As the “Traveling Organizer,” I work my way around the country in my Airstream — helping clients regain control over their time, paper, and space wherever I stop. If you would like to schedule some time with me as I pass through your town (or talk about long-distance coaching), I would be thrilled to help you create a little order in your life. I even offer a couple of different service options — depending on your goals, budget, and motivation level…
As a Professional Organizer, I serve as a combination therapist, interior designer, and manual laborer — brimming with expert advice, able to motivate just about anyone into action, but also willing to get my own hands dirty. I’m not afraid to dig through the piles, I excel at helping people make those hard choices about what to keep and what to toss — and most importantly, I’m willing to sweat to make a clients’ dreams come true! While I do expect you to be part of the organizing process (and I will ask you to flex that decision-making muscle more than you might like), I am happy to do all the hard work — you will never end up with a strained back during one of our sessions! I will even shop for organizing supplies (if we need anything that you don’t have on hand), and haul off the “discards” for you (donating what I can, recycling what I can’t, and sending you the tax receipt for your records) — all at no extra charge. How could you get more full-service than that?
We will start off with a brief (and complimentary) phone consultation, during which I will ask about your concerns and answer any questions you have about the way that I work. On our first visit, you will take me on a tour of your home or office, showing me all of your stacks and piles and describing your ongoing frustrations. I will outline our starting point and plan of attack — then we dig in! I normally work in 3-hour blocks of time — but I’m happy to schedule a 6-hour back-to-back session if you are feeling particularly rambunctious. At the end of our appointment, I will give you a homework assignment to be completed before our next session (nothing too involved — maybe buying some supplies or trying out a system for a week to see how it works.) And we will work our way through every area you want to tackle, one appointment at a time.
The average room in a home may take 1-2 days — and the average one-person office might require 2-3 days. However, small jobs (like a bathroom) would certainly take less time, and big jobs (like a huge basement or overstuffed garage) could take more. But there are no hard and fast rules — you determine the time frame and budget, because you decide how organized you want to be. I want to help you achieve YOUR goals, not mine — so I’m happy to provide whatever level of service you find most helpful and affordable. I can take you to “anal-retentive,” or we can stop at merely “under control” — it’s entirely up to you! And my intention is to leave you not only with a beautifully organized space (everything categorized, labeled, and stored where you can find it), but also a system that you can maintain. You simply have to let me know when we’ve reached that point — where you feel that you can handle things on your own without any additional help from me. The rate for my full and undivided in-person attention is $95 an hour, and I offer liberal discounts for referring additional clients to me or scheduling multiple appointments in advance.
Some people need an organizer to guide them through every step — and simply don’t have the gumption to do the work without me right there at their elbow, keeping the ball rolling. But others would be happy to tackle the stacks and piles themselves, if they knew what steps to take or where to begin. And let’s face it, hiring an organizer to go through your entire home or office is a big undertaking (after all, this is a professional service, not janitorial work!)
However, there’s another option if you are willing to take on more responsibility for the result. I have created a consultation package for the thrifty and self-motivated. It lays out a “blueprint” for you to follow — then you are in charge of completing the assigned tasks (cleaning out storage spaces, sorting papers, setting up closets and cabinets) yourself. This way, you get the benefit of my knowledge and experience at a much more affordable price. This consultation includes the following:
The cost for this package is a flat one-time $500 fee — a real bargain, and a solid investment toward a more organized future. For those who desire a little extra coaching and follow-up, I am happy to check in with you once a week by phone or e-mail as you work through your plan. We will talk about your goals for the week, evaluate how successful you were at accomplishing those tasks, take a look at any stumbling blocks that got in your way, and find ways for you to move past these during your next round of organizing. These sessions can be scheduled on an as-needed basis. And if you find that you’re having a hard time doing the work on your own, I am happy to bump it up a notch and provide the traditional hands-on services you find in a typical Professional Organizing session — all of my hourly services are available at the regular rate of $95 an hour (again, with lots of opportunities for discounts.)
I am a full-time RVer, which means that I’m in different locations at different times of the year. Whenever I’m passing through your town, I am happy to visit your home or office and organize you in-person — check our itinerary to see where we will be in the coming months. However, thanks to technology, geography doesn’t have to get in the way of our working together, even when I’m thousands of miles away. I have organized clients all over the world via phone and internet coaching. Virtual organizing services are charged at a reduced $75 an hour rate — and I offer discounts for those who are willing to commit to a series of 6 or more sessions.
In many ways, it’s just like in-person organizing — you have full access to my expertise, and I am there for you the whole time, helping you clean out, designing customized organizing systems, and providing you with guidance, but without the expense of my having to be on-site. It’s a very effective and affordable option for those who are willing to work virtually! Here’s a quote from one of my favorite virtual coaching clients regarding our time together:
“You have helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life. Talking with you gave me something to look forward to doing. Your assignments added some order to the chaos that I was experiencing, giving me something to work for and towards. As you have said, getting started is the hardest part, and now that I’ve done that, I know I’ll be able to continue making progress. Thank you for ALL of your help and encouragement! I thoroughly enjoyed our visits and found them more helpful than you can imagine or that I can put into words!”
Pretty powerful, huh? If you’re interested in any of the above options, just fill out my contact form letting me know what kinds of services you are interested in and where you are located. We can have an initial phone conversation, take a look at our calendars, and schedule a time to start. I look forward to helping you begin your journey toward an orderly and simplified life!
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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and RamonaCreel.com.
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