What To Expect
Jan CAN and so CAN you
Jan is a professional who is decisive, confidential and efficient—and equally friendly, easy-going, and forthcoming with helpful information. The skills that benefit her clients were honed during her 17-year career in corporate America. Additionally, her own organizational challenges of being a small business owner, wife and mother of young children will reassure you that she CAN completely relate to your time constraints and pressures.
How the process typically works:
Step 1: Understanding Clients Challenges, Concerns and Goals
In your home or office, I talk with you in detail about the space, contents, current organizing challenges and any dreams you may have for utilizing the area. I also discuss with you what organizing solutions you have tried in the past and why they haven’t worked. One of the key components is that you should NOT clean up before I come! Seeing the home or office “as is” is the best way to assess the real situation and what will help you most. Please remember, there is absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about. Can the Clutter® was featured on the Emmy nominated TV series Hoarders on the A&E network so I have seen some pretty extreme situations.
I offer advice and suggestions about things you can do to better utilize your space and be more productive.
Step 2: Hands On Work
I work with you to evolve the space based on your challenges and needs.
Many times it starts with just purging the excess unused items. I’ll help you decide what to keep, donate, sell or discard. I am happy to load up my car and drop off your donated items for you. I try and support local non-profits and reuse/recycle centers where possible.
Together as we go through your paperwork or belongings, I begin to gain an understanding of how you live and work and how best to set up the space so you can be as efficient as possible with your everyday tasks.
How long the process takes depends on how involved you want to be and the amount of “stuff” that needs to be sorted through. You can use Can the Clutter service as little or as much as you like. I am happy to coach you and provide strategic direction that you then complete on your own. Some clients prefer to work along side to get the work done, while others just want it done and would prefer to only be available to answer questions. Any approach is fine.
To maximize your time and budget I often recommend that additional resources be used to help with the hands on organizing. Since these resources are billed out at a lower rate, it is a great solution for maximizing your time and budget.
I also encourage clients to do homework in between sessions as a way of keeping their costs down.
A primary goal is to use your current storage containers. However, in some cases I recommend the purchase of additional items. If you want the help, I am happy to do the shopping for you to ensure the right products are purchased.
Step 3: Accountability Session
One of the reasons I have had such success with past clients is that I believe very strongly in the need for clients to be accountable to someone. This ensures their hard work stays a priority until they have had the proper amount of time to instill the new habits and complete all the work.
I, therefore, highly encourage clients to book follow up appointments that I call “Accountability Sessions”. Here is what one client said about the importance of the hands on work and follow up:
“As Thomas Monson says, when performance is measured and reported on, the rate of performance improvement accelerates. The accountability aspect of the Can the Clutter organizing work provides that value.”
- Bill Schuetz, Lane Community College – Chief Information Officer
Knowing that I will be returning ensures the organizing work stays a priority, and therefore there is a higher probability the homework will get done and the new systems will be used.
In each interaction you can expect . . .
• Utmost professionalism
• Confidentiality and integrity
• An honest, non-judgmental approach
• Simple organization strategies that work
As a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Can the Clutter® adheres to a professional code of conduct that ensures that you are hiring a competent professional. Clients are served with integrity, respect, and confidentiality. Click here to view our code of ethics.