Maria is a Board Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®) which puts her among the elite in the industry. This means that she has demonstrated a broad knowledge about organizing, has passed a national certification exam and has many hours working with clients.
Maria attends conventions and many other lectures every year in order to keep current with the ongoing research into chronic disorganization, hoarding, ADHD, Mental Health disorders, Elders, and many other topics related to organization.
We have regular team meetings where Maria trains all our organizers and assistants. She also brings in outside experts to cover topics often needed by our clients. This includes things like legal paperwork, geriatric care management and designing storage solutions. We don’t pretend to be experts in those fields, but this way we can intelligently discuss our clients’ needs and help them choose the right solutions for them.
Over 90% of organizers are solo-preneurs which means they work alone. If they need help they have to subcontract with another organizer.
We like being part of a team. Not only is it more fun to have people to share with but this allows us to do things a solo can’t. We don’t have to worry about a clash between the methodologies used since we are all on the same page and work by the same rules. Having multiple organizers means that if someone is sick we can substitute another qualified person to help our clients meet any time constraints and they don’t have to start again at the beginning. Also, when time is an issue we can put several people on the job and we have more availability since we have more people’s schedules to work from. Recently, we put 5 people into a house on each of 2 shifts multiple days in a row. As you can imagine, a LOT was done in a very short time.
While most organizers will keep your affairs private, we have gone the extra step to have all of our employees sign a non-disclosure agreement. Your information does not leave the company unless you have given us permission to speak with someone (ie. children, sister, therapist, etc). In fact, when we see you in public we just act as a friend and do not tell anyone we are your organizers. Also, unless we have your permission, we remove all signage from our cars and we do not wear our logowear so even your neighbors won’t know you’ve hired us.
Every year we donate part of our proceeds to charity. In the past we have donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, CASA, Special Olympics Virginia, Prince William Winter Warm-up, and Joe Gibbs’ Youth for Tomorrow to name a few. For 2014 our featured charity was FACETS.