Organizing Time Estimates

This is one of the most difficult questions to answer for a Professional Organizer. So many factors play into the equation of how long a particular job will take. How long is each work session? What is the physical stamina of the client? What is the client’s ability to make decisions on what to keep, what to donate, what to toss? Does the client have a little to sort or a lot?

Below are estimates on different types of organizing jobs. These estimates come from Julie Morgenstern, Professional Organizer and author of “Organizing from the Inside Out.” The time required for your situation will depend on the answers to the questions above plus several other factors. I provide these estimates so you can have a better idea of how long you and I will be working on your project. Estimated times include Sorting, Purging, Assigning a new home, Containerizing, and Clean up. Remember, these are just estimates.

  • Home Office / Filing Systems
  • Sort: 16 hrs
  • Purge: 1 hr
  • Assign a home: 1 hr
  • Containerize: 6 hrs
  • Equalize: 10 min. daily
  • Total: 24 hrs
  • Home Based Business
  • Sort: 16-18 hrs
  • Purge: 3 hrs
  • Assign a home: 1 hr
  • Containerize: 6-8 hrs
  • Equalize: 15 min. daily
  • Total: 26-30 hrs
  • Home Info Centers
  • Sort: 4 hrs
  • Purge: 4 hrs
  • Assign a home: 2 hrs
  • Containerize: 6 hrs
  • Equalize: 15 minutes
  • Total: 16 hrs
  • Kitchen
  • Sort: 6 hrs
  • Purge: 2 hrs
  • Assign a home: 1 hr
  • Containerize: 2 hrs
  • Equalize: 15 min. daily
  • Total: 11 hrs
  • Bathroom
  • Sort: 3 hrs
  • Purge: 30 Min.
  • Assign a home: 15 min.
  • Containerize: 3 hrs
  • Equalize: 5 min. daily
  • Total: 6.75 hrs
  • Closet
  • Sort: 3 hrs
  • Purge: 1 hr
  • Assign a home: 30 min.
  • Containerize: 3 hrs
  • Equalize: 5 min. daily
  • Total: 7.5 hrs
  • Bedroom       
  • Sort: 4 hrs
  • Purge: 1 hr
  • Assign a home: 1 hr
  • Containerize: 3 hrs
  • Equalize: 10 min. daily
  • Total: 9 hrs
  • Living Room
  • Sort: 5 hrs
  • Purge: 1 hr
  • Assign a home: 30 min.
  • Containerize: 3 hrs
  • Equalize: 5 min. daily
  • Total: 9.5 hrs
  • Attic, Basement, Garage
  • Sort: 16 hrs
  • Purge: 3 hrs
  • Assign a home: 2 hrs
  • Containerize: 3 hrs
  • Equalize: 5 min. daily
  • Total: 24 hrs