Posts Tagged ‘professional organizing’

October 1, 2013 10:15 am

QC’s Top Tips for Organizing Closets

We can’t stress enough the importance of proper clothing storage. We care about our delicate silk blouses and dress pants too much to let them become wrinkled, snagged, or moth-eaten in unorganized closet spaces. And since we’re clearly so passionate about the topic (we do have our very own Professional Organizing course you know), we thought we’d spend a bit of time today discussing our tricks and tips for organizing closets to keep them functional and hassle-free.

Organizing Closets

Organizing the closet:

If space allows, divide up your closet into specific ‘zones.’ Hang several rods at different levels instead of using just one. We suggest hanging three rods at three different levels. From the highest, hang long dresses, robes and coats. From the middle rod, hang shorter items like blouses and blazers. The bottom rod is a great place to hang your pants and shorter skirts.

Group your garments by color. Taking a few extra moments to do this while putting away clean laundry can really speed up the dressing process each morning. Creating stylish ensembles with complementary garments will be almost foolproof!

Organize those shoes. We all know how nice it feels to kick off a pair of heels after a long day, but we suggest taking a moment to put them tidily away. Our favorite solution for a mess of shoes is to line up storage cubbies across the bottom of the closet floor. Just toss them right in!

If you’re installing an organizing unit into your closet, we suggest choosing one with movable shelves. This way your closet can transition with you through each fashion season. For example, you may want to allot more shelving to bulky sweaters in the winter, but have more hanging space for long, flowing dresses in the summer months. It’s also a good idea to line the shelves with vinyl sheets – like the ones used in kitchen cupboards. Having a smooth surface to slide your clothing onto will ensure nothing delicate catches and snags.

To preserve delicate tops or heavy coats, line them with white, acid-free tissue paper. This stops fabrics from disintegrating or distorting over time.

Want to know our favorite tip for keeping a closet fresh? Gather up some plain white chalk and hang it from the ceiling of your closet, making sure it doesn’t touch any of your clothing. The chalk will act as a dehumidifier of sorts and stop your clothing from becoming damp and musty.

Organizing dresser drawers:

Accessories Drawer: If you’re going to dedicate a drawer solely to your accessories, there are a few things we would suggest doing before tossing all your pretty baubles in. Line the bottom and sides of the drawer with a think layer of cork, velvet, or any other material that will prevent things from sliding around. This stops delicate jewelry from becoming tangled, and prevents light scarves or fabrics from snagging on any rough patches in the drawers themselves.

Undergarments Drawer: It’s easy for these items to become mixed up and unorganized. Head over to your local storage solution store (one of our favorites is Solutions) and find some small material bins to divvy up the space with. Then just organize your items by type and/or style and you’ll never have to dig around again! Lining this drawer with acid-free tissue paper is a great idea, as it will protect your intimates from splinters and acid in the wood.

An organized home makes for an organized and stress-free life. And who doesn’t want that? Learn more about QC Design School and see if our Professional Organizing course is right for you!

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September 25, 2013 8:00 am

Job Description of a Professional Organizer

Photo of clean, organized closet.

To be a professional organizer, you’ll need to have a knack for the neat, tidy and organized. Good time management and interpersonal skills will be essential, as will the ability to remain cool-headed under pressure and in areas of clutter. In this post, we’ll overview the description of a professional organizer including education requirements, working knowledge needed, average salary, sample career path, working conditions, and regular duties. If you’re interested in learning more about a career in the fast growing industry of professional organizing, be sure to check out QC Design School’s Advanced International Organizing Professional course.

Education Requirements

The field of Professional Organizing experienced a mega boom following the introduction of shows such as Hoarders and Hoarders: Buried Alive. It’s important not to confuse the duties of a professional organizer with those of a therapist or hoarding specialist – they’re not the same. A professional organizer is someone who goes into a space and clears out the unnecessary, then creates a neat and tidy organizational system. Someone who specializes in hoarding or provides therapy to people with OCD and “hoarding” is someone who has completed medical training.

The education requirements for professional organizing are vague, and technically no formal training is needed in many areas of the world. Having a certificate of completion showing you’ve completed voluntary training in the subject, however, will help you set apart from your competition. Whether you choose to study professional organizing from home or at an in-class school is up to you. Having proof that you’ve completed training in the subject will help to land you clients and give them extra confidence in your abilities.

Working Knowledge

In your career as a professional organizer, you’ll be expected to be able to create different organizing solutions and systems for a host of spaces, ranging from closets and pantries to bedrooms and mud-rooms. Having the ability to quickly identify necessary and unnecessary objects in a room is essential. It’s recommended that you have a basic working knowledge of furniture placement, available storage solutions, and common names for closet organizers, storage boxes, bins, as well as a list of places (online or off) where these items are available.

Average Salary

A professional organizer’s pay is dependent on his or her experience, knowledge, and skill level. For junior professional organizers, the salary is typically somewhere between $25,232 and $39,832. After 1-3 years of experience, you’re more likely to be in the range of $30,701 and $61,000. Later in your career, you can expect to earn an income between $80,000 and $100,000 – if not more. Having professional training in the subject and being dedicated to making your business a success will all work together to get you up to the higher range of income faster.

Sample Career Path

Below is a sample career path of someone looking to establish themselves as a self-employed professional organizer:

Year 1-2
Working as an assistant organizer or junior professional organizer, building a client list and getting experience.
Years 3-5
Working as an intermediate professional organizer, continuing to build client list and slowly inching up the hourly rate.
Years 6-8
Working as an experienced professional organizer, working with mainly referrals earned from your past stand-out work. Ability to charge a higher rate and earn more income with a more flexible schedule.
Years 9+
Owning your own successful business, perhaps with junior professional organizers working beneath you and taking on more of the smaller tasks, reserving your time for jobs needing your expertise.

Working Conditions

A professional organizer’s working conditions are fairly self-inflicted. As an organizer, you’ll be in charge of setting your own schedule and will likely work the first few years of your career from a home office. You’ll have to be able to work in stressful conditions and may find yourself surrounded by clutter for most of your work day. It can be a little nerve-wracking, so do your best to fight anxiety and give yourself time to cool off and unwind in the evening and over weekends!

Duties

Many people struggle with organization, particularly in their personal lives and homes. Even people who are the most organized at work can live in complete messes! Your job as an organizer is to go in and help put some order back into your clients’ lives. It might be creating a closet organizational system or it could be setting up an organizational system within an office space. Your duties will change often and will depend on the specific job at hand.

Interested in becoming a professional organizer? We’ve got you covered. Take a look at QC Design School today and learn about its Professional Organizing course. The school accepts students from around the world and allows them to study from home and at their own paces.