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1000 Commercial Street, Ste B
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 212-5664

Serving the Greater Bay Area including Hillsborough, Pacifica, Burlingame, Daly City and Half Moon Bay.

Services include custom closets, home office, laundry room, garage and pantry organization, wall beds and Murphy beds.
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Cities: Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, South San Francisco, Woodside
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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a closet and home office organizing company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified closet and home office organizer. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated home office and closet organizing company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

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More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

How to Choose
How to Find a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer You Can Trust

Clutter. It’s all in a day’s work. But what happens when a few stacks of random magazines turn in to a sea of unopened mail that threatens to drown out creativity, productivity and the ability to locate necessary items in your home or office? It’s time to choose a trustworthy Costa County organizer that can not only get your home or office organized now, but also help you develop tactics to keep your space functional and clutter-free.
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Clutter. It’s all in a day’s work. But what happens when a few stacks of random magazines turn in to a sea of unopened mail that threatens to drown out creativity, productivity and the ability to locate necessary items in your home or office? It’s time to choose a trustworthy Costa County organizer that can not only get your home or office organized now, but also help you develop tactics to keep your space functional and clutter-free.

There are many closet and office organizational professionals to choose from, including companies in San Mateo County that serve the major cities of Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Pacifica, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Foster City and Burlingame.

So how do you choose an organizer who’s right for you and your needs? Research and prior information are the keys to success. Read the articles below to find out how you can get the information you need to be confident in your choice of a closet and office organizer in San Mateo County.

Help Them Help You: Defining Your Organizational Needs to Find a Closet and Office Organizer in San Mateo County


Professional organizers provide many services that vary greatly from one organizer to the next. Every organizational company either gives general service that covers the basics of home and/or office organizing or they specify a niche, detailing the particular organizational skill set they work under.
Basic home organizing includes:

  • home organizing
  • clutter control
  • specific room/space organization (closets, kitchens/pantries, bathrooms, etc.)
  • estate organizing
  • garage sale organizing
  • moving and/or relocation services
  • space planning and customized storage

Basic office organizing includes:

  • commercial office organizing
  • home office organizing
  • non-business office organizing
  • office design and customized storage
  • ergonomics
  • office management

Before embarking on the search for a professional organizer in San Mateo County, you need to define your organizational needs so that you are able to trim your research to those who can help you accomplish your organizational goals.

What to Look For in Your San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer


Professional organizers arrive in their career from a variety of paths. Some are seasoned professionals who have honed their organizational skills through time and practice, others are young, clear-minded individuals armed with the latest information and technology in the organizational world. There are people who focus solely on home organizing while others prefer to tackle business organization.
Experience and philosophy may vary, but there are some commonly held characteristics that define successful San Mateo County professional organizers.

  • First, successful professional organizers are able to ask the right questions to figure out a client’s needs while truly listening and inferring from all the client says (or doesn’t say) to pin down what they actually mean.
  • Second, they will customize organizational systems to meet individual organizational needs and teach basic organizing skills to help their clients continue to celebrate clutter-free lives.
  • Third, professional organizers will have a knack for spatial visualization and creating a “big picture” philosophy while breaking down organizational goals into convenient steps and enabling their clients to catalogue and plan ahead.
  • Fourth, today’s organizing professional will also use technology to support organizational efforts.
  • Fifth, home and office organizers should exhibit physical and mental strength, compassion, responsibility and professionalism.

Finding and hiring a San Mateo County professional organizer is no different than choosing any other service professional. The right choice for you will be a professional closet and office organizer who has the knowledge, skill set and personality that best suit you and your organizational goals.

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Know What You Want
Know What You Want From a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer

While it can be difficult to admit that you need help organizing your home or office, thinking through your organizational needs before starting your search for a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer can help you figure out exactly what kind of help you’re looking for—the first step to choosing a closet and office organizer who can help you achieve organizational success.
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While it can be difficult to admit that you need help organizing your home or office, thinking through your organizational needs before starting your search for a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer can help you figure out exactly what kind of help you’re looking for—the first step to choosing a closet and office organizer who can help you achieve organizational success.

It’s a little like hiring a therapist: you have to know you have a problem, admit that problem to yourself and others in the decision-making process of your home or office budget and then seek a professional who can help you work through the problem step by step and give you tools to keep the problem under control even when you are no longer paying for their services.

