Now is the time to get organized!

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

A Professional Organizer is a trained and experienced professional who teaches organizing skills and helps individuals take control of their surroundings, their time, and—most importantly—their lives. Working side-by-side with clients, a Professional Organizer guides you through the steps to gain and maintain control of your living space. A Professional Organizer provides non-judgmental advice and guidance in a customized teaching style that is individualized for each client. A Professional Organizer supports and guides you on your journey towards a less stressful, more organized life.

There are so many reasons to hire a Professional Organizer!

Many people try to organize themselves again and again with little to no success. They’ve bought countless organizing supplies or read the latest decluttering books, yet still have no progress to show for their time and effort.

When you hire a Professional Organizer:

  • you are no longer alone in your battle against clutter
  • you see and feel immediate results
  • your stress melts away as we break down overwhelming tasks into small, attainable goals

I can help you get organized with any project (large or small) in your home or home office.

There is no shame in asking for help!

Sometimes we need other people to help us achieve our goals.

Think of it this way…A Professional Organizer is like a personal trainer for your “stuff”.

You’ve already taken the first step! You may have been contemplating hiring a Professional Organizer for some time now. Maybe you’re not sure what kind of help you need. You’re doing your research and I applaud you for that.

Reach out to me by phone or email and let me know the best time for us to schedule a conversation, which usually lasts about 30 minutes. We discuss the challenges you are facing, what you are looking to have done, your goals, etc.

I will ask questions to get to know you better, as well as do a lot of listening to help you ‘paint a picture’ of what’s going on. If you want to send photos to give me more insight before we meet, that would be helpful but is not required.

Once we’ve spoken, if we decide that we’d make a good team, the next step is to set up a complimentary walk-through of your home or office space. This gives us the opportunity to learn more about each other and your needs so that we can estimate the scope and cost of the project. Once you decide to move forward, we schedule work sessions.

During each session, I will help you declutter /downsize, find the right ‘homes’ for your categories of items, containerize, label, and discuss maintenance strategies.

I also impart organization tips, training, and wisdom to teach you to be better organized.

Once the project is complete, I will work with you on a maintenance basis to ensure that after I leave, you are still meeting your goals.

Don’t clean up before I come! I really want to see your home or office as you live in it.

Also, please don’t buy any organizing products prior to our work together. Very often clients already have what they need. Spending money in organizing stores does not make a person more organized. With that said, there are some great organizing products out there, but first let’s see what you have and what you actually need, and then we will work within your budget if you do need items.

Please have large black trash bags and clear recycling bags for trash and donation.

No, I will never make you get rid of items you want to keep. You have hired me to come into your home and work with you. This is a partnership. What I do is help you decide what you need, what is or isn’t useful to you, what is or isn’t worth keeping, what is a necessity, and how to functionally store the items you want and need. While decluttering is often an essential piece of the organizing puzzle, you will always be the one to make the final descisions.

There are unlimited benefits of having an organized life.

Your environment plays a key role in your attitude and outlook, which can impact your overall physical and mental well-being. When your surroundings are in disarray it can create feelings of guilt, embarrassment, anxiety, and frustration. The peace of mind that comes with having your environment streamlined and organized is priceless. It makes life less stressful and reduces mental clutter. When you enjoy your living space, you feel empowered and more in control of your life, and happier in general.

I understand how overwhelming this can be. Part of my expertise is my ability to assess your needs. Together, we will decide where to start. Generally speaking, I suggest starting with the area that bothers you the most. You will feel remarkably better once that is accomplished.

I respond quickly to emails at alice@organizewithalice.com or can also be reached by phone or text at

516-578-3590.

Yes, I am very flexible. I understand that we all live different lives and have varied schedules and needs.

I try to be available for my clients and accommodate your schedule needs to the best of my ability, including weekends and evenings.

My calendar is generally booked a few weeks ahead, so please reach out now even if you are only thinking about an organizing project. It’s never too early to talk!

