Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process for setting up an appointment?

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, you can contact Classically Organized directly by email or phone. After a brief phone consultation to ensure that Sarah is a good fit for your project and your mental health needs, a 45-minute intake appointment is scheduled in the home or can be done remotely if virtual organizing sessions are being pursued.
During the intake, you will have the opportunity to review information about yourself including your current strengths and challenges, and the clutter hotspots in the home. A course of action is recommended and a schedule of sessions is coordinated.
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. Classically Organized's tagline is "Connecting head and home in harmony." The physical clutter in the home is often a side effect of the mental clutter in the head. It's best to meet in the home setting to work on both types of clutter simultaneously. With that being said, Sarah can conduct Virtual Organizing sessions (see question below for detailed info) where she works remotely with clients through electronic means if clients live outside of Classically Organized's catchment area.
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.

When do appointments take place?

Sarah has weekday and Saturday availability for in-person sessions and they typically last 2-3hrs. It's important to schedule appointments when you are at your best. For virtual sessions Sarah can be more flexible with evening and weekend availability. Virtual organizing sessions typically last 60mins.
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.

What happens during appointments?

For sessions with a counseling component, Sarah has an agenda in which the first part of the session is engaged in discussion or the "talk therapy" and the second part of the session is focused on the hands-on work. The discussion will include current challenges, organizational techniques, review of symptoms, coping skills, and exploration of feelings. The hands-on work involves sorting, categorizing, disposing of and finding homes for belongings. For sessions that focus solely on organizing, hands-on support is given throughout the appointment in the areas of sorting, categorizing, disposing of and finding homes for belongings. Sarah asks that you don't tidy up prior to her arrival so that she can assess what's working and what's not. 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.

Do you take insurance?

Classically Organized does not purposefully accept or participate in any insurance programs because of the limitation insurance companies place on providers and clients. However, Sarah can provide receipts that can be submitted to your insurance plan if you have out-of-network benefits. In addition, many insurance plans offer Flexible Healthcare Spending Accounts that can be used to cover therapy. Please note that Sarah cannot guarantee your coverage or reimbursement. It is encouraged that you discuss these options directly with your insurance provider.
Some questions to ask your insurance company about out-of-network benefits are:
Do I have out-of-network mental health benefits?
Is pre-approval required before obtaining mental health treatment in order to be reimbursed? (Sarah's State of CT License: LCSW 006431)
Will I be reimbursed the full amount or only a portion?
Do I have a deductible and if yes, what is the cap?

What is the cost and how can I pay?

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.
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 (Mastercard, VISA, Discover).
Sarah also offers sliding scale arrangements for clients with limited financial means.

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 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, is a form of telemedicine and is HIPAA compliant. Some insurance carriers do cover telehealth sessions so Sarah can provide invoices for you to submit to your insurance company. Virtual sessions are typically 1hr as opposed to 2hr in-person organizing sessions and cost less. As Sarah has an on-line merchant account through Square, she can manually type in credit cards without having to physically swipe them so payment is easy and secure. 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 and organizing on their own