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Make Your Life Easier: Professional Organizers

Get rid of clutter by hiring a pro to go through your piles of stuff.

Need to unclutter your basement before putting a house on the market? Has a loved one died and left belongings to sort through? Do you waste time searching through piles ofpaper? A professional organizer can help you decide what to toss and how to store the rest. These organizers tackle everything from kitchen clutter to paperwork, promising to leave behind a system that will make you more efficient. More referrals are available from the local chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), 202-362-6276, Most organizers charge an hourly rate, and have a two- to four-hour minimum. Many charge for travel time beyond a certain driving distance.

Organizer Area of Service Hourly Rate What's Special
Back in Sorts Organizing Systems; Rockville; 301-603-7678; Metro area $600/room Have trouble tossing things?Jane Campbell has a PhD in psychology.
Back to Order; Bowie; 301-464-3123; Maryland, DC $40-$50 Joyce Hedgepath specializes in ADD clients.
Clearly Organized; Reston; 703-471-6085; Metro area $50-$60 Florence Feldman and her staff aim for long-termorganizing and maintenance.
Closets 911; Alexandria; 703-845-1473; Metro area $55 Sally Reinholdt not only clears out closets and other clutter; she'll haul stuff away.
Clutterbusters!; Rockville; 301-309-9614; Metro area $70 Betsy Fein and her team are available on 24 hours' notice. Also arranges photo albums.
ClutteRx; Olney; 301-774-2827 Metro area $60-$75 Besides organizing attics to basements, Ellen Newman gives workshops on downsizing.
Come to Order; Northeast DC; 202-526-2667; Metro area $60 Peggy Hackett specializes in home offices; works weekends and evenings. Military discounts.
Create Space!; Kensington; 301-946-0236; Montgomery County, DC, Northern Virginia $55-$85 Pamela Butler-Stone knows feng shui and design and can make a room beautiful as well as functional.
Dynamic Organizing; Silver Spring; 301-792-8367; Metro area $50 Laura Bugash-Cambridge offers paper and time management.Microsoft certified, she does computer files too.
Getting It Straight; Springfield; 703-912-9284; Metro area $45-$85 Barbara Jolly wrote a book on managing households, based on what she learned in the Navy.
Glad 2 Organize; Vienna; 703-725-3827; Montgomery County,DC, Northern Virginia $75 Gladys Kozlik is willing to work some weekends.
Great Solutions; Ashburn; 703-724-1129; DC, Northern Virginia $75 Melinda Mitchell specializes in clearing up paper.
Insightful Solutions; Woodbridge; 703-497-5904; Montgomery County, DC, Virginia to Fredericksburg $65-$75 Melissa Sorensen is the local NAPO president.
Jill-of-All-Trades; Capitol Hill; 202-544-5455; Inside Beltway $85 Jill Lawrence, a "certified chronic disorganization specialist," can work with ADD, elderly, and disabled clients.
Kathy Clutter Buster; Rockville; 301-460-6858 Montgomery County, DC $60 Kathy Lelis, a "gentle organizer," has been in business 11 years.
Karen Johnson Moy; Arlington; 202-550-2225; Inside Beltway $60-$75 Moy, who handles only home offices and businesses, can help you make sense of information overload.
Organize This!; Bethesda; 202-236-7323; Bethesda, DC, Chevy Chase $85 Fran Garten-Cohen can make better use of existing space and help re-adapt rooms for greater functionality.
Perfect Timing; Derwood; 301-926-6754 Metro area $60 Want a long-term change in clutter control, not just to clean up a mess? You're Joyce Becker's kind of client.
Personalized Solutions; Alexandria; 703-921-5478; personalized Montgomery County, DC,Virginia to Richmond $70 Jill Weaver enjoys working with children.
Simply Organized Systems; Silver Spring; 301-384-6310; Maryland, DC $55 Has a loved one died or moved to smaller quarters? Lynette Bell can help, even pulling together important papers.
TimeWise; Northwest DC; 202-686-1302; Metro area $70-$90 Terry Watson has specialized in paper and information management for nearly two decades.