Whatever level or type of organizing help you seek, it is important to identify your organizational needs before contacting a San Mateo County closet and office organizer. That way, you’ll be able to clearly evaluate each organizer you speak with and decide who is best suited to help in your particular situation. Answer the following questions before beginning your search:

  1. Do I want a Diamond Certified company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  2. I am looking for organizational help at home, at work or both?
  3. If I am looking for organizational help at home, is it for general tips on how to keep my entire house organized or do I have a specific space in mind that could use intensive focus?
  4. If I am looking for organizational help at work, is it technology-based help I need (filing systems, email sorting, etc.) or am I looking to improve the ergonomic flow of my office? Do I need help managing time, people, stuff or space?
  5. Am I looking for someone to clean up after me or do I truly want to de-clutter my life and learn strategies to help me be organizationally successful in the future?
  6. What have I tried in the past to get organized, and why have my attempts been unsuccessful?
  7. What type of philosophy does my personality respond best to—a gentle, coaxing work ethic focused on making me feel validated while gradually helping me to change or a more authoritarian approach that forces me to make changes quickly?
  8. What is my budget for this project?
  9. What are my expectations for the length of time it will take to get the level of organization I am looking for?
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What to Ask on the Phone
What to Ask a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer on the Phone

Before hiring a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer, it is a good idea to look around for an organizer who fits your needs and personality. While not every query can be addressed over the phone, having a list of basic questions to ask each organizing company can help you efficiently determine who would be the right fit for your organizational needs. Use these questions as a guide and write down the organizers’ answers for future comparison:...

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Before hiring a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer, it is a good idea to look around for an organizer who fits your needs and personality. While not every query can be addressed over the phone, having a list of basic questions to ask each organizing company can help you efficiently determine who would be the right fit for your organizational needs. Use these questions as a guide and write down the organizers’ answers for future comparison:

  1. OLE_LINK1>Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  2. What are your areas of expertise?
  3. Are you certified or insured? Do you belong to a professional organization such as NAPO?
  4. I live in San Mateo County. Do you have local references?
  5. How long have you been practicing as a professional organizer?
  6. What hours do you work? What days of the week are you available? Do you charge extra for any days of the week? (i.e. weekends, evenings)
  7. Do you work alone or do you bring a team?
  8. Do you have advertising on your car? (Ask this only if you do not want co-workers or neighbors to know you are hiring a professional organizer.)
  9. Do you work with a written contract? What is your cancellation policy?
  10. How do you charge? (hourly, per project, bulk rate, etc.)
  11. Can you describe your organizing process/approach (consulting, coaching, hands-on, team organizing, seminars/workshops, etc.) and describe a typical working session?
  12. How long is your “standard” organizing session? Do you have a minimum size job?
  13. Do you offer an onsite consultation? If yes, is there a fee?
  14. Do you charge for travel? If yes, how much?
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What to Ask in Person
What to Ask a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer in Person

Once you’ve narrowed down the field of appropriate choices for your San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer, the next step will be to interview your top candidates in person at local companies in Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Broadmoor Village, Colma, El Granada, Emerald Hills, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, La Honda, Loma Mar, Millbrae, Montara, Moss Beach, Palomar Park, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Princeton by the Sea, San Carlos, San Gregorio, Sharp Park, West Menlo Park, Woodside and other areas of San Mateo County. Questions to consider asking in person include:...

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Once you’ve narrowed down the field of appropriate choices for your San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer, the next step will be to interview your top candidates in person at local companies in Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Broadmoor Village, Colma, El Granada, Emerald Hills, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, La Honda, Loma Mar, Millbrae, Montara, Moss Beach, Palomar Park, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Princeton by the Sea, San Carlos, San Gregorio, Sharp Park, West Menlo Park, Woodside and other areas of San Mateo County. Questions to consider asking in person include:

  1. I have tried to get organized before. What about your methods will make this a different experience?
  2. What is your organizing philosophy?
  3. Do you bring necessary supplies or do I purchase them separately? If you do the purchasing, do you charge a shopping fee?
  4. Do you make arrangements for garbage and giveaways to thrift and consignment stores? If yes, do you charge for this service?
  5. Do you take photographs and will you want to include them on your website?
  6. If necessary, would you be able to refer me to related services?
  7. Can you provide me with 10 of your most recent clients for references?
  8. What is expected of me during work sessions? What can I expect from you? Do you assign “homework” between sessions?
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Review Your Options
Find a Closet and Office Organizer You Can Trust in San Mateo County Including the Major Cities of Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Pacifica, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Foster City and Burlingame

