Q: What does it cost?
A: The initial consultation at my office is free. The first in-home consultation is $300 for a five hour session. After that, you will assess your need for additional sessions.
Q: Should I buy storage products such as bins, boxes and shelving before the Tidying Festival?
A: The short answer is no. Once you have decided what to keep, you may find that you don't need much auxiliary storage. I do recommend having cardboard shoe boxes and pretty contact paper to cover them. You will need drawer dividers - the shoe boxes work well for that purpose. Trays and small dishes are also helpful. Once you've started finding a home for you beloved items, you may find that you do need more shelves or cabinets, but that is often not necessary.
Q: What do I do with my discarded items?
A: For those things that no longer spark joy, there are a few options. Donate them to charity, throw them in the trash, recycle where you can, or sell. Giving items to someone you know is also an option, but be careful here. Make sure the item sparks joy for the recipient. You don't want to burden your loved ones with items that bring them no joy. Definitely don't take a box of your childhood mementos and drop them off at your parents' home unless you are asked to by the parents themselves. Have bags or boxes on hand for sorting the discarded objects. If you plan to sell items, develop a specific selling plan with a date attached. Often, donating an item to charity and getting a tax receipt is just as financially advantageous as selling it. I had a garage sale once myself where the profits were about $100. Unfortunately due to an accident moving furniture around when it started to rain, I had to have a toenail removed. The surgery cost $350. Consider carefully if it's worth trying to sell your objects.