Several factors go into what professional organizers charge for their home organizing services; there is no one simple answer.
Professional organizing rates vary depending on:
- an organizer’s experience
- any specialized training the organizer has undertaken
- the location of the work
- the specific services the organizer provides and what is included in the cost
It stands to reason that an organizer with years of experience may charge more than someone who is just starting in business. The rationale is that the more experienced organizer will work faster and bring more expertise to bear on the project. Likewise, if someone has put in the time and expense to complete specialized training, that skill will command a premium over a less-trained organizer.
Organizing needs that may require special training and experience include:
- clients with ADD and ADHD
- closet and wardrobe organizing
- clients with traumatic brain injury or other difficulties with information processing
- chronically disorganized clients and people with hoarding tendencies
- seniors or teens
- interior design or Feng Shui
- organizing for moves
- photo organizing
Is there a set rate for the area where I live?
Most organizing businesses are very small businesses, typically just the owner and perhaps a small team of assistant organizers. And each business owner sets her or his own pricing. In fact, because of anti-trust laws that forbid any business from acting to fix prices, organizers cannot coordinate to maintain a certain price level in their area. (If you’d like to delve deeper into what anti-trust laws mean for you, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website.)
Do all organizers charge by the hour?
Some professional organizers charge by the hour, while others offer a package of hours, often at a discounted rate. A few will give their clients a fixed price for a defined outcome, regardless of the hours involved, for example, a complete paper file makeover for a set price. Because of this variety of charging methods, it can be difficult to create an exact apples-to-apples comparison between one business and another. One organizer may charge for mileage or travel, while another includes it in their service. Nearly all organizers help their clients set aside items to donate that they no longer need or want, but some organizers will take those donations away at no extra cost. These are a few of the factors that create variations in pricing from one organizer to another.
Can you give me some examples of what professional organizers charge?
Some organizers post their rates on their websites. Here’s a coast-to-coast overview of what some reputable organizers advertise as their fees. Since organizers offer many different options, space doesn’t allow me to detail each complete pricing structure. You can see the more detailed pricing structures by using the links to each company.
In New Jersey and New York, Gayle Gruenberg’s firm, Let’s Get Organized, LLC, charges $375 for a three-hour session with a team member. Gayle also offers a 9-hour session for $1035. Because Gayle, a former CPA, specializes in helping clients with paper overload.
Ese Crossett of Tidylosophy in New Jersey charges $100 per hour for consultations. Clients can purchase design plans or full-service organizing in 6-hour increments.
New York City apartment dwellers can call on Sharon Loewenheim at Organizing Goddess Inc. for help with smaller spaces. Organizing Goddess works with clients in three-hour sessions. Their “First Class Package” includes nine hours on-site divided into three sessions for a cost of $1035. The package also includes a personalized action plan, resource recommendations, and email support between sessions. Individual three-hour sessions are available for $375.
Let Your Space Bloom in Maryland books clients in 3-hour sessions at $100 per hour. A reduced rate is offered for pre-paid sessions. Travel fees apply to clients outside of the service area.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Reclaim provides an in-home assessment for $125. Their Single Space Package starts at $495, while their Whole House Package starts at $5250.
On Task Organizing based in Raleigh, North Carolina, specializes in time management. They offer one 90-minute session plus two 20-minute follow-up calls for $300. Their hands-on organizing packages start at $225 for 3 hours, including a donation drop-off of up to one carload of items to a nearby charity.
Clients of Custom Organizing by Teresa Fetch in Charlotte, North Carolina, can choose a 5-hour full-service session for $500 or purchase DIY plans starting at $150. She also offers maintenance plans starting at $225.
In Atlanta, Georgia, Neat Nerd offers 3-hour organizing sessions starting at $150 with discounts as more hours are purchased. There is also a membership option where clients receive a 20% discount for monthly sessions.
Xtreme Audacity in Atlanta, Georgia, has 6-hour packages ranging in price from $400 for one organizer in climate-controlled conditions to $620 for two organizers for non-climate-controlled conditions.
At Worthy Spaces in Boca Raton, owner Michelle Worthington serves clients throughout South Florida. The company offers organizing sessions for up to four hours for $300. Packages are available for discounted rates, up to nine sessions for $2,160. Shopping services purchased in conjunction with organizing are $30 per hour.
Imagine Home Organizing serves clients in central Florida. Their prices range from $85 per hour for standard organizing services to $100 per hour for KonMari organizing. They also offer moving and unpacking services for $1750 per 8-hour day.
Leslie Gail, owner of Declare Order in Winfield, Illinois, charges $80 per hour for hands-on organizing for the first 10 hours. She offers discounted packages for blocks of time greater than 10 hours.
In Central Illinois, Organize My Clutter owner Becky Rogers charges $60 per hour with an array of package prices that can lower the per-hour rate by five to ten percent.
Chaos to Order in Chicago, Illinois, has a limited-time, new client offer of $299 for a 4-hour session. Their standard organizer rate is $80 per hour, whereas the senior organizer rate is $95 per hour. Clients can purchase packages of 3, 8, 12 or 20 hours.
St. Louis-based Peace of Mind Organizing charges $90 per hour with a three-hour minimum for one of the team members; time with owner Janine Adams herself costs $125 per hour.
Serving the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, Melissa of Home by Eleven offers in-home organizing sessions at $100 per hour. Her virtual sessions are $85 per hour.
Eliminate with Emily Evans in Lexington, Kentucky charges $75 per hour for in-person organizing. She also charges a travel fee to homes more than an hour from the city’s north side. Her video chat consultations are $60 per hour. She has a discounted rates for non-profits.
Southern and Central States
A Fresh Space in Franklin, Tennessee, charges $195 for the initial consultation. For home organizing their fees are $175 per hour for a team of two organizers. Their virtual organizing fees are $90 per hour.
Clients of Austin, Texas-based Jennifer Lava pay $80 an hour for individual hours, and there is an array of multi-hour packages to choose from.
Rachel Winter founded Happy Home Organizers, LLC to serve clients in and around Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. Her company charges $375 per five-hour session. Additional organizers can work as a team for $65 per hour for each additional crew member.
Ms. Placed in Austin, Texas, charges $100 for an initial consultation. The minimum booking is a 6-hour day for a team of two organizers at $180 per hour.
In Houston, TX, Just Us Organizing offers a 6-hour package for $450, a 12-hour package for $855, and a 24-hour weekend makeover (two 12-hour days) for $2580.
Hazel Thornton of Organized for Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico, offers an $85 phone or video consultation. Clients can also get help organizing their genealogy project for $300.
Streamlined Living in Denver, Colorado, has several packages ranging from $640 to $1425, depending on the number of hours needed. Their basic rate is $35 per hour plus travel expenses for clients over 30 miles away. They also have a DIY package for $149. Colorado
In Seattle and Redmond, Washington, Simplify Experts‘ services begin at $135 per hour for owner Denise Allan and $90 per hour for other team members. Purchases of packages of hours receive a discount, up to ten percent off a purchase of 24 hours.
Zero Chaos in Portland, Oregon, offers several different services. They range from 4-hour home organizing packages for $340 to Monthly Packages for $1950. They also offer moving services (five 6-hour days) for $2250 and DIY consultations for $125 each.
In Salt Lake City, Utah, Simply Sam lists prices at $125 per hour for two organizers and $50 per hour for each additional organizer.
Badass Homelife in Sacramento, California, offers a range of virtual packages from $200 to $450. Their in-person packages range from $200 for two hours of decluttering and organizing to $1260 for six sessions of three hours each.
In the San Francisco area, Christine Hsu offers home organizing and office organizing services for $375 for a three-hour session or a package of three sessions for $999. Research and shopping services are available for $100 per hour. For the client who wants guidance in planning a project but doesn’t choose to have hands-on help throughout the process, a two-hour in-home consultation is available for $299, with a detailed written action plan to follow within three days.
In the Los Angeles-area, as well as Long Beach and surrounding towns, Get Organized Already! Inc. charges $95 per hour with a three-hour minimum.
Organized by Ellis in Los Angeles charges $125 per hour with a 4-hour minimum session. Additional organizers are $60 per hour per organizer.