Clutter can be overwhelming and once you decide to take the steps to change your organizational system whether at home or work, it can be tempting to hire the first organizing company that will agree to help you. But you’ll want to be sure that you are ready for the obstacles and challenges you will face on your way to a more organized home or office, so that you can hire a Closet and Office Organizer who is willing and able to help you face your unique organizational needs.
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Clutter can be overwhelming and once you decide to take the steps to change your organizational system whether at home or work, it can be tempting to hire the first organizing company that will agree to help you. But you’ll want to be sure that you are ready for the obstacles and challenges you will face on your way to a more organized home or office, so that you can hire a Closet and Office Organizer who is willing and able to help you face your unique organizational needs.

Your choice of a Closet and Office Organizer is an important one. So before deciding on the best Closet and Office Organizer in San Mateo County for you, it’s important to consider the following questions:

  1. Am I ready to intensify my organizational efforts and take the next step in becoming more organized for life?
  2. Can I communicate my organizational needs to my chosen organizing company? Do I feel comfortable with the person I am considering hiring to help me with this very personal task?
  3. Is the Closet and Office Organizer committed to helping me achieve long-term success (i.e. will I be able to stay organized once their job is done)?
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How to Work With
Preparing to Work with your San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer

Your relationship with a personal organizer, either in your home or at your workplace, will be an intensely personal experience. A good professional should ask you many questions in regards to your organizational and work style, your habits and downfalls, your expectations and level of organization that you need as well as why you feel your attempts to get organized have failed in the past. They want to determine not only where you want to go, but why you’ve gotten to the place you’re at now organizationally....

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Your relationship with a personal organizer, either in your home or at your workplace, will be an intensely personal experience. A good professional should ask you many questions in regards to your organizational and work style, your habits and downfalls, your expectations and level of organization that you need as well as why you feel your attempts to get organized have failed in the past. They want to determine not only where you want to go, but why you’ve gotten to the place you’re at now organizationally.

Be prepared to be as candid as possible—with yourself and the San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer you choose. It is in your best interest to give the professional you hire a complete picture of your situation, needs, challenges and expectations. And you can do so only if you are honest with yourself about those things as you prepare to hire a professional organizer.

Benefits of Working with a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer

You’ll never have to wonder if hiring a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer from one of the surrounding cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Broadmoor Village, Colma, El Granada, Emerald Hills, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, La Honda, Loma Mar, Millbrae, Montara, Moss Beach, Palomar Park, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Princeton by the Sea, San Carlos, San Gregorio, Sharp Park, West Menlo Park and Woodside, is a good idea because its worth to you throughout the organizational process and beyond will prove itself to you over and over. A few of the benefits from hiring a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer include:

  • Whatever area of organization you are looking to conquer, you will learn in depth techniques to organize that area of your life. Once mastered, these skills can be transferred to help regain control in other areas of your life.
  • You will learn how to organize your home or office right now, as well as learning skills to help keep you organized in the future.
  • You will be given efficient solutions that meet your individual organizational needs.
  • You will learn the most up-to-date tips on organizing to help you reach your goals.
  • You will realize your unique style of organization that can fit your situation.
  • You will increase productivity and save yourself time as you learn how to tackle organizational challenges and locate necessary items in your home or work place.
  • You will feel emboldened to take on new organizational challenges as you apply the skills you’ve learned from your San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer.

Setting Expectations: Understanding the Role of a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer

One essential aspect to achieving success with whichever San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer you choose is to understand the role they will fulfill in your organizational aspirations.

Professional organizers are not housekeepers, though they can provide you with tremendously helpful strategies to keep a more organized house. Professional organizers are not therapists, although they can help you work through the innate issues that foil your organizational plans at home and in the workplace. Professional organizers are not trash collectors, although they can help rid your home or office of trash and organize your collections in a way that honors your possessions and your personality.

While San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizers offer a variety of services and specialties, every professional organizer uses three basic rules to help people gain control of their personal and professional lives. One, reduce clutter in all its forms. Two, create systems to make everyday jobs easier. Three, simplify everything.

In a nutshell, professional organizers can help you reorder your disorganized environments while working with you to change the behaviors that caused the disorganization in the first place. They will keep track of and encourage the process as it unfolds and teach you techniques to keep you focused, motivated and successful in your organizational endeavors.

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Be a Good Customer
How You Can Be a Good Closet and Office Organizer Customer?

