We help you with decluttering, organizing, time management and move management.
We also offer courses for female entrepreneurs and training for Professional Organizers.
Q: What is a Professional Organizer / Organiser?
A: A Professional Organizer enhances the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organising principles and through transferring organizing skills. A Professional Organiser also educates the public on organising solutions and the resulting benefits. (NAPO definition).
Q: What is NAPO and are you a member?
A: The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is recognized as the association for organizers. NAPO offers organizers opportunities to sharpen their skills through ongoing education and professional development. NAPO has a Code of Ethics by which members are expected to abide. A professional organizer who is a NAPO member has made a commitment to his/her business and thus to you, the client.
A Little Elf is an active member of NAPO and NAPO-NY.
Excerpt from the NAPO Code of Ethics:
"This Code of Ethics is a set of principles to provide guidelines in our professional conduct with our clients, colleagues and community. As a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, I pledge to exercise judgment, self-restraint and conscience in my conduct in order to establish and maintain public confidence in the integrity of NAPO members and to preserve and encourage fair and equitable practices among all who are engaged in the profession of organizing."
Q: What is IOPO?
A: The Institute of Professional Organisers (IOPO) is an intentional, supportive and inclusive network for Organising and Decluttering Professionals. Karen is an International Advisory member of IOPO.
Q: What is AAPO and are you a member?
A: The Australasian Association of Professional Organisers (AAPO) was the peak body for Professional Organisers in both Australia and New Zealand. A Little Elf was an active member of AAPO until it's dissolution in 2017.
Q: What can you do for me?
A: We are a Professional Organising firm. We can provide organising solutions, ideas, information, and teach you new skills. We can help you create an organised space that can increase your productivity, reduce your stress, and allow you to take control of your belongings and paperwork as opposed to them controlling you. We can help you unpack and set up your new home in the days after your move.
Q: What geographical areas do you work in?
A: We are headquartered in New York City and Sydney, Australia. We will travel nationally or internationally, and are happy to discuss this.
Q: I am a very private person and consider all that you see and learn about me and my space to be confidential. What is your policy regarding this?
A: Our policy is that a client's home, office, belongings, and matters are to remain confidential. All ALE Organising Consultants abide by this policy as well. We value and respect the trust that you give us in hiring me and allowing us into your home or office.
Q: I've always been disorganised, is there really hope for me?
A: It is definitely possible to learn the basic principles and formulas of organising. We will develop systems and solutions for you and teach you how to use them. Systems and solutions are customized for each of our clients to match their specific needs. We are available for follow up sessions as well.
Q: Will you make me throw away all my "stuff" or harass me to do so?
A: The good news is no. The good and bad news is that decision making is yours to do. Our approach is that we are consultants working for you. We will ask questions, make observations and suggestions to help you decide what is or is not important to you. Ultimately, you, the client, are the final decision-maker.
Q: Do you do all the work for me?
A: It is up to you to make decisions about the retention of your items and to provide information to us to help us develop systems and solutions for you. As a result, we will need a committed investment of your time. For residential projects (except for relocation unpacking jobs), we will work side by side during the sessions.
Q: How much do you charge?
A: We charge by the hour for organising services. We're sorry, but we can not provide standard quotes here or via email. If you'd like to schedule an appointment or ask more questions, please go to the Contact Us page.
Q: How long will it take to get me organised?
A: There is no set answer as each organising project is different. The length of a project will depend primarily on the size of your home or office, the amount of clutter and/or paper that has built up, and how quickly you can make decisions. If a job needs to be completed faster, we can send a team to the job. One definite about organising, is that it is time intensive (and not as fast as the tv shows make it look).
Q: Do you do a yard sale for me or dispose of those items that I am getting rid of?
A: No, we do not get involved in yard sales. We will assist you in disposing of garbage, shredding of paperwork, and in donating of clothing and household items. We can assist you in the selection of charities for the items that you would like to donate.
Q: Why do you have so many spelling mistakes on your website?
A: We spell organising with an S and also with a Z as organizing is spelled differently in different parts of the world. We've done this on purpose. We don't like typos or spelling errors either! There's a few other words on our website that may be spelt with Australian English or American English, for example favourite-favorite and color-colour because we want everyone to feel included!