Here are some FAQs clients ask when searching for a Professional Organizer or Move Manager and how ShipShape can assist you. Our clients range from busy stay-at-home parents to working couples, as well as, seniors. Contact us so we can discuss your needs during your free 1/2 hour consultation.
Many of our clients feel they can do the job themselves but never take the time needed to get the project done resulting in clutter piling up, important belongings being misplaced and stress taking over. By giving you a jump start and providing tools needed to get your space in order, we will get you motivated to get the job done. As anything in life we “make time” to do the projects or activities we want to do and leave the less attractive projects for another day. Most of us are capable of cutting grass, mulching gardens and even painting basements, but we choose not to and hire a professional to complete these tasks. ShipShape Organize will give you the tools, motivation, and hands-on assistance to make your space more efficient.
Many of our clients feel they can do the job themselves but become overwhelmed at the daunting task of moving. That’s where we come in. ShipShape Organize will help you with as much or as little of your move as you want. We offer downsizing, packing, unpacking and a host of move management services. We have expertise and resources to save you time, money and eliminate some stress while producing quality results. Working with our trusted resources such as antique dealers, junk haul, stagers, and donation companies allows us to bring you a comprehensive solution. You’ll see the benefits of organizing your belongings before you move.
We are happy to discuss your specific move and how we can help, whether on the front end, back end or the entire way through. We are also members of NASMM, The National Association of Senior Move Managers. Members of this organization specialize in assisting their clients with not only the physical, but the emotional aspect of a move. It often requires sorting through 40+ years of items and memories during the transition process.
If you are moving from out-of-state, ShipShape also has a relocation specialist on our team to help ease your transition.
We are here to help make your move as easy as possible.
A Move Manager assists clients with preparing their home for sale, whether it be downsizing & decluttering, or packing some items away so the closets aren’t quite so full. They specialize in helping clients with the emotional and physical aspects of oftentimes sorting through a lifetime of memories in the transition process, while working with resources such as antique dealers, donation companies, junk haul to make the move a smooth one. ShipShape is proud to be a member of NASMM (National Association of Move Managers). That does NOT mean that if you are a millennial or baby boomer, we can’t help you move! Our clients range in age from 20’s to 90’s. We offer as much or as little help as you need.
An organizer is one who assists, guides and coaches you with an organizational challenge you may be facing; from an attic to a basement and everything in-between. A skilled, experienced organizer will provide you with tools to manage your belongings or space more efficiently. You will notice an immediate change and will be able to find things more easily. We believe a strong resource list as well as having insurance and a membership in NAPO are important.
Most Move Managers and Organizers, including us, charge an hourly rate. It is impossible to determine how quickly clients can make decisions, how long a project will take given all the complexities that often arise during the process, and the shopping and administrative time that are involved whether orchestrating a move or handling a kitchen makeover. It is best for you to determine a rough budget you are comfortable with and check-in points during the job can be instituted.
We can certainly give you an estimate of what other similar projects have cost but we do charge based on time.
What is important is the connection you build with us during the phone consultation. Clients continually tell us how they appreciate our confidentiality, trustworthiness, and the non-judgemental nature with which we handle jobs and can’t believe how much we love our job. We are empathetic and understanding and will guide you through the process with ease and compassion. We are in business to make your life easier for you. We also aren’t afraid to do heavy lifting and consider our job our exercise for the day! We will take donation items away that day if you would like or we can arrange for a donation company to come to your home.
We offer very competitive rates, have years of experience, and more often than not one of the owners is overseeing the entire job. And, we love what we do!
We begin with an initial 30 minute phone conversation, free of charge, to determine the scope of the job and your priorities and goals for the particular job. If you decide to hire us, we ask that you book a minimum session of four hours to get the project started. At that point, we can discuss if materials need to be purchased such as bins, racks, hooks, packing paper, boxes etc. We will also discuss your goals regarding changes to make to the area such as organizing solutions and shelving needs.
We currently work on organizing:
- home offices
- de-clutter and prepare house for sale
- assist with moves
- assist with unpacking and settling you in to your new home
ShipShape will help arrange items for donation or clothes consignment. What are some things we don’t do? Post items or manage sale over the internet; handle consignment/donation of exercise equipment, pianos & pool tables; deal with disposal of hazardous waste; accept hoarding jobs.
Let our team help you. Call or contact us for your free ½ hour phone consultation. Deb Bernier 978.771.0527 or Deb Stone 978.314.6410.