It's the Closet and Office Organizer’s responsibility to deliver quality organizational advice and practical help with organizing your home and office. But you play a big part in the success of your professional organizer, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer....

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It's the Closet and Office Organizer’s responsibility to deliver quality organizational advice and practical help with organizing your home and office. But you play a big part in the success of your professional organizer, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer.

  • Be clear and upfront with your organizing company.
  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!>
  • Before you hire a Closet and Office Organizer in San Mateo County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the Closet and Office Organizer representative your understanding of the agreement.
  • Ask your Closet and Office Organizer if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
  • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re organizing for you.
  • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the organizational efforts on schedule.
  • Pay for the organizing work promptly.

Why would you want to be a good customer? Closet and Office Organizers in San Mateo County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

Deciding What It is Worth: Payment for Your San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer


Every San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer charges differently for the services they provide. Organizers charge by the project, by the hour or by a combination of fee structure. They determine their rate based on geographic location, their experience in the field, competition and other factors.

Some of the ways to feel as though you’ve gotten your money’s worth from a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer include: deciding beforehand what level of organizational help you are looking for and creating a realistic budget for the level of help you seek, discussing your budget with them before beginning your project, not hiring an organizer based solely on cost—you need to click with them and their philosophy of organization too.

While hourly rates vary greatly, the average hourly rate of a professional organizer in the United States is anywhere from $55 to $85. You can feel content with your service from a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer by knowing their rate of service before you hire one, creating a budget and discussing it with the professional organizer you hire before you begin your organizational project and working within a signed contract, developed together with you and your San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer.

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Top 10 Requests
Common San Mateo Closet Organizing and Home Office Organizing Services

Closet and Office Organizers in San Mateo County provide all types of organizational services. However, some organizing services are more common than others. The five most common service requests of Closet and Office Organizers who specialize in home organizing include:...

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Closet and Office Organizers in San Mateo County provide all types of organizational services. However, some organizing services are more common than others. The five most common service requests of Closet and Office Organizers who specialize in home organizing include:

Closet Design and Installation
This is the case in which simple techniques may not be enough to help you overcome your organizational challenges. Your entire closet may have to be redesigned. SanMateo County Closet and Office Organizers can teach you how to make the most of the space you already have with the use of closet systems and organizational accessories.

Home Office Organizing
Small business owners working out of their homes face challenges in finding space and efficiently organizing that space to fit their needs. And even if you do not own a small business, sometimes just opening your personal mail and getting all your bills paid on time seems like an organizational nightmare. San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizers can help you streamline your home office, no matter the particular challenges you face.

Relocation and/or Moving
Meticulous preparation and careful planning can make any move—across the country or across town—go more smoothly, but who has the time? San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizers can take on the organizational parts of your next move with ease and experience.

Garage or Tag Sales
Successful garage sales take a lot of organization, time and hard work. Let a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer show you how to achieve optimal sales by helping you with marketing your garage sale, displaying your items, pricing and setting up.

Errands and/or Personal Shopping
Find more time in your life by hiring at San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer to take care of the time-consuming tasks of day to day life such as returning books to the library, picking up dry cleaning, buying your groceries, etc.

The five most common service requests of Closet and Office Organizers who specialize in office organizing include:

Ergonomics
Interruptions at work don’t come solely from coworkers or technology, sometimes your own aching back can keep you from being the most efficient or organized employee. Allowing an organizer to review your office layout, suggest new seating, realign your desk and adjust your computer can turn those painful interruptions into productive interludes.

Industrial Organizing
Disorganization can be a company-wide problem. San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizers can help by streamlining your parts, tools, packaging materials, assembly lines, etc. to increase productivity.

Procedural Evaluations
If you own your own business, you may need help with organizing those people who follow your leadership. Hire a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer to help you delineate concise office procedures, logical work flow options and clear job descriptions.

Project Management
Facing new projects in the work place can set you back if you don’t know how to manage your time and organize your resources. A San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer can teach you how to define your project goals, reassign responsibilities, track your progress and overcome procrastination. 

Staff Training
A San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer can train your entire staff to use their time and talents to compete competently in today’s marketplace. Professional organizers host workshops on every organizational topic relevant in the work place.

Professional organizers often offer services that can be helpful both at home and in the work place. The top five overlapping requests of San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizers include:

Space Planning/Custom Storage
Hiring a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer can teach you how to make the most of the space you have and designing a storage system for that space that accommodates your individual needs. 

