n ever be discussed with anyone other than those we are asked to speak with on your behalf.
9. What areas do you serve?
Get It 2Gether serves Harford County, Baltimore County & Baltimore City, Howard County, Cecil County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County and Southern PA. There is an additional fee for travel distances over 30 miles.
|Why Get Organized?
We live in very complicated times in which many people are overwhelmed with all the tasks they must accomplish each day.
We have added stress from being unable to locate items in a timely manner, lose time searching for items in both home and office clutter, and face diminished self esteem from perceived loss of control in life.
Disorganization and inability to manage time also strains relationships due to lateness and inability to accomplish tasks in a timely manner - not to mention lower performance ratings in the workplace.
There is a feeling of balance and freedom when you feel more in control of your time and space.
Professional organizers are trained to help clients focus on the problems they face each day, assisting them in looking at their motivation for the project and how best to reach their goals and vision.
They also have the ability to assist clients prioritize and break down projects to more easily accomplish them through planning and setting goals.
In addition, they add to value by maximizing tax deductions by donations to charities, selling items through consignment and yard sales, saving money by knowing what is on hand in food cupboards, not purchasing double items, and not paying late fees on bills.
"I highly recommend the services of Rose Zappa-Jehnert and her business, Get It 2gether. Her energy and good humor were crucial in maintaining my motivation to simplify my life. I never would have been able to work with someone who pressured me to get rid of things or scolded me for my clutter. If I wanted to keep it, Rose found a logical home for it, and helped me figure out what kind of storage I needed to make the space and keep things organized. I was dreading our initial appointment because I was sure I'd be ending the day with an aching back , but Rose scooped things away as soon as decisions were made.
"My only regret is that I didn't find Rose sooner. I've spent lots of money over the years on "organizational" books and special organizational and storage products. But I never "got it together". I even spent some time (and considerable money) talking with a counselor about WHY I was so disorganized, but even with this understanding, I still couldn't get it together. She is cheaper than a shrink and easier than changing your name and moving to another city. I couldn't recommend her more."
~Carolyn D. , Bel Air