I primarily work on Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties) as well as the five boroughs of New York City and the surrounding areas (occasionally New Jersey and Westchester.)

I have also done some out-of-town jobs over the years.

Yes, absolutely! All work is strictly confidential. I am very aware of the trust you place in me. You are welcoming me into your home to work with you, and I will never do or say anything to breach that trust.

I am a member of The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). Integrity, honesty, and confidentiality are the guiding principles of our Code of Ethics. Be assured they are fundamental in every aspect of our work together.

Yes. In addition to the testimonials you see on the pages of my website, I will gladly provide references for any client.

If you have any questions that were not answered above, please feel free to contact me for additional information.

All questions are good questions!

Thank You!

Thank You!

A Professional Organizer is a trained and experienced professional who teaches organizing skills and helps individuals take control of their surroundings, their time, and—most importantly—their lives. Working side-by-side with clients, a Professional Organizer guides you through the steps to gain and maintain control of your living space. A Professional Organizer provides non-judgmental advice and guidance in a customized teaching style that is individualized for each client. A Professional Organizer supports and guides you on your journey towards a less stressful, more organized life.
Pricing is dependent upon location, type of job, and if any additional supplies or services are needed (i.e. shredding, storage, etc.). At your free consultation, we will discuss the factors that determine your hourly price.
It all begins with a phone call. We talk about the work you need done, whether it’s a situation that’s been going on for a while, or a new situation such as a move that you need help with. We then schedule your free in-home consultation, and you’re on your way! Together we will work step-by-step towards laying out a plan and achieving your goal.
I have a long professional history in business, education and management, as well as parenting- I am the mother of four children. I have worked with many different groups of people and relate to my clients on an individualized basis. All that I have done in my life has prepared me for the work of a Professional Organizer, and I am finding great satisfaction in seeing the results it brings to my clients. I attend regular NAPO & POLI meetings to network with other Professional Organizers & keep abreast of what is going on in the industry.
When I decided to sell my five bedroom house (with a full basement, attic, and shed that was used for storage) and downsize to a two bedroom apartment (with none of the above), I knew I had to make decisions and adjustments to my new lifestyle. Thus began a two-year process of getting rid of belongings that I no longer needed, learning to live with less, and embracing this new way of living. A short while later, I helped a friend of mine who embarked on a similar journey, and another friend who needed help reorganizing her closets. It was about this time that my ‘aha’ moment occurred, and I realized I wanted to devote my time and energy to helping others through their journeys. I joined NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) and began attending meetings in NYC and Long Island on a regular basis, as well as the NAPO annual national conference and various workshops …. and Organize With Alice was born!
I have worked with families, couples, businesses, single men and women, elderly people, and college students in need of organizational help.
Last year, I participated in a volunteer project at the Make-A-Wish Corporate Office in Garden City, New York. Together with other Professional Organizers from NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) , we worked together to sort and categorize thousands of toys, games and other items waiting to bring smiles to sick children. It was so rewarding to give back to the community in this way, and to network and get to know other Professional Organizers.
There are many organizers out there. Do your research. It’s not just about pricing. Talk to those who you feel might be a good fit, then make a decision based on all the information you have. Skill set and references are vital, as well as a personal connection with the person you hire.
How much time do I have to devote to this project? What is my budget for completing the project? How can a Professional Organizer help me reach my goals that I am struggling to get started on?
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”
- Admiral William H. McRaven
“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.”
“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”
“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.”
“With organization comes empowerment.”
“Nobody ever said,
‘I regret organizing my house.'”
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
“What consumes your mind, controls your life.”
“Getting organized is a sign of self-respect.”
“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor. It’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.”
- Peter Walsh
“The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.”
“Doing nothing is a decision.”
“You have the power to transform your life right now.”
“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”
- Olin Miller
“A Professional Organizer is like a personal trainer for your 'stuff '.”
“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”
- Olin Miller
“Organize your life around your dreams, and watch them come true.”
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
- George Eliot
“Joy is not in things; it is in us.”
- Richard Wagner