Clutter Control
Organization begins with stripping your life of unnecessary items that take up space in your mind, home and office. San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizers can teach you how to eradicate clutter.

Filing Systems/Paper Management
Creating a system for dealing with incoming paper and filing responsibilities can not only eliminate clutter, but it can also reduce the amount of anxiety you feel due to the tasks that arise from that paper (i.e. “I forgot to pay the electric bill again!”). San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizers can work with you to create a system that works for you.

Time Management
A San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer will teach you methods to overcome your personal challenges that make organization of your time difficult including: planning ahead, prioritization and setting realistic goals for time management.

Simplifying Life
It is difficult to truly get organized without first simplifying your life. Enlisting the services of a San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer can help you focus on your priorities and eliminate the unnecessary items in your life.

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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified Closet and Office Organizers are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the company is Diamond Certified and you can’t solve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138.

Avoiding Conflict with San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizers

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Diamond Certified Closet and Office Organizers are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the company is Diamond Certified and you can’t solve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at [email protected] or call 800-738-1138.

Avoiding Conflict with San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizers


Most San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizers have your best interests at heart. San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizers are focused on helping you achieve more success in life through organization—and since they are trained organizational specialists they should do a good job of keeping the entire process on track with little conflict.

Of course, problems can sometimes arise no matter how much prior research and planning you do. If a conflict does crop up, a few pointers to remember include:

  • Stay calm, rational and polite.
  • If it is a larger company and there is a supervisor to speak with, request a meeting between you, your representative and that person.
  • Have a detailed outline of your complaint and expectations ready to present.
  • Be willing to compromise to a mutually agreed upon outcome and let the company know it.

If you cannot reach an agreement, let the San Mateo County Closet and Office Organizer know that you plan on filing an official complaint with the Better Business Bureau of Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Pacifica, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Foster City, Burlingame, Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Broadmoor Village, Colma, El Granada, Emerald Hills, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, La Honda, Loma Mar, Millbrae, Montara, Moss Beach, Palomar Park, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Princeton by the Sea, San Carlos, San Gregorio, Sharp Park, West Menlo Park or Woodside and then follow through with doing so.

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Glossary of Terms
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Below are key closet and office organizing terms and descriptions that will help you navigate your way through your organizational experience from beginning to end.

chronic disorganization
According to the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD): “Chronic disorganization is 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.”...

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Below are key closet and office organizing terms and descriptions that will help you navigate your way through your organizational experience from beginning to end.

chronic disorganization
According to the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD): “Chronic disorganization is 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.”

clutter
Any item in your home or office that takes up your time, space, money and/or energy that gives you no benefits in return.

coaching
A service provided by many professional organizers, much like a personal trainer for physical workouts, a professional organizing coach keeps you on track with organization.

collections
Items of similar variety, usually kept for sentimental reasons, although collections can also have monetary value.

concierge
In the organizing world, this word refers to a hired professional who helps with day-to-day errands including shopping, dry cleaning pick up, library returns, etc.

Also known as: personal shopper

downsizing
To reduce anything to a smaller number or size; in reference to a house, collection, wardrobe, etc.

Also known as: cut down, reduce, diminish

ergonomics
The study of the relationship between an employee and his/her environment.

Also known as: comfort design, user-friendly systems, functional design

estate planning
Arranging for the dispensation and management of your assets at death through wills, trusts and other legal devices.

feng shui
The Chinese art and practice of creating harmonious surroundings that enhance the balance of yin and yang, especially in reference to furniture placement and interior décor.

Also known as: thoughtful interior design

hoarding
A pattern of behavior characterized by excessive acquisition and inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that might be considered useless or without value.

Also known as: compulsive hoarding, compulsive collecting

labeling
The act of marking an item or storage container for organizational purposes and easy retrieval.

memorabilia
Collection of objects connected with famous people or events.

Also known as: mementoes, souvenirs

NAPO
National Association of Professional Organizers

organizer
Person or storage system which helps one gain control of organizational habits and/or space. (Items include many categories such as shoe organizer, jewelry organizer, over-the-door organizer, etc.)

priorities
Referring to a task or goal which is of utmost importance.

procrastination
The act or habit of putting off or delaying something, especially those things requiring immediate attention.

virtual organizing
Professional organizing accomplished through email, video chat and other technological means (used especially when a professional organizer is not available in a certain area).

