I get it. Why pay someone to do something that you can do yourself? You just need a free weekend, some black trash bags and a jolt of motivation, right?
The truth is, organizing can be HARD. It is emotional. It is physically and mentally exhausting. So many decisions, so many memories. It is easy to become overwhelmed, frustrated and lose momentum. Working with a professional organizer can help you regain direction, find your rhythm and see the project through to the end.
So give it a try. We can start small with the hall closet. Or go big with a whole basement. Progress will be made and you will be glad you reached out.
I believe in being up-front with costs, timing and expectations. I appreciate knowing your budget in advance as we make plans. I'm a frugal person! I will always work within your budget and make the best use of our time and resources. If you have any questions along the way, let's discuss.
As we begin our work, we will develop a list of recommended materials (storage containers, hangers, etc) and sources for those materials. I arrive on site with organizing basics (post it notes and labels, trash bags and cardboard boxes) to use as we organize. I often use Dollar Store containers to create a temporary "structure" for the space. All these materials are at no additional cost to you.
I request a minimum of 3 hours on-site for an organizing session. At the end of each session, we will establish a plan for our next session, as needed.
Payment is expected following the discovery call in the amount of 50% of the planned first session. The balance of the first session costs is due at the end of the first session. For a Spruce It For Me project, 50% of the anticipated project costs will be due prior to the planned first session.
An electronic invoice will be generated on site and payment by Venmo, credit card, cash or check is accepted.
Need to cancel an appointment?
Life happens. I am grateful for at least 24 hours cancellation notice. Unfortunately, same day cancellations must be subject to a $50 cancellation fee.
Does Spruce sell items for me? Yes - and no. These days reselling is simply not as productive as it used to be and we strongly recommend donation. Unless an item has a proven residual value, we generally do not advise trying to sell items. This is in the interest of maintaining your momentum. That said - we are happy to help with photos and creating a for sale posting that you can use to sell via eBay or Craiglist. We can also recommend consignment vendors.
Does Spruce take away items (ie, junk removal)? Happy to! We'll remove one complimentary car-load of donations or recycling (and we pack it full!!) and deliver them to the appropriate tried-and-true locations. If more items are being hauled out, we will help coordinate the pick up and removal with one of our trusted vendors.
What do you do with my donations?
Most donations go to Savers / Good Will and one of the many Planet Aid textile recycling bins along my route(s). Non-expired or very recently expired food or household goods will be delivered to the local food pantry. I routinely schedule pick ups at my own home from Big Brother Big Sister and Vietnam Veteran Association. I am happy to provide a tax receipt for you. I am also happy to research and coordinate donations in special circumstances - such as items for a theater department or other specific charity.
Will Spruce force me to get rid of things? Never. There are many strategies to use if you're unsure about what to keep and discard. We will help you consider the pros and cons of items you're uncertain about. Nothing gets tossed without your consent. Any professional organizer you hire should adhere to this ethical principle.
Do I need to be home when Spruce is working on my organizing project? No, not for a Spruce It For Me project. A communications plan will be established such as whether to use text or phone and the best times to touch base. We happily work independently... freeing you up to focus on other things!
Spruce serves the metrowest communities of Natick, Sherborn, Dover, Medfield, Wellesley, Millis, Medway and surrounding towns.
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