Frequently Asked Questions
What is the process for setting up an appointment?
Step 1: Reach out to Sarah for a free phone consultation so she can hear about the project, timeframe, budget, etc.
Step 2: Next a 45-min intake appointment is scheduled in the home (or virtually). Sarah will review the clutter hotspots and conduct an intake interview. A course of action will be outlined and work sessions will be coordinated.
Step 3: Schedule in-person work sessions which take place in 2-3hr increments or via virtual sessions which last 60mins. Sarah has weekday and Saturday availability.
In the event that you need to cancel, we request 24-hours notice prior to your scheduled appointment. No-shows will be billed for half the full session rate.
Where do appointments take place?
Sarah conducts appointments in the home, at storage facilities, or anywhere the client's clutter has accumulated. Appointments can even be done virtually!
Sarah is skilled at tackling any area in the home including
attics, basements, bathrooms, bedrooms, craft rooms, garages, home offices, kitchens, living rooms, and playrooms.
What happens during appointments?
Hands-on support is given throughout the session in the areas of sorting, categorizing, disposing of and finding homes for belongings. For sessions that require more of a therapeutic approach, Sarah will provide some mental health support including reviewing current challenges, discussing symptoms, exploring feelings, and brainstorming coping skills.
Sarah is always willing to take any items with her at the end of sessions to a local charity or donation center. Sarah will ask the tough questions but will never force anyone to get rid of their possessions.
Please know that Sarah is
bonded and insured and follows strict codes of ethics through the National Association of Social Workers and National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals.
How much does it cost?
The initial phone consult is a free 15-minute conversation.
The 45-minute intake appointment done in the home is $60. If the intake appointment is done virtually it's $50.
Work session fees vary depending on the length of the appointment, whether done in-person or virtually, and the scope of the work involved.
Classically Organized accepts cash, check, or credit card.
Sarah does not bill insurance and is not paneled with any health insurance providers.
Sliding scale arrangements can be made for clients with limited financial means.
Sarah has received funding to work with clients from the following sources:
Department of Children and Families (DCF)
Department of Social Services (DSS)
Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
Mental Health Agencies (ie; Wheeler Clinic, United Services)
Municipalities (ie; Newington Human Services, Old Lyme Fire Marshal's Office)
What is Virtual Organizing?
Virtual Organizing is a method of organizing through electronic means which helps bridge the gap between distance, service, and budget.
Sarah uses the platform
doxy.me to be able to meet with her clients virtually. She can see and hear her clients via laptop, tablet or cell phone. Unlike Skype or FaceTime, doxy.me is HIPAA compliant.
Virtual sessions are typically 1hr as opposed to 2hr in-person organizing sessions and cost less.
Virtual Organizing work is great for people who
Have the ability to work with technology and use a reliable internet source
Prefer shorter sessions
Need an accountability buddy to start/follow-through on tasks
Benefit from coaching, advice and encouragement
Have mild to moderate levels of clutter (no hoarding conditions)
Are motivated and able to do the physical work of decluttering/organizing on their own