Organizing involves a lot of math. Don’t panic. It’s not about solving for x (although if you want me to, I will; I do love algebra).
In my first session with a client, we look at the area to be decluttered. It could be a closet, a room, or an entire home.
Estimation: I try to provide a rough timeline, taking into account the client’s needs and availability.
Finding the Average: My calculations of the time required per area are based on data provided by Dawn Noble in her book How to Start a Home-Based Professional Organizing Business.
Adding Time: The client often wants a general idea of how long an entire project (one with multiple areas) might take.
Scheduling: The client and I get out our calendars and book sessions at mutually convenient times. If you’ve ever tried to get together with a colleague or friend, you’ll know that some folks are pretty busy!
Division: It’s best to tackle a big job in chunks. Clutter doesn’t usually accumulate in a day, and it probably won’t disappear in four hours, either.
Money Math: The client needs to know how much each session will cost.
Percent: The government wants to know how much HST (a.k.a. Hated $ales Tax) its coffers will receive.
Geometry: Each client has a certain amount of stuff and a finite amount of space in which to put it. More often than not, these two quantities are in conflict. That’s usually why I am there.
Measurement: Sometimes I get out my ruler to determine the length of a shelf.
Subtraction: This is when the client learns to let go of what is no longer needed and discovers that math can be fun.
There, that wasn’t so hard, was it?