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Closet and Office Organizer?...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Closet and Office Organizer?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a Closet and Office Organizer with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only Closet and Office Organizers rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified Closet and Office Organizer.
Q: How will a professional organizer help me?
A: Professional organizers are trained to help you get organized and stay organized for life. They will come into your home or office and teach you skills and techniques to reach your goals for organization. You can simplify and regain control over your life with the help of a professional organizer.  

Q: How do I know which professional organizer is right for me?
A: Professional organizers offer many different services, so it is important to hire someone who is offering the particular service that fits your organizational needs. Make sure to discuss exactly what type of service you are looking for and what your goals are during the interview process, prior to hiring. Use the over-the-phone question list provided here to ensure that you are getting a feel for their philosophy and methodology, as well as answering whatever questions the organizer has for you with as much detail as possible. You want to feel absolutely comfortable with the organizer you choose.

Q: Is hiring a professional organizer expensive?
A: This is a question only you can answer. You have to create a budget for your project because only you can determine how much help you need. You can have someone simply offer suggestions about your organizational endeavors and complete the actual labor yourself. You may want to go a little more in depth and have an organizer actually do the work for you. Professional organizers may determine their fees, but you decide what level of service fits your needs and budget.

Q: How do professional organizers charge?
A: Every professional organizer uses a different rate for their services. Some charge hourly, some by project and others offer a combination of the two. They determine their rates using factors such as location, experience, etc. On average, professional organizers in the United States charge between $55 and $85 an hour for their services.

Q: Why do organizers charge the fees that they do?
A: Professional organizing is just that—a professional service. Organizers are highly trained individuals who usually have upper level degrees and have spent time practicing their skills. People often think that an organizer is a glorified maid, but what they offer is so much more in depth than just cleaning house. Organizers charge the fees that they do because they have specific knowledge to impart—knowledge that will help you discover the cause of your disorganization so that you can overcome it with proven organizational systems and tactics.  

Q: What is the best way to get organized?
A: Experts agree that there is no one right way to accomplish your organizational goals. Different personalities, work ethic, environmental factors, etc. contribute to how your reach those goals, which means every individual needs to determine a system that works for them.

Q: How long does it take to get organized?
A: Organization, like so many things in life, is a marathon, not a sprint. It needs to be incorporated into life as a state of being, not so much an obstacle to be overcome. Once you learn proper techniques and a system that works for you, the work you’ll have to put in to it on a daily basis will decrease significantly, but you will still have to work at it. On average, one room in a home should take about one to two full days of work and an average personal office about two to three days.

Q: Is the professional organizing process anything like those clean sweep shows on television?
A: In a word, no. Those shows create a dramatic result in under an hour and do not show all the leg work that brings people to the big junk purging scene or the fabulous new redesigned closet space. Organizing is about so much more than the actual space in which someone organizes their personal items, it mainly has to do with learning to let go and change your behaviors so that you do not allow an accumulation of clutter. Your organizer will work as quickly as they possibly can to help you take back control of your life and to teach you to keep it that way—definitely not the work of an hour!

Q: What can an organizer help me with?
A: Professional organizers help keep those of us who face challenges with organizational tasks and goals on track and in organizational shape. They help people and companies take back control over time, space and paper to lead more creative and productive lives. Organizers create a custom solution for your individual organizational needs.

Q: How will my organizer know how to help me?
A: An organizer knows what to ask you before beginning on your particular organizational project and will analyze your situation to develop an action plan before setting out to help you achieve your goals. Experienced organizers know how to get to the root of your disorganization and which solutions will help you overcome your challenges. Some may even be able to figure it out over the phone and get you started before stepping foot in your space.

Q: How do I select an organizer?
A: Getting organized is a very personal endeavor and the first rule to hiring the right professional is picking someone you trust and the second is to make sure your personality and work style clicks with their philosophies and methodologies. Trust yourself, even if you can’t explain why someone feels right or wrong, trust that you know best who you can be comfortable enough with to achieve success.

Q: What kind of organizing services are available?
A: Professional organizers offer a variety of services, but all of their services at their root have to do with taking back control over the organizational parts of your life. These include but are not limited to: home organizing, clutter control, kitchen organizing, closet organizing, design and installation, garage organizing, attic or basement organizing, estate organizing, garage/estate/yard sales, moving and relocation services, space planning and custom storage, commercial office organizing, home office organizing, non-business office organizing, office design, ergonomics and office management.

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National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) (www.napo.net)
International Association of Professional Organizers (IAPO) (www.organizingtheworld.org)

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San Mateo County Closet & Home Office Organizing Information
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