Alive Design By Sheri

Frequently Asked Questions


What does Alive Design by Sheri do?
We de-clutter and help people take back control of their lives. At home, we organize and install a system that fits your lifestyle in closets, cabinets and drawers and in all living areas, including kitchens, bathrooms, garages, home office or home-based business. We also use our talent to tackle small business areas and home-staging for the sale of a home.

What is a Professional Organizer?
A Professional Organizer enhances the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles through transferring organizing skills. A Professional Organizer also educates the public on organizing solutions and the resulting benefits.

What exactly does a Professional Organizer do?
Professional organizers use tested principles and expertise to enhance the lives of clients. By designing custom organizing systems and teaching organizing skills, they help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper piles, their lives!

How much will this cost me?
We will decide independently and communicate to our clients in advance our fees and expenses, and will charge fees and expenses which we deem reasonable, legitimate, and commensurate with our experience, the services we deliver, and the responsibility we accept. We will make recommendations for products and services with our client's best interests in mind.

What is a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO)?
The professional organizing industry has a certification program that was developed by NAPO and is operated under the auspices of the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers® (BCPO®). The Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®) designation is a voluntary, industry-led effort that benefits the public and members of the organizing profession. CPO Certification recognizes those professionals who have met specific minimum qualifications and have proven through examination and client interaction that they possess the body of knowledge and experience required for certification. The program recognizes and raises industry standards, practices, and ethics. While the CPO designation is not an endorsement or recommendation, certification of professional organizers maximizes the value received from the services provided and products recommended by a CPO.

What credentials do you have?
Sheri has been educated through NAPO. She holds 33.5 continuing education credits, working toward her Board Certified Professional Organizer title.

Where do I begin?
Start by searching the National Association of Professional Organizers or do an online search for an organizer that best matches your needs.

Who is NAPO?
The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is a group of about 4,200 professional organizers dedicated to helping individuals and businesses bring order and efficiency to their lives. NAPO’s vision is to have the world recognize the value of organizing and turn to NAPO as the leading organizing authority. Their mission is to develop, lead, and promote professional organizers and the organizing industry.

My whole house is in piles, where should I start first?
We start with safety first. Checking stairs, water heaters and counters at the initial consultation. Our suggestion is the bedroom to start with. If you have a sanctuary, to sleep well at night, the rest of the projects will come with more ease. The next steps would be either the laundry or kitchen areas.

How do you decide what to hang onto and what to get rid of when it has a sentimental value?
We have to look at your available space and understand what the attachment to the item would be.

What sets Alive Design by Sheri apart from all the other organizers out there?
Our sincerity, honesty and understanding of the feelings you have about what you need.

What are the benefits of working with Alive Design By Sheri?
The benefit of flexibility is number one. Your area can be de-cluttered and reorganized in a way that works best for you.

How do you find an organizer who is right for you?
Start with a phone call. You need a friendship with an organizer that you can trust with complete confidentiality.

How do you handle this with privacy?
Alive Design By Sheri handles every client with complete confidentiality. We will keep confidential all client information, both business and personal, including that which may be revealed by other organizers. We will use proprietary client information only with the client's permission. We will keep client information confidential and not use it to benefit myself or my firm, or reveal this information to others.

How long will it take to organize me?
There is no set time table. Every project is unique and we can only give an estimate time at the consultation.

Why do I need a Professional Organizer?
The professional organizing industry has grown steadily in recent years as Americans and others all over the world attempt to gain better control of their lives. Facing more and more demands with less and less free time, consumers are struggling to manage their days and conquer the clutter and chaos building up in their lives. Increasingly, they are turning to professional organizers for help.

What are your ethics when it comes to a working relationship?
We will serve our clients with integrity, competence, and objectivity, and will treat them with respect and courtesy. We will offer services in those areas in which we are qualified and will accurately represent those qualifications in both verbal and written communications. When unable or unqualified to fulfill requests for services, we will make every effort to recommend the services of other qualified organizers and/or other qualified professionals. We will advertise our services in an honest manner and will represent the organizing profession accurately.



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