1. How Hands-On Are the Professional Organizer and the Homeowner in a Project?
The big difference between the Home Edit approach and Kondo’s working style — at least as shown on TV — is that Kondo works primarily as a coach and does very little hands-on work herself, while the Home Edit folks appear to do just about everything for their clients.
Kondo’s philosophy of letting go of belongings that don’t “spark joy” may have ignited the current home decluttering craze, but we find that our clients typically aren’t interested in an organizer who empties an entire closet of clothes onto a bed and then says goodbye until her next visit (as Kondo does in her Netflix series).
Instead, my business partner and I find that most of our busy San Francisco Bay Area clients prefer that we do the heavy lifting in a project. Therefore, our work with homeowners is more like what you see in Get Organized With The Home Edit — and among our professional network we find that this is typical.
For instance, clients decluttering their belongings typically want us to spend time at the start of a project helping them decide what to keep and what to let go, but they usually don’t want to pull clothes from their closet and sort them alone after we leave. Instead, once we’ve worked with the homeowner to establish some goals and principles, my business partner and I sort items into categories independently so the client can see exactly what they own.
Usually, a client pops in every few hours to review categories and make further editing decisions. For example, if the client can see that she owns eight pairs of black dress pants, she can more easily donate pairs that are ill-fitting, show signs of wear or are outdated.
Different organizers do offer different services though, so make sure you ask about their work style.