How much does it cost to hire a professional home organizer?

I am in the middle of trying to clear out our basement and laundry room. My goal is to turn the basement into a playroom/office now that the boys are older (10 & 14.) There is so much stuff (old toys, clothes, old computers, books, video's...) - I am completely overwhelmed. I am just curious how much a Professional Organizer might charge - I need help!

Thanks :)


Asked by Anonymous at 2:29 PM on Jan. 4, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • Not sure but we used to have a housekeeper that came in and organized everything for me, threw out old things, hat boxes, old toys etc. She was great. I never had to worry about doing it myself & she threw things out I might not have but needed to. She charged about $50 a day for 3 hours.

    Answer by gemgem at 2:32 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • my mom is a professional organizer and she charges $100 an hour plus you buy the supplies I think they even charge to shop too...its really expensive

    Answer by luvsgriffin at 2:33 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • Since your boys are 10 and 14 why not have them HELP you?!

    Start with making 3 piles...keep, toss, donate.

    Then for the items you are keeping, invest in a bunch stackable storage containers with lids (clear Rubbermaid types), and some shelving--free standing or wall mounted, and label the containers and store the items as you go!

    Make it a "rainy day project" that EVERYONE has a say in! Who knows you might even find something of value! ;O)

    Answer by LoriKeet at 3:51 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • P.S. Forgot to add, before donating, try a yard sale! We've held one every year for the past 5 years (I think we'll have just one more before taking a break for a while), and have sold around $500-$600 worth of STUFF! Would go a LONG way towards storage supplies!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 3:53 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

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  • Professional organizers is one profession that I have to laugh at! I've watched some of these shows where people hire one and I'm always curious to see how they're living a year later to see if they've stayed organized and I'm sure they are not. You either are organized or you are not and no one can do that for you (one time maybe, but you won't retain it). My SIL hired one a few years back, spent a fortune, and is right back to where she started. So are many of my friends. It's a mind set, to be organized, and until you change your mind set, you'll get nowhere. Also, it's been my experience that people organize differently so someone may be able to come in and help you but unless it suits your needs, it won't help.

    Forego the pro, and do it yourself. First and foremost, purge, purge, purge. Most people hold on to crap for way too long. Declutter your surroundings and you'll declutter your life. The rest is easy.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:10 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • Not sure where you live,but I'm in Ohio & have a friend who does organizing/decluttering as a side job for $20 an hour.I can't even imagine paying $100+ an hour for that!!

    Answer by m0m23b0ys458 at 2